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Sale 1129 — 2016 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 31 May, 2016

Category — 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
406
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 406, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A), 4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Showing Schermack perforations on both sides, minor hinge mark, deep rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY FOUR PAIRS, TWO LINE PAIRS AND NINE SINGLES ARE KNOWN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/census/314A.pdf , records four pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library. Our census also contains 44 used examples, including three strips of three (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library and one on cover), three singles on separate covers, and 32 single used copies.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates, either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News, and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles) and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and approximately 32 used single stamps, most of which were probably removed from the mass-mailing covers.

Census No. 314A-OG-11. Ex Koslowski, Schmalzreidt, Col. Edward H. R. Green and Katharine Matthies. Signed "S.A." in pencil on back (Spencer Anderson). With 1974 P.F. certificate

100,000
70,000
407
 
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 407, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A), 4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Strip of three, intact Schermack perfs at sides, bold strikes of Detroit Mich. registry oval cancel, choice centering

FRESH AND VERY FINE. THIS STRIP OF THREE IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 4-CENT IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY ONE OTHER IS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AND IT IS ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREATEST TWENTIETH CENTURY UNITED STATES RARITIES. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 35 YEARS.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition, the two used off-cover multiples and two of the three covers originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates, either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News, and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned.

We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, this used strip of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles), a used pair and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and approximately 32 used single stamps, most of which were probably removed from the mass-mailing covers.

The only recorded used multiples of Scott 314A are two strips of three (one of which is on cover) and a pair in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library that will never be available to collectors.

Ex Sinkler and Goldsmith. Acquired by the current owner in a 1980 Sotheby's sale. With 1956 and 1975 P.F. certificates. The Scott Catalogue does not list multiples in used condition. Scott Retail as three singles

157,500
280,000
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408°
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 408, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues1c Blue Green, Coil (316), 1c Blue Green, Coil (316)1c Blue Green, Coil (316). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE ONE-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 316. OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY TWELVE PAIRS AND ONE SINGLE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS IN EXISTENCE.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were then pasted together to form rolls (one paste-up pair is known).

It is unknown exactly how many of these experimental coils were produced. They were superseded less than a year later by the Washington-Franklin issue coils, the first of which were issued on December 29, 1908.

Our census of Scott 316, which is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/census/316.pdf , records nine pairs, three line pairs (one of which is rejoined) and an unused single, for a total of 25 stamps. None are known used.

Census No. 316-OG-PR-05. Ex Dr. Agris and Whitman. With 1956, 1982, 1997 and 2008 P.F. certificates.

300,000
290,000
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409
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 409, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Mint N.H, 1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Mint N.H1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Mint N.H., rich color, detailed impression, wide margins

VERY FINE. THIS MAY WELL BE THE ONLY MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1908 ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318, IN EXISTENCE.

This stamp is the basis of the Scott listing. No others, as singles or as part of multiples, are contained in either Power Search or the online records of the Philatelic Foundation.

Ex Whitman as part of a strip of three. With 1951, 2001 and 2009 P.F. certificates as strip of three. With 2016 P.F. certificate as Mint N.H. single. Scott Retail is outdated

9,500
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410
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 410, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color, well-proportioned margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL LIGHTLY-HINGED PAIR OF THE 1908 ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318.

Ex Whitman as a strip of three. With 1951, 2001 and 2009 P.F. certificates as strip of three.

11,000
5,250
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411
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 411, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues5c Blue, Coil (317), 5c Blue, Coil (317)5c Blue, Coil (317). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT SUPERBLY-CENTERED PAIR OF THE 1908 5-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 317.

The 5c 1908 Coil stamps, which were stripped by hand, are almost always strongly centered to one side. This pair is better centered than most.

Ex Whitman. With 1987, 1995 and 2009 P.F. certificates

15,000
15,000
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412
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Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 412, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Lightly hinged, brilliant color, crisp impression, unusually wide margins

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1908 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 322.

Issued on July 31, 1908, and intended only to be used by private vending machine companies, Scott 322 is only known with the Die II widened line at lower left.

With 1997 P.F. certificate for pair and 2012 P.S.E. certificate as single (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $8,000.00)

6,000
7,500
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413°
c
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 413, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues2c Louisiana Purchase (324), 2c Louisiana Purchase (324)2c Louisiana Purchase (324). Brilliant color, tied by "New Bedford Mass. Apr. 30 12-30P 1904" First Day flag machine cancel on cover to New York, printed return address, receiving backstamps of May 1, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE.

There are only 24 known First Days and nine pre-First Days for the 2c Louisiana Purchase issue.

5,000
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414°
c
Sale Number 1129, Lot Number 414, 1902-08 Issue, Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues1c Jamestown (328), 1c Jamestown (328)1c Jamestown (328). Tied by bold strike of "Newport News Va. Apr. 26 11:30 AM 1907" First Day duplex datestamp and oval grid cancel on picture postcard depicting the Monticello Hotel in Norfolk Va., to Newburgh N.Y., few light gum soaks around a few perf tips

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE ONE-CENT JAMESTOWN ISSUE. THERE ARE ONLY TEN DOCUMENTED FIRST DAYS FOR THIS ISSUE.

The Jamestown Exposition was held from April 26 to December 1, 1907 in Norfolk Va., to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The Exposition opened on a Friday with great confusion -- only a fifth of the electric lights could be turned on and only 14 of the 38 principal buildings were ready.

Fewer than fifteen First Day covers are known for all three values of the Jamestown Issue, including ten of the 1c.

12,500
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