EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT GREEN FIRST DESIGN, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
The 10c 1861 First Design (or Type I) was printed from Plate 4, which left very little space between the stamps for the 12-gauge perforation holes. Examples of Scott 62B (or 58) are rarely seen with margins framing the design on all sides. The stamp offered here is the rare exception, and it is even more remarkable as a used copy, free of faults, and with a complementary red cancel.
With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT IN THE DISTINCTIVE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE. THIS IS THE SCARCEST SHADE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE, AND IT IS EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
We have offered approximately a dozen unduplicated examples of the Olive Yellow shade in any condition since keeping computerized records. Of these, two were unused. It is difficult to find in sound and centered condition.
Ex "Golden Oak". With 1988 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, WITH THE BOTTOM STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. A BLOCK OF SIX IS ALSO THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE, AND THIS MAY BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Linn's Stamp Facts notes the largest unused multiple is a block of six. The largest multiple we have offered in our auctions since 1979 is a block of four. Sinkler had a block of four. The Ishikawa collection contained a block of four. Walter Klein only had a pair. We offered a block of six in our 1979 Rarities sale, with disturbed gum on one stamp and "nearly full gum" on the others. The block offered here, with full original gum and with two Mint N.H. stamps, is a remarkable rarity.
With 1994 P.F. certificate stating "previously hinged on the top two, the balance are never hinged". We believe the center stamps show a faint trace of hinging or slightly uneven gum that would likely be called previously hinged by today's stringent expertizing standards. Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the two Mint N.H. stamps
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE VERY SCARCE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.
As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.
With 1981 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN.
Brookman notes "I consider the used Red Brown to be more scarce than Buff but the Buff is more scarce unused".
With 1994 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCELLATION.
With 2003 P.S.E. certificate