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Sale 1173 — The Grant Inman Collection, Part 7: Private Die Medicine Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — 1898 St. Louis Provisional Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2208
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2208, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesAntikamnia Chemical Co., -1/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS320), Antikamnia Chemical Co., -1/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS320)Antikamnia Chemical Co., -1/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS320). Original gum, h.r., large margins, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-EIGHTH CENT ANTIKAMNIA CHEMICAL COMPANY ST. LOUIS PROVISIONAL PROPRIETARY ISSUE.

This denomination is the rarest of the Antikamnia provisional stamps, which were authorized for use at the start of the Spanish-American War. This is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records.

2,750
1,300
2209
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2209, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesAntikamnia Chemical Co., 2-1/2c Black (RS321), Antikamnia Chemical Co., 2-1/2c Black (RS321)Antikamnia Chemical Co., 2-1/2c Black (RS321). Original gum, h.r., large margins, fresh and Very Fine example of this scarce issue

500
550
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2210
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2210, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesAntikamnia Chemical Co., [no denomination] Black on Yellow Paper (RS323), Antikamnia Chemical Co., [no denomination] Black on Yellow Paper (RS323)Antikamnia Chemical Co., [no denomination] Black on Yellow Paper (RS323). Original gum, barely hinged, large margins, light corner creases, Very Fine appearing example of this scarce issue, the non-denominated stamp was used for free samples, which were not subject to tax provided certain wording was used

350
900
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2211
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2211, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesLambert Pharmacal Co., 2-1/2c Red (RS335), Lambert Pharmacal Co., 2-1/2c Red (RS335)Lambert Pharmacal Co., 2-1/2c Red (RS335). Large margins, few thin spots and creases, Very Fine appearance, scarce example of this issue, Lambert was the original manufacturer of Listerine, an antiseptic liquid familiar to most people, that continues to be manufactured today by Johnson & Johnson

1,000
400
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2212
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2212, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesMeyer Brothers Drug Co., -1/8c to 11-1/4c Black, Imperforate (RS351a-RS361a), Meyer Brothers Drug Co., -1/8c to 11-1/4c Black, Imperforate (RS351a-RS361a)Meyer Brothers Drug Co., -1/8c to 11-1/4c Black, Imperforate (RS351a-RS361a). Complete set of the imperforates, large margins to full, virtually free of the tiny flaws that can plague these issues, fresh and Very Fine set, Meyer Brothers was one of the largest drug distributors in the country, in 1981 they merged with Fox-Vliet Drug Co. to become FoxMeyer, which was the nation's fifth-largest distributor of pharmaceuticals with annual sales of $5 billion until the mid-1990's when they went bankrupt, today they are used as a case study for poor implementation of computerized distribution

1,250
750
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2213
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2213, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesJohn T. Milliken & Co., -1/8c Black (RS365), John T. Milliken & Co., -1/8c Black (RS365)John T. Milliken & Co., -1/8c Black (RS365). Large margins all around, violet handstamp cancel, small faults, Very Fine appearance, the Milliken firm eventually merged with Abbott Laboratories in the late 1920's, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,250
600
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2214
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2214, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesJohn T. Milliken & Co., -5/8c Black (RS366), John T. Milliken & Co., -5/8c Black (RS366)John T. Milliken & Co., -5/8c Black (RS366). Large margins, violet handstamp cancel, few thin spots and vertical crease, appears Very Fine, scarce

1,250
425
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2215
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2215, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesPhenique Chemical Co., -1/4c Black on Yellow Paper (RS371a), Phenique Chemical Co., -1/4c Black on Yellow Paper (RS371a)Phenique Chemical Co., -1/4c Black on Yellow Paper (RS371a). Large margins, rich color, light horizontal crease at top, tiny thin speck

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-QUARTER CENT PHENIQUE CHEMICAL COMPANY ISSUE ON YELLOW PAPER. ERIC JACKSON RECORDS ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS ISSUE.

Phenique Chemical Co. was the manufacturer of Campho-Phenique, which today is a cold sore treatment still available at your local pharmacy.

17,500
5,000
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2216
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2216, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesPhenique Chemical Co., -5/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS372a), Phenique Chemical Co., -5/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS372a)Phenique Chemical Co., -5/8c Black on Yellow Paper (RS372a). Large margins, rich color, few thin spots, tiny nick at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FIVE-EIGHTHS CENT PHENIQUE CHEMICAL COMPANY ISSUE ON YELLOW PAPER. ERIC JACKSON RECORDS ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THIS ISSUE.

Phenique Chemical Co. was the manufacturer of Campho-Phenique, which today is a cold sore treatment still available at your local pharmacy.

12,500
5,000
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2217
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2217, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesPrickly Ash Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Green (RS381), Prickly Ash Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Green (RS381)Prickly Ash Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Green (RS381). Large margins, rich color, small thin along bottom margin, either lightly soiled or lightly cancelled (we can't tell which)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-1/2 CENT PRICKLY ASH BITTERS STAMP. ERIC JACKSON RECORDS ONLY THREE EXAMPLES. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

Prickly Ash Bitters Co. was founded by Dr. B.F. Sherman, and the company was acquired around 1883 by Meyer Brothers Drug Co. (see lot 2212). It was advertised as a cure-all for liver, kidney, stomach and other complaints. It was popular with cowboys in the Old West -- apparently the alcohol content was in the neighborhood of 20-25% -- and a sign featuring the brand was captured in an old photograph of Dodge City. The company went out of business around 1910 after the Pure Food and Drug Act came into being. The name has recently been revived by Boot Hill Distillery, who have painstakingly reproduced the recipe using FDA-approved ingredients. For additional information, go to: http://www.dodgeglobe.com/news/20170901/search-for-prickly-ash-bitters

12,500
6,250
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2218
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2218, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesT. M. Sayman, -5/8c Dark Blue (RS386), T. M. Sayman, -5/8c Dark Blue (RS386)T. M. Sayman, -5/8c Dark Blue (RS386). Large margins, purple "T. M. S. Jul. 12 1898" two-line cancel, small thin spot

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE FIVE-EIGHTHS CENT T. M. SAYMAN PROVISIONAL PROPRIETARY ISSUE. ONLY TWO ARE RECORDED BY ERIC JACKSON.

According to http://www.riverhillstraveler.com/doc-sayman-was-a-friend-to-nature , Thomas M. Sayman was born in the 1870's, and left home at the age of nine to tour with P. T. Barnum's circus. He started out with his own patent medicine show, which often included circus animal acts. He eventually based his operations in St. Louis, building an eight-story factory in 1892, where he created various soaps and salves. A colorful character and classic self-made man, he was often in trouble for discharging firearms. At his peak, he employed 2,000 salesmen and produced 166 products. Sayman Soap, with witch hazel for oily skin, can be purchased today on Amazon.com for $29.99 for a 3.5 oz. bar. Their salve is also still available.

17,500
8,000
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2219
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2219, 1898 St. Louis Provisional IssuesVan Dyke Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Blue on Bluish Glazed Paper (RS390), Van Dyke Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Blue on Bluish Glazed Paper (RS390)Van Dyke Bitters Co., 2-1/2c Blue on Bluish Glazed Paper (RS390). Large margins to full, purple "Van Dyke Bitters Co. Jul. 15, 1898" circular datestamp cancel, few thins and sealed tears

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-1/2 CENT VAN DYKE BITTERS COMPANY PROVISIONAL PROPRIETARY ISSUE.

Dr. Van Dyke's Holland Bitters first appeared in the U.S. in the 1850's and was sold as a cure-all. The bottle and advertising featured the somewhat disconcerting image of a headless man flailing a medieval weapon on one hand, holding a bottle in the other, and with a coat of arms on his chest. By 1919, the St. Louis city directory listed the company as a wine and liquor retailer.

5,500
4,250
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