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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2114
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2114, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS153a), J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS153a)J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS153a). Large margins to full, crisp impression, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE J. B. KELLY & CO. ISSUE ON OLD PAPER.

Only 19 examples of this issue are recorded in the Aldrich census. About half are reported with faults.

2,250
2,100
2115
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2115, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS153e), J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS153e)J. B. Kelly & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS153e). Large margins to clear, bright shade, small thin spots at top and bottom

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE J. B. KELLY & CO. ISSUE ON EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER. ONLY 15 ARE RECORDED IN THE ALDRICH BOOK.

Ex Tolman. With 2007 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,200
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2116
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2116, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.D. Kennedy, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS155e), D. Kennedy, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS155e)D. Kennedy, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS155e). Gorgeous color, clear short silk fibers, nice margins

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE DR. KENNEDY 2-CENT GREEN ISSUE ON EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER.

This is the first we have offered in any condition since keeping computerized records. None was offered in the Joyce sale.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2009 P.F. certificate

3,500
3,500
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2117
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2117, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Old Paper (RS159a), Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Old Paper (RS159a)Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Old Paper (RS159a). Radiant color, few faults, including thins, creases and repair at top right with corner added

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT BLUE KERR ISSUE ON OLD PAPER. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL MEDICINE STAMPS.

Only 7 are recorded in the Aldrich census. Of these only 3 are reported as sound. The example with repaired tears offered in the 1991 Joyce sale and this example from our 2006 Tolman sale each realized more than 1.5 times Scott Retail value. This is the only example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2012 P.F. certificate

8,750
5,500
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2118
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2118, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Silk Paper (RS159b), Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Silk Paper (RS159b)Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 4c Blue, Silk Paper (RS159b). Vivid color, full to wide margins, few small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale"

350
325
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2119
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2119, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 6c Black, Old Paper (RS160a), Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 6c Black, Old Paper (RS160a)Dr. Jas. C. Kerr, 6c Black, Old Paper (RS160a). Fresh and nicely centered, tiny tears at top near center, Very Fine appearance, one of the nicest surviving examples of this scarce stamp, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,000
800
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2120
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2120, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Old Paper (RS163a), Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Old Paper (RS163a)Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Old Paper (RS163a). Pretty color, small thin spot at right, Fine, a scarce stamp, only 22 are recorded in the Aldrich book and at most eight are sound

2,000
1,900
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2121
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2121, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Dark Blue, Silk Paper (RS163b), Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Dark Blue, Silk Paper (RS163b)Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Dark Blue, Silk Paper (RS163b). Deep rich color, faint vertical crease and slight toning at right, otherwise Fine, scarce, only 16 are recorded in the Aldrich book and less than half are potentially sound

2,500
1,700
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2122
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2122, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Experimental Silk Paper (RS163e), Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Experimental Silk Paper (RS163e)Jacob Lippman & Bro., 4c Milky Blue, Experimental Silk Paper (RS163e). Bright shade, a few brown and blue short silk fibers, tiny thin spot

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT J. LIPPMANN & BROTHERS ON EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

The Aldrich book records four examples. We are aware of three additional examples, for a total population of seven, and only two are sound. All have similar centering. This is the first we have offered since our 2006 Tolman sale.

3,750
2,800
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2123
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2123, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Alvah Littlefield, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS164e), Alvah Littlefield, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS164e)Alvah Littlefield, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS164e). Choice centering with wide margins, detailed impression, few short blue silk fibers, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful example of this rare experimental silk paper issue, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

200
500
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2124
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2124, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Alvah Littlefield, 4c Green, Old Paper (RS165a), Alvah Littlefield, 4c Green, Old Paper (RS165a)Alvah Littlefield, 4c Green, Old Paper (RS165a). Deep rich color and proof-like impression, few tiny perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine, scarce only 21 are recorded in the Aldrich book and less than half are potentially sound

2,000
1,100
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2125
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2125, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Lyon Manufg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked Paper, Vertical Pair Imperforate Between (RS168di), Lyon Manufg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked Paper, Vertical Pair Imperforate Between (RS168di)Lyon Manufg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked Paper, Vertical Pair Imperforate Between (RS168di). Choice centering, intense shade and impression, sensibly rejoined along vertical tear

VERY FINE CENTERING. AN EXTREMELY RARE VERTICAL PAIR IMPERFORATE BETWEEN OF THE 2-CENT LYON MANUFACTURING COMPANY ISSUE ON WATERMARKED PAPER. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED.

The Aldrich book notes three examples of this rarity, two of which were offered in the Joyce sale. This is the finer of the two.

Ex Joyce and offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

2,250
1,900
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2126
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2126, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS173bi), Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS173bi)Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS173bi). Rich color, huge margins to clear at right, right perfs with trace of red ink, Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale", with 2008 P.F. certificate

175
325
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2127
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2127, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS173bj), Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS173bj)Mansfield & Higbee, 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS173bj). Vivid color, full to wide margins, small edge thin at lower right and short perf at lower left, otherwise Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale"

200
250
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2128
og
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2128, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174bi), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174bi)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174bi). Original gum, adherences at bottom, choice centering, deep rich color, faint thin at bottom of right stamp, still fresh and Very Fine, ex Tolman, with 2007 P.F. certificate

300
375
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2129
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2129, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174bj), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174bj)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Silk Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174bj). Choice centering, rich color, faint natural paperfold at left, Very Fine and choice, ex Tolman, undercatalogued in Scott which prices a pair imperforate between at $300.00

500
275
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2130
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2130, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174ci), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174ci)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Imperforate Between (RS174ci). Rich color, left stamp tiny pinhole, Very Fine appearance, scarce, only 23 are recorded in the Aldrich book

750
600
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2131
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2131, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174cj), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174cj)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Pink Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174cj). Rich color, thinned at right center, Fine appearance, scarce block, only 25 recorded in the Aldrich book

1,000
275
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2132
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2132, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS174di), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS174di)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Horizontal Pair, Imperforate Between (RS174di). Intense color, choice margins and centering, thin spot in watermark of right stamp, Extremely Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale"

375
450
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2133
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2133, J.B. Kelly and Co. thru S. Mansfield and Co.S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174dj), S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174dj)S. Mansfield & Co., 1c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Block of Four, Imperforate Between (RS174dj). Nicely balanced margins, fresh color, minor thin spot, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale"

275
250
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