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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — J.C. Ayer and Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2002
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2002, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Brown Carmine, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS2a). Large margins to just in, rich color, few faults including thin and tear at right and few tiny edge tears

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN BROWN CARMINE. ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE REPORTED TO EXIST. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE COLLECTING.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. There are three examples of the Brown Carmine reported in the Aldrich book. However, the census notes two were included in the Joyce collection, but the Joyce auction contained only the example offered here. The only other example we were able to locate was in the Lilly sale, which has similar margins and is also faulty.

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

25,000
16,000
2003
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2003, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS3a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS3a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS3a). Large margins to in, rich color, faults including thin spot, tears and expert repair but still very presentable

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN GREEN. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INMAN COLLECTION AND OF THE ENTIRE FIELD.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. This is the only recorded example in Green.

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

30,000
17,000
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2004
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2004, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 1, Old and Silk Papers, Imperforate (RS4a-RS4b), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 1, Old and Silk Papers, Imperforate (RS4a-RS4b)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 1, Old and Silk Papers, Imperforate (RS4a-RS4b). Singles of each, first with sealed tear and small thins, appears Very Fine, second sound and Fine, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificates, the latter graded XF90

425
325
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2005
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2005, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper, Imperforate (RS4h; formerly RS4c), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper, Imperforate (RS4h; formerly RS4c)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper, Imperforate (RS4h; formerly RS4c). Unused, large margins all around, intense shade and impression, completely sound

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE 2 AYER'S ISSUE ON PINK PAPER.

Only 22 are recorded in the Aldrich book, of which half are sound.

With 1979 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,700
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2006
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2006, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS5a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS5a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS5a). Margins to in, rich color, few faults including sealed tear and pinhole

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN BLUE. ONLY THREE ARE REPORTED TO EXIST. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE COLLECTING.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. The Blue is extremely rare, with three reported in the Aldrich book. The Joyce collection contained two, but only this one was offered in the auction. The only other example we were able to locate was in the Lilly sale, which has similar margins and is also faulty.

Ex Eagle, Colonel Green and Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

25,000
16,500
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2007
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2007, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Orange, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Orange, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Orange, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6a). Full margins to in, rich color, few faults that do not detract

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN ORANGE. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INMAN COLLECTION AND OF THE ENTIRE FIELD.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. The Aldrich book notes that only one is recorded in Orange, but the Lilly sale contained a different example.

Ex Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

30,000
16,500
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2008
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2008, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Red, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6Fa), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Red, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6Fa)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Red, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS6Fa). Large margins to in, rich color, faults including thin spot, tears and expert repair but still very presentable

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN RED. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INMAN COLLECTION AND OF THE ENTIRE FIELD.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. This is the only recorded example in Red.

Ex Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

30,000
15,500
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2009
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2009, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Gray Lilac, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS7a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Gray Lilac, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS7a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Gray Lilac, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS7a). Margins to in, rich color, faults including expert repair but still very presentable

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT J. C. AYER & CO. PRINTED IN GRAY LILAC. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INMAN COLLECTION AND OF THE ENTIRE FIELD.

The one-cent Ayer's stamps were printed and issued in seven different colors. Three colors are the only recorded examples, the Orange is one of two known and the Brown Carmine and Blue are represented by two or three known. All six of these rare colors are included in the Inman collection, which is a remarkable feat. The majority used by Ayer were in Black, where it has been estimated that 1.25 million were used each year.

The rarity of Medicine stamps is often attributable to paper type, such as pink or experimental silk paper. This is an unusual case where the item's rarity is based on the printed color, which is more easily discernible than most paper types. This is the only recorded example in Gray Lilac.

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

30,000
15,500
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2010
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2010, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a). Most points intact, rich color, few faults are not readily apparent

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT RED J. C. AYER & CO. "STAR" DIE CUT ISSUE. ONLY FIVE ARE RECORDED.

The 4c J. C. Ayer & Co. stamps were initially printed in six colors on old paper -- Black (none known), Red (5 known), Vermilion (3 or 4 known), Green (3 known), Purple (1 known) and Blue. The majority of stamps issued were Blue on various papers. It has been estimated that slightly over a million per year were used, over a 20-year period, so most of the Blue stamps are common, except for some paper varieties. They were generally not cancelled, since they were normally destroyed or damaged when the pill box or bottle was opened.

The Aldrich book records three examples. There are two additional examples recorded by Eric Jackson. Our census illustrates them at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/RS8a . Part 25 of the Colonel Green collection also contained one, described as "fine looking but expertly repaired" but not illustrated -- this is likely one of the examples listed in the census.

Ex Joyce.

12,500
6,250
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2011
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2011, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Experimental Silk Paper, Die Cut (RS9e), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Experimental Silk Paper, Die Cut (RS9e)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Experimental Silk Paper, Die Cut (RS9e). Showing all points of the star, a few blue silk fibers are readily apparent, few faults including thin spots and creases and expert repair

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT BLUE J. C. AYER & CO. ON EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER.

As an indication of rarity, none was offered in the Lilly or Joyce sales. It was first listed in the 1993 Scott U.S. Specialized, two years after the Joyce sale, with a dash for the price. It is also not mentioned in the 1994 Aldrich book. This is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records.

With 1985 P.F. certificate noting only a thin spot

2,000
1,600
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2012
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2012, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Ultramarine, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS9u), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Ultramarine, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS9u)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Ultramarine, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS9u). True Ultramarine color, full points all around, few faults as usual including thin spots, creases and small tears, still appears Very Fine, scarce, we have offered only one other in this distinctive color since keeping computerized records

1,500
1,200
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2013
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2013, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS10a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS10a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS10a). Deep rich color, large margins all around, completely sound, fresh and Extremely Fine, very rare in such pristine condition, this is the first sound example we have offered since keeping computerized records

400
1,100
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2014
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2014, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b). Large to huge margins including bottom left corner sheet margins, bright color, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, rare in such pristine condition and especially desirable with the corner sheet margin, ex Lilly and Tolman

450
450
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2015
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2015, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate (RS10d), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate (RS10d)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate (RS10d). Large margins to clear, deep rich color, tiny pinhole at top left well away from design, Very Fine and attractive

350
225
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2016
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2016, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Purple, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS11a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Purple, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS11a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Purple, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS11a). All but one point of the star intact, few faults to be expected including thin spots and pinhole

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PURPLE J. C. AYER & CO. -- ONE OF THE KEYS TO A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THESE ISSUES AND A PHENOMENAL REVENUE RARITY.

The 4c J. C. Ayer & Co. stamps were initially printed in six colors on old paper -- Black (none known), Red (5 known), Vermilion (3 or 4 known), Green (3 known), Purple (1 known) and Blue. The majority of stamps issued were Blue, on various papers. It has been estimated that slightly over a million per year were used, over a 20-year period, so most of the Blue stamps are common, except for some paper varieties. They were generally not cancelled, since they were normally destroyed or damaged when the pill box or bottle was opened.

Ex Colonel Green and Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

30,000
14,000
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2017
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2017, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Green, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS12a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Green, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS12a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Green, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS12a). With full points all around, deep rich color, few small faults including small tears

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 4-CENT GREEN J.C. AYER & CO. ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF MEDICINE COLLECTING.

The 4c J. C. Ayer & Co. stamps were initially printed in six colors on old paper -- Black (none known), Red (5 known), Vermilion (3 or 4 known), Green (3 known), Purple (1 known) and Blue. The majority of stamps issued were Blue, on various papers. It has been estimated that slightly over a million per year were used, over a 20-year period, so most of the Blue stamps are common, except for some paper varieties. They were generally not cancelled, since they were normally destroyed or damaged when the pill box or bottle was opened.

The three examples are illustrated at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/RS12a . One has all points of the star trimmed away.

Ex Colonel Green and Joyce. Offered to the market for the first time since 1991.

15,000
17,500
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2018
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2018, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Vermilion, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS13a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Vermilion, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS13a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Vermilion, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS13a). With all points of the star, rich color, few faults including thin spots, small tears and tiny repairs

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT VERMILION J. C. AYER & CO. ISSUE. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED, AND THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN DECADES.

The 4c J. C. Ayer & Co. stamps were initially printed in six colors on old paper -- Black (none known), Red (5 known), Vermilion (3 or 4 known), Green (3 known), Purple (1 known) and Blue. The majority of stamps issued were Blue, on various papers. It has been estimated that slightly over a million per year were used, over a 20-year period, so most of the Blue stamps are common, except for some paper varieties. They were generally not cancelled, since they were normally destroyed or damaged when the pill box or bottle was opened.

The three examples are illustrated at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/RS13a . One has all points of the star trimmed away.

Ex Lilly and Joyce.

12,500
17,000
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