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Sale 1160 — The Grant Inman Collection, Part 5: Match and Other Private Die Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Category — Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & Wilder

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
845
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 845, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderA. Goldback, 1c Green, Pink Paper (RO96c), A. Goldback, 1c Green, Pink Paper (RO96c)A. Goldback, 1c Green, Pink Paper (RO96c). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color, light diagonal crease, small sealed tear at right center

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE GOLDBACK PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP ON PINK PAPER IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL UNITED STATES STAMPS. ONLY FOUR OR FIVE COPIES ARE KNOWN TO EXIST, AND THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN MEMORY.

According to Private Die Match Stamps by Christopher West, the nom-de-plume of Elliott Perry, the stamps associated with this firm are the only match stamps issued in the state of Virginia. A. Goldback was the successor firm to A. Goldback & Co., after Emanuel Bear left the firm. The previous stamp in use by the firm, with the name A. Goldback & Co. on it (Scott RO95b), was engraved and printed by the Philadelphia firm Carpenter & Co. The new die, without the "& Co." was one of the first private die match stamps to be engraved by National Bank Note Company in New York, and one of the first to be printed on pink paper. The die was approved October 16, 1875, and was first issued in November of the same year.

The variety on pink paper was not discovered until nearly 20 years after it was first issued. The 1980 West book notes five are known, while the 1992 Aldrich census records only four. This is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records.

Ex Joyce and offered at auction for the first time in 26 years.

15,000
12,000
846
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 846, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderA. Goldback, 1c Green, Silk Paper (RO96b), A. Goldback, 1c Green, Silk Paper (RO96b)A. Goldback, 1c Green, Silk Paper (RO96b). Beautiful centering with wide margins, faint diagonal crease, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Tolman

200
130
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847
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 847, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderT. Gorman & Bro., 1c Black, Old paper (RO97a), T. Gorman & Bro., 1c Black, Old paper (RO97a)T. Gorman & Bro., 1c Black, Old paper (RO97a). Pretty shade, centered to two sides as are most, sound, Fine and scarce, only 29 recorded in Aldrich census, of which 21 have perfs cutting into the design and the vast majority have faults

900
300
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848
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 848, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderGreenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Silk Paper (RO101b), Greenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Silk Paper (RO101b)Greenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Silk Paper (RO101b). Full to wide margins, tiny perf thin at bottom, otherwise Very Fine, a remarkably difficult issue to locate, while not the subject of a census in the Aldrich book, the West book notes he has seen between 30 and 40 copies, ex "Scarsdale"

175
200
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849
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 849, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderGreenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Experimental Silk Paper (RO101e), Greenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Experimental Silk Paper (RO101e)Greenleaf & Co., 3c Carmine, Experimental Silk Paper (RO101e). Bright color, wide margins to just clear at left, Fine, a lovely example of this scarce variety, while not the subject of a census in the Aldrich book, the West book notes perhaps 15-20 are known on silk paper, this is the only example located with Power Search, ex "Scarsdale", with 2007 P.F. certificate

1,100
750
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850
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 850, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderGreenleaf & Co., 5c Orange, Silk Paper (RO102b), Greenleaf & Co., 5c Orange, Silk Paper (RO102b)Greenleaf & Co., 5c Orange, Silk Paper (RO102b). Vibrant color, centered to bottom but completely sound

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT GREENLEAF MATCH STAMP ON SILK PAPER. ONLY 15 ARE RECORDED IN THE ALDRICH CENSUS.

Of the 15 recorded in the Aldrich book, at least nine are faulty and about half have perfs cutting into the design.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Ex Joyce and Himpsl

4,500
2,900
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851
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 851, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderHenning & Bonhack, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO107a), Henning & Bonhack, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO107a)Henning & Bonhack, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO107a). Three wide margins to clear at bottom, faint trace of cancel or soiling, minor perf flaw at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale"

350
325
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852
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 852, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderL. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO113a), L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO113a)L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO113a). Choice centering, bright shade, couple small thin spots, Extremely Fine appearance, ex Tolman and "Scarsdale"

400
0
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853
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 853, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderL. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO113b), L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO113b)L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO113b). Red "Dec. 10th '73 G. & G." handstamp, few faults including sealed tears, otherwise Very Fine example of this scarce issue, only 22 are recorded in Aldrich of which half have perfs in on at least one side, the handstamp is from Griggs & Goodwill, the successor company

1,650
225
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854
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 854, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderL. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO113e), L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO113e)L. G. Hunt, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO113e). Crisp impression, small thin spot near top, reperfed at top and left, appears Very Fine, a difficult issue to obtain, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate

450
250
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855
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 855, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderIves Matches, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO115u), Ives Matches, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO115u)Ives Matches, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO115u). Some slight toning and short perf at bottom, otherwise Fine example of the scarce Ultramarine shade, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate not mentioning toning

425
325
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856
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 856, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderP. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Silk and Pink Papers (RO116b-RO116c), P. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Silk and Pink Papers (RO116b-RO116c)P. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Silk and Pink Papers (RO116b-RO116c). Single of each, both with deep rich color and wide margins, Very Fine and choice, difficult to find in this condition, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificates, the latter graded VF-XF 85

52
0
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857
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 857, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderP. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO117d), P. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO117d)P. T. Ives, 1c Blue, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO117d). Deep rich color, wide margins, small thin spots at left, Very Fine appearance, only 37 are recorded in the Aldrich census (incl. two pairs) and at least 24 have faults, the example offered here is one of the nicest we have encountered, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

650
650
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858
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 858, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderP. T. Ives, 8c Blue, Old Paper (RO118a), P. T. Ives, 8c Blue, Old Paper (RO118a)P. T. Ives, 8c Blue, Old Paper (RO118a). Lovely pastel shade, attractive margins, couple small thin spots and small sealed tear at right, appears Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale", with 2006 P.F. certificate

240
130
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859
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 859, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderP. T. Ives, 8c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO118u), P. T. Ives, 8c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO118u)P. T. Ives, 8c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO118u). Lovely bright color in the true Ultramarine shade, few faults including repaired tear and pulled perfs at left

FINE APPEARANCE. THE 8-CENT IVES MATCH STAMP IN ULTRAMARINE IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMPS. ONLY FOUR ARE RECORDED IN THE ALDRICH CENSUS, AND THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN MEMORY. THIS IS THE DISCOVERY COPY.

The Ives match factory was located in Wallingford Conn., near several other match factories. An 8c denomination for a match stamp is unusually high. In Private Die Match Stamps the author suggests 8c would pay the tax on double packages of 400 matches, an unusually large size that was used most frequently on the West Coast. He suggests this type of use would also explain their low survival rate for even the old and silk papers in the normal color.

Accompanied by 1926 letter from Elliott Perry to Dr. Warren Atwood confirming this is the Ultramarine color and that he will notify Scott Co. that it should be listed. Ex Dr. Atwood and Joyce. Undervalued in Scott given that there are only four known -- others with this same quantity catalogue multiples of this value.

3,250
1,700
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860
ng
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 860, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderW. S. Kyle, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO122e), W. S. Kyle, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO122e)W. S. Kyle, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO122e). Scissors-separated at top and bottom into design, small pinhole at bottom right, Fine appearance, a rare issue -- none was offered in the famous Joyce sale and this is the only example located with Power Search, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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861
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 861, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderJohn J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper, Roulette (RO129a), John J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper, Roulette (RO129a)John J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper, Roulette (RO129a). Wide margins, small faults, sealed tear from top margin to rooster's tail -- the fragile nature of the paper means nearly all have faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE ONE-CENT ROULETTED JOHN J. MACKLIN & CO. MATCH STAMP. LESS THAN A DOZEN ARE KNOWN.

The history of this stamp is recorded in the book Private Die Match Stamps by Christopher West, the nom-de-plume of Elliott Perry. In the book, he notes that the stamps were printed by American Phototype Co. When other match manufacturers saw the inferior workmanship of the stamp, they called it to the attention of Butler, Carpenter & Co., who reported it to the authorities as a stamp easy to counterfeit. Butler & Carpenter refused to print from the same plate. Macklin refused to have a new plate made due to the cost (he had lost his business several times due to fire) and used 1c Proprietary stamps for a period of time.

The Aldrich census records eleven examples, which no doubt includes the unique example on thin buff paper offered in the following lot.

With 2009 P.F. certificate

10,000
7,000
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862
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 862, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderJohn J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Thin Buff Paper, Roulette (RO129a var), John J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Thin Buff Paper, Roulette (RO129a var)John J. Macklin & Co., 1c Black, Thin Buff Paper, Roulette (RO129a var). Wide margins, printed on a distinctly different paper than any other which is best described as thin yellowish tissue, small thin spot at left, light creases, some toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT JOHN J. MACKLIN MATCH STAMP PRINTED ON THIS THIN BUFF PAPER. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP COLLECTING.

The history of this stamp is recorded in the book Private Die Match Stamps by Christopher West, the nom-de-plume of Elliott Perry. In the book, he notes that the stamps were printed by American Phototype Co. The paper on the stamp offered here is the same as others printed by this company, such as the Byam, Carlton & Co. wrappers.

When other match manufacturers saw the inferior workmanship of the stamp, they called it to the attention of Butler, Carpenter & Co., who reported it to the authorities as a stamp easy to counterfeit. Butler & Carpenter refused to print from the same plate. Macklin refused to have a new plate made due to the cost (he had lost his business several times due to fire) and used 1c Proprietary stamps for a period of time.

Ex Colonel Green, Joyce, Maurer and Himpsl. With 1991 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as normal paper (ten recorded) does not adequately convey the rarity of the item offered here

10,000
7,500
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863
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 863, Match Stamps, A. Goldback thru Jock & WilderJock & Wildner, 1c Red Brown (RO129 var), Jock & Wildner, 1c Red Brown (RO129 var)Jock & Wildner, 1c Red Brown (RO129 var). Large margins, rich color, few stains, creases and sealed tears, two small holes

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JOCK & WILDNER MATCH STAMP.

This stamp is discussed in detail in Private Die Match Stamps by Christopher West, the nom-de-plume of Elliott Perry. In his article, Perry notes that the Office of the Commissioners of Internal Revenue responded to an 1894 inquiry about Jock & Wildner by stating that "the records of this Department fail to show that any such stamp was ever issued or authorized by the Government". Despite the absence of records documenting the issue, some students believe the few known examples are genuine. Copies have been included in many important Revenue collections (if only for reference), including those formed by Hiram Deats, Clarence Eagle and E.B. Sterling. The three recorded examples are: 1) ex Lilly, Kinglsey, Tolman and Bulkley, the stamp offered here; 2) ex Robert Cunliffe; and 3) ex Morton Dean Joyce. One of the three is also ex Colonel Green (Sale 25, 1946 Costales sale) but it was not illustrated.

Ex Lilly, Kingsley, Tolman and Bulkley. With 2012 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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