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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, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` Sons

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
821
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 821, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsBrown & Durling, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO43a), Brown & Durling, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO43a)Brown & Durling, 1c Black, Old Paper (RO43a). Choice centering, intense shade and impression, barest trace of cancels or soiling at bottom right and top right

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT BLACK BROWN & DURLING MATCH ISSUE.

The Aldrich census records only 20 examples, of which five are sound. We were able to locate one of the sound copies in our records, and it has perfs into the design on two sides. The sound and centered example offered here is a true condition rarity.

Ex Tolman. With 2007 P.F. certificate

2,250
2,600
822
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 822, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsL. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO45a), L. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO45a)L. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO45a). Choice centering, detailed impression, central thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE L. W. BUCK & COMPANY'S ONE-CENT STAMP ON OLD PAPER. ONLY 16 ARE RECORDED.

The Buck plant was destroyed by fire circa 1870 and was never rebuilt, leaving a brief period when the stamps would have been used. The Aldrich book records only 16 examples. We have offered only three others since keeping computerized records, two of which were repaired.

3,000
2,100
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823
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 823, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsL. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO45e), L. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO45e)L. W. Buck & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO45e). Crisp impression, thinned, appears Fine, scarce, the Buck plant was destroyed by fire circa 1870 and was never rebuilt, leaving a brief period when the stamps would have been used, only 20 are recorded in the Aldrich census, ex Himpsl

2,250
850
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824
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 824, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsD. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO46a), D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO46a)D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO46a). Choice centering, intense shade and impression, few trivial imperfections, Extremely Fine, ex Tolman

175
190
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825
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 825, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsD. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO46b), D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO46b)D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO46b). Intense shade and impression, small corner crease at top left, light diagonal crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE D. BURHANS & COMPANY PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP ON SILK PAPER. ONLY SEVEN ARE RECORDED.

The Aldrich census records a total of seven copies, of which at least four have faults. Power Search located three others, all faulty (one repaired), and the Joyce copy also had faults, so it seems likely that most have faults (we have confirmed that five have faults).

Ex Bulkley. With 2012 P.F. certificate.

12,500
5,500
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826
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 826, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsD. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO46e), D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO46e)D. Burhans & Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO46e). Showing blue silk fiber, choice centering, intense shade and impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF D. BURHANS & COMPANY PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP ON EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER.

The Aldrich book records only 18 copies, of which half are sound. We are aware of only one other, ex Joyce, that compares favorably to the example offered here.

With 1980 P.F. certificate

900
2,000
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827
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 827, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsByam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO48a), Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO48a)Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO48a). Large margins to clear, crisp shade and clear impression, sound

VERY FINE AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THIS MATCH STAMP RARITY. ONLY FOURTEEN ARE RECORDED IN THE ALDRICH CENSUS.

Half of those in the census are noted as being faulty. Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2012 P.F. certificate (F-VF 75)

6,000
3,750
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828
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 828, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsByam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black Wrapper, 131 x 99mm (RO50a), Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black Wrapper, 131 x 99mm (RO50a)Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black Wrapper, 131 x 99mm (RO50a). Large margins three sides, just touched at top, completely free from the faults that can plague this issue (light vertical creases at sides are from use on the package of matches)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE LARGE BYAM, CARLTON & CO. MATCH WRAPPER.

According to Private Die Match Stamps by Christopher West, the nom-de-plume of Elliott Perry, the company Byam, Carlton was one of the largest match manufacturers. They issued most of their matches in books of wooden matches, twelve to a book. The books of twelve were bundled into packages of eight, the tax on which was 1c. It would have been prohibitively expensive to wrap them in a package and then affix a stamp to the package. The company applied to the government for a stamp built into the center of the wrapper, which under law it was their right to ask for. Given the quantities needed, engraved plates would have cost $30,000 per year to use and maintain, so the work was subcontracted by Butler & Carpenter to the American Phototype Company.

The Aldrich census records only 18 examples, of which perhaps six are sound. This is an amazingly small amount, given the large quantities issued.

2,250
1,500
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829
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 829, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsByam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black on Buff, Wrapper (RO51a), Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black on Buff, Wrapper (RO51a)Byam, Carlton & Co., 1c Black on Buff, Wrapper (RO51a). Large margins all around, few faults as normally found, including small hole, some black adhesive staining almost entirely outside the design, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale"

250
275
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830
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 830, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsFrank E. Clark, 1c Lake, Old Paper (RO59a), Frank E. Clark, 1c Lake, Old Paper (RO59a)Frank E. Clark, 1c Lake, Old Paper (RO59a). Vivid color, well-centered, Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate (VF 80)

110
300
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831
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 831, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsChicago Match Co., 3c Black (RO60a), Chicago Match Co., 3c Black (RO60a)Chicago Match Co., 3c Black (RO60a). Intense shade and impression, choice centering for this difficult issue, few faults that are not clearly evident, Extremely Fine appearance, rare with such choice centering, the Aldrich book records only 42 copies and notes "virtually all the copies I have seen have some perforations touching the design somewhere on the stamp"

1,000
650
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832
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 832, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsJames L. Clark, 1c Green, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO63d), James L. Clark, 1c Green, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO63d)James L. Clark, 1c Green, Rouletted, USIR Watermark (RO63d). Deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, wide margins, small thin spot at bottom, Very Fine appearance, only 30 are recorded in the Aldrich census of which approximately half have faults, this has the best centering of any we have encountered, ex Bulkley, with 1987 P.F. certificate

1,400
1,100
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833
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 833, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsCramer & Kemp, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO66u), Cramer & Kemp, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO66u)Cramer & Kemp, 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO66u). Rich color and detailed impression, trivial toned spot near top of head, otherwise Very Fine, scarce

500
275
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834
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 834, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsW. D. Curtis Matches, 1c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RO68e), W. D. Curtis Matches, 1c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RO68e)W. D. Curtis Matches, 1c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RO68e). Intense shade and impression, several silk fibers clearly visible, small thin spot and tear opposite "e" of "One", Very Fine appearance, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

450
550
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835
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 835, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsG. W. H. Davis, 1c Carmine, Watermarked (RO70d), G. W. H. Davis, 1c Carmine, Watermarked (RO70d)G. W. H. Davis, 1c Carmine, Watermarked (RO70d). Perfectly centered, vivid color, slight thinning at top, otherwise Extremely Fine Gem, ex "Scarsdale"

90
450
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836
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 836, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsW. E. Doolittle, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO71a), W. E. Doolittle, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO71a)W. E. Doolittle, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RO71a). Rich color, Very Fine, scarce in sound condition, only 51 are recorded in the Aldrich census

550
425
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837
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 837, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsEichele & Co., 1c Blue, Rouletted (RO79d), Eichele & Co., 1c Blue, Rouletted (RO79d)Eichele & Co., 1c Blue, Rouletted (RO79d). Rich color, thin spots, horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance

350
160
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838
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 838, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsJ. W. Eisenhart's Matches, 1c Blue, Pink Paper (RO80c), J. W. Eisenhart's Matches, 1c Blue, Pink Paper (RO80c)J. W. Eisenhart's Matches, 1c Blue, Pink Paper (RO80c). Nice margins and centering, rich color, light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale"

125
110
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839
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 839, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsExcelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Blue, Silk Paper (RO83b), Excelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Blue, Silk Paper (RO83b)Excelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Blue, Silk Paper (RO83b). Rich colors, wide margins and nicely centered, Very Fine and choice, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

125
450
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840
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 840, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsExcelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO83u), Excelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO83u)Excelsior Match, Baltimore Md., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO83u). Pretty color, tear at bottom, appears Fine, scarce color variety -- this is the only example located with Power Search, ex Tolman and "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate

900
700
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841
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 841, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsGardner, Beer & Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RO86c), Gardner, Beer & Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RO86c)Gardner, Beer & Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RO86c). Intense shade, choice centering, tiny tear at left is barely noticeable, Very Fine appearance

300
150
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842
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 842, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsWm. Gates, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO88e), Wm. Gates, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO88e)Wm. Gates, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO88e). Crisp paper and detailed impression, small thin spot at top right, two tiny tears at top, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate

400
400
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843
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 843, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsWm. Gates, 6c Black, Old Paper (RO90a), Wm. Gates, 6c Black, Old Paper (RO90a)Wm. Gates, 6c Black, Old Paper (RO90a). Wide margins and choice centering, Extremely Fine, unusually choice quality for a large-format Match stamp, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

200
400
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844
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Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 844, Match Stamps, Brown & Durling thru William Gates` SonsWilliam Gates' Sons, 1c Black, Rouletted (RO93d), William Gates' Sons, 1c Black, Rouletted (RO93d)William Gates' Sons, 1c Black, Rouletted (RO93d). Small part original gum, dark shade, small thin spot in the watermark

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE WILLIAM GATES' SONS ONE-CENT WITH ROULETTES. ONLY 14 ARE RECORDED.

The Aldrich census records 14 copies. We have offered only two genuine examples since keeping computerized records. Ex Dr. Barnes

3,250
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