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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, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
882
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 882, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.E. K. Smith, 1c Blue, Watermarked, Rouletted (RO169d), E. K. Smith, 1c Blue, Watermarked, Rouletted (RO169d)E. K. Smith, 1c Blue, Watermarked, Rouletted (RO169d). Large margins, bright color, full roulettes on all sides

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS REGARDED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE EXCEEDINGLY RARE ONE-CENT E. K. SMITH ROULETTED PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP.

Ten copies of the E. K. Smith Roulette are recorded in the Aldrich census, of which eight are faulty. He notes "the condition is usually very, very poor." and states he would not be surprised if half were actually fakes. The huge margins on this stamp preclude fakery, the possibility of which casts a shadow over several other examples of this issue.

Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2003 P.F. certificate

7,000
18,000
883
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 883, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO182b), Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO182b)Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RO182b). A significant number of large silk fibers and on a different paper than the following lot, intense shade and proof-like impression, light diagonal crease and small thin spot at top

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT WILMINGTON PARLOR MATCH CO. ISSUE ON SILK PAPER. THIS MAY WELL BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE IN EXISTENCE.

For many years only one copy of this rarity was recorded. There are now 8 examples recorded in the Aldrich book, of which 6 are faulty. The Joyce sale contained only one with similar centering and with a thin spot and perfs scissors-trimmed at bottom left (it was described as the finest recorded example). The Fleischmann sale contained an example with perfs trimmed at bottom and with perfs into the design at left. The "Scarsdale" sale contained one with faults and perfs into the design at bottom.

Ex Tolman. With 2007 P.F. certificate

12,500
8,000
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884
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 884, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO182a), Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO182a)Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Old Paper (RO182a). Crisp impression, faults including thins, pulled perf and paper split, Very Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale", with 2012 P.F. certificate

175
275
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885
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 885, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO182e), Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO182e)Wilmington Parlor Match Co., 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RO182e). Detailed impression, fresh and Fine

500
275
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886
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 886, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Wise & Co., 1c Black (RO183a), Wise & Co., 1c Black (RO183a)Wise & Co., 1c Black (RO183a). Crisp impression, typical centering for this difficult issue, top right corner perf reattached and second perf from top right added, otherwise Fine, only 23 are recorded in the Aldrich census and more than half have faults, ex Elliot and Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

2,000
850
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887
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 887, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper (RO185a), Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper (RO185a)Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Green, Old Paper (RO185a). Deep rich color, choice centering for this difficult issue, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT GREEN ZISEMANN, GRIESHEIM & CO. MATCH ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

The Aldrich book records only 19 examples of this rarity from this St. Louis matchmaker. Of these no more than six are sound. He notes that many examples are stained and faded and that fresh examples (such as the one offered here) are truly rare. The single Joyce copy had a very noticeable short perf at left. The three others located with in Power Search are defective and off-center, including one torn in half and repaired.

Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2012 P.F. certificate (F-VF 75)

3,000
4,500
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888
 
Sale Number 1160, Lot Number 888, Match Stamps, E.K. Smith thru Ziseman, Greishman & Co.Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO186u), Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO186u)Zisemann, Griesheim & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Old Paper (RO186u). Rich color, small faults and some overall soiling

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ZISEMANN, GRIESHEIM & CO. PRIVATE DIE MATCH STAMP IN THE ULTRAMARINE COLOR. ONLY TWELVE ARE RECORDED IN THE ALDRICH BOOK.

The last example we offered was in our 2006 Tolman sale; that stamp has a tiny pinhole, short perf and perfs into the design on two sides. The example previously thought to be the finest in existence, ex Joyce, received a 2012 P.F. certificate stating it is RO186a in a shade of Blue and is not the true Ultramarine color (the census count needs to be reduced by one, to eleven). The stamp offered here is the only other in the P.F.'s online database.

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

3,000
1,300
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