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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. Stevens

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2148
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2148, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS199b), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS199b)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS199b). Large margins, deep rich color, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA ON SILK PAPER.

Only 20 copies are recorded in the Aldrich book.

Ex Kingsley. With 2003 P.F. certificate

3,750
2,800
2149
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2149, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS199bp), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS199bp)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2c Blue, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS199bp). Deep rich color and detailed impression, choice centering, small horizontal thin in bottom margin is hardly noticeable

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 2-CENT RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA ISSUE ON SILK PAPER.

This is one of the keys to a complete collection of these issues. It was lacking from the Joyce collection.

Ex Hochman, Watson and Bulkley. With 2012 P.F. certificate

14,500
10,000
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2150
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2150, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS200a), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS200a)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Old Paper, Imperforate (RS200a). Large margins to ample, detailed impression, few thins

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 4-CENT BLACK RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA ON OLD PAPER. ONLY NINE ARE RECORDED.

Nine examples are recorded in the Aldrich book. The book also notes that five are sound, but every copy we have encountered has thin spots, including both Joyce copies, the Lilly copy, the Tolman copy and one in a 1953 Harmer's sale. The P.F. has only certified two -- one with thin spots and one seriously defective.

5,500
4,750
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2151
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2151, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS200b), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS200b)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS200b). Three large margins, barely in at right, intense shade and impression, tiny thin speck at far right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA ON SILK PAPER.

Only ten are recorded in the Aldrich book, about half of which are sound. One of the ten has a clipped corner and another has part of bottom of design scissors-separated and rejoined.

5,500
4,250
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2152
og
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2152, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS203b), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS203b)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS203b). Original gum, crisp impression, completely sound

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 4-CENT RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA ISSUE ON SILK PAPER.

Only 24 are recorded in the Aldrich book. It is unknown how many retain their original gum. Ex Tolman. With 2007 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,800
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2153
og
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2153, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Part Perforated (RS203bp), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Part Perforated (RS203bp)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Part Perforated (RS203bp). Original gum, h.r., intense shade and impression, choice centering, tiny hinge thin speck

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE RING'S 4-CENT PART-PERFORATED ISSUE ON SILK PAPER.

Only 15 are recorded in the Aldrich book, which does not note how many are known with original gum. Ex Weill Brothers (Oct. 1990 Christie's sale)

3,750
2,700
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2154
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2154, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS203d), Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS203d)Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS203d). Detailed impression, tiny thin speck is barely noticeable, some lightened manuscript on back, Very Fine appearance, scarce, only 13 are recorded in the Aldrich book and less than half are sound

2,750
1,700
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2155
og
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2155, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensScheetz's Celebrated Bitter Cordial, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS210b), Scheetz's Celebrated Bitter Cordial, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS210b)Scheetz's Celebrated Bitter Cordial, 4c Black, Silk Paper, Perforated (RS210b). Original gum, h.r., perfectly centered, bright shade, fresh and Extremely Fine, scarce in sound and centered condition, only 39 are recorded in the Aldrich book, this is without question one of the finest in existence, we were able to locate only one other with gum, in the Joyce sale, ex Tolman, with 2007 P.F. certificate

1,000
950
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2156
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Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2156, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensSchenck's Mandrake Pills, 1c Green, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS212dp), Schenck's Mandrake Pills, 1c Green, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS212dp)Schenck's Mandrake Pills, 1c Green, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS212dp). Original gum, well-centered, rich color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF SCHENCK'S MANDRAKE PILLS ONE-CENT PERFORATED ON WATERMARKED PAPER.

2,479,000 of the 1ct Mandrake Pills stamps were issued on Old Paper, 27,000 of which were perforated. 3,439,827 were issued on Silk Paper, and 1,266,827 were issued on Pink and Watermarked papers, most of which were imperforate. This stamp on Watermarked paper with perforations is exceedingly rare. The Joyce and Lilly collections did not contain an example, and this is the only example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

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

4,000
5,250
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2157
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2157, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensSchenck's Pulmonic Syrup, 6c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS213d), Schenck's Pulmonic Syrup, 6c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS213d)Schenck's Pulmonic Syrup, 6c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS213d). Beautiful large margins, fresh, few minor thin spots, Very Fine and choice appearance, ex "Scarsdale", with 2006 P.F. certificate

160
250
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2158
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2158, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensJ. E. Schwartz & Co., 1c Lake, Pink Paper (RS215c), J. E. Schwartz & Co., 1c Lake, Pink Paper (RS215c)J. E. Schwartz & Co., 1c Lake, Pink Paper (RS215c). Large margins all around, brilliant color, Very Fine, only 26 are recorded in the Aldrich book of which approximately half are sound, ex Tolman

1,100
950
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2159
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2159, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensSeabury & Johnson, 1c Lake, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS218d), Seabury & Johnson, 1c Lake, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS218d)Seabury & Johnson, 1c Lake, Watermarked Paper, Perforated (RS218d). Rich color, usual penstroke crossing out "Porous" at right, few faults including short perf at top right, few thin spots and light creases, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, only 17 are recorded in the Aldrich book of which very few are sound, the example offered here is centered better than most, ex Turner

3,250
1,800
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2160
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2160, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensA. L. Scovill & Co., 4c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS221e), A. L. Scovill & Co., 4c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS221e)A. L. Scovill & Co., 4c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS221e). Few short blue silk fibers, brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, a lovely sound example of this scarce experimental silk paper issue, ex "Scarsdale", with 2007 P.F. certificate, undercatalogued in Scott

190
375
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2161
og
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2161, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensDr. M. A. Simmons, Iuka Miss., 1c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS223d), Dr. M. A. Simmons, Iuka Miss., 1c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS223d)Dr. M. A. Simmons, Iuka Miss., 1c Black, Watermarked Paper (RS223d). Traces of original gum, intense shade and detailed impression, typical centering for this difficult issue, completely sound

FINE. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE SIMMONS IUKA ISSUE ON WATERMARKED PAPER ARE RECORDED, AND ONLY THREE ARE SOUND. ONE OF THE GREAT MEDICINE STAMP RARITIES.

The Dr. Simmons stamps were originally engraved and printed with the Iuka inscription. After the firm moved to St. Louis, the inscription was changed. The "Iuka" stamps were normally printed on silk paper, and the "St. Louis" stamps on Bureau watermarked paper. The "Iuka "on watermarked paper is a great rarity. Richard Friedberg offers the theory that the first supply delivered by the Bureau was printed with the "Iuka" inscription, and that Simmons returned the stamps with a request to change the address to St. Louis.

The Aldrich book records six examples, of which three are potentially sound. We have offered only one other since keeping computerized records -- the ex-Lilly, Tolman and "Scarsdale" copy -- with similar centering and top left corner sheet selvage. The 1991 Joyce sale had one, with similar centering and a thin spot. We have been unable to locate any others in the past several decades of auctions.

Ex Joyce. With 1993 P.F. certificate

14,000
9,500
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2162
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2162, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensE. L. Soule & Co., 1c Blue, Syracuse Wrapper, Experimental Silk Paper (RS227e), E. L. Soule & Co., 1c Blue, Syracuse Wrapper, Experimental Silk Paper (RS227e)E. L. Soule & Co., 1c Blue, Syracuse Wrapper, Experimental Silk Paper (RS227e). Several of the tell-tale short blue silk fibers, deep rich color, some typical light creases as normally found on these large-format stamps, usual scissors-cuts of approximately 10 mm on each side between the design and the larger white margins

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SYRACUSE ONE-CENT BLUE EXPERIMENTAL SILK PAPER WRAPPER.

No examples of the experimental silk wrapper were offered in either the Joyce or Tolman sales. This issue was recently listed in Scott, just after our 2012 "Scarsdale" sale.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2010 P.F. certificate

3,000
1,900
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2163
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2163, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensE. L. Soule & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Syracuse Wrapper, Old Paper (RS227u), E. L. Soule & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Syracuse Wrapper, Old Paper (RS227u)E. L. Soule & Co., 1c Ultramarine, Syracuse Wrapper, Old Paper (RS227u). Large margins to just in, radiant color, usual light creases, few thin spots, usual scissors-cuts of approximately 10 mm on each side mostly between the design and the larger white margins, Very Fine appearance and an attractive example of this unusual color variety, only 26 are recorded in the Aldrich book, we have yet to encounter one in sound condition, ex Bulkley, with 2012 P.F. certificate

975
550
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2164
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2164, Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia thru H.R. StevensH. R. Stevens, 6c Black, Pink Paper (RS230c), H. R. Stevens, 6c Black, Pink Paper (RS230c)H. R. Stevens, 6c Black, Pink Paper (RS230c). Choice centering with wide margins, intense shade and impression, fresh and Very Fine, ex Tolman

125
225
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