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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2134
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2134, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.T. W. Marsden, 2c Blue, Old Paper (RS175a), T. W. Marsden, 2c Blue, Old Paper (RS175a)T. W. Marsden, 2c Blue, Old Paper (RS175a). Bright color, small thin spot at bottom left, small tear at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A WELL-CENTERED AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE T. W. MARSDEN 2-CENT BLUE PROPRIETARY ISSUE.

The Aldrich census records a total of only eleven examples. Several of the others are very faulty -- we count four with repairs.

Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2012 P.F. certificate

11,500
7,500
2135
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2135, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Mercado & Seully, 2c Black, Old Paper (RS177a), Mercado & Seully, 2c Black, Old Paper (RS177a)Mercado & Seully, 2c Black, Old Paper (RS177a). Large margins, rich color, few faults including creases (one ending in small tear), pinhole and tiny edge tears

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT MERCADO AND SEULLY PRIVATE DIE PROPRIETARY ISSUE. ONLY FIFTEEN EXAMPLES OF THIS ISSUE FROM THIS SAN FRANCISCO PRODUCER ARE KNOWN.

The Aldrich book records 15 copies of this rarity, of which perhaps five are sound. They were affixed over the cork and down the neck of bottles of Sausevain's Bitters and so most were destroyed. It is only known on old paper.

7,500
4,000
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2136
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2136, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS178c), Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS178c)Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS178c). Choice centering, detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT MERCHANT'S GARGLING OIL ON PINK PAPER. THIS MAY WELL BE THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Only 17 are recorded in the Aldrich book. Only nine are potentially sound, and only nine are centered Fine or better (some of which have faults). Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2012 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

1,750
1,800
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2137
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2137, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS178e), Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS178e)Merchant's Gargling Oil, 1c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS178e). Few short blue paper fibers clearly visible, intense shade and impression, few faults including flaw at left and small toned spot at bottom right, otherwise Fine, only 12 are recorded in the Aldrich book, the example offered here has centering similar to most of the others we have sold

3,250
1,500
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2138
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2138, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Pink Paper (RS179c), Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Pink Paper (RS179c)Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Pink Paper (RS179c). Deep rich color, small toned spot at top left, otherwise Very Fine, only 20 are recorded in the Aldrich census and this is the finest we have encountered in terms of both centering and soundness, ex Tolman, with 2007 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,100
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2139
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2139, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS179e), Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS179e)Merchant's Gargling Oil, 2c Green, Experimental Silk Paper (RS179e). Deep rich color, few short blue silk fibers, some faults, Very Fine appearing example of this rarity, only eight are recorded in the Aldrich book and perhaps half are sound, we have sold only one sound example since keeping computerized records and the perfs were cut into the design

3,250
2,100
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2140
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2140, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Mishler Herb Bitters Co., 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate at Ends (RS181d, RS181dp), Mishler Herb Bitters Co., 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate at Ends (RS181d, RS181dp)Mishler Herb Bitters Co., 4c Black, Watermarked Paper, Imperforate at Ends (RS181d, RS181dp). Second with original gum, choice centering, usual faults associated with such large-format issues, Very Fine appearing complete set from this producer, ex Tolman

1,650
300
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2141
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2141, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Dr. C. C. Moore, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS184c), Dr. C. C. Moore, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS184c)Dr. C. C. Moore, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS184c). Choice centering with wide margins, detailed impression, deep pink paper, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT DR. C. C. MOORE ISSUE ON PINK PAPER. AN OUTSTANDING PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE RARITY.

Only seven examples of Dr. Moore's 2c on Pink Paper are recorded in the Aldrich book, of which four are reported as sound. Considering the centering of the example offered here, we are confident in stating that this is one of the finest in existence.

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

22,500
10,000
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2142
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2142, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Morehead's Neurodyne, 4c Black, Old Paper (RS186a), Morehead's Neurodyne, 4c Black, Old Paper (RS186a)Morehead's Neurodyne, 4c Black, Old Paper (RS186a). Crisp impression, few light creases, Fine appearing example of this scarce issue, only 17 are recorded in the Aldrich book and most are faulty -- we have never offered a sound copy

4,500
3,250
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2143
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2143, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Dr. M. Perl & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS188a), Dr. M. Perl & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS188a)Dr. M. Perl & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS188a). Margins close to just in as usual for this difficult issue, detailed impression, few light creases and thin spots, Fine appearance, only 23 are recorded in the Aldrich book and most have faults

1,650
1,100
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2144
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2144, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS191a), Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS191a)Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS191a). Bright shade, small thin spots, light vertical crease, appears Very Fine, only 41 are recorded in the Aldrich book and over half have faults, ex Tolman and "Scarsdale"

650
550
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2145
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2145, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS191b), Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS191b)Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS191b). Choice centering for this difficult issue, crisp impression, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT BENNETT PIETER & CO. ISSUE ON SILK PAPER. ONLY THREE OF THE TEN RECORDED EXAMPLES ARE POTENTIALLY SOUND.

The Aldrich census records a total of 10 examples of this issue, of which at least seven have faults.

Ex Tolman. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Small "GSD" backstamp.

4,500
2,600
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2146
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2146, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS191e), Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS191e)Bennett Pieters & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS191e). Intense shade and impression, few blue silk fibers visible on the front of the stamp, few faults including thin spots, creases and pinhole at right, otherwise Fine and extremely rare, only eight are recorded in the Aldrich book, at least two have perfs trimmed on one side, this is the first we have offered since 1998, this rarity was missing from both the Tolman and "Scarsdale" collections, with 1984 P.F. certificate

5,000
650
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2147
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2147, Thomas W. Marsden thru Bennett Pieters and Co.Bennett Pieters & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS192a), Bennett Pieters & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS192a)Bennett Pieters & Co., 6c Black, Old Paper (RS192a). Choice centering, few faults including expertly repaired at right, otherwise Very Fine, only 20 are recorded in the Aldrich book and of these only four are potentially sound

1,600
700
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