Sale 1159 — 2017 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2017
Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE GROUP OF SIX DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH SMALL MANUSCRIPT "X" MARKINGS USED TO DENOTE THAT THESE ARE SPECIMENS.
We have seen this marking used on other examples of the issue in combination with a "Specimen" overprint (see our 2012 Rarities sale, lot 138).
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
This is a very difficult stamp to obtain in sound condition with original gum and nice centering. The P.S.E. Population Report statistics bear this out, with only two stamps graded higher than the example offered here.
With 1994 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $9,500.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE 15-CENT 1869 TYPE I IS VERY RARE IN THIS ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 15c Type I comes from the first 1869 printing; in May 1869 the 15c went to press using the second frame plate, which produced Type II. In a condition census, both Type I and II would show similar numbers known in the top tier of original-gum condition -- probably 8 to 10 of each. However, Type I is generally a rarer stamp and carries a much higher Scott Catalogue value.
Ex "Laila". With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
This was carried from New York on April 10 aboard the Inman Line's City of London, arriving Liverpool April 21.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL SET OF CORNER-MARGIN PAIRS OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT PLATE PROOFS ON CARD.
The card proof sheets of 100 of the four inverted high values of the 1869 Pictorial issue were prepared for and displayed at the Atlanta International Cotton Exposition in 1881. They were printed in response to the publicity surrounding the actual inverted stamps that began to appear in the 1870’s. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition. Petrie claimed that he rescued the inverts along with the trial color card proof sheets (the Atlanta trial color proofs) just before they were to be burned. For some years he tried to sell his find and in 1895 he began to advertise them in the philatelic press, finding no takers. In 1903 he sold them to James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford, one of the great collectors of stamps, essays, proofs and philatelic literature at the turn of the 20th Century. In November 1915 the Earl of Crawford’s collection was purchased by John A. Klemann of the Nassau Stamp Company in New York. It was Klemann who eventually cut up the sheets into top and bottom plate blocks of eight (only one set remains fully intact), two sets of blocks of four (or possibly three), a few pairs and singles. Klemann retained blocks of 30 for future division but there is no record as to when those blocks were cut up.
This set of pairs was originally part of blocks of four. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful set of pairs from the key corner positions.
Scott Retail as singles
FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE STAR FANCY CANCEL.
Our census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , records three unused and 100 used copies (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.
Census No. 119b-CAN-42. With 1973 and 2010 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The 24c 1869 Pictorial, even in original-gum condition, is not a rare stamp. However, centering and soundness are elusive qualities among examples of this issue.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH A BEAUTIFUL RED CANCEL.
With 2014 P.S.A.G. certificate (95 used). Scott catalog assigns a $500.00 premium for a red cancel
VERY FINE. A UNIQUE ESSAY COMBINING THE UNADOPTED DESIGN FOR THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH THE ISSUED 6-CENT 1864 NESBITT ENTIRE.
The unadopted Surrender of Burgoyne design is found in various colors on white or colored envelopes. Examples are scarce and are almost always found without a postal indicia. The use of this design on an issued postal stationery entire is extremely rare. We have offered only one other (ex Kuphal and "Lake Shore") and that example was printed in Orange on a 2c entire. The Undersander catalog also lists two other combinations. The only other 1869 Issue essays we have encountered on issued entires feature the 5c Washington or 10c Lincoln designs. Each of these is likely unique
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL, WITH A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF COLOR, FRESHNESS AND CENTERING.
The rarity of centered original-gum examples of the 30c 1869 with grill is somewhat obscured by the availability of off-center copies of the 30c with and without grill. If the scope were narrowed to Scott 121 only, and only grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine were considered, we estimate that fewer than 15 examples would be counted.
With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
The 90c 1869 Pictorial is widely admired for its beautiful engraving and dignified portrait of Abraham Lincoln. However, collectors have been frustrated in their efforts to acquire choice examples of this issue. Used 90c stamps are typically heavily cancelled, because the high denomination was cause for postal clerks to thoroughly obliterate any chance for re-use. Naturally, the significant monetary value of 90c in 1869 limited the number of unused stamps that would be saved for future collectors. Therefore, the collector ideals of "well-centered with original gum" and "lightly cancelled" are seldom obtainable in the available supply of 90c 1869's. The stamp offered here, with lightly-hinged original gum, rich color and choice centering, probably ranks among the top 1% of surviving 90c 1869's in unused state.
Ex Whitman. With 1996 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
With 1985 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $5,100.00)