EXTREMELY FINE. A BRILLIANT ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I STAMP.
This is a scarce stamp in sound original-gum condition and choice centering
VERY FINE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 12 WITH A COMBINATION OF TYPES I AND II.
Ex Floyd. With 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as with original gum
FRESH AND FINE. A SCARCE SHEET-MARGIN MULTIPLE FROM PLATE 12 CONTAINING THREE TYPE I STAMPS.
Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1995 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as Type I/II combination pair plus pair of Type I
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom. For this reason, stamps from the bottom row of Plate 4 with perforations slightly into the design are still desirable. The stamp offered here is one of the few sound original-gum examples.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND SUPERBLY CENTERED ONE-CENT 1857 COMBINATION BLOCK CONTAINING ONE TYPE III AND THREE TYPE IIIa STAMPS.
With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a Type III-IIIa combination pair and a pair of Type IIIa
FINE AND SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 TYPE III PERFORATED ISSUE.
Plated and signed by Ashbrook
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 5-CENT BRICK RED. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
Many collectors know this issue by type and shade, but few are aware of the order of production (or release). This state of confusion is partly due to the Scott Catalogue. The distinctive Brick Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue comes first in the series of Scott-listed perforated 5c issues, but its true release date comes later in the sequence.
Based on dated covers, the 5c Type I shades were released in the following order: 1) Red Brown, Scott 28, EDU 8/23/1857; 2) Indian Red, Scott 28A, EDU 3/31/1858; 3) Brick Red, Scott 27, EDU 10/6/1858; and 4) Brown, Scott 29, EDU 3/21/1859, almost certainly the last printing from the first 5c plate. The second 5c plate was made from a new six-relief transfer roll with the design projections cut away at top and bottom, to varying degrees. The Type II Brown was issued first (Scott 30A, EDU 5/4/1860), and the Orange Brown printing from the same plate followed about one year later (Scott 30, EDU 5/8/1861).
After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately twenty examples of Scott 27 with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching on two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults. The example offered here is more desirable than most -- it has full original gum, better centering than most, and has only very minor flaws.
Accompanied by 1945 letter from Y. Souren stating sound and genuine. With 1997 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 5-CENT INDIAN RED.
Our search of old auction catalogues and the records of The Philatelic Foundation and P.S.E. yielded only eleven unused examples of Scott 28A. Of these, the majority are without gum.
With 1959 and 1997 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN TYPE II.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BLOCK OF THE 1860 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. REMARKABLE FOR ITS CENTERING AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.
Although a relatively large number of 5c Orange Browns reached collectors from unused supplies left over after the issue was demonetized due to the Civil War, multiples are scarce, and most have been broken to feed the market's desire for singles. The largest recorded multiple is a block of 32 (rejoined at center), followed by a single block of nine (realized $50,000 hammer in our 2009 Whitman sale). This is the first multiple larger than a block of four we have offered since that sale.
Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A REMARKABLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate and Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating leave collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE BLOCK OF THE 1860 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN. THE BOTTOM LEFT STAMP HAS UNUSUALLY WIDE MARGINS.
The 5c Brown Type II is far rarer in unused multiples than the Orange Brown. Unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. Prior to the discovery of the block of 20 in the Frelinghuysen collection, the largest recorded multiple was a block of nine. A horizontal block of six is also known (creased thru bottom three stamps) as are approximately a half-dozen blocks of four.
Ex Klein and "Sevenoaks". With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV IS ONE OF THE RAREST CLASSIC UNITED STATES ISSUES IN UNUSED CONDITION.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1 that have the top, bottom or both lines recut. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage were issued with perforations. Most are either faulty, off-center or both.
With 1989 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3 -- THE THIRD LARGEST BLOCK AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AND THE LARGEST AVAILABLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
A pane of 100 is contained in the Jefferys collection, formerly in the Franklin Institute and now displayed at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. A half-pane of 50 and a block of 25 are also known (both offered in our Sale 1000), but neither has gum.
Ex Caspary, Klein and "Sevenoaks". With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four blocks of four and four pairs
FINE-VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE -- ONE OF THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLES.
According to Linn's Stamp Facts, the largest recorded multiple is an irregular block of 22 with reinforced perf separations (offered in our Sale 1000, no stamps are Mint N.H.). Two blocks of 20 are also known (one is ex Caspary, Klein and Zoellner, with four Mint N.H. stamps). We are also aware of two other blocks of twelve (one has one Mint N.H. stamp). The block offered here, with five Mint N.H. stamps and in such choice condition, is a remarkable rarity.
Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks of four and two pairs
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Although some sheets of the 24c, 30c and 90c 1857-60 Issue were left in the public's hands after the Civil War demonetization took effect, original-gum examples of the 30c in Extremely Fine grade are extremely rare, owing to the narrow space between subjects on the plate and the difficulty experienced by Toppan, Carpenter with the first perforated issue. This stamp is extraordinary in three respects: first, it is perfectly centered with the design framed by white margins on all sides; second, it is very lightly hinged; and, third, the color is brilliant and free of any oxidation that frequently plagues this issue.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2000 P.F. certificate