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Sale 1195 — The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
137
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 137, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Block of four, each shows the "TAG" variety, original gum, h.r. where some perf separations sensibly reinforced causing light gum soak, top left stamp with light diagonal crease, otherwise Fine, a surprisingly rare original-gum block, we have offered only one other since 1996, the Ishikawa block was similar to the one offered here but this block was missing from most major collections due to the rarity of presentable examples

5,500
425
138
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 138, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Rich color, cancelled by well-struck Waving Flag and "UNION" fancy cancel of Healdsburg Cal., tiny corner perf crease at top right (easily removed), Very Fine strike of this rare fancy cancel

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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139
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 139, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.10c Yellow Green, Imperforate Horizontally (68b), 10c Yellow Green, Imperforate Horizontally (68b)10c Yellow Green, Imperforate Horizontally (68b). Wide margin at top, bottom separated unevenly as are all known examples, with one wide area in middle, tied by grid cancel and red New York exchange office circular datestamp on piece, small crease at top, repaired tear at right

FINE APPEARANCE AND VERY RARE. ONLY TWO PAIRS AND THIS SINGLE OF THE 1861 10-CENT GREEN IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY ARE KNOWN. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

The last example we offered was in our 1992 Rarities sale. With 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a pair

30,000
1,500
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140
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 140, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Block of four, original gum, h.r. but looks nice on the back, intense shade and impression

FINE. A SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Sound blocks with original gum have always been scarce, but the harvesting of centered singles has left very few blocks intact -- the largest recorded unused multiple is a block of six. Most remaining blocks are off center or have faults.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

10,000
1,600
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141
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 141, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Block of four, detailed impression, neat strikes of large 6-bar grid cancel, few sensibly reinforced perf separations, faint horizontal crease at top, Fine-Very Fine appearance, bottom left stamp red backstamp

1,100
750
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142
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 142, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Block of ten, manuscript "J N Lynch to W" repeated on each row, trace of manuscript at top right corner, position 7 sealed tear at bottom, few short perfs, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, a scarce used multiple of Scott 69, we have offered only two used blocks since 1998 and both were smaller than the example offered here, this originates from a block of approximately 80, which was used for revenue purposes on a document, it was removed from the document and broken up decades ago, ex Ishikawa, Scott Retail as two blocks of four and a pair

2,430
950
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143
ogbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 143, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Block of four, original gum, bit heavy h.r., radiant color on crisp paper, top left stamp 7mm tear at right center, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE BROWN LILAC SHADE. PERHAPS THREE OR FOUR EXIST.

We would have lost a bet if asked about the rarity of unused blocks of Scott 70 or 70a before trying to answer the question of how many exist. The collections that are famous for blocks -- Caspary, Lilly, Ishikawa and Klein -- did not have any Red Lilac or Brown Lilac unused blocks. Only one other is contained in Power Search.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate

17,000
2,600
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144
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 144, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Large part original gum, showing dry print with part of design missing at left, few creases, Very Fine and very unusual, this is wider than normal and so likely came from the leftmost column of the plate where the ink was wiped away a bit too vigorously by the pressman, Scott Retail $3,250.00 as normal stamp

E. 500-750
425
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145
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 145, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Block of four, natural s.e. at left showing interpane margin and guideline, rich color, neat grid cancels, top stamps with small tears, Fine appearance, a rare used block of this shade, this is the first we have offered since 2007

3,500
950
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146
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 146, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Unused (no gum), intense color in the true Steel Blue shade, fresh and Fine, scarce in sound unused condition, with 1960 P.F. certificate

6,250
2,500
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147
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 147, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Horizontal pair, gorgeous centering, deep rich color at the darker end of the Steel Blue spectrum, each tied by red Type A "Supplementary Mail" handstamp on small blue piece with part of Jan. 16, 1862 transit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS PAIR OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE TIED ON A PIECE BY THE SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL CANCEL. TRULY PHENOMENAL IN EVERY RESPECT.

We are surprised this pair has remained intact, as the 24c Steel Blue shade is difficult to find with such choice centering.

E. 5,000-7,500
15,500
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148
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 148, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Radiant color, neat strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel, single short perf at upper right, otherwise Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate

865
450
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149
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 149, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, few small faults not readily apparent, Very Fine appearance

890
225
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150
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 150, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Unused, regummed over repair at top right, rich color and detailed impression

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE VIOLET SHADE ON THIN PAPER, SCOTT 70c.

With 2000 P.S.E. and 2018 P.F. certificates, the former not noting regumming

13,500
2,200
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151
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 151, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Vertical pair, deep rich color, tied by blue grid cancels and matching "Cincinnati O. Sep. 30" double-circle datestamp on piece

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE PAIR OF THE 1862 24-CENT VIOLET ON THIN PAPER.

Ex Newbury and Saadi. With 1987 and 1990 P.F. certificates

4,550
3,500
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152
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 152, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Block of four, original gum, h.r. where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, light vertical creases, few toned spots on back

FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE.

As this block demonstrates, the 30c 1861 plate left very little space between the stamp subjects. Consequently, perforations usually cut into part of the design. This fact is acknowledged in both the Scott Catalogue and Stamp Market Quarterly, and the 30c 1861-68 Issue is one of the few for which centering standards are adjusted accordingly. Virtually every well-centered original-gum block of the 30c 1861 has been broken into singles.

Ex Weill

17,000
1,700
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153
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 153, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Rich color, cancelled by neat strike of Union Soldier's Head fancy cancel of New York City (Skinner-Eno PH-F 72), stamp with repair at bottom left, Very Fine strike of this distinct fancy cancel, the creation and use of this fancy cancel in the Spring of 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War, it is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries

E. 750-1,000
225
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154
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 154, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Block of four, vibrant color, neat cancels, few faults, Fine appearance and a scarce used block

2,500
300
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155
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 155, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of four, disturbed original gum, h.r. where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, deep rich color, bottom stamps horizontal crease, bottom left stamp small repair

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Fewer than ten unused blocks of four are recorded. Ex Caspary. With 1981 P.F. certificate

32,500
2,600
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156
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 156, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of 25, tied by cork cancels on piece of oversize parcel wrapper which also has part of a 2c Black Jack stamp, s.e. at left, scissors-separated at top causing perfs on right two stamps to be trimmed away, horizontal crease affects middle row, few other small faults

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

The largest recorded unused multiple is a block of eight. This block of 25 represents $22.50 in postage, which is the equivalent of $626 in today's dollars. A block of 20 is also known with similar centering on a similar piece, with different cancels (see our 1986 Rarities sale).

Ex Waterhouse and Ishikawa. Scott Retail as four blocks of four, four pairs and a single

25,575
7,500
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157
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 157, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 10c Green (68), tied by cork cancels on piece of 1866 cover to Hong Kong, China, addressed to Augustine Heard & Co., red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 24 Jan." circular datestamp, red London transit circular datestamp, red crayon rating, 10c with tear at right, piece with small patch at upper left, light file fold and waterstain not affecting stamps, Fine and attractive use on part of a cover to Hong Kong, with clear 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
425
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158
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 158, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Horizontal pair, used with two 10c Green (68) and 24c Brown Lilac (70a), s.e. at right, tied by grid cancels on blue linen-lined piece, 90c pair lifted and hinged in place, Fine-Very Fine and attractive high franking, the $2.24 in postage may have paid eight-times the 28c Prussian Closed Mail rate

E. 750-1,000
750
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159
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 159, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Pale Blue (72a), 90c Pale Blue (72a)90c Pale Blue (72a). Pretty color in this distinctive shade, unobtrusive strike of grid cancel, faint corner crease at bottom left, reperfed at top, Very Fine appearing example of this scarce shade

625
500
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160
 
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 160, 1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont.90c Dark Blue (72b), 90c Dark Blue (72b)90c Dark Blue (72b). Intense color nicely complemented by blue Baltimore circular datestamp, sealed tear at top left, Very Fine appearing example of this distinct and scarce shade, this is a very dark Dark Blue, ex Herzog

1,010
1,200
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