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Sale 1180 — The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 11-12 April, 2018

Category — 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
300
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 300, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown (303), 4c Brown (303)4c Brown (303). Mint N.H., incredibly rich color on bright paper, almost perfectly centered with wide margins all around, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp, with 2000 P.F. certificate

140
1,100
301
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 301, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)6c Claret (305), 6c Claret (305)6c Claret (305). Mint N.H., incredibly rich color, perfectly centered, Extremely Fine Gem, a stamp with great visual appeal, with 2000 P.F. certificate

150
1,500
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302
og
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 302, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$1.00 Black (311), $1.00 Black (311)$1.00 Black (311). Barely hinged, intense shade and detailed impression, unusually wide and balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1996 P.F. certificate

600
700
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303
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 303, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$2.00 Dark Blue (312), $2.00 Dark Blue (312)$2.00 Dark Blue (312). Mint N.H., perfectly centered, deep rich color and sharp proof-like impression on bright paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 1902 ISSUE.

The $2.00 1902 Issue in Mint N.H. condition is scarce, and many lack the overall eye appeal of the example offered here.

With 1972 and 1994 P.F. certificates

2,475
5,000
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304
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 304, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)$5.00 Dark Green (313), $5.00 Dark Green (313)$5.00 Dark Green (313). Mint N.H., deep rich color and proof-like impression, phenomenal margins and centering, long and full perforations

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.

The 1902-03 Regular Issue was a great improvement over the Bureau's first efforts in 1894 and 1895. Perforations tend to be cleaner, and centering better, but the large plate layout and perforation method still resulted in a large number of poorly centered stamps. Furthermore, stamps issued in choice condition seldom stayed that way, because the boom in stamp collecting that began with the Roosevelt administration caused hordes of hinge-bearing philatelists to mount stamps over and over again. For this reason, today's collectors have grown accustomed to paying many multiples of Scott value for Extremely Fine stamps in Mint Never-Hinged state. This is especially true when it comes to the $5.00 denomination. This fact is made abundantly clear when one realizes that the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. to a $5.00 value in Never-Hinged condition is a 90, given to only three stamps.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

6,250
8,500
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305
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 305, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A), 4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A)4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). With full Schermack perforations on both sides, h.r., rich color and detailed impression, fantastic centering both top-to-bottom and side-to-side, tiny negligible tear at left center inside the bottom Schermack perf

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A. ONLY FOUR PAIRS, TWO LINE PAIRS AND NINE SINGLES ARE KNOWN IN UNUSED CONDITION. THIS IS AMONG THE FINEST IN TERMS OF CENTERING AND OVERALL APPEARANCE.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A , records four pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library. Two have no gum, leaving only six singles with gum available to collectors. One single and one stamp in a pair are in Mint N.H. condition. Our census also contains 46 used examples, including three strips of three (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library and one on cover), one pair, three singles on separate covers, and 32 single used copies.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates, from the Winfield Printing Company. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News, and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 34 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 13 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles), a pair and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which is a sheet-margin single on a cover mailed to him by his brother in Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and 32 used single stamps, most of which were probably removed from the mass-mailing covers.

Census No. 314A-OG-08. Ex "Ambassador", Phelps-Stokes Fund and Brody. With 1964 and 2003 P.F. certificates

100,000
52,500
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306
 
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 306, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A), 4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A)4c Brown, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Wavy-line machine cancel, full Schermack perfs at right, left margin ample but without perfs

A FINE. A RARE COMPLETELY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE, SCOTT 314A.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations, designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

Our census of Scott 314A incorporates the records of The Philatelic Foundation, the Levi records (which represents over 40 years of auction sales) and our own computerized sales history, and is available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A . The census reveals a startling fact -- there are only 32 used singles (two on piece), two used strips of three (one in the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library), a used pair and four covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 46 used stamps.

Signed Bartels. With copy of 1969 P.F. certificate

50,000
18,250
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307
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 307, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315), 5c Blue, Imperforate (315)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Mint N.H. left sheet margin single with part arrow, ball marker and plate printers' initials, large margins other sides, rich color, Extremely Fine, an outstanding stamp, the blue Ball Marker was caused by ink settling into indentations from a Brinnell plate hardness measuring device, with 1993 P.F. certificate for block of four

575
850
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308
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 308, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315), 5c Blue, Imperforate (315)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Mint N.H., large margins all around, deep rich color on bright paper, Extremely Fine

575
600
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309
nh
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 309, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Imperforate (315), 5c Blue, Imperforate (315)5c Blue, Imperforate (315). Mint N.H. horizontal pair, deep rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Hillmer

1,250
1,000
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310°
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 310, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (316), 1c Blue Green, Coil (316)1c Blue Green, Coil (316). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE RARE ONE-CENT VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 316. OUR CENSUS RECORDS ONLY TWELVE PAIRS AND ONE SINGLE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS IN EXISTENCE.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were then pasted together to form rolls (one paste-up pair is known).

It is unknown exactly how many of these experimental coils were produced. They were superseded less than a year later by the Washington-Franklin issue coils, the first of which were issued on December 29, 1908.

Our census of Scott 316, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/316 , records nine pairs, three line pairs (one of which is rejoined) and an unused single, for a total of 25 stamps. None are known used.

Census No. 316-OG-PR-03. Ex Grunin and Floyd. With 1967, 1994, 2002 and 2018 P.F. certificates

335,000
170,000
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311
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 311, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)5c Blue, Coil (317), 5c Blue, Coil (317)5c Blue, Coil (317). Pair, lightly hinged, deep rich color and detailed impression, wide margins

VERY FINE AND CHOICE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE VERTICAL COIL, SCOTT 317.

According to Johl, these first government coils were an experiment, and collectors and dealers were generally unaware of their existence. Regular sheets of 400 were printed and then perforated in only one direction. They were then cut into strips of 20. The strips were then hand pasted together to form rolls. As such, they are almost always strongly centered to one side. The futility of attempts to find sound and centered examples has resulted in very few even being considered for grading -- only three pairs and five singles have been graded (hghest grade for a pair is 85).

Signed E. Stern. With 1994 P.F. certificate

15,000
6,750
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312
og
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 312, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)1c Blue Green, Coil (318), 1c Blue Green, Coil (318)1c Blue Green, Coil (318). Pair with paste-up at right, rich color

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 318.

Small backstamp. With 1959 P.F. certificate

11,000
3,750
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313
og
Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 313, 1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-322)2c Carmine, Coil (322), 2c Carmine, Coil (322)2c Carmine, Coil (322). Pair, brilliant color, better centering than normally seen, some perf separations sensibly reinforced, certificate notes red stain on back of left stamp which has since been removed

VERY FINE APPEARING PAIR OF THE SCARCE 2-CENT 1908 HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 322.

Each with Ward backstamp. With 1986 P.F. certificate

17,500
4,250
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