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Sale 1185 — 2018 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Wednesday, 27 June, 2018

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Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
32
P
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 32, 1861-66 Issue1c-90c 1861 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (63P2a/72P2a), 1c-90c 1861 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (63P2a/72P2a)1c-90c 1861 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (63P2a/72P2a). Complete for the eight denominations that were available in 1861, including Nos. 63P2a, 56P2a, 57P2a, 68P2a, 59P2a, 78P2a, 71P2a and 72P2a, three are First Designs (the 3c, 5c and 12c), large margins, characteristic toning as always seen on these issues, most have tiny pinholes as often seen, 12c small translucency, 30c small toned spot at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS COMPLETE FOR THE ORIGINAL EIGHT DENOMINATIONS OF THE 1861 ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE 3-CENT, 5-CENT AND 12-CENT AS FIRST DESIGNS.

From February 20 to December 4, 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition was held in San Francisco, to commemorate Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean and to celebrate the opening of one of mankind's greatest engineering achievements, the Panama Canal.

The Post Office Department decided to prepare a limited number of proof sets showing every United States stamp printed up to the time of the exposition. A total of 413 different designs were made. Only two sets were officially prepared, but it is widely recognized that between three and five of each were made. These included Officials, Newspapers and Periodicals, Philippines and other special use stamps.

The current owner acquired this set in a 1977 Kelleher sale, where they were incorrectly described as a set of First Design small die proofs. The First Designs are incredibly rare -- we have offered only one 3c (ex Sapperstein) in all of our computerized records, and we could not locate any others in our extensive digital library. We are unsure why the First Designs have catalogue values of $1,000.00 less than their Second Design counterparts -- this is likely due to a lack of examples trading hands. The Second Designs are also rare. We have not offered a 5c since keeping computerized records, and we have generally offered between one and three of the others since 1994.

A rare opportunity to acquire a set of Panama-Pacific small die proofs of the original eight denominations of the 1861 Issue.

18,500
15,500
33
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 33, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Rich color, tied by segmented cork cancel on 20c Red & Blue on Buff entire (U43) to Vevey, Switzerland, refolded from legal to letter size by the sender prior to use, red "Boston Paid 18 Oct. 31" credit datestamp, sender's directive "Per French Mail" at upper left, 1865 French transit, boxed "P.D." also ties stamp, receiving backstamp, sender's note on top flap reads "photos $5.00 per doz! I mail today 4 Nos. Chris-Witness"

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COMBINATION OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE AND THE 20-CENT "PUMPKIN" POSTAL ENTIRE PAYING THE 21-CENT RATE TO SWITZERLAND VIA FRENCH MAILS.

This entire is one of three known, all from one Boston writer to correspondents in France (Marcou) and Switzerland (Daves), including a 12c 1861 on 30c entire (ex Vogel and Gliedman) and 3c on 12c entire (1995 Rarities Sale, offered in the following lot). All were originally large envelopes, skillfully refolded before mailing by someone whose preference for small-size covers nicely anticipated modern collecting tastes.

These covers were described in an article by Chip Gliedman ("Cut Down Postal Stationery from the 1861 Era") in Chronicle 230. Regarding the addressee on this cover (and the 12c on 30c entire), Gliedman wrote: "Both these covers are addressed to the same recipient, who, upon closer examination, is actually E. G. Daves, rather than Davis. Edward Graham Daves (1833-1894) was a North Carolina-born, Harvard-trained lawyer who taught Greek at Trinity College in Connecticut until 1861 when he went to Europe and 'for ten years remained abroad giving instruction to English youth on the shores of Lake Geneva, or traveling with his pupils.' As Vevey is on the north shore of Lake Geneva, there is little doubt that Professor Daves was the recipient of these two covers."

Ex Ishikawa.

E. 4,000-5,000
19,500
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34
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 34, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by bold strike of circle of wedges cancel on 12c Red and Brown on Buff entire (U42) to Paris, France, refolded from legal to letter size by the sender prior to use, red "Boston Paid 6 Oct. 12" circular datestamp, red 1866 Calais transit ties 3c and cancels entire, receiving backstamp

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMBINATION OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE AND 12-CENT "PUMPKIN" POSTAL ENTIRE FOR THE 15-CENT RATE TO PARIS VIA FRENCH MAILS.

This entire is one of three known, all from one Boston writer to correspondents in France (Marcou) and Switzerland (Daves), including a 1c 1861 on 20c entire (ex Ishikawa, offered in previous lot) and 12c on 30c entire (ex Vogel and Gliedman). All were originally large envelopes, skillfully refolded before mailing by someone whose preference for small-size covers nicely anticipated modern collecting tastes.

These covers were described in an article by Chip Gliedman ("Cut Down Postal Stationery from the 1861 Era") in Chronicle 230. Gliedman wrote: "The addressee of this cover, Jules Marcou (1824-1898), was an eminent Swiss-American geologist. Marcou spent two years studying the geology of the United States and Canada, and returned to Europe for a short time in 1850. In 1853 he published a Geological Map of the United States, and the British Provinces of North America. Traveling with the Pacific Railroad Survey, Marcou made the first geologic observations of the Grand Canyon and surrounding area in 1856. Marcou also had connections with the Boston region. In 1861, he returned to the United States, where he assisted Louis Agassiz in founding the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University."

From our 1995 Rarities sale.

E. 4,000-5,000
14,000
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35°
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 35, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by perfect strike of Fox Running to the Right fancy cancel, "Hockanum Con. Oct. 29" circular datestamp on cover to Andover Conn., few small age spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE HOCKANUM FOX FANCY CANCEL. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

A history of the fascinating Hockanum Running Fox cancel, written by Connecticut postal historian William J. Duffney, can be downloaded as a PDF file at http://ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/Dudley%27sFoxStory2015LR.pdf . The Running Fox cancel was carved by postmaster Dudley Fox, who was also a silversmith, giving him the skills to carve an intricate fancy cancel. The author records seven covers and ten off-cover in total with four different border types. Four others were recently found and are added to that count.

With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
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36
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 36, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by bold strike of 6-Bar Shield fancy cancel (Rohloff Q-10), second clear strike below, matching "Waterbury Con. Jul. 22, '67" double-circle datestamp on tissue-paper cover to New York, slightly reduced at left, stamp with two small tears at top, few small erosion spots, still Very Fine strikes of this rare Waterbury fancy cancel, this is the first of this type we have offered since 1994, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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37
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 37, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by target cancel and "Washington D.C. Mar. 1? 6?" double-circle datestamp on cover to Weymouth Landing Mass. with "Britain, From Thee the World Expects an Ocean Penny Postage" illustrated propaganda design, State 5a of James Valentine's design with "25 adhesive or 30 plain sent free for 12 penny post stamps" imprint at bottom, expertly repaired, still Very Fine, a rare use of this propaganda design which was published in England, this state of the design is especially rare with only a handful known used in England, this style of propaganda cover is also rare used in the United States, the last we offered was in our 1988 Rarities sale

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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38
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 38, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink on Buff entire (U59), 3c Pink on Buff entire (U59)3c Pink on Buff entire (U59). Tied by extremely clear strike of negative "Oct" fancy cancel with "Putnam Ct. Oct. 21" circular datestamp, addressed to Mystic Bridge Conn., entire with small tears at top and top left, small mounting stain at bottom left, an Extremely Fine strike of this fancy cancel, ex Fay, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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39
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 39, 1861-66 Issue24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Deep rich color, tied by grid, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 19 Aug. 19" (1862) credit datestamp on "Slaves Contraband of War" Anti-Slavery Patriotic cover to Plymouth, England, fascinating cartoon design depicting a Zouave protecting a slave from a Southerner under an American flag with quote by Wendell Phillips and "See Wendell Phillips great War Speech, For sale by Thos. Hamilton", receiving backstamp, barely reduced at top, minor cosmetic improvements along edges (not mentioned on certificate)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE CIVIL WAR ANTI-SLAVERY DESIGN. EXPECIALLY DESIRABLE AND PROBABLY UNIQUE AS A TRANSATLANTIC COVER.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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40
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 40, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), cancelled or tied by grids, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. 2" circular datestamp on cover to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, red "London Paid MR 16 1863" transit datestamp ties two stamps, magenta manuscript "40" credit, slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING PAYING THE 45-CENT RATE TO BRAZIL VIA BRITISH MAIL.

From the Monroe correspondence. Ex Gallagher.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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41
c
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 41, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Bright color, choice centering with wide margins, tied by target cancel, "Baltimore Md. Jul. 20" (1866) circular datestamp on folded printed business notice to Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles" at top, magenta manuscript "68" credit crossed out and re-rated "48", on arrival in London the "48" was crossed out and corrected to "96" cents for double-rate credit (via Marseilles route), the same red crayon was used to state "2" pence British Colonial credit -- despite the underpayment, the British post office was determined to get the correct 96c credit -- red "London Paid 1 AU 66" transit datestamp, blue Shanghai backstamp (Sep. 26), stamp with slightly short perf at upper right not mentioned on accompanying certificates

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE COVERS TO CHINA ARE RECORDED WITH A SINGLE FRANKING. A SPECTACULAR COVER FROM THE AUGUSTINE HEARD & COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE.

The North German Lloyd America departed New York and arrived at Southampton on August 31, 1866, fitting the dates on this cover. The rate by British Mail via Marseilles during this time was 53c per half ounce, meaning this double-rate cover with 90c postage was underpaid by 16c if carried via Marseilles. The crossed-out 68c corresponds to the double rate via Marseilles if carried by American Packet. The 48c re-stated credit corresponds to the 53c rate via British Packet. The London exchange office determined that it should have been credited 96c for the double 53c British Mail rate via Marseilles, despite the underpaid U.S. postage, and they used red crayon to cross out the “48”, re-rate the credit TO “96” and apply the “2” pence British Colonial credit.

Ex Newbury, Baker and Wunderlich. Illustrated in Brookman on p. 66. With 1983 and 2012 P.F. certificates

E. 40,000-50,000
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42
 
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 42, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Mathematically perfect centering with wide and balanced margins, long and full perforations all around, deep rich color, neat strike of quartered cork cancel is basically face free

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING USED STAMP IS GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS BY FAR THE HIGHEST GRADE RECORDED IN ANY CATEGORY.

Due to narrow spacing on the 5c plate used for the regular issues from 1861 through 1868, it is very difficult to find centered copies with the perforations clear of the design on all sides. The stamp offered here, with its perfect centering and perforations well clear of the design on all sides, is the first to achieve the exalted grade of Gem 100.

With 2001 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $7,500.00). This is the highest grade recorded and the only example to achieve it. The next highest grade is one at 95J. The highest grade for an example with original gum is 95.

120
6,750
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43°
og
Sale Number 1185, Lot Number 43, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Original gum, intense shade and detailed impression, well-centered

VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1866 15-CENT LINCOLN.

The 1866 15c Lincoln, which is regarded by many as the first U.S. commemorative stamp -- issued exactly one year after Lincoln's death -- is an exceedingly difficult issue to find in sound condition with original gum and choice centering. The statistics bear this out as only one original-gum example has been graded higher than F-VF 75 by P.S.E. -- a single hinged stamp graded XF 90.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate

4,750
10,000
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