VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE WATERBURY SMALL BEE FANCY CANCEL ON A 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COVER.
The Waterbury Small Bee is one of the more available of Postmaster John W. Hill's pictorial designs, but covers with clear strikes are rare. With 2008 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE WATERBURY SKULL & CROSSBONES FANCY CANCELLATION.
Ex Dr. LeBow and Walske. With 1986 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A NORTH GERMAN UNION MAIL COVER TO BEIRUT, SYRIA.
The Laurence 10c 1869 book notes that the addressee was a Christian evangelist who for many years was part of the American Presbyterian Mission in Beirut, where the American University was founded. Dennis served as librarian for the mission and corresponded with other missionaries around the world. There are ten recorded 10c 1869 covers to Syria, including eight sent via NGU Mail. Five of the eight bear two singles to pay the 20c NGU rate.
Ex Mack and Dr. Heimburger.
VERY FINE. A RARE PROOF IMPRESSION OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL VIGNETTE.
This vignette proof shows the frame around the vignette, which indicates it was cut from a plate proof and mounted as a die proof. The border was entered on the plate, not on the die.
Ex Earl of Crawford, Finkelburg and Price
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PROOF OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL FRAME FROM THE DIE WITH TYPE II CHARACTERISTCS.
There are three types of the 15c 1869 Pictorial Issue stamps. Type I (Scott 118) does not have the diamond-shaped ornament at the top of the blank area where the vignette is printed, and it has shading lines in the otherwise blank area, which were entered by hand on each plate position. Type II (Scott 119) has the diamond ornament and shading lines, which were engraved on the die before the Type II frame plate was made, as seen on this die proof impression. To make the frame plate for the 1875 Re-Issue, the original Type I die was used, but no shading lines were entered on the plate. Yet another die was used to make certain proof impressions, in which the frame and vignette were unified into a single die (Scott lists these as both essays and proofs with a 118 or 129 designation).
Ex Mason, Walske, "Lake Shore", Dr. Heimburger and Price
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND IMPRESSIVE UNUSED BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Price. Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single $34,000.00
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE QUADRUPLE-RATE FRANKING OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, CARRIED DIRECTLY BY FRENCH PACKET FROM NEW YORK.
Carried aboard the French Ligne H steamer Lafayette, which departed New York on Nov. 27, 1869, and arrived at Brest on Dec. 8.
Ex Eubanks. With 2011 P.F. certificate
FINE. A RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONLY SIX USED BLOCKS ARE RECORDED.
The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel and Heimburger (Siegel Sale 1054, lot 444), EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Ishikawa, Eubanks and Curtis (Siegel Sale 1084, lot 3339), VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez and our 1965, 1992 and 2001 Rarities sales, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels, the block offered here.
Ex Lopez and Price. With 1990 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND FRESH. A COLORFUL MIXED-ISSUE 1869 FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT RATE TO SPAIN -- ONE OF FOUR RECORDED WITH THIS FRANKING.
Ten 24c 1869 covers to Spain are recorded in the 1869 PRA census, but one of these (with 1c and 3c stamps, ex Ishikawa) has been declared a forgery, leaving nine genuine covers. Four covers are prepaid with a combination of the 24c and two 2c Bank Note stamps.
Ex Hart, Walske and Dr. Heimburger. With 1968 P.F. certificate
ONE OF TWO RECORDED TOP SHEET-MARGIN BLOCKS OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITHOUT GRILL ON DOUBLE PAPER (SCOTT 121 VARIETY), PRINTED FROM A FLAGS PLATE (ULTRAMARINE COLOR) THAT WAS MISSING THE PLATE NUMBER "21" AT TOP.
The 30c 1869 Pictorial Issue was printed from separate plates: the Eagle and Shield plate with imprint at bottom (in Carmine), and the Draped Flags plate with imprint at top (in Ultramarine). The 30c 1869 Double Paper/Without Grill variety exists in top and bottom imprint multiples, which show that the Flags plate did not have a plate number at one point (as evident in this block); however, plate proofs exist with the "No. 21" present, so it is possible that issued stamps exist with the plate number at top in Ultramarine. No top-margin examples of the normal 30c 1869 are known, with or without imprint or plate number. Therefore, it is impossible to say with certainty that the regular 30c stamps were printed from a Flags plate with plate numbers or without.
This block, three other sheet-margin blocks and a number of singles and interior blocks originate from a large multiple spanning the right and left panes, which is printed on experimental double paper without grill. The 30c 1869 Without Grill/Double Paper block was described by John N. Luff in his book, but over the years, stamps from this multiple have been offered and certified as the Scott 121a on ordinary single-layer paper (without grill). The ex-Zoellner left-pane plate number block of six was originally joined with the ex-Ishikawa block of fifteen from the adjacent right pane. They are both the Without Grill/Double Paper variety. Those two bottom sheet-margin multiples and the Scott 121 multiple in Sale 1118 lot 98 are the only extant 30c 1869 Pictorial blocks, other than proof impressions, that show the imprint and plate number 21. The two top sheet-margin multiples, including the block offered here, come from the same Without Grill/Double Paper sheet (left and right panes), proving that this experimental printing was made from a Flags plate lacking the plate number. See Chronicle 217 for an article by Scott R. Trepel on this subject.
With 2003 P.F. certificate identifying this as "Scott 121E, Essay on Double Paper" before there was a Scott listing for this variety (now listed under Scott 121). Ex Walske, "Lake Shore" and Price. Scott value for eight singles $56,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT PLATE PROOFS. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 100 OF EACH WAS PRODUCED.
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.
FRESH AND VERY FINE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 1998 and 2011 P.F. certificates