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Sale 1212 — Superb United States Stamps and Private Die Proprietary Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 20-21 November, 2019

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Category — Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru C

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
456
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 456, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. II, Old Paper, Double Transfer (RS4a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. II, Old Paper, Double Transfer (RS4a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. II, Old Paper, Double Transfer (RS4a). Clear double transfer in lettering at center, large to huge margins including top sheet margin with "+" marker in corner, vertical crease at right, appears Extremely Fine, desirable with the double transfer, which is unlisted on the Old Paper stamp

275
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457
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 457, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. I, Watermarked (RS4d), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. I, Watermarked (RS4d)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. I, Watermarked (RS4d). Vertical strip of five with "Printed at the Bureau Engraving & Printing" imprint in left sheet margin, other margins large to huge at right, some very faint creasing visible only when drying and normal for this, Extremely Fine, a beautiful imprint multiple, Scott Retail as singles without premium for the imprint

475
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458
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 458, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper (RS4h; formerly RS4c), J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper (RS4h; formerly RS4c)J. C. Ayer & Co., 1c Black, Ty. 2, Pink Paper (RS4h; formerly RS4c). Large margins to ample, completely sound

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE 2 AYER'S ISSUE ON PINK PAPER.

Only 22 are recorded in the Aldrich census, of which perhaps half are potentially sound.

2,250
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459
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 459, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS10b). Ample even margins all around, bright color on fresh paper, completely sound, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp and scarce in such pristine condition

450
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460
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 460, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS10d), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS10d)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Blue, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS10d). Large to huge margins including top sheet margin with two different part imprints, including National Bank Note Co., also showing outline of the plate at top, deep rich color, completely sound, Extremely Fine Gem, the finest example of this J.C. Ayer stamp we have offered, only 62 are recorded in the Aldrich census and one would be hard pressed to improve upon this example

350
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461
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Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 461, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CBarham Pile Cure Co., 4c Green, Watermarked (RS14d), Barham Pile Cure Co., 4c Green, Watermarked (RS14d)Barham Pile Cure Co., 4c Green, Watermarked (RS14d). Vertical strip of four with full "Engraved and Printed By The National Bank-Note Co. New York" imprint at left, wide margins and each stamp with choice centering, fresh and Extremely Fine imprint block, Scott Retail as singles

360
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462
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 462, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CDr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RS36a), Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RS36a)Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old Paper (RS36a). Rich color on bright paper, small corner crease at bottom right is barely noticeable, still Very Fine and choice, ex Tolman, "Scarsdale" and Inman, with 2012 P.F. certificate

650
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463
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 463, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CDr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old and Watermarked Papers (RS36a, RS36d), Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old and Watermarked Papers (RS36a, RS36d)Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Old and Watermarked Papers (RS36a, RS36d). First with rich color, choice centering and margins, faint creases and a hint of soiling at lower left, otherwise Extremely Fine, second with small faint thin spot, Very Fine appearance

750
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464
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 464, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CDr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Silk and Watermarked (RS36b, RS36d), Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Silk and Watermarked (RS36b, RS36d)Dr. C. F. Brown, 1c Blue, Silk and Watermarked (RS36b, RS36d). Singles of each, both with rich color, decent margins, the second a particularly tall stamp, tiny thin spot on second, otherwise Very Fine, ex "Scarsdale"

187
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465
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 465, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CFred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Pink Paper (RS37c), Fred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Pink Paper (RS37c)Fred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Pink Paper (RS37c). Large margins all around, rich color and proof-like impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND AND LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT FRED BROWN & CO. ISSUE ON PINK PAPER.

Only 16 are recorded in the Aldrich census. This is one of the two or three finest examples we have offered

3,750
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466
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 466, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CFred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Experimental Silk Paper (RS37e), Fred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Experimental Silk Paper (RS37e)Fred Brown Co., 2c Black, Die I, Experimental Silk Paper (RS37e). Several conspicuous silk fibers, large margins all around, small thin spots at left and right, Extremely Fine appearance, ex "Scarsdale" and Inman, with 2012 P.F. certificate

1,500
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467
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 467, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. S. Burdsal & Co., 1c Black, Orange Wrapper, Watermarked (RS45d), J. S. Burdsal & Co., 1c Black, Orange Wrapper, Watermarked (RS45d)J. S. Burdsal & Co., 1c Black, Orange Wrapper, Watermarked (RS45d). Three large margins as normally found on this issue, light creases most likely from placement over container

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE J. S. BURDSAL ISSUE ON WATERMARKED ORANGE WRAPPER.

Only 22 are recorded in the Aldrich book. We have offered only two others since keeping computerized records.

Ex Inman. Purple backstamp.

4,000
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468
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 468, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJoseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c), Joseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c)Joseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c). Wide margins and choice centering, thin spot at bottom, appears Extremely Fine, only 36 are recorded in the Aldrich book

550
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469
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 469, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJoseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c), Joseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c)Joseph Burnett & Co., 4c Black, Pink Paper (RS46c). Full to wide margins, minor internal paper wrinkle on back described on accompanying certificate as "internal paper rift", otherwise Very Fine, only 36 recorded in Aldrich book, ex "Scarsdale" and Inman, with 2009 P.F. certificate

550
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470
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 470, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJoseph Burnett & Co., "Burnett's Cologne Water", Joseph Burnett & Co., "Burnett's Cologne Water"Joseph Burnett & Co., "Burnett's Cologne Water". Two 144 x 115mm advertising cards, wonderful multi-colored illustrated designs depicting a girl with donkeys and geese, backs with lengthy description of various Burnett's products including "Cocoaine", "Kalliston" and "Cologne Water", Extremely Fine and rare pair of cards

E. 300-400
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471
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 471, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS47b), J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS47b)J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper, Imperforate (RS47b). Large to huge margins, intense shade and impression, completely sound, Extremely Fine Gem, only 36 are recorded in the Aldrich book, this is the finest example located with Power Search

550
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472
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 472, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS47d), J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS47d)J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Imperforate (RS47d). Large to huge margins all around including part imprint band at left, intense shade and impression, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and desirable with the part imprint

425
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473
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 473, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJ. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Die Cut (RS48d), J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Die Cut (RS48d)J. W. Campion & Co., 4c Black, Watermarked, Die Cut (RS48d). Attractive ample to large margins, fresh and Very Fine

125
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474
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 474, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CThe Centaur Co., 1c Vermillion, Pink Paper (RS50c), The Centaur Co., 1c Vermillion, Pink Paper (RS50c)The Centaur Co., 1c Vermillion, Pink Paper (RS50c). Jumbo margins top and bottom, wide at sides and outstanding centering, vivid color as fresh as the day it was printed, Extremely Fine Gem, not a rare issue but almost impossible to find in this superb quality

72
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475
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 475, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CThe Centaur Co., "Jumbo Feeds Baby Castoria", The Centaur Co., "Jumbo Feeds Baby Castoria"The Centaur Co., "Jumbo Feeds Baby Castoria". 103 x 76mm advertising card from the Centaur Company, wonderful multicolored design depicting Jumbo and mother, back with testimonial for Centaur Liniment from P.T. Barnum, Extremely Fine and rare, a wonderful collateral item

E. 200-300
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476
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 476, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CDr. A. W. Chase, Son & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS55b), Dr. A. W. Chase, Son & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS55b)Dr. A. W. Chase, Son & Co., 4c Black, Silk Paper (RS55b). Well-centered within wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

300
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477
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 477, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CWm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d), Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d)Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d). Huge margins with absolutely perfect centering, pretty pastel color, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this wonderfully macabre design, one of the stamps from the 1998 "Celebrate the Century" sheets was based on this design (Scott No. 3182f), ex "Scarsdale"

350
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478
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 478, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CWm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d), Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d)Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d). Huge margins and choice centering, rich color, Extremely Fine example of this wonderful and macabre design, one of the stamps from the 1998 "Celebrate the Century" sheets was based on this design (Scott No. 3182f)

350
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479
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 479, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CWm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d), Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d)Wm. E. Clarke, 3c Blue, Watermarked (RS56d). Huge margins with absolutely perfect centering, deep rich color, tiny thin spot, Extremely Fine Gem appearance, a beautiful example of this wonderful design, one of the stamps from the 1998 "Celebrate the Century" sheets was based on this design (Scott No. 3182f), ex Inman

350
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480
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 480, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CWm. E. Clarke, Hunt's Remedy, Wm. E. Clarke, Hunt's RemedyWm. E. Clarke, Hunt's Remedy. 76 x 76mm multi-colored advertising card for "Hunt's Remedy: The Great Kidney & Liver Medicine", with other uses listed at right and a long testimonial on back, the central design is a wonderful macabre image of a man hitting "death" over the head with a bottle of Hunt's Remedy -- as depicted on the Wm. E Clarke RS56d Medicine stamp, Extremely Fine and wonderful collateral item

E. 200-300
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481
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 481, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CCollins Bros., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RS59b), Collins Bros., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RS59b)Collins Bros., 1c Black, Silk Paper (RS59b). Choice centering, proof-like impression

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE TO OBTAIN IN SOUND CONDITION AND WITH ALL FOUR MARGINS NOT TOUCHING THE DESIGN. THIS IS THE FINEST WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

Ex Tolman, "Scarsdale" and Inman. With 2012 P.F. certificate

1,000
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482
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 482, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru COliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS65a), Oliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS65a)Oliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Old Paper (RS65a). Detailed impression, few faults including small tears and thin spots, Very Fine appearance, surprisingly scarce, we have offered only one other since keeping computerized records (none were mentioned in group lots either), the stamp was intended to be broken when the bottle was opened, ex Inman

750
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483
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 483, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru COliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS65e), Oliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS65e)Oliver Crook & Co., 4c Black, Experimental Silk Paper (RS65e). Detailed impression, near perfect centering, Extremely Fine example of this wonderful design, small purple backstamp

150
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484
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 484, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CJeremiah Curtis & Son, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS68c), Jeremiah Curtis & Son, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS68c)Jeremiah Curtis & Son, 2c Black, Pink Paper (RS68c). Wide margins and outstanding centering, detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, "Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup" is infamous in the history of 19th Century patent medicine as the "baby killer", it was marketed by Jeremiah Curtis, the son-in-law of pediatric nurse Charlotte N. Winslow and contained a level of morphine which was lethal to infants and even larger children, it has been estimated that thousands of children died or suffered withdrawal after being administered the syrup (see lot 596 for examples of Mrs. Winslow's trade cards)

175
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485
 
Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 485, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CCurtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS71c), Curtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS71c)Curtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 1c Black, Pink Paper (RS71c). Extra wide margins and essentially perfect centering, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this diminutive issue, very rare in this exceptional quality

275
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486
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Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 486, Private Die Medicine Stamps: A thru CCurtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked (RS72d), Curtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked (RS72d)Curtis & Brown Mfg. Co., 2c Black, Watermarked (RS72d). Original gum, wonderfully choice centering with wide and balanced margins, tiny thin speck at right, still an Extremely Fine Gem, only 24 are recorded in the Aldrich book and at least 16 have faults -- many quite severe, this is by far the finest example we have offered in our auctions since keeping computerized records more than 25 years ago

1,750
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