EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SOUND, LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE SCHEETZ'S 4-CENT IMPERFORATE ISSUE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEWER THAN TEN KNOWN.
Of the nine examples recorded in the Aldrich census, at least four (and probably more) have faults. This is the first sound example we have offered and is without doubt one of the finest if not the finest extant.
With 2019 P.F. certificate
FINE. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE SIMMONS IUKA ISSUE ON WATERMARKED PAPER ARE RECORDED, AND ONLY THREE ARE SOUND. ONE OF THE GREAT PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE STAMP RARITIES.
The Dr. Simmons stamps were originally engraved and printed with the Iuka inscription. After the firm moved to St. Louis, the inscription was changed. The "Iuka" stamps were normally printed on silk paper, and the "St. Louis" stamps on Bureau watermarked paper. The "Iuka "on watermarked paper is a great rarity. Richard Friedberg offers the theory that the first supply delivered by the Bureau was printed with the "Iuka" inscription, and that Simmons returned the stamps with a request to change the address to St. Louis.
The Aldrich book records six examples, of which three are potentially sound. We have offered only one other since keeping computerized records -- the ex-Lilly, Tolman and "Scarsdale" copy -- with similar centering and top left corner sheet selvage. The 1991 Joyce sale had one, with similar centering and a thin spot. We have been unable to locate any others in the past several decades of auctions.
Ex Joyce and Inman. With 1993 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 8-CENT JAMES SWAIM IMPERFORATE ISSUE ON OLD PAPER. ONLY 14 ARE RECORDED.
A small supply was issued in imperforate form. The Aldrich book records 14 copies and notes half are sound, but we have been unable to locate any without at least a crease, and several we have offered had thins as well.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE ONLY SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE WILLIAM SWAIM 8-CENT ORANGE WATERMARKED IMPERFORATE ISSUE WE HAVE OFFERED IN AT LEAST 25 YEARS.
Only 35 examples are recorded in the Aldrich book, which notes that more than half are sound. We doubt that figure as every example we have offered since keeping computerized records has had a crease, thin or a combination of the two. This fresh large-margined example is surely one of the finest extant
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT SILK PAPER BLACK ON ORANGE WRAPPER. ONLY FOUR ARE RECORDED. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF MEDICINE ISSUES.
The Aldrich book records only four examples, all of which are faulty.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT UNITED STATES PROPRIETARY MEDICINE COMPANY ISSUE ON ORANGE RED WRAPPER.
Only 16 are recorded in the Aldrich book, of which 10 are reported as faulty. Given the nature of this paper, its size and use, we would be surprised if there are any examples that are completely sound.
Ex Tolman and "Scarsdale"
FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONE-CENT UNITED STATES PROPRIETARY MEDICINE COMPANY ISSUE ON ORANGE RED SILK PAPER IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PRIVATE DIE MEDICINE STAMPS.
Only three are recorded in the Aldrich census, making this the rarest of the U.S. Proprietary Medicine Co. wrappers. Of the three, one is reported as sound, though with the nature of this paper we would be surprised if any are truly sound.
Ex Joyce, Tolman and "Scarsdale". With 2006 P.F. certificate