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Sale 1219 — The Edward Morton Collection of Outstanding Quality U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 April, 2020

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Category — 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
198
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 198, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Essentially perfect centering, bright color on fresh paper, neat circle of wedges cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 30-CENT ORANGE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

The narrowly-spaced 30c 1861 plate left very little room for the 12-gauge perforations between stamps. Brookman notes "coupled with the fact it is very hard to find a well-centered copy, this color, which always cancels badly, makes a truly superb used copy almost a rarity. I consider it the most difficult stamp of the 1861 Series to obtain in choice used condition."

With 2005 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $5,550.00). Only one example grades higher (at 98J, offered in our "Natalie Grace" sale). This is one of only two to achieve this superior grade

210
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199
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 199, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright shade, phenomenal centering with wide margins, tiny thin spot and single slightly shorter perf at bottom, tied by red segmented cork and matching "New York Paid 24 Mar. 1" credit datestamp, also tied by Wells, Fargo & Co. blue "THROUGH" straightline handstamp on piece, the piece with red boxed "P.D." handstamp, stamp was lifted for grading and is hinged back in place, Extremely Fine appearance, with 1991 (as on full cover to Paris, France) and 2014 P.F. certificates (as on piece), with 2020 P.S.E. certificate as off piece calling the tiny thin and short perf (F-VF 75)

E. 400-500
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200
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 200, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Warm color, attractive margins and centering, bold strike of Tell City Ind. 4-bar grid in circle cancel with part of red exchange marking at bottom right, Very Fine, with 2011 P.F. certificate

245
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201
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 201, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Essentially perfect centering with wide margins, deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Ex Senchuk and Kirke. With 2010 P.F. certificate. With 2009 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $12,500.00). Only one Scott 72 grades higher (at 100, offered in Sale 1061, lot 3486) and only two others share this lofty grade.

600
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202
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 202, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)90c Pale Blue (72a), 90c Pale Blue (72a)90c Pale Blue (72a). Brilliant color in this attractive sub-shade, gorgeous centering with wide margins, neat San Francisco cogwheel cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT ISSUE IN THE PALE BLUE SHADE.

Ex Saadi. With 1992 and 2014 P.F. certificates as on piece with San Francisco Jul. 30, 1862 double-circle datestamp (piece accompanies). With 2015 P.S.E. certificate as off piece (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only five grade higher

650
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203
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 203, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)90c Dark Blue (72b), 90c Dark Blue (72b)90c Dark Blue (72b). Wide margins and well-centered, wonderful depth of color in the Dark Blue shade, light cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, Very Fine and choice, with 2003 and 2010 P.F. certificates

950
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204
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 204, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Strong double transfer in top label and at top right, perfect centering with wide margins, bold quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1863 "BLACK JACK" IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

Ex Koppersmith. With 1986 and 2019 P.F. certificates (Superb 98). By way of comparison, the highest grade in the P.S.E. Population Report is also Superb 98 (three examples)

60
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205
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 205, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Intense shade and impression, Jumbo margins with particularly choice centering for this notoriously difficult issue, cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, as the P.S.E. Population Report demonstrates, this is a particularly difficult stamp to find with Jumbo margins, ex Dr. Morris and Collier, with 1995 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,650.00), only three examples grade higher (at 98) and one other shares this grade

55
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206
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 206, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Huge Jumbo margins and choice centering, bold red circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a massive 2c Black Jack, with 2018 P.F. certificate

105
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207
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 207, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Near perfect centering, intense shade and impression, neat target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Dr. Morris, with 1996 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $750.00), only five grade higher

55
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208
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 208, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Choice wide and balanced margins all around, cancelled by socked-on-the-nose blue target cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2011 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

70
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209
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 209, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Well-centered, intense shade complemented by red New York City Star in Circle fancy cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2010 P.F. certificate

105
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210
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 210, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). With bottom selvage, choice margins and centering, cancelled by extremely bold strike of "Nov. 28, 1863" in oval datestamp, Very Fine and choice stamp and a most unusual cancel -- the date represents the entirety of the words in the device, ex Haas and Faust as on cover with No. 63 to Brookfield Conn. (cover and 1c stamp do not accompany), with 2018 P.F. certificate as this single

E. 500-750
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211
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 211, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Nicely balanced margins, cancelled by neat 4-ring target and red "(N. York) Paid Hamb. (Pkt.) Jun. 28" portion of New York foreign-mail exchange office circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful used Black Jack, ex Faust, with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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212
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 212, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Choice margins and centering, cancelled by blue Wells, Fargo & Co. oval datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2009 and 2014 P.F. certificates

E. 300-400
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213
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 213, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Wide margins to touching at left, bold strike of green cork cancel, Fine, a rare colored cancel on the 2c Black Jack, with 1987 and 2012 P.F. certificates, the Scott Specialized Catalogue applies a premium for the green cancel that is more than 10-times the value of the used stamp

655
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214
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 214, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Margins to in at left, tied by beautifully bold red geometric fancy cancel, matching "New-York City. * Dec. 2" circular datestamp on diminutive mourning bordered cover addressed locally, matching calling card enclosure, Extremely Fine strike of this desirable fancy cancel, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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215
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 215, 1861-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 71-74)3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, vibrant color, choice centering for this difficult issue

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.

As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.

With 1990 and 2005 P.F. certificates

5,500
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