VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE IMPRINT POSITION MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK.
The Pigeon Blood Pink shade, named for the rare ruby, is regarded as the most distinctive and rarest of the Pink shades.
Signed Ashbrook. With 1974 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue does not price pairs or blocks. Scott value $13,500.00 as singles without premium for the part imprint
VERY FINE APPEARING PATRIOTIC COVER TO GERMANY WITH A THREE-COLOR FRANKING. THIS IS ALSO A VERY EARLY USE OF THE 1861 ISSUE STAMPS.
The franking pays the 15c rate via Bremen-Hamburg mails. The earliest documented use of the 1c and 3c is August 17, 1861 and the earliest documented use of the 10c is August 20, 1861, just a week before this was sent.
Ex Born. With 1976 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF ON A COVER TO HAWAII. MOSTLY LIKELY THE ONLY COVER TO HAWAII EXTANT WITH THE 5-CENT BUFF OR BROWN YELLOW.
Carried overland to San Francisco and then on the bark Auckland, departing San Francisco September 7, 1861, and arriving Honolulu September 25. Hawaiian postage was collected from the recipient.
Signed Ashbrook. Ex Myers. With 2005 P.F. certificate as Buff. We have described the brighter yellowish shades as 67a and the darker brownish shades as 67, regardless of certification, and lots may not be returned because of a difference of opinion.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING WITH THE 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW ON A COVER TO THE GRAND CANARY ISLANDS. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION ITEM.
A review of 1857-60 and 1861-66 Issues in our database failed to find another use with the 1861 Issue to the Canary Islands. Two covers with a combination of 5c, 10c and 30c 1857-60 Issue are contained in Power Search.
Ex Starnes where offered as the Buff shade. We have described the brighter yellowish shades as 67a and the darker brownish shades as 67, regardless of certification, and lots may not be returned because of a difference of opinion
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT OLIVE YELLOW, SCOTT 67b, ON A COVER TO CHINA. OUR RECORDS AND THE RECORDS OF THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION CONTAIN ONLY TWO COVERS WITH THE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE.
The 5c Olive Yellow is extremely rare on cover -- only one other is contained in Power Search or the records of The Philatelic Foundation (used to Hong Kong). This was directed by the sender to go via Marseilles, but was routed via Southampton because the British post office treated it as insufficiently prepaid for the faster route.
Ex Downing, Paliafito and "Sevenoaks". With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE DARK GREEN SHADE. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
This is the only Mint N.H. example of Scott 68a we have offered since keeping computerized records more than 25 years ago. The deep shade of the stamp offered here offers a dramatic contrast to the main Scott-listed Green shade, Scott 68, which is also very rare in Mint N.H. condition (only three are listed in Power Search).
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $1,350.00 as hinged
VERY FINE AND COLORFUL FRANKING FOR THE 57-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. A WONDERFUL COVER FROM THE AUGUSTINE HEARD CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex White and Knapp (lot label affixed)
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING FOR THE 37-CENT RATE TO RUSSIA VIA PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL. A PHENOMENAL COVER FROM THE JOSIAH PIERCE CORRESPONDENCE.
This cover must have been sent prior to May 1863 when the rate via Prussian Closed Mail was lowered from 37c to 35c. The June date and use of the 1861 Issue point to 1862.
In 1855 the addressee, Josiah Pierce, was appointed by President Franklin Pierce to be secretary of the legation of the United States at St. Petersburg, Russia. He resigned his position in 1858 to become part of a syndicate of businessmen (under the name Winans, Harrison & Winans) who were building and equipping railroads in Russia, particularly between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Sometime after 1866 Pierce re-established his residence in London, where he was the legal representative of this firm. In recognition of his services to Russia, Pierce was made a knight of the order of St. Anne by Alexander II in October 1865 (source: Google Books, Bowdoin College obituaries).
Ex Gibson and Vogel
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
Less than ten blocks of four are recorded. Most tend to be centered to left. A block of eight was offered in the Caspary sale, with similar centering, and this may have come from the same sheet.
Scott value $32,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
With 2003 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six grade higher
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT 1863 BLACK JACK ISSUE, SHOWING THE FULL NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. IMPRINT.
Ex Faust. Scott value $12,400.00 as blocks of four and pairs
FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK WITH WELL-CENTERED STAMPS.
From our 1982 Rarities sale. With 1995 P.F. certificate not mentioning thin spot or perf separations. Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $12,400.00
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ATHERTON SHIFT, THE MOST PRONOUNCED OF THE BLACK JACK DOUBLE TRANSFERS. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE WIDE TOP MARGIN, WHICH COMPLETELY SHOWS THE VARIETY.
According to the Allen book, the Atherton shift got its name from Stanley Ashbrook, who first discovered it in the summer of 1923 in the collection of J. P. Atherton. Concerning this double transfer, Mr. Ashbrook wrote: "Here we have one of the most remarkable double transfers on U. S. stamps that I have ever seen. I have for years classed the One Cent 1851, Type II, 89R2, as the No. 1 among remarkable examples of this variety and in my opinion this 2c Black Jack could well rank as No. 2. Perhaps some would even rank it equal to the 1c..." He stated further that it was his opinion, supported by other authorities whom he had consulted, that the variety must surely have come from an early or first condition of one of the plates, and that later it had been burnished out and a fresh entry made. The fact that every line in the Atherton Shift "is razor sharp" led him to conclude that the plate from which it came was very new.
Ex Drews. With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE CENTERING. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING FROM THE ROTHFUCHS GROUP.
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 1870s, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.
Ex "Lake Shore". With 1992 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN ON A PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA, FROM THE FAMOUS ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE. A PHENOMENAL COVER.
Dr. Henry C. Angell was a Boston optometrist who spent considerable time traveling in Europe. Covers are known sent to him in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a few forwarded to other destinations. Dr. Angell was an art collector and undoubtedly appreciated the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him overseas.
Very few patriotic covers are known franked with the 5c Red Brown. Only two Angell covers bear this franking (the other, cancelled on the same day, was offered in our "Sevenoaks" sale). Only three others are known with the 5c Red Brown, including one with a single and two with two singles.
Ex Matthies and Myers. With 2004 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE USE PAYING THE 8-CENT CIRCULAR RATE FROM BOSTON TO AUGUSTINE, HEARD AND COMPANY IN HONG KONG.
This printed notice to the Hong Kong trading firm of Augustine, Heard & Co. was correctly prepaid 8c for the printed matter rate to Hong Kong by British Mail via Marseilles. Given the practice of discarding printed newspapers and notices, the survival rate for this category of mail is extremely low. We have offered only one other, in our sale of the Bernard Faust collection (Siegel Sale 1181, lot 1621).