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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 — 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
49
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 49, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. I (5), 1c Blue, Ty. I (5)1c Blue, Ty. I (5). Position 7R1E, huge margins to barely touched at bottom, including large sheet margin at top, with significant parts of adjoining stamps at sides -- both of which are Type Ib (5A) -- enough of adjoining stamps show to see some of their type characteristics, cancelled by neat strike of red grid and matching "Darien (Ga.) Sep. 11" circular datestamp, gorgeous color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I, POSITION 7R1E, WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED COLORED CANCEL. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS ONE OF TWO GRADED XF 90 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED -- AND ONLY THIS STAMP IS CANCELLED IN RED.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal (available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/5 ) contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps regularly issued prior to the 1868 Grills.

Because of the significance attached to the outer portions of the 1c 1851 design, rare types that have been carefully cut apart, so as not to impinge on any part of the design, are extremely desirable. The narrow spacing between stamps in the sheet and the users' indifference to the outlying ornamentation during separation are factors that contributed to the great rarity of four-margin copies. The example offered here comes from a strip of three of Positions 6-8R1E, offered in our 2007 Rarities sale, which was cut apart with a view towards preserving the margins of this stamp. Examples of Position 7R1E (Scott 5) with large right and bottom margins, where there was very little space between it and the adjoining stamps, are true rarities. In fact, using the census data, it is clear that this stamp is among the two or three finest sound off-cover examples known. The ex-Newbury strip on cover and the ex-Vogel single on cover are among the finest examples of Position 7R1E on cover.

Wagshal Census No. 5-MUL-66. Ex Merlin. With 2007 (as strip of three) and 2017 P.F. certificates. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $525,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and one other shares it, which is cancelled in black (see Sale 1209, lot 1094). The Scott Catalogue notes "Values for No. 5 are for examples with margins touching or cutting slightly into the design, or for examples with four margins and minor faults. Very few examples with the design untouched exist, and these sell for much more than the values shown."

E. 100,000-150,000
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50
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 50, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A), 1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 6R1E, large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at right, brilliant color on crisp paper, bold strike of square grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE Ib EXAMPLES.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $32,500.00). For Positions 6R1E and 8R1E (the better positions, which catalogue more than 50% higher than other positions in both Scott and SMQ), none grade higher. This is the highest grade awarded to this position.

11,000
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51
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 51, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 99L4, large to full margins all around showing the complete Type Ia design characteristics including the complete plumes at bottom, deep rich color, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).

From our 1978 Rarities sale and ex Dr. Amonette and Collier. With 1970, 1981, 1996 and 2011 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $24,000.00)

9,500
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52
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 52, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 51L2, Jumbo margins including parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom and "(NOT)E ENGRAVERS Phila. New York, Bos(ton)" portion of imprint at left, bold strikes of Jul. 4 circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp and very desirable with the part imprint, examples from Plate 2 with the imprint are scarce, especially with such huge margins on other sides, ex Newbury and Vogel, with 2011 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo)

130
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53
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 53, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 96L2, large margins all around, deep rich color on bright paper, light strike of blue circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,000.00)

137
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54
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 54, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Large margins to clear at top with portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, rich color, clear strike of "Woburn Mass. Nov. 31" circular datestamp in error, Very Fine and choice, as any child who has learned the "Thirty Days Hath September" poem knows, November also has only 30 days, a wonderful postmark error and could be a very rare addition to a postmark calendar, with 2016 P.F. certificate

130
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55
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 55, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, huge Jumbo margins showing parts of adjoining stamps at left and right, magnificent deep shade characteristic of Plate 4 printings, clear strike of "Feb. 15" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. THIS STAMP'S ENORMOUS MARGINS AND LIGHT CANCEL HAVE EARNED IT THE COVETED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.

Type III stamps have breaks in both the top and bottom outer lines (the break is usually wider at the top). This used single stands out among the examples of Scott 8 we have sold over many years. Using Power Search on our website, the extraordinary character of this stamp is demonstrable, with only a couple others comparing favorably, including the other Superb 98 Jumbo (ex Merlin, Sale 1034, lot 28) and a stamp graded 98 with part imprint (ex Curtis, Sale 1084, lot 3040).

With 2012 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $32,500.00). This and the aforementioned Merlin stamp are the only two used examples to achieve the grade of Superb 98 Jumbo, with none higher

1,600
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56
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 56, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 1E, huge margins all around, brilliant color on bright paper nicely complemented by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 11" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The example offered here, which clearly shows the bottom line complete and top line with wide break, is a superb example of the type.

With 1998 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). Only two grade higher (at 98J) and only four others share this grade.

850
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57
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 57, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 30L1L, recut once at top, large and perfectly even margins all around including parts of two adjoining stamps, neat strikes of orange-red railroad route agent's circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IV IMPERFORATE WITH AN ORANGE-RED RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S CANCEL -- AND GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.

The P.S.E. Population Report lists 15 used examples of Scott No. 9 at the grade of Gem 100 or Gem 100 Jumbo. We have offered 12 unduplicated examples from this population and not a single one has a colored cancel, much less a railroad route agent's cancel. This stamp is a true condition rarity and is one of the finest 1c Type IV's extant.

Ex Neinken, Wagshal and "Golden Oak" as a vertical pair (this the bottom stamp). With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,750.00), calling the cancel "red" -- it is at least orange-red and we would go so far as to call it orange if that did not contradict the certificate and risk a return

165
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58
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 58, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and bottom, enormous Jumbo margins all around with portions of adjoining stamps, bold blue grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp cancelled in blue, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $2,000.00), as mentioned in the pervious lot description, we have not encountered a Scott No. 9 at the Gem 100 grade with a colored cancel and we have sold most of them that exist, for the Superb 98 Jumbo grade we have only offered two others with colored cancels

95
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59
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 59, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 14L1L, recut once at top and bottom, enormous margins all around including significant portions of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, light face-free strike of town datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Twigg-Smith, with 1987 and 2015 P.F. certificates (Superb 98)

90
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60
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 60, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and twice at bottom, huge margins to full including portion of adjoining stamp at left, rich color complemented by green Jackson Mich. circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 and 2017 P.F. certificates as a pair, this the left stamp, with 2018 P.F. certificate as this single (XF 90 XQ), the "XQ" stands for extraordinary quality

500
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61
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 61, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 16R1L, recut once at top and bottom, large to ample margins, rich color, perfectly struck "U.S. Mail/City Delivery/1" New York City carrier datestamp, Very Fine, ex Levi and Zoellner, with 2009 P.F. certificate

115
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62
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 62, 1c 1851 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 67L1L, recut once at top, huge to full margins with portion of adjoining stamp at right, slightly dry print at top, dark shade complemented by paint-red Mobile Ala. circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, a pretty stamp with a beautiful cancel, with 2002 (as a pair) and 2015 P.F. certificates

135
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