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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-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
268
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 268, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Unusually choice centering with Jumbo margins, radiant color, neat strike of grid cancel struck so Franklin's eye is clearly visible between bars of the grid

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Ex "Natalee Grace". With 1994 and 2019 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,750.00). Only one used example grades higher (at 98) and only four others share this desirable grade

130
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269
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 269, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Well-centered, spectacular bold green quartered cork cancel

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE. THIS IS THE BOLDEST GREEN CANCEL WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED ON A ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL.

A Power Search review reveals many Scott 112s with green cancels, but none are as clearly struck and in this bright color.

Ex Dr. Morris and "Golden Oak". With 1986, 1994 and 2018 P.F. certificates

830
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270
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 270, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Wide margins and precise centering, rich color, light strike of circle of wedges cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1997 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,450.00), only six used stamps grade higher

130
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271
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 271, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Brilliant color and unusually choice centering, cancelled by neat strike of purple grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, this value is very scarce with a purple cancel, ex Saadi and Eubanks, with 2011 P.F. certificate

305
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272
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 272, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Attractive centering and margins, clear strike of ultramarine cork cancel, Very Fine, a rare cancel on an 1869 Issue stamp, with 1998 and 2016 P.S.E. certificates

730
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273
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 273, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Choice centering, deep rich color, neat strike of blue circle of wedges cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Mayer, with 1988, 2003 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

155
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274
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 274, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Outstanding centering with balanced margins top-to-bottom and side-to-side, rich color, neat strike of blue cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 P.S.E. and 2012 P.F. certificates

155
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275
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 275, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Fresh color, "Hiogo, Japan" double-circle handstamp struck twice, one strike nearly complete and the other partial, Fine example of this cancel which is very scarce on the 1c 1869 Pictorial Issue, even more unusual to find a double strike -- all other 1c examples we have encountered bear single strikes, the U.S. Post Office opened in Hiogo in 1868, one year after those in Yokohama and Nagasaki, and was in operation until December 1874; the rate was 10c to the U.S., 3c or 6c between Treaty Ports and additional rates to Europe, small pencil notations on back, with 2015 P.F. certificate

1,130
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276
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 276, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Strip of three, tied to yellow piece by hollow 5-Point Star in Circle fancy cancel (or perhaps in octagon) with Springfield Mass. duplex, fresh and Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
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277
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 277, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Intense shade and detailed impression, choice centering with wide and balanced margins, neat strike of rosette cancel at left leaves design clearly visible, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, the 2c is difficult to obtain in such choice condition, ex "Natalee Grace", with 1996 and 2019 P.F. certificates, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $900.00)

80
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278
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 278, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Outstanding centering with balanced margins, deep rich color, very light cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Kirke, with 2003 (as a strip of three) and 2015 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)

80
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279
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 279, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Deep rich color, cancelled by "Hiogo, Japan" double-circle handstamp, Extremely Fine example of this cancel which is scarce on the 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue, the U.S. Post Office opened in Hiogo in 1868, one year after those in Yokohama and Nagasaki, and was in operation until December 1874; the rate was 10c to the U.S., 3c or 6c between Treaty Ports and additional rates to Europe, some covers exist with large frankings of the 2c so this denomination must have been readily available in Hiogo; however, we have offered only about ten unduplicated off-cover examples since keeping computerized records and almost all are faulty or off-center, ex Eubanks, with 1989 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
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280
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 280, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Choice centering and margins, beautiful strike of bright green cork cancel, Extremely Fine, a very desirable centered 2c 1869 with a vivid green cancel, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ with green cancel)

580
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281
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 281, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114), 2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114)2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114). Choice small balance of six stamps, three of 2c and three of 3c, 2c includes one with a red target cancel, 3c includes two with vivid blue cancels, including one with "Paterson Creek B & O R.R. Apr. 25, 1870" railroad route agent's double-circle datestamp, last 3c with a beautifully clear 5-Point Star fancy cancel, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a high-quality group, each with P.F. or P.S.E. certificate

373
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282
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 282, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Wide margins and near perfect centering, beautiful color and impression, bold strike of red cork cancel which "pops" off the paper, part of circular datestamp at upper left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITH NEAR PERFECT CENTERING AND A VIVID RED CANCEL.

Despite the 3c 1869 stamp's status as the most common denomination, used examples in the highest grades with colored cancels are very rare. A review using Power Search located only one other example graded at least 95 with a red cancel.

Ex Dr. Morris and "Natalee Grace". With 1996 and 2019 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00 for normal cancel).

31
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283
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 283, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Essentially Jumbo margins and beautifully centered, marvelous color and impression, dark blue Cincinnati circular datestamp and target cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, as discussed in lot 282, despite the 3c 1869 stamp's status as the most common denomination, used examples in the highest grades with colored cancels are very rare, a review using Power Search located only one other example graded at least 95 with a blue cancel, with 2007 and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00 for normal cancel)

21
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284
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 284, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Wide margins and choice centering, bold strike of green cork cancel fills up nearly the entire design -- which remains fully visible beneath the cancel, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, with 2003 P.F. certificate

316
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285
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 285, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Rich color, outstanding clear strike of Wasp fancy cancel of Kansas City Mo. (Skinner-Eno PA-I 6), fresh and Extremely Fine strike on a sound 3c 1869 Pictorial, very rare, a review using Power Search failed to find another example of a wasp from Kansas City or any other town, with 2020 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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286
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 286, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Wide margins and choice centering, pretty pastel color, clear strike of small Masonic Square and Compass fancy cancel (Skinner-Eno FR-M4a 4), Extremely Fine stamp and strike, with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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287
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 287, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Rich color, beautifully clear strike of Four Hearts Pointing Inwards fancy cancel, very similar to Rohloff J-6 but accompanying certificate states it is genuine but not the Waterbury J-6, an Extremely Fine strike regardless of its origin, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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288
 
Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 288, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Fresh color, clear strike of black Horsefly fancy cancel of Freeport Ill. (Skinner-Eno PA-I 15), Very Fine strike on a sound stamp, this is listed in Skinner-Eno as struck in blue only, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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289
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Sale Number 1219, Lot Number 289, 1c-3c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-114)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Rich color on bright paper, tied by perfectly clear strike of Mask with Sawtooth Grin fancy cancel, matching "Jackson Mich. Oct. 1" (1869) circular datestamp on yellow cover to New York, original year-dated letter enclosure, missing small part of bottom flap, Very Fine strike of this unusual fancy cancel, ex Laehder, with 1995 and 2018 P.F. certificates

E. 300-400
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