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Sale 1217 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Category — 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
538
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 538, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Wilbur F. Amonette Color Study (10-11), 3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Wilbur F. Amonette Color Study (10-11)3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Wilbur F. Amonette Color Study (10-11). Group of more than 40 used stamps arranged by year on four index cards (labeled 1851, 1852, 1857 and 1857) and on several two-line stock cards, showing a wonderful range of colors, more than ten No. 10/10A Orange Brown in different shades, three No. 11/11A Experimental Orange Brown including Dull and Medium, No. 11A in the rare Plum shade (blue pen cancels), nice group of Clarets and many others, also one cover with No. 26 in Brownish Claret, a fair number of four-margined examples and attractive cancels, index cards are signed by Dr. Amonette and the stamps on stock cards have his comments on typed slips, overall a fresh and Very Fine shade study for the 3c specialist, Dr. Amonette's shade identifications are the gold standard; however, this lot or any item in it may not be returned if an expert committee disagrees with the color identification

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
539
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 539, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Carroll Chase First Color Study, 3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Carroll Chase First Color Study3c 1851 Issues, Dr. Carroll Chase First Color Study. Small book disassembled and mounted on annotated exhibit pages, containing 85 used stamps with handwritten notes by Dr. Carroll Chase, arranged on seven pages by years 1851-1857, each stamp with Chase's original plating on back and with printed annotations below which are Dr. Wilbur F. Amonette's revised color assignments based on comparisons to Dr. Chase's final color chart (this study is Chase's first color chart), many rare and interesting shades including Dull Experimental Orange Brown, Very Bright Orange Brown, Deep Orange Brown, Yellowish Orange Brown, 1856 Pale Orange Brown, one approaching Plum but identified by Dr. Amonette as Deep Purplish Claret, many others, many four-margined stamps and with attractive cancels, some small faults to be expected

FINE-VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL COLOR STUDY, WHICH WAS REPORTEDLY DR. CARROLL CHASE'S FIRST 3-CENT 1851-57 COLOR CHART -- EACH PAGE ANNOTATED BY DR. WILBUR F. AMONETTE WITH UPDATED COLOR ASSIGNMENTS.

This is a wonderful book which brings together the two most notable past experts with respect to colors of the 3c 1851-57 Issues. Dr. Amonette acquired a few color studies from the material studied and catalogued by Dr. Chase, including this color chart which is reportedly Dr. Chase's first effort, and the final Chase color chart which Dr. Amonette used for many years to assign colors to stamps that were sent to him for expertizing. Not all of Dr. Chase's notes in this chart are correct, and some are modified by Dr. Amonette. There is of course room to debate even Dr. Amonette's assignments in some cases, but overall his interpretations are most often correct (though not returnable if an expert committee disagrees). Overall this is an historic and fascinating book

E. 3,000-4,000
10,000
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540
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 540, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var), 3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var)3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var). Position 80L2E noted on back, exceptionally deep Orange Brown shade identified by Dr. Amonette as Copperish, intense shade that jumps off the paper, three ample even margins with frameline of adjoining stamp at top, just touched at bottom right, light strike of blue circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, according to Dr. Amonette this is the finest example he had seen of this shade, Scott Retail as Copper Brown, which comes only from Plate 2E

900
1,000
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541
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 541, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var), 3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var)3c Copperish Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var). Position 16L2E, exceptionally deep and rich color jumps off the paper, large margins to just touched including portions of adjoining stamps at top and left, tied by "New York & Phila. R.R. Oct. 12" (1851) railroad route agent's circular datestamp on cover to Newark N.J., stamp with a couple light indentations at bottom, cover with minor smudges, still Very Fine, with note on back signed by Dr. Amonette stating "Superb example of the Copperish Orange Brown", Scott Retail as Copper Brown on cover, which comes only from Plate 2E

1,100
425
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542
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 542, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 92L2E, identified by Dr. Amonette as Intense Orange Brown and the knockout color of the stamp certainly justifies this, large margins to clear at top including portion of adjoining stamp at left, cancelled by clear strike of blue "Way 6" in circle on September 1851 docketed folded cover to Lynchburg Va., central file fold, Very Fine, this marking for the 5c collect fee plus 1c way fee was originally applied to stampless covers and was obsolete when struck on stamped covers such as this, it was applied to mail travelling on the James River & Kanawha Canal, its use on this cover with a beautiful Intense Orange Brown 3c stamp is very appealing, accompanied by newspaper cutout advertising the packet line from Richmond to Lynchburg, signed Dr. Amonette

E. 500-750
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543
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 543, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Bright shade identified as Yellowish Orange Brown by Dr. Amonette, margins to touched, tied by grid cancel and "Columbus O. Aug. 19" (1851) circular datestamp on lady's embossed cover to Prairie du Sue Wis., letter on matching stationery enclosed confirming 1851 yeardate, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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544
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 544, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var), 3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var)3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A var). Wonderful depth of color in this intense shade, sheet margin at bottom and other sides full to ample, tied by bold strike of "Brimfield Ms. 15 Sep." (1851) circular datestamp on buff cover to Chicopee Mass., Very Fine, shade confirmed and signed by Dr. Amonette

E. 300-400
600
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545
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 545, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Deep Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 91L2E, ample margins to clear, exceptional intense color, tied by grid cancel with part strike of Baltimore Md. circular datestamp on blue Oct. 27, 1851 docketed folded cover to Providence R.I., Very Fine, signed Dr. Amonette with color confirmation

E. 200-300
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546
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 546, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var), 3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var)3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var). Position 24L1L, ample to full margins, just clear at top left, brilliant color in this distinctive late 1851-52 shade, neat town cancel, Very Fine, stamp signed by Dr. Amonette and also accompanied by his confirming note card

300
350
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547
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 547, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Pinkish, Ty. I (11 var), 3c Pinkish, Ty. I (11 var)3c Pinkish, Ty. I (11 var). Position 95R7, ample to full margins all around, bright shade with clear pinkish cast, light strike of complementary blue circular datestamp cancel

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 PINKISH SHADE, AS CLASSIFIED BY DR. AMONETTE.

Accompanied by signed note card from Dr. Amonette stating "95R7 -- VF example of the rare 'Pink' shade that matches exactly the 'Pink' shade in the Chase Master Color Chart"

5,500
5,750
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548
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 548, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Red, Ty. II (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Ty. II (11A var)3c Orange Red, Ty. II (11A var). Exceptional color that we feel would be more accurately described as "Red Orange" rather than the listed Orange Red, Dr. Amonette called it Intense Orange Red, ample margins to touched, tied by "Washington D.C. Apr. 16" (1855) circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia Pa., Very Fine and a scarce variety of this shade, signed Dr. Amonette

E. 200-300
275
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549
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 549, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Deep Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11 var), 3c Deep Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11 var)3c Deep Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11 var). Position 14L7 noted on back, intense shade which is deeper and darker than the usual Brownish Carmine, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 30" circular datestamp on Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Red on White Entire (15LU5), "Blood's Despatch Dec. 30 1856 4-1/2 P.M." circular datestamp, addressed to Norristown Pa., Very Fine and absolutely pristine, accompanied by normal No. 11A Brownish Carmine for comparison and note stating Dr. Amonette's opinion that this is a "very deep Brownish Carmine" (not signed)

350
350
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550
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 550, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Plum, Ty. II (11A var), 3c Plum, Ty. II (11A var)3c Plum, Ty. II (11A var). Position 72L2L, rich color, margins clear all around, unobtrusive town cancel, tiny corner crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT PLUM SHADE.

Ex Wagshal. With copy of 2011 P.F. certificate and note written on it by Dr. Amonette stating "Superb example of the rare Plum shade. This stamp matches the Plum shade exactly in the Chase Master Color Chart."

2,200
1,900
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551
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 551, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Plum, Ty. I (11 var), 3c Plum, Ty. I (11 var)3c Plum, Ty. I (11 var). Position 35R4, intense color in this rare and distinctive shade, huge margins to full at bottom with large portions of four adjoining stamps, light vertical crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 3-CENT PLUM SHADE.

Signed Dr. Amonette who states "Pale Plum".

2,000
1,100
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552
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 552, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Plum, Ty. III (26 var), 3c Plum, Ty. III (26 var)3c Plum, Ty. III (26 var). Distinctive color in this rare shade, bold strike of New York Aug. 28 circular datestamp, few irregular perfs

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 PERFORATED ISSUE IN THE PLUM SHADE.

Any 3c 1851-57 stamp in the Plum shade is rare; however, the perforated issue is even more elusive than the imperforate.

Ex Hulme. With signed note from Dr. Amonette confirming the shade

5,000
1,400
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553
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 553, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Red, Ty. III (26 var), 3c Orange Red, Ty. III (26 var)3c Orange Red, Ty. III (26 var). Beautiful vivid color, tied by "Canaan Vt." double-circle datestamp, second strike to left has manuscript "May 10th" date, on small neat cover to Colebrook N.H., barely reduced at left, Very Fine, a pretty cover with this scarce shade, ex Wagshal, accompanied by a note from Dr. Amonette stating "matches exactly the orange red color in Dr. Chase's color chart"

E. 500-750
600
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554
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 554, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Brown, Ty. III (26 var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. III (26 var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. III (26 var). Horizontal pair with double vertical perfs, brilliant color, tied by indistinct strike of Va. circular datestamp on green-lined cover to Richmond Va., minor cover edgewear, Fine, one of the rarest of all the 3c 1857 color shades, signed Dr. Amonette who states "very fine example of the rare US #26 Orange Brown shade", Scott Retail for two off-cover singles

1,100
750
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555
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 555, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Orange Brown, Ty. IV (26A var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. IV (26A var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. IV (26A var). Position 2L11E, gorgeous deep rich color, perfs clear of design on all sides, neat circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, one of the rarest of all the 3c 1857 color shades and seldom offered, Scott lists this shade for the Type III No. 26 and prices it at $550.00 (50-times the price for Dull Red), it is unlisted as the better Type IV but since No. 26A is priced at 15-times No. 26, the math should make this a high catalogue value stamp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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556
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 556, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Shades3c Etruscan Red, Ty. IV (26A var), 3c Etruscan Red, Ty. IV (26A var)3c Etruscan Red, Ty. IV (26A var). Gorgeous rich color, neat blue circular grid cancel, choice centering with perfs clear of design all around, one short and one pulled perf at top left, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful example of this rare 1860 shade made even more desirable by its appearance on the much scarcer Ty. IV stamp, ex Wagshal, accompanied by a note from Dr. Amonette confirming the color and match to Dr. Chase's Master Color Chart, unlisted in Scott

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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