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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
83
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 83, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Two horizontal strips of three, one a left sheet-margin strip, deep rich color, both tied by red circular grid cancels, matching “U.S. Express Mail N.Y. N York 19 Dec.” route agent’s circular datestamp on bluish folded cover to Boston, manuscript “Paid” notation and docketed on back “New York 19th Dec. 1851 Clary & Co”, file folds thru both strips

A SPECTACULAR SIX-TIMES RATE NEW YORK U.S. EXPRESS MAIL COVER TO BOSTON, FRANKED WITH TWO STRIPS OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN.

While pairs of the 3c Orange Brown on cover are sometimes encountered, strips of three or larger are rare, particularly paying a domestic rate. The census of 3c 1851-57 stamps paying multiple domestic rates compiled by William K. McDaniel and published in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book contains only two examples bearing multiples of No. 10 or 10A. Both of these examples are franked with three pairs paying a multiple of the over-3,000 miles rate. This cover does not appear in the census. This is the largest on-cover franking we have offered since the strip of six and pair (with brush cancel) on cover to Liverpool in our 1998 “Sevenoaks” sale.

Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
84
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 84, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 31R2E, exceptionally deep glowing color, large margins to clear, tied by perfect strike of blue “Water Town N.Y. Sep. 27” (1851) circular datestamp on folded letter to Pierrepont Manor N.Y., fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover, ex Wagshal

E. 400-500
375
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85
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 85, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Full to ample margins, bright color, tied by “Sacramento City Cal. 9 Sep.” circular datestamp, choice strike of “Cram Rogers & Cos. Shasta Express” blue double-line oval handstamp on brown cover to Shasta Cal., cover with small stain and tear in corner, still Very Fine, very rare California express cover with

3c 1851 stamp, sent by government mail from Sacramento to Shasta, and then by express to the addressee, ex Piller and Wagshal

E. 750-1,000
750
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86
ngbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 86, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var), 3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var)3c Experimental Orange Brown, Ty. II (11A var). Positions 1-2/11-12L1L, top sheet margin block of four, unused (no gum), beautiful vivid color, margins other sides clear to in at lower right, light corner crease bottom left, light horizontal crease between the two rows

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM PLATE 1 LATE IN THE EXPERIMENTAL ORANGE BROWN SHADE.

A Power Search review of unused examples of this shade found only a single (ex Piller) and a pair (ex Wagshal). This is the only block, either used or unused, that we have encountered.

Ex Wagshal. Accompanied by a 1987 letter and note from Dr. Amonette confirming the color and positions and stating “your block of Exp. OB is unique as far as I am concerned.” Unlisted in Scott Catalogue as a block (listed but unpriced as unused single)

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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87
og
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 87, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Positions 40/50R4, vertical pair with “(E)NGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati” part imprint and “(No.) 4” plate number at right, thickly applied original gum slightly disturbed and washes over onto sheet margin, large margins with portions of five adjoining stamps, still Extremely Fine, a rare original-gum plate number and imprint pair from Plate 4, the left plate number on this plate was a mirror-image “4” (see Sale 996, lot 3073), the right plate number offered here was right-reading, ex Wagshal

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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88
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 88, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Positions 59-60/69-70/79-80R4, vertical block of six, large part original gum, two small h.r., bright color, bottom right stamp with couple tiny thin spots, Very Fine appearance, Position 69R4 has an extra frameline at right and is discussed and illustrated in the Chase book on pp.115-116, ex Wagshal, Scott Retail as a block and pair

2,750
950
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89
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 89, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Block of nine, original gum, multiple h.r., one of which covers a deep thin spot in top middle stamp, bright color, light horizontal crease thru middle stamps, Fine-Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as block of four, two pairs and a single

3,650
550
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90
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 90, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Block of fifteen, original gum, most with h.r., large margins to just in including left interpane margin with centerline, deep rich color and proof-like impression, few flaws including creases throughout and scissors-cut at bottom between stamps, Fine-Very Fine appearance, a scarce large original-gum multiple, Scott Retail as two blocks of four, two strips of three and a single

6,350
1,300
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91
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 91, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three singles, large margins all around (center and left stamps partly lifted to ascertain size of margins), tied by “New Orleans La. Jun. 28, 1857” circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Brest, France, red “New York Paid 12 Jul. 8” credit datestamp also ties stamps, red French transit (Jul. 18), receiving backstamp, right stamp small manuscript ink spot at top right

VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE 15-CENT TREATY-RATE COVER TO FRANCE, BEARING THREE LARGE-MARGINED SINGLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER.

This was carried on the Cunarder Persia, which departed New York July 8, 1857, and arrived at Liverpool July 17.

Ex Waterhouse, Meroni, Mayer and Eubanks. With 1969 and 2009 P.F. certificates.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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92
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 92, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12 var), 5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12 var)5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (12 var). Positions 3/13/23R1, vertical strip of three, bottom stamp (Position 23R) showing the distinctive white “cloud” Defective Transfer to right of portrait, large margins to just touched including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by “New Orleans La. May 10, 1857” circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Reims, France, red “New York 12 May 19” 12c credit datestamp, appropriate French transits front and back, some staining at bottom from tape

FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH DEFECTIVE TRANSFER ON A COVER -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS PART OF A MULTIPLE.

Ex Moody and Mayer. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for a normal strip of three on cover to France is $5,750.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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93
bl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 93, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue10c Green, Ty. III/I (15/13), 10c Green, Ty. III/I (15/13)10c Green, Ty. III/I (15/13). Block of four, top stamps Type III, bottom stamps Type I, large margins to in at bottom, rich color, neat strikes of “New Orleans La. Feb. 8” circular datestamp, 2mm scissors-cut at left between stamps

FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMBINATION BLOCK OF FOUR CONTAINING TYPES III AND I.

Ex Twigg-Smith and Curtis. With 1973 P.F. certificate

10,500
0
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94
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 94, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at bottom, rich color, tied by blue large segmented grid cancel, matching “Marysville Cal. Paid By Stamps Oct. 4” circular datestamp on cover to York Pa., Fine and scarce pair of the imperforate 10c Type I on cover, ex Gehrmann (1926 Doane sale), with 2017 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as a pair off cover is $1,800.00

E. 400-500
325
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95
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 95, 3c-10c 1851 Imperforate Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Positions 4-5R1, horizontal pair, large to huge margins all around, deep rich color and impression, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), Position 38R1L, recut once at top and bottom, full to large margins with traces of adjoining stamps at top and left, tied by circular blue grid cancels with matching “Skaneateles N.Y. Feb. 16” (1857) circular datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Manchester, England, sharp red “19” credit handstamp and vivid red Liverpool transit, receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL FRANKING ON AN IMMACULATE NESBITT ENTIRE PAYING THE 24-CENT TREATY RATE TO ENGLAND.

Ex “Sevenoaks”, Hillmer and Vogel. With 1986 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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