Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020
Category — 1857-60 Issue
FINE APPEARING AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom.
Small backstamp. Scott value $42,500.00
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III.
With 2002 P.F. certificate for pair
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND BEAUTIFULLY CENTERED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
From our 1975 Rarities of the World sale and ex Chapin (Chapin census no. 151). Scott value $3,250.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.
Ex Merlin. With 1985 P.F., 2008 and 2015 P.S.E. certificates identifying the top left cancel as ultramarine (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00 for normal color). Only two grade higher (at 98).
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE FROM YUBA (LONG BAR) CALIFORNIA TO FRANCE, WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO MARKING SHOWING THE 30-CENT RATE TO DESTINATION PAID.
Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 130.
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 1857 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY SLOOP-OF-WAR MOHICAN, WHICH WAS PATROLLING THE WATERS OFF THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA IN SEARCH OF SLAVE-TRADING VESSELS.
St. Paul de Loando was the capital of the Portuguese colony of Angola and a known area of activity for slave traders. The cover is addressed to Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins on the U.S.S. Mohican, which was patrolling the waters off the African coastline, and was written by his brother. Later this same year the Mohican captured the slave-carrying ship Erie, whose captain, Nathaniel Gordon, was hanged in 1862, the first man condemned under an 1820 Federal law declaring slave-trading a form of piracy. In August 1861 she departed the African coast to take part in the Battle of Port Royal and blockade duty in the Civil War.
Ex "Sevenoaks" and "Angel".
FINE. FAR SUPERIOR TO THE TYPICAL CONDITION OF A GENUINELY USED 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce, and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation, of which only one-quarter are sound. This sound stamp with a vivid red cancel is very desirable.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND HANDSOME USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Ex Dr. Puliafito. Backstamped in red (shows thru slightly). With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE GROUP OF THE 1851-60 DESIGNS IN PLATE PROOF PANES OR SHEETS OF 100 ON INDIA PAPER. THESE ARE THE ONLY FULL INDIA PAPER SHEETS KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.
At the 1967 Siegel sale of the Josiah K. Lilly collection (Part V, Sale 321), plate proof sheets or panes of all issues, from 1847 through back-of-the-book, were offered in both India paper and card format. The Lilly sheets collection came through Raymond H. Weill and was ex-Ackerman. It was originally formed from the holdings of Henry G. Mandel (India paper proofs) and the Earl of Crawford (card proofs and Mandel's India proofs). For the 1851-60 Issue, all the Lilly sheets were of 100 subjects -- meaning the 5c, 24c, 30c and 90c were actually panes of 100 from the original 200-subject plate. The India paper proofs were offered as a combined lot at the Lilly sale, after being offered separately by issue. The card proofs were offered in the same manner. Both combined lots were purchased for $98,000 hammer by a partnership of Robert A. Siegel and Raymond H. Weill. After the Lilly sale, the panes and sheets were divided in two by Siegel and Weill -- meaning all the 1851-60 proofs became either half-sheets of 50 or half-panes of 50. Half of the Lilly sheets holding went into the Bechtel collection and are now owned by a client of Sonny Hagendorf (Columbian Stamp Company). The deluxe albums containing the Lilly half-sheets were displayed in Hagendorf's booth at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. The other half was sold to a private collector who is only recently deceased, and was divided over the years into blocks, strips and singles. None of these half-panes or half-sheets are believed to remain intact.
Because of the nature of the Lilly holdings and the division of the sheets after the sale, this group of India paper panes and sheets of 100 is unique in private hands. These also originate from the Mandel holdings. Henry G. Mandel was an employee of and counterfeit expert for the American Bank Note Company. He had access to and saved many of the original proofs, samples and rejected designs from early issues and later sold his holdings to the Earl of Crawford. This group was offered in the "Isleham" Collection as a full set (Siegel Sale 662, lot 1001) and subsequently was part of the Dr. Leonard Kapiloff collection (1995 Rarities of the World, Siegel Sale 767, lot 138). After the 1995 Rarities sale the 1c and 10c values were placed separately with collectors. The remaining sheets were next offered in our 2003 Rarities sale and make their first auction appearance here in 17 years.
Ex Mandel, Earl of Crawford, "Isleham" and Dr. Kapiloff. Scott value $82,500.00 as blocks without premium for the 5c imprint
View scan of the 3c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-3c.jpg
View scan of the 5c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-5c.jpg
View scan of the 12c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-12c.jpg
View scan of the 24c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-24c.jpg
View scan of the 30c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-30c.jpg
View scan of the 90c: https://siegelauctions.com/2020/1224/70-90c.jpg