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Sale 1239 — 2021 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 24 June, 2021

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Category — 1851-60 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
521
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 521, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Type Ia (6), 1c Blue, Type Ia (6)1c Blue, Type Ia (6). Position 100R4, large margins showing full Type Ia characteristics at bottom, used with perforated 1c Blue, Ty. II (20) on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Torino, Italy, stamps tied by "Ellicottville N.Y. Aug. 6" (1857) circular datestamp and Le Havre octagonal transit, instructions for British Packet service but sent via French Mail and treated as unpaid with appropriate "New York 12 Aug. 8" debit circular datestamp, Type Ia faintly creased, top flap missing, some minor cover wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE FOREIGN MAIL USE COMBINING THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia WITH A PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II ON A 3-CENT NESBITT ENTIRE. THE IMPERFORATE TYPE Ia IS RARELY ENCOUNTERED ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN A DOMESTIC COVER.

Ex Dr. Kapiloff.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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522°
ogbl
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 522, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var)1c Blue, Ty. II, Cracked Plate (7 var). Positions 1-4/11-14/23-24L2, block of ten, mostly disturbed original gum, few h.r., large margins to in including top sheet margin, clearly showing the plate crack from top of selvage to bottom of block, deep rich color, horizontal and vertical creases, Position 12 closed tear

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE MULTIPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 2, CLEARLY SHOWING THE CRACKED PLATE IN THE SHEET MARGIN AND IN FOUR POSITIONS. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

Unlike plate cracks resulting from stress fractures during the course of printing, the Plate 2 crack is believed to have been caused by an integral flaw in the steel. As Plate 2 was used, the crack widened and extended downward into the fourth row. Due to the nature of this unusually large crack, Ashbrook preferred to call it the "Plate 2 Flaw."

Owner's backstamp on one stamp. With 2019 P.F. certificate

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E. 7,500-10,000
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523°
og
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 523, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 2, original gum, huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, deep rich color and detailed impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98; SMQ $9,500.00). Only four grade higher (three at 100, one at 100J which we have never offered) and two others share this desirable grade.

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1,000
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524
 
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 524, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 2, huge margins all around including parts of adjoining stamps on all four sides, deep rich color, neat strike of New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MASSIVE STAMP HAS ACHIEVED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E., AND IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.

This stamp has beautiful color, huge margins and an attractive cancel. More than 350 are graded, and only five grade 100 and three grade 100J.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $3,500.00).

Bid on this lot

135
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525
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 525, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal strip of six, beautiful Plate 1 Early color and impression, large margins to in, tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Marysville Cal. Mar. 9" circular datestamp on buff cover to Kirtland O., tiny tear at top between fourth and fifth stamps, tiny corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE. A SCARCE HORIZONTAL STRIP OF SIX OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, PAYING THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE.

The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to April 1, 1855. Approximately seven such West Coast multiples are known to us.

Ex Dr. Kapiloff

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E. 4,000-5,000
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526°
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 526, 1851-60 IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Small rectangular-cut stamp showing only one-quarter of the handstamp and part of the 1c 1851 design at top, well-tied by grid cancel, used with strip of three of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), Positions 48-50R2, left stamp double transfer, large margins to slightly in, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 11" circular datestamp on buff cover to Alexandria Va., backflap reattached and center 1c stamp slight creasing

A FINE AND REMARKABLE COVER WITH AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE U.S.P.O. CARRIER 7LB18 AND THE ONE-CENT 1851 STAMP THAT PROVIDED THE PAPER FOR THIS CARRIER ISSUE. AN INTRIGUING USE OF A FRACTIONAL STAMP.

The Philadelphia carrier stamps printed on the sheet selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 stamps hold a unique position in United States philately. Elsewhere in the world there are very few instances in which sheet selvage was used to produce adhesive stamps -- the Emory Va. Confederate provisional and early stamps of Zanzibar come to mind as other examples. Two handstamps were used to create the Philadelphia carrier stamps: the Eagle oval (Scott type C31), which produced 7LB16, and the large oval (type C32), from which 7LB18 was made. The earliest known use of the 1c 1851 from Plate 2 is Dec. 5, 1855, which points to this being an 1856 use.

Several specialists in United States carrier issues have speculated that the U.S.P.O. handstamped adhesives (7LB14, 7LB16 and 7LB18) -- used when other printed carrier stamps were available -- were prepared by one or more carriers and affixed by them to show receipt of the carrier fee when paid by coin. This cover supports the theory that these stamps were not really sold to the public, because the use of a fraction of a stamp would be highly suspect if it was intended to show the carrier that prepayment was made. However, a carrier who received a coin and simply needed to mark the letter as fully paid would feel free to affix a fraction of a stamp, especially if his supply was running low.

Ex Golden and Dr. Morris. With 1981 and 2011 P.F. certificates.

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E. 5,000-7,500
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527°
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 527, 1851-60 IssuesU.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18), U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18)U.S.P.O., Philadelphia Pa., 1c Black (7LB18). Lightly-struck U.S.P.O Despatch oval handstamp on what appears to be 1c 1851 sheet margin with some blue plate wash, uncancelled, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), horizontal strip of three, ample margins to cut in, rich color, tied by two strikes of large "Paid" grid cancel and red "Boston 3 cts. 1 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia street address with instructions "Please delivery immediately", receipt docketing dated 1852, file folds, one of which creases stamp at right

THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE PHILADELPHIA 7LB18 CARRIER STAMP ON AN INBOUND COVER.

Based on accepted genuine examples, it appears that the Philadelphia carrier stamps on 1c 1851 adhesive sheet margins came into use in 1856 and are known only on "to the mails" covers from Philadelphia. However, this cover predates the 1856 examples by slightly more than three years, and the use of the carrier stamp to pay for delivery from the mails is unusual. The street address and instructions to "deliver immediately" support the idea that the carrier affixed the stamp as a form of receipt and/or accounting for a coin received when he delivered the letter. The cover's provenance also supports its genuineness: the "CEC" handstamp at lower left identifies C. E. Chapman as a previous owner, which dates the cover to the early part of the 20th Century.

Ex Chapman, Gibson, Bailar and Dr. Morris. With 1990 and 2018 P.F. certificates, both of which state this is a genuine usage of Scott 7LB18 on cover

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E. 3,000-4,000
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528°
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 528, 1851-60 Issues12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, margins to just in, left stamp crease and short tear, faint red cork cancel, used with 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), large margins showing all or parts of three framelines, bold red star cancel, small corner crease at top left, red "19" credit handstamp and faint marking to left of 12c pair (perhaps a Liverpool ship marking or circular datestamp?) on small cover to Liverpool, England, the 12c pair had a stain and the cover had some minor edge wear, both of which have been expertly mitigated

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND EAGLE CARRIER AND ONE OF ONLY FOUR EAGLE CARRIER COVERS USED TO ENGLAND. AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC RARITY.

Scott Trepel's article in the 1851 Issue Sesquicentennial book (p. 203) records eleven Eagle Carrier covers used to foreign countries, as follows: Canada--one cover from Philadelphia with 1c and 3c 1851 Issue, ex Meyersburg; Denmark--half-cover from Cincinnati with 3c 1851 Issue, ex Meyersburg; England--four from Philadelphia, from a correspondence discovered in 2000, one of which has eight 3c 1851 stamps and another with a pair of the 12c 1851 (the cover offered here); France--two covers from Cincinnati, both ex Ezra D. Cole and Edgar Kuphal (Sale 925, lots 1146-1147); Germany--one cover with 5c and 10c 1857 Issue (ex Hall, Sale 830, lot 16) and another from Philadelphia; and Syria--from Cincinnati to Boston with 3c 1857, then carried outside the mails to Syria (ex Golden, Sale 817, lot 44).

This cover comes from a correspondence which emerged in 2000 and contained four Eagle Carrier covers to England. Illustrated in 1851 Issue Sesquicentennial book (p. 203). Ex Dr. Morris. With 2001 P.F. certificate

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E. 7,500-10,000
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529
ogbl
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 529, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. IIIa-IIIa/III-IIIa (22-22/21-22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa-IIIa/III-IIIa (22-22/21-22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa-IIIa/III-IIIa (22-22/21-22). Positions 73-74/83-84R4, block of four comprising three Type IIIa and one Type III (at bottom left), original gum, lightly hinged, a few minor perf separations, slight trace of gum toning, faint horizontal crease along top edge of top stamps, these trivial imperfections are barely noticeable and only the last is noted on most recent certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED ISSUE FROM PLATE FOUR, COMBINING TYPES III AND IIIa.

This block was printed from Plate 4, which originally produced imperforate stamps and was used only briefly after the introduction of perforations in 1857 before being discontinued. Original-gum examples of stamps from Plate 4 are extremely scarce.

This was part of the vertical block of six in the Grunin and Klein collections. After the 1988 Klein sale it was divided into this block and two singles (Positions 63R and 64R).

Ex Grunin, Klein and Hall. With 1991 (as sound) and 2015 P.F. certificates (mentioning faint horizontal crease at top). The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists combination blocks from Plate 4, but does not value them. The Type III-IIIa combination pair and Type IIIa pair have a combined value of $27,350.00

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E. 15,000-20,000
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530°
ogbl
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 530, 1851-60 Issues1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Positions 31-32/41-42/51-52/61-62L10, left "Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati" imprint and "No. 10.P." block of eight, six stamps Mint N.H., only Positions 31 and 62 are hinged, rich color and excellent impression, strong bluish plate wash

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND CHOICE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1857 TYPE V WITH SIX MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.

Chapin census no. 65A. From our 1983 Rarities sale and ex Gross as a plate block of 16 (right block of eight removed). With 1994 P.F. and 2019 P.S.E. certificates as the larger block. Scott value as a plate block of eight without premium for the Mint N.H. stamps

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4,500
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531
og
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 531, 1851-60 Issues5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (28), 5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (28)5c Red Brown, Defective Transfer (28). Position 23R1, large part original gum which covers nearly the entire back, rich color, reperfed at left

FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM--ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE TRANSFER VARIETY.

The perforated 5c “1856” Red Brown (Scott 28) stamps were made from the stock of imperforate stamps on hand in 1857 when perforations were introduced. Since these were the first 5c stamps to be put through the perforating machine, they were the first to be used, and very few unused examples survive, especially with original gum. The number of original-gum Scott 28 singles falls somewhere between the numbers for the Brick Red (Scott 27) and the Indian Red (Scott 28A), which catalogue $80,000.00 and $160,000.00, respectively.

With 2016 P.F. certificate which does not note the transfer variety. Scott value $60,000.00

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E. 5,000-7,500
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532°
 
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 532, 1851-60 Issues5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Rich color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide margins and design well clear of outer projections on all four sides, grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE P.F.

With 2021 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95)

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350
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533
c
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 533, 1851-60 Issues90c Blue (39), 90c Blue (39)90c Blue (39). Used with 1c Blue, Type V (24) horizontal pair, 10c Green, Type V (35) and 30c Orange (38), beautiful rich colors, tied by three strikes of Boston large "PAID" grid cancel on blue folded letter datelined “Boston July 16, 1861”, addressed to Edwin Howland at Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, sender’s blue “Iasigi, Goddard & Co., Boston” oval handstamp on back, manuscript route directive “via England per Persia”, red “Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Jul. 16” circular datestamp on back, red crayon “1.32” on back (quadruple 33¢ rate) and “1.12/4” credit on front (quadruple 28c credit)--carried on the Cunarder Persia from New York on July 17, arriving in Queenstown on July 26--red “London Paid EE JY 27 61” transit datestamp, red “4” quadruple 1p British Colonial rate, red Capetown and Port Elizabeth backstamps, 1c small piece missing, 10c crease and tear, cover folds reinforced with stamp hinges

THE RENOWNED NEWBURY 90-CENT COVER, DESCRIBED BY STANLEY ASHBROOK AS "ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING GEMS OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY". ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE, AND THE ONLY ONE USED TO AFRICA.

Ex Ashbrook, Robert S. Emerson, Saul Newbury, Benjamin D. Phillips, Ryohei Ishikawa and William H. Gross.

Illustrated or discussed in “The Ninety Cent 1860” (American Philatelist, Dec. 1921), The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-1857 (Vol. II, p. 322), “The U.S. Ninety Cent Stamp of 1860” (1951 Congress Book), “Through the Newbury De Luxe Collection...” (Stamp Specialist), More of the World’s Greatest Stamp Collectors (p. 198), United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century (Vol. I, p. 265), “Great Stamps Make Greater Covers” (American Philatelist, Oct. 1977, illustrated on front cover), and “Tracing the Family Tree of a 90¢ '57 On Cover” (Stamps, November 16, 1946)

Exhibited: Providence Night, Collectors Club of New York, Mar. 20, 1929 (Emerson), Centenary Exhibition, Collectors Club of New York, May 1940 (Newbury), ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” and 1996 Invited Exhibits, Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of U.S. Philately” 2000 (Gross), World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross).

“R.H.W. Co.” backstamp (Weill). With 1993 P.F. certificate

Go to https://siegelauctions.com//2021/1239/533commentary.pdf for History and commentary on lot 533

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E. 200,000-300,000
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534
ogbl
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 534, 1851-60 Issues1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40), 1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40)1c Bright Blue, Reprint (40). Block of four, without gum as issued, perfectly centered, beautiful color on bright white paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 REPRINT.

We have offered only five other blocks since our 1995 Rarities sale. With 1998 P.F. certificate

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3,300
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535°
og
Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 535, 1851-60 Issues10c Blue Green, Reprint (43), 10c Blue Green, Reprint (43)10c Blue Green, Reprint (43). Without gum as issued, deep rich color on bright paper, extra wide margins and choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1857 REPRINT.

The Continental Bank Note Company made a new plate for the 10c 1857 Reprint, consisting of 100 subjects, using an original transfer roll. 10,000 stamps were printed (100 impressions). All are Type I stamps. 516 of the 10c were sold, and the remaining 9,484 were destroyed on July 23, 1884.

With 2021 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

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2,500
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