Sale 1239 — 2021 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Thursday, 24 June, 2021
Category — 1851-60 Issues
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.
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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)