EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III. VERY FEW EXIST IN ANY TYPE OF ACCEPTABLE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THE INCREDIBLE CENTERING AND REMARKABLY FRESH ORIGINAL GUM MAKE THIS STAMP A PHENOMENAL CONDITION RARITY.
Ex Moody as part of a vertical block of six and from our 2000 and 2007 Rarities of the World sales. With 1991 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE SOUND AND CENTERED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE IV. A VERY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
The Plate 1 Late sheets on hand in 1857 were perforated on the new equipment, but the spacing between subjects and Toppan Carpenter's generally poor perforating skills resulted in the majority being off center. Examples of Scott 23 with original gum and this grade of centering are extremely rare.
Ex Whitman. With 1967 and 2000 P.F. certificates as "previously hinged". With 2008 P.S.E. certificate stating "slightly disturbed original gum" (DOG, XF 90; SMQ $23,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to an unused example of Scott 23. The P.S.E. Population Report records one other unused stamp graded XF 90, but we are not aware of the gum condition of that stamp. The only unused category P.S.E. uses for this stamp is "NG/RG/D-POG" (no gum, regummed, disturbed or part gum). This means that they have not graded any unused examples of Scott 23 in the OGph or OGh categories
FINE-VERY FINE PLATE BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 TYPE V WITH MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMPS.
Scott value $5,060.00 as hinged plate block of eight and four hinged singles
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT TYPE I 1857 PERFORATED ISSUE. A MARVELOUS STAMP IN TERMS OF GUM, COLOR, CENTERING AND PERFORATIONS.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF-XF 85; SMQ $5,000.00). Only two original-gum stamps grade higher (at 90)
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED SHADE -- IN OUR OPINION, THE BRICK RED IS ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD IN SOUND CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL GUM.
Many collectors know this issue by type and shade, but few are aware of the order of production (or release). This state of confusion is partly due to the Scott Catalogue. The distinctive Brick Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue comes first in the series of Scott-listed perforated 5c issues, but its true release date comes later in the sequence.
Based on dated covers, the 5c Type I shades were released in the following order: 1) Red Brown, Scott 28, EDU 8/23/1857; 2) Indian Red, Scott 28A, EDU 3/31/1858; 3) Brick Red, Scott 27, EDU 10/6/1858; and 4) Brown, Scott 29, EDU 3/21/1859, almost certainly the last printing from the first 5c plate. The second 5c plate was made from a new six-relief transfer roll with the design projections cut away at top and bottom, to varying degrees. The Type II Brown was issued first (Scott 30A, EDU 5/4/1860), and the Orange Brown printing from the same plate followed about one year later (Scott 30, EDU 5/8/1861).
After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately 20 stamps with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults.
Ex Hansen. With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott value without gum is $20,000.00. Scott value as original gum
FINE. AN 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM IS ONE OF THE GREAT UNHERALDED RARITIES OF CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
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.
Ex Golin and Whitman. With 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE INDIAN RED SHADE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS OF THE 1857 ISSUE TO FIND IN UNUSED CONDITION. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST-CENTERED AND MOST VIVID EXAMPLES WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
The so-called Indian Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue is the rarest of the colors, ranging from Brick Red to Red Brown to Brown. In unused condition, it is an extreme rarity. Our search of old auction catalogues and the records of The Philatelic Foundation and P.S.E. yielded only eleven unused examples of Scott 28A. Of these, the majority are without gum. The stamp offered here is one of the three best-centered of the group.
From our 2000 Rarities of the World sale. With copy of 1999 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN. THIS IS THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE -- IT IS IN MUCH BETTER CONDITION THAN THE LARGER BLOCK. THE CENTER STAMP, WITH SUPERIOR CENTERING AND MINT NEVER-HINGED ORIGINAL GUM, IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES EXTANT.
Although a relatively large number of 5c Orange Browns reached collectors from unused supplies left over after the issue was demonetized due to the Civil War, multiples are scarce, and most have been broken to feed the market's desire for singles. The largest recorded multiple is a partially separated and rejoined block of 32 with selvage at top and right (offered in our 2001 Rarities sale). This is the only recorded block of nine, which is the second largest recorded multiple.
Ex Caspary, Stanitz and Whitman. With 1975 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
FINE-VERY FINE LIGHTLY HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II 1860 ISSUE.
The Brown Ty. II is far rarer in multiples than the Orange Brown, because unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861.
Scott value $25,000.00
FRESH AND VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan, Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. They are also very scarce in original-gum condition because, unlike 10c Plate 2 stamps (Scott 35), there were no supplies on hand in 1861 when the issue was demonetized due to the outbreak of the Civil War.
Ex Whitman. With 1992 and 1993 P.F. certificates, the former as a pair. The other stamp in the pair was offered in our 2006 sale of the "Scarsdale" collection.
FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE RECONSTRUCTED BLOCK OF EIGHTEEN OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3.
Ex "J & J" and Hansen. With 1981 P.F. certificate. Scott value $19,500.00 as three blocks of four and three pairs
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
Ex Hansen. With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. MULTIPLES OF THIS ISSUE ARE EXTREMELY RARE.
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. 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. Most unused multiples probably come from supplies recovered from Southern post offices.
Ex Anderson and Whitman. With 1980, 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates.