Sale 1247 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 14-15 December, 2021
Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)
FINE TO MOSTLY VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PLATE PROOFS.
The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet in each color was printed. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition (along with the 1869 invert card proof sheets). Petrie claimed that he rescued the proofs just before they were to be burned. They were later cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, pairs and singles. It is difficult to assemble the complete set of the 1869 Pictorials since the bicolor values come in many different color combinations. See our website PDF for a complete scan
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Gorham and Curtis. With 2002 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95)
FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY 102 USED COPIES ARE RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 119b at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/119b , records three unused and 102 used copies (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at The British Library and the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. We estimate that approximately fifteen used copies are sound, including copies with tiny corner creases. A large number -- more than half -- have serious faults or repairs.
Census no. 119b-CAN-28. With 2018 P.S.E. certificate