EXTREMELY FINE SET OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT PLATE PROOFS. ONLY ONE SHEET OF 100 OF EACH WAS PRODUCED.
The card proof sheets of 100 of the four inverted high values of the 1869 Pictorial issue were prepared for and displayed at the Atlanta International Cotton Exposition in 1881. They were printed in response to the publicity surrounding the actual inverted stamps that began to appear in the 1870’s. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition. Petrie claimed that he rescued the inverts along with the trial color card proof sheets (the "Atlanta" trial color proofs) just before they were to be burned. For some years he tried to sell his find and in 1895 he began to advertise them in the philatelic press, finding no takers. In 1903 he sold them to James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford, one of the great collectors of stamps, essays, proofs and philatelic literature at the turn of the 20th Century. In November 1915 the Earl of Crawford’s collection was purchased by John A. Klemann of the Nassau Stamp Company in New York. It was Klemann who eventually cut up the sheets.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Original sales figures show that among the 1869 Pictorial Re-Issues, the 3c and 90c stamps accounted for the smallest number of units sold (1,406 and 1,356, respectively). Overall, the 1869s were popular with stamp collectors, far outselling the 1851-60 and 1861-66 Re-Issue sets. However, the 90c stamp's high denomination and the availability of ordinary 3c stamps limited demand. Today, both are rare, and handling over the years has not been kind to many of the surviving examples.
With 2004 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
Ex Coulter and Dauer. With 1974, 2006 and 2013 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS VARIETY IS EXTREMELY RARE WITH ORIGINAL GUM. THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Jonathan W. Rose, in his book United States Postage Stamps of 1869, states that only one sheet of 100 was issued. All were cut into singles by a clerk in the Third Assistant Postmaster General's office. It is not known how many were sold, but most seem to lack gum.
Looking at copies with original gum, we have sold only three other unduplicated examples since 2002. The last we sold was in our Sale 1150 in 2017, which brought $21,000 hammer and is in a private collection. One then has to go back to our 2010 Wagshal sale, where we offered one with perfs trimmed at left with the plate number and part imprint at top, which realized $17,500 hammer. The example offered here was last offered in our 2009 Whitman sale, where it realized $32,500 hammer.
Ex Whitman. With 1981, 2000 and 2009 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2019 P.F. certificate (XF 90).
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND FRESH WIDE-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 2020 P.F. certificate (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL RE-ISSUE.
With 1982 and 2021 P.F. certificates