Sale 1246 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 1-2 December, 2021

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Category — Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito Issue

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Sale 1246, Lot 3657, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1858, 240c Dull Vermilion (6). The unused multiple that was discovered as a complete sheet of 204 stamps sometime before 1887 and divided into smaller blocks in 1912 (four defective stamps were removed, leaving 200 stamps); the 14 individual blocks have been reunited in the Gordon N. John collection and are offered as a group

THIS ICON OF CLASSIC WORLDWIDE PHILATELY WAS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE “BLANK SPACE” ON THE URUGUAY 240-CENTÉSIMOS LITHOGRAPHIC STONE AND WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVING THE ORIGIN OF THE 180-CENTÉSIMOS VERMILION COLOR ERROR. THE SURVIVAL OF THIS ITEM IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM WAS NOTHING LESS THAN A MIRACLE, AND THE RECONSTRUCTION IN ITS PRESENT FORM WAS ONLY ACHIEVED AFTER DECADES OF DETERMINED EFFORT.

Since its discovery more than 134 years ago, the 240-centésimos sheet has been regarded as one of the most outstanding items in classic philately. Without it, philatelists might never have deduced the configuration of the printing stone, the reason for the remarkable “blank space” multiples, or the cause and sheet position of the 180-centésimos Vermilion color error.

The existence of the intact sheet was noted by its owner, Dr. Esteban Wonner, in his 1887 book on Uruguayan stamps. It crossed the Atlantic sometime around the turn of the century and became the crowning piece in the Uruguay collection formed by Dr. Achillito Chiesa of Milan, Italy, a prominent collector and exhibitor before World War I. In 1912 the London stamp dealers Bridger & Kay bought the sheet and offered it for sale with an asking price of £1,650. Unwilling to wait for one buyer, they divided the sheet into blocks.

The 240-centésimos printing stone of 204 subjects, arranged in 17 rows of 12, was created by making six separate transfers from the intermediate transfer block of 30 for the first 15 rows (180 subjects). To make the two bottom rows (24 subjects), the printer divided the transfer block into two blocks of 12. The photo of the entire sheet (opposite) will aid in visualizing this configuration. The transfer block of 30 included one 180-centésimos design in error, which in turn was transferred to seven positions on the printing stone. After a short print run, the printer erased the 180-centésimos transfers and left seven blank spaces, rather than entering the correct 240-centésimos transfers. The reconstructed sheet printed from the modified stone shows all of these seven blank spaces.

CONDITION

Nine blocks have original gum and five have no gum; all of the blocks are affected by creases; some have small thin spots or short tears; most blocks are signed in pencil by Diaz.

PROVENANCE OF THE INTACT SHEET OF 204

Before 1887--Discovered and acquired by Dr. Esteban Wonner; noted in his book (page 23)

Before 1910--Sold by Enrique Rissi and acquired by Dr. Achillito Chiesa (Milan); exhibited by Dr. Chiesa in the 1910 Berne Philatelic Exhibition

1912--divided into smaller blocks by Bridger & Kay, London dealers

PROVENANCE OF RECONSTRUCTED SHEET

Before 1956--Partly reconstructed by Robert Hoffmann and displayed at FIPEX in 1956

1958-64--Hoffmann added top left block from the Alfred H. Caspary sale and bottom left block from the Maurice Burrus collection

1982--Corinphila sale of Hoffmann collection and distributed among collectors

1993--Feldman sale of the de Bustamante collection; reassembled by Gordon N. John over 20 years

For a pdf of the description with additional provenance, go to https://siegelauctions.com/2021/1246/3657.pdf

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Sale 1246, Lot 3657, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito Issue
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E. 400,000-500,000
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3658
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Sale 1246, Lot 3658, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Shade Group (18-18c, 20). Six blocks of four neatly mounted on exhibit page, each block in a distinctive shade ranging from Red, Rose, Blood Red, Brick Red, Vermilion, and the unissued Salmon shade, Red and Salmon with original gum, others unused (no gum), fresh colors and strong impressions, few minor flaws, otherwise Very Fine group, catalogued as singles, those unlisted in Scott counted as normal Rose shade, Scott $3,076.00

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E. 400-500
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3659
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Sale 1246, Lot 3659, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Rose (18). Bottom right corner margin block of 55, missing position 50 for a complete pane, unused (no gum), rich color and strong impression, few facial scrapes at right (positions 14, 18, 20-21) causing thins (and small hole), couple minor bends, Very Fine appearance and rare, this is the largest recorded multiple of this shade, catalogued simply as singles, Scott $990.00

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E. 150-200
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3660
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Sale 1246, Lot 3660, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Top right corner margin complete pane of 56, unused (no gum), lovely fresh color and strong impression, position 28 with stain spot and small pinhole, couple minor creases of little consequence, still Very Fine and rare, this is the only recorded complete pane of this shade, catalogued as singles, Scott $6,720.00

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E. 750-1,000
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3661
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Sale 1246, Lot 3661, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Blood Red (18 var). Top right corner sheet margin complete pane of 56, unused (no gum), exceptionally rich color with an intense impression, small pinhole on position 52 and couple minor creases of little consequence, still Very Fine, an impressive and rare multiple, especially in this vivid shade, this is the only recorded complete pane in this shade, catalogued as singles in the Carmine shade which most closely resembles this Blood Red shade, Scott $2,520.00

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E. 400-500
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3662
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3662, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Rose, 12c Blue (18, 23). 12c with sheet margins at bottom, tied by two clear strikes of blue negative "SSS" cancels of the General Office in Montevideo on folded letter datelined "Montevideo Marzo 26 de 1864" and addressed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, cover with light overall soiling, otherwise Fine, this is the only recorded example of this cancellation on cover, not to mention an exceptionally early use prior to the official release of this issue on April 13, ex Lee, with 1989 Holcombe certificate

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E. 500-750
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3663
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3663, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 8c Rose (18). Two singles, mostly large margins, just touching outer frameline at top of left stamp, tied by oval grid cancels on folded letter detailed Montevideo Sept. 15, 1864 and addressed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, horizontal file fold thru bottom of both stamps, Very Fine appearance, this is the only recorded example of this cancel, presumably from Montevideo though without the normal letter or number indicating city of origin, for many years, this cancel has stumped Uruguayan experts as no example is even in the postal archives, with 2004 Rocha certificate

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E. 300-400
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3664
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3664, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Used with 6c Rose and 12c Blue (18, 23), each example with mostly large margins, cancelled by diamond grid cancel on 1865 folded cover to Buenos Aires, blue Benito Marini forwarding handstamp at bottom left with Jun. 2, 1865 docketing on flap, Buenos Aires arrival circular datestamp, address partially removed

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF THE 1864 COAT OF ARMS ESCUDITOS ISSUE TO BUENOS AIRES, ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE 6-CENT IN THE BRICK RED SHADE WITH ONLY THREE COVERS RECORDED USED ABROAD.

This cover correctly pays the triple letter rate for international postage. All three of the recorded covers with the 6c Brick Red used abroad are known to Buenos Aires. Signed Fulpius and Calves.

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3665
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3665, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Huge margins, fresh color, tied by "Buenos Aires 25 MAR 64" circular datestamp on folded cover to San Carlos, Montevideo Mar. 26 oval transit datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE AND PHENOMENAL USE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE USE OF THE ESCUDITO ISSUE IN ARGENTINA, USING THE RARE 6-CENT BRICK RED OVER TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO OFFICIAL RELEASE ON APRIL 13, 1864. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COVERS OF THE 1864 COAT OF ARMS ESCUDITO ISSUE FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

There are three key factors which make this cover truly remarkable. First, this cover was used from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Only assumptions can be made as to why a Uruguay stamp was used in Argentina and why this was accepted for postal use. Secondly, the official release date of this issue was April 13, 1864. While uses as early as March 7 are known, very few examples exist used prior to the release date. Lastly, the 6c Brick Red shade is exceptionally rare on cover with only a small handful of covers known, especially with an example in this premium condition.

Ex Hoffmann. With 2004 Rocha certificate

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3666
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3666, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Huge margins, excellent color, tied by boxed "Franca" handstamp with additional strike at left on folded cover datelined "Colonia, Novembre 4, 1865" and addressed to Montevideo, couple mounting marks at sides, Extremely Fine, the 6c Brick Red is the rarest shade of the Escudito issue to find on cover, the example offered here in especially Gem quality, with 1981 Diaz certificate, Scott $1,400.00

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E. 400-500
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3667
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3667, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Large margins, tied by Montevideo Apr. 27, 1865 oval datestamp upon arrival on folded letter datelined "Durazno, Abril 22 de 1865", stamp with minor flaw in top right corner, otherwise Very Fine and rare, the 6c Brick Red is the rarest shade of the Escudito issue to find on cover, this cover was accepted but underpaid the 8c rate for two sheets sent domestically, ex Bustamante, Scott $1,400.00

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E. 300-400
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3668
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3668, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Brick Red (18c). Horizontal pair, large margins, tied by Montevideo Jul. 27, 1864 oval datestamp on folded letter to Buenos Aires, right stamp with slight gum soak, still Very Fine, the 6c Brick Red is the rarest shade of the Escudito issue to find on cover, especially to a foreign destination of which few are known, signed Diaz

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E. 400-500
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3669
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3669, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Blood Red, Bisect Used as 3c (18 var). Bottom left diagonal bisect, tied across the cut by intricate Montevideo postmaster seal on 1876 orange cover to Salto, clear strike of "Detenida por Falta de Franqueo" two-line handstamp for insufficient postage, additionally struck boxed "Archivo" and "Listas 30 Dec. 76" double-circle datestamp as the addressee could not be found, Very Fine and intriguing cover for several reasons, the Escudito issue was discontinued in 1866 making this an exceptionally late use, also the bisect presumably pays a 3c rate which did not exist as the normal rate was 6c, ex Hoffmann

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E. 400-500
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3670
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Sale 1246, Lot 3670, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Salmon (20). Top left corner margin complete pane of 56, original gum, few h.r. mostly in margin at top and bottom row, wonderfully fresh color, strong impression, showing various constant plate flaws, pos. 5 with pinpoint thin and a few creases of no consequence

EXTREMELY FINE AND UNIQUE COMPLETE PANE OF 56 OF THE 1864 6-CENTESIMOS IN THE UNISSUED SALMON SHADE, SCOTT NO. 20. THIS SHADE WAS PRINTED BUT NEVER ISSUED FOR USE. SINCE ITS DISCOVERY IN 2009, THIS IS ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM OF THE 1864 COAT OF ARMS ESCUDITOS ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Sciarra. Signed Bolaffi. With 2008 Rocha certificate. Catalogued simply as singles with no premium as unique pane. Scott $30,800.00

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E. 3,000-4,000
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3671
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Sale 1246, Lot 3671, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Salmon (20). Bottom right corner margin block of 35, positions 22-56, original gum, few h.r. mostly in top and bottom rows, rich color and sharp impression, couple minor facial scuffs affecting a few stamps and couple of creases of little consequence

VERY FINE AND IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE OF THE UNISSUED 6-CENTESIMOS IN THE SALMON SHADE. PRIOR TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE COMPLETE PANE, THIS WAS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS STAMP IN EXISTENCE. A MAJOR ESCUDITOS RARITY.

Ex Lee and Hoffmann. Catalogued simply as singles. Scott $19,250.00

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E. 2,000-3,000
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3672
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Sale 1246, Lot 3672, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 6c Salmon (20). Top right corner margin block of nine, large part original gum, positions 5-7/12-14/19-21, pretty and fresh color, clear impression, couple faint toned spots of little consequence, still Very Fine and impressive multiple, this shade was printed but was unissued, catalogued as singles, Scott $4,950.00

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E. 500-750
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3673
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Sale 1246, Lot 3673, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 8c Yellow Green, 8c Dark Green, Tete-Beche Pair (21a). Two horizontal pairs in distinctive shades, unused (no gum), Yellow Green with vertical crease between stamps, each with shallow thin spots, Very Fine appearance, Scott $1,700.00 which doesn't distinguish between shades

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E. 300-400
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3674
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Sale 1246, Lot 3674, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 8c Light Green, 8c Dark Green (21b-21c). Two multiples on exhibit pages, 8c Light Green top left corner sheet margin block of 36 (6x6), unused (no gum), couple small flaws incl. pinhole and couple toned spots, 8c Dark Green block of 34 with sheet margin at right, unused (no gum), small pinhole, couple minor toned spots and small edge tears, Very Fine appearance, these are the largest recorded multiples of each shade, catalogued as singles, Light Green shade catalogued as No. 21b for which it most closely resembles, Scott $1,540.00

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E. 150-200
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3675
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Sale 1246, Lot 3675, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 8c Yellow Green (21b). Huge to large margins, tied by clear strike of Paysandu Nov. 14, 1865 oval datestamp on folded blue cover to Montevideo, Montevideo Nov. 16 oval arrival datestamp, Very Fine and choice, especially scarce in this choice condition, with 1988 B.P.A. certificate, Scott $1,000.00

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E. 300-400
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3676
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Sale 1246, Lot 3676, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 8c Yellow Green (21b). Huge margins, preprinting crease at left, tied by indistinct Montevideo oval datestamp on 1865 folded letter to Rosario, cover with trivial edge toning, Very Fine, ex Bustamante, Scott $1,000.00

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E. 200-300
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3677
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Sale 1246, Lot 3677, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 8c Yellow Green (21b). Huge to large margins all around, tied by indistinct Montevideo oval datestamp on 1865 cover to Durazno, accompanied by the original enclosure dated Mar. 11, 1865, cover with minor soiling, still Very Fine and scarce, Scott $1,000.00

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E. 200-300
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3678
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Sale 1246, Lot 3678, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 10c Ocher (22a). Bottom left corner sheet margin complete pane of 56, original gum, h.r.'s mostly confined to top and bottom horizontal rows, fresh color, strong impression, manuscript numbers on reverse, some of which has eroded thru to front and marks at top left, few minor creases toned spots, Fine appearance, a rare multiple and the largest recorded multiple of this shade, catalogued simply as singles, Scott $2,240.00

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E. 200-300
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3679
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Sale 1246, Lot 3679, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 10c Yellow (22). Horizontal pair and single, large to ample margins, tied and cancelled by Montevideo Nov. 8, 1864 oval datestamps on blue folded cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, fault to top flap, still Very Fine, a rare use with less than five covers known with this franking, with 2008 Rocha certificate

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E. 300-400
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3680
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3680, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 10c Yellow (22). Three singles, mostly large margins, cancelled by dotted grids on folded letter datelined in Pelotas on May 25, 1865 and addressed to Buenos Aires, Argentina, some splitting along internal folds, still Very Fine, a rare use with less than five covers known with this franking

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E. 300-400
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3681
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3681, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 10c Ocher (22a). Used with 8c Green (21), each with large to full margins, tied by Montevideo Oct. 2, 1865 oval datestamp on folded cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, small cover repair at top not affecting stamps, Extremely Fine, paying the 18c double rate to Argentina, both the 8c and 10c are quite scarce on cover in their own right, the combination of both is very rare, signed Calves and with 1991 Behr certificate

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E. 400-500
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3682
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3682, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 10c Ocher (22a). Huge margins all around, tied by indistinct Montevideo oval datestamp on folded letter datelined in Montevideo on Dec. 16, 1864 and addressed to Durazno, Very Fine, a choice single franking use, ex Diaz, Scott $1,300.00 as Yellow shade

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E. 300-400
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3683
 
Sale 1246, Lot 3683, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Blue (23). Horizontal interpanneau gutter pair, bold color, shallow thin and couple minute toned spots, Very Fine, this is the only recorded interpanneau gutter pair, while it was always assumed the 12c Escudito was printed in sheets of 224 comprising four panes of 56, before this discovery pair in 2008, there was a lack of physical proof, a key item for the specialist of this interesting issue

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E. 400-500
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3684
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Sale 1246, Lot 3684, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Blue (23). Bottom left corner margin complete pane of 56, h.r.'s mostly confined to top row and bottom margin, lovely fresh color and sharp impression, control handstamp at bottom left, marginal tear in bottom margin, few creases, couple light thins and toned spots mostly at top right, Very Fine appearance, the largest recorded multiple of this shade, catalogued as singles, Scott $924.00

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E. 150-200
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3685
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Sale 1246, Lot 3685, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Dark Blue (23a). Bottom right corner block of 54, missing two stamps from the bottom left for a complete pane, unused (no gum), intense shade and strong impression on bright paper, few facial scuffs causing thins and mild horizontal bend, Very Fine appearance, this is the largest recorded multiple of this shade, catalogued as singles, Scott $1,485.00

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E. 200-300
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3686
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3686, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Slate Blue (23b). Huge margins all around, tied by Montevideo Nov. 23, 1865 oval datestamp on folded cover to Rosario, Argentina, blue Marini Garcia oval forwarding handstamp at bottom left, Buenos Aires transit datestamp, Extremely Fine, a handsome cover with a Gem example of the 12c Slate Blue, Scott $650.00

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E. 150-200
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3687
c
Sale 1246, Lot 3687, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Blue, Bisect Used as 6c (23 var). Top half of horizontal bisect, tied across the cut by blue Porongos oval cancel on ca. 1864-65 folded cover to Montevideo, missing small piece of top flap, Very Fine and rare, less than five bisected covers are thought to exist paying the 6c domestic rate, with 1991 Holcombe certificate

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E. 400-500
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3688
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Sale 1246, Lot 3688, Uruguay, 1858 240c Sheet & 1864 Escudito IssueURUGUAY, 1864, 12c Blue, Bisect Used as 6c (23 var). Right half of vertical bisect, tied by Montevideo oval cancel on folded letter datelined Jan. 19, 1865 and addressed to Durazno, some slight usage soiling, Very Fine and rare, less than five bisected covers are thought to exist paying the 6c domestic rate, with 2000 Rocha certificate

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E. 400-500
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