Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021
Category — Special Delivery, Registration
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1885 FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
Each of the first four Special Delivery Issues (E1-E4) are extremely rare in plate block form. We believe the 1885 Issue, E1, is the rarest of the group with perhaps 5-7 known (including one pane). This plate block with all Mint N.H. stamps is easily one of the finest of the few extant.
Ex Todd, Wampler and Curtis. With 1998 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1888 SECOND SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
All of the first four Special Delivery Issues (E1-E4) are rare in plate block form. The second Special Delivery stamp, Scott E2, was made from two plates--numbered 552 and 73. Plate 552 was made first and was numbered in the series of 1882; Plate 73 was numbered in the series of 1890. There are perhaps ten known of the 1888 Issue, Scott E2, of which about half come from top positions. The same plates were used to print the Orange Special Delivery issue, Scott E3, which was issued in conjunction with the 1893 Columbian Issue.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 FIRST BUREAU UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
Ex Merlin and Curtis. With 1992 and 2002 P.F. certificates, the former as a block of four. With 2003 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $5,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded to a hinged Scott E4 and it is shared by only one other (there is also a single Mint N.H. graded Gem 100).
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 10-CENT 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. VERY FEW PLATE BLOCKS ARE KNOWN.
Each of the first four Special Delivery Issues (E1-E4) is rare in plate block form. There are perhaps a dozen known of the 1894 Issue, Scott E4. Only one plate number was used for this issue -- Plate 77.
Ex Curtis. With 1988 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
Ex Curtis. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,800.00). Only three grade higher
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A LOVELY MINT NEVER-HINGED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIP OF THE 1895 DOUBLE-LINE WATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
With 2021 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80). Scott value as strip of three and two singles
VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE TOP IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 1916 PERF 10 UNWATERMARKED SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE, SCOTT E10.
Ex Weisman and Curtis. With 1989 P.F. certificate