Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022
Category — 1863-66 Issue, cont. (Scott 75-78c)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 5-CENT RED BROWN CANCELLED IN GREEN.
A review of major sales of cancellations, including Haas ("Distinguished Connoisseur"), Rohloff, Grunin and Klein, failed to find another with a green cancel. We have offered only one other since 1994, which originally formed a pair with the stamp offered here.
With 2004 P.S.E. certificate as a pair and 2011 P.F. certificate as this single. The other stamp in the pair realized $7,500 hammer in our 2005 Rarities sale.
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE MORTAR AND PESTLE FANCY CANCELLATION OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE ON A 24-CENT STAMP.
The Waterbury postmaster, John W. Hill, carved three different Mortar and Pestle cancellations. The Rohloff Types 1 and 3 (O-5 and O-7) were carved in 1867 and used with the large double-circle datestamp. They are much rarer than the Type 2 Mortar and Pestle.
Waterbury fancy cancels are especially rare on the 24c denomination. We have offered only one other (a Bridgeport Fireman off-cover, realized $8,000 hammer in 2018) since keeping computerized records.
With 1981 and 2011 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE STRIKES OF THE NEW YORK HORSE'S HEAD FANCY CANCEL ON A PAIR OF THE 24-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE GRAYISH LILAC SHADE.
With 2007 P.F. certificate
FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET, A SHADE VARIETY THAT IS MISSING IN MOST ADVANCED CLASSIC UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS.
Our census of Scott 78c, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/78c , records three unused stamps, 50 used off-cover and ten used on nine covers (one cover bears a pair), for a total of 63 stamps. Of the used off-cover examples only 14 are confirmed as sound -- the others either have a fault or were certified long ago and condition is uncertain. In fact, some of those older certificates should also be re-confirmed as to the true 78c shade. This sound example is a great rarity of the issue.
Census no. 78c-CAN-50. With 1998 P.S.E. certificate.