Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b, 120b, 121b)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
734
 
Sale 1255, Lot 734, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b, 120b, 121b)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Extraordinarily bright and rich colors, sharp vignette impression with light cork cancel presents the error with remarkable clarity, trivial small thin spot and small corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLES OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.

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.

The appearance of 15c 1869 Inverts is very frequently unsatisfactory, due to cancellations that obscure the vignette. This stamp is visually one of the best we have encountered, and the small thin and corner crease are truly insignificant, especially in comparison with severe flaws that affect the majority of other copies.

Census no. 119b-CAN-70. Ex Consul Klep and Price. With 1982 and 1997 P.F. certificates

22,500
13,500
735
 
Sale 1255, Lot 735, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b, 120b, 121b)24c Green & Violet, Center Inverted (120b). Rich colors, neat strike of Rosette cancel leaves the vignette clearly visible, a couple small flaws including small sealed tear at upper left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE INVERT.

Our census of 24c 1869 Inverts, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/120b , contains four unused, 83 used singles, one used pair, one on cover and the unique block of four, for a total of 94 copies of the perforated 24c Invert. Of these, only five qualify as "centered" and of those four are either reperfed or have margins added.

Census no. 120b-CAN-74. From our 1993, 1997 and 2010 Rarities sales. With 2010 P.F. certificate mentioning only a small sealed tear.

37,500
11,500
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736
 
Sale 1255, Lot 736, 1869 Pictorial Issue Inverts (Scott 119b, 120b, 121b)30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Flags Inverted (121b). Deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, bold strike of New York circle of eight wedges cancel, completely sound

VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ONLY ONE DOZEN OR FEWER SOUND EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

Our census of 30c 1869 Inverts, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/121b , contains a total of 47 stamps, including 7 unused and 40 used. One used stamp is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library (census no. 39) and another used stamp is in the Tapling collection at the British Library (census no. 40). Most have faults to varying degrees. Of the examples available to collectors, only 13 are sound or potentially sound (six are based on decades-old descriptions and need to be reexamined for condition).

Census no. 121b-CAN-16. With 1983 (copy), 2003 P.F. and 2017 P.S.E. certificates certificates.

90,000
50,000
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