Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022
Category — 1901 Pan-American Issue and Inverts (Scott 294-299)
VERY FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country, soon after release of the issue in May 1901. According to the revised Johl-King book (p.7) "The first known copies of this error were discovered at Bessemer, Alabama, by the Carrell Jewelry Company on some circulars just prior to mailing them. When they realized the find they had made they lost no time in removing the stamps from the circulars and thus saved them to philately."
The 1c Pan-American Invert in used condition is considerably scarcer than unused. Our census, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/294a , records 55 used examples (two on piece and a pair) plus three on covers, for a total of 58 copies.
Census no. 294a-CAN-25. Ex Cunliffe. With copy of 2004 A.P.S. certificate. With 2009 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONLY SEVEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT ARE KNOWN, AND NONE ARE SOUND. THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE IS THE ONLY ONE ON PIECE, WITH A CANCEL LEAVING THE ENTIRE INVERTED VIGNETTE CLEARLY VISIBLE. IT IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Our census of the 2c Pan-American Invert in used condition, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/295a , records only seven copies. None are sound -- two are reperfed, one has a tear and another is thinned. The two others have minor flaws, including a surface scrape and crease.
Census no. 295a-CAN-06. Ex Dr. Graves (not in our "Argentum" sale, but his name is on 1976 certificate). Signed in pencil by J. Klemann of Nassau Stamp Co. With 1976 and 2003 P.F. certificates.