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 — 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
683
 
Sale 1255, Lot 683, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Rich color on bright paper, well-balanced margins, cancelled by bold strike of rust red circular cork cancel, Extremely Fine, a stunning stamp and scarce with such a deep shade of red cancel, ex Eubanks, Morton and Myerson, with 1987 and 2011 P.F. certificates, the latter stating "rust red cancel", with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $650.00 for black cancel)

300
900
684
 
Sale 1255, Lot 684, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Choice centering and margins, bold blue quartered cork cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2000 and 2006 P.F. certificates

250
1,300
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685
 
Sale 1255, Lot 685, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Wide margins and well-centered, bright color complemented by vivid purple segmented cork cancel of Philadelphia, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful stamp with an underrated colored cancel, despite the much more modest Scott premium for a purple cancel on this issue versus a green cancel, we have encountered far fewer cancelled in purple, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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686
 
Sale 1255, Lot 686, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Fresh color, deep green split cork cancel, small corner crease at top left, appears Very Fine, a scarce green cancel on the 6c 1869 Pictorial Issue, with 2010 P.F. certificate

1,225
800
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687
 
Sale 1255, Lot 687, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Exceptionally wide and balanced margins, deep green circular cork cancel, fresh color, a few blunted perfs at bottom, appears Very Fine, a scarce green cancel on the 6c 1869 Pictorial Issue, 1994 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies, with 2017 P.F. certificate

1,225
550
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688
 
Sale 1255, Lot 688, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Beautifully clear strike of Running Chicken fancy cancel of Waterbury Conn. (Rohloff A-11), also small bit of Waterbury circular datestamp at bottom, some inconsequential small faults including blunted or few trimmed perfs, the strike is complete and well-defined

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE AND DESIRABLE RUNNING CHICKEN FANCY CANCELLATION OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH THIS ICONIC CANCEL.

This is the only known example of the Waterbury Running Chicken fancy cancel on the 6c 1869 Pictorial. The stamp was discovered in England and presumably originated on a cover addressed to there (at the 6c rate). It was first sold in a George Alevizos sale decades ago.

Ex Haub and from our 1994 Rarities sale. P.F. certificate no. 42517 no longer accompanies.

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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689
 
Sale 1255, Lot 689, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Cancelled by mostly complete and detailed strike of bluish-black Seeing Eye fancy cancel of Mittineague Mass., sealed tear at lower left, Very Fine strike and rare on th 6c 1869 Pictorial Issue, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
900
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690
 
Sale 1255, Lot 690, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)6c Ultramarine (115). Bright color, cancelled by neat strike of "Steamer Costa Rica P.M.S.S.Co." handstamp, some scissors-separated perfs, Very Fine strike, according to Michael Laurence's book, the Costa Rica carried mails between Yokohama and Shanghai in China, it is not known used on cover and this is the first we have encountered on a 6c 1869 Pictorial, which would have paid the interconsular rate, ex Eubanks, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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691
 
Sale 1255, Lot 691, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Vivid color and detailed impression, gorgeous centering with Jumbo margins, perfectly defined Rosette cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO-MARGINED AND CENTERED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH AN ATTRACTIVE CANCEL.

With 1986, 2001 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00). Only two grade higher (at 98) and two others share this grade. We have sold both of the other 95Js and neither has a cancel as attractive as offered here.

110
1,000
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692
 
Sale 1255, Lot 692, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, neat and clear strike of green Shield-shaped fancy cancel with rim of circular datestamp at left, reperfed on at least one side (P.F. certificate opines reperfed on both sides)

FINE APPEARANCE AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH A GREEN FANCY CANCEL.

Green cancellations are a favorite of Mr. Gorham and they are well represented on many classic issues in his collection. Most are scarce to rare, but a green cancel on the 10c 1869 Pictorial is extremely rare. The fact that this is a fancy cancel depicting a shield adds to its desirability. Power Search does not contain another Scott 116 cancelled in green -- fancy or otherwise.

With 2020 P.F. certificate. Scott assigns a $5,000.00 premium for a green cancel.

5,110
4,750
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693
 
Sale 1255, Lot 693, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Gorgeous color, huge margins and choice centering, "New-York Sep. 23" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, ex Saadi, with 1986, 1991 and 2008 P.F. certificates

110
700
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694
 
Sale 1255, Lot 694, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color and choice centering, neat strike of "N. York Steamship" circular datestamp with a few letters showing, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate

110
500
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695
 
Sale 1255, Lot 695, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, clear strike of blue Wells, Fargo & Co. oval datestamp, Very Fine, an extremely rare cancel on the 10c 1869 Issue, a review using Power Search found a number of 3c 1869 covers with Wells, Fargo & Co. markings -- but very few with the company datestamp used to cancel the stamp -- and none at all with the 10c 1869 Issue, with 2014 P.F. certificate, listed in Scott with "Express Company" cancel but unpriced

E. 750-1,000
850
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696
 
Sale 1255, Lot 696, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, cancelled by neat circle of V's, red New York circular datestamp and blue French entry datestamp, Extremely Fine, a striking 10c 1869 with three different cancels, with 2016 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
650
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697
 
Sale 1255, Lot 697, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Vivid color, cancelled by part strike of "(OGD. & L.) C.R.R. (Al)toona" station agent railroad circular datestamp, tiny creases at top, Extremely Fine appearance and a scarce railroad marking on the 10c 1869 Pictorial Issue, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
300
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698
 
Sale 1255, Lot 698, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Vivid color called "Yellow Orange" by the P.F., complemented by purple cork cancel with matching rim of circular datestamp (probably Philadelphia), sound and Very Fine, a lovely and scarce 10c 1869 Pictorial with a vivid purple cancel, with 2007 P.F. certificate

360
1,500
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699
 
Sale 1255, Lot 699, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, bold blue target cancel, Very Fine and striking, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
375
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700
 
Sale 1255, Lot 700, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Vibrant color, wide margins, vivid red grid cancel with rim of circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful stamp, with 1998 P.F. certificate

180
300
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701
 
Sale 1255, Lot 701, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Three Jumbo margins, natural straight edge at right, bright color, cancelled by perfect strike of "PAID" with Stars in grid fancy cancel of Dedham Mass., small thin spot at left and small corner creases do not detract, Extremely Fine strike of this elaborate fancy cancel, ex Eubanks, with 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
400
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702
 
Sale 1255, Lot 702, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Vivid color, cancelled by "PAID" with Stars in grid fancy cancel of Dedham Mass., more than half the cancel struck at left and some of the bottom grid portion struck at right, light horizontal crease, Very Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
225
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703
 
Sale 1255, Lot 703, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Brilliant color, cancelled by choice strike of French Anchor in Diamond of Dots, also with part of red framed "P.P." (Paid to Port) handstamp, Extremely Fine stamp and cancels, a beautiful and scarce use of this French maritime cancellation on a 10c 1869, from a cover sent by French transatlantic packet between the U.S. and France, with 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
3,750
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704
 
Sale 1255, Lot 704, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Rich color and choice centering, bold strike of "X" Chop cancel found on mail from U.S. post offices in Japan, Extremely Fine, with 1993 P.S.E. and 2012 P.F. certificates (XF 90)

310
550
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705
 
Sale 1255, Lot 705, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, cancelled by bold strike of "N" cancel of Nagasaki, Japan, Extremely Fine strike and scarce with only a handful known, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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706
 
Sale 1255, Lot 706, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Huge Jumbo margins, rich color, neat red cork and transit cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A HUGE EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE CANCELLED IN RED. THIS ISSUE IS RARELY FOUND WITH SUCH ENORMOUS MARGINS.

Ex Kirke. With 1985, 2001 and 2013 P.F. certificates. 2011 P.S.E. certificate graded XF 90 Jumbo no longer accompanies.

280
1,500
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707
 
Sale 1255, Lot 707, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Wide and nicely balanced margins, bright color complemented by blue cork cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful 12c S.S. Adriatic, with 2004 P.F. certificate

255
1,000
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708
 
Sale 1255, Lot 708, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Huge margins and well-centered, fresh color, just a trace of a red cancel at lower left, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates

280
1,800
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709
 
Sale 1255, Lot 709, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Choice centering and rich color, vivid red crossroads cancel, Extremely Fine and quite striking, ex Finkelburg, with 2006 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

280
375
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710
 
Sale 1255, Lot 710, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Bright color and detailed impression, choice centering, struck at top with red Baltimore "Dot in Circle" Foreign Mail cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2007 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85), Scott value as with normal red cancel and without premium for the foreign mail aspect

280
350
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711
 
Sale 1255, Lot 711, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Well-centered, rich color beautifully complemented by full strike of red Baltimore "Dot in Circle" Foreign Mail cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate, Scott value as with normal red cancel and without premium for the foreign mail aspect

280
350
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712
 
Sale 1255, Lot 712, 6c-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 115-117)12c Green (117). Rich color, cancelled by neat strike of Face in Box fancy cancel, small diagonal crease at bottom left, Very Fine strike of this unusual cancel, any fancy cancel on the 12c 1869 Pictorial apart from stars is rare, ex Laehder, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
300
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