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Sale 1173 — The Grant Inman Collection, Part 7: Private Die Medicine Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2017

Category — J.C. Ayer and Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2010
 
Sale Number 1173, Lot Number 2010, J.C. Ayer and Co.J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a), J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a)J. C. Ayer & Co., 4c Red, Old Paper, Die Cut (RS8a). Most points intact, rich color, few faults are not readily apparent

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT RED J. C. AYER & CO. "STAR" DIE CUT ISSUE. ONLY FIVE ARE RECORDED.

The 4c J. C. Ayer & Co. stamps were initially printed in six colors on old paper -- Black (none known), Red (5 known), Vermilion (3 or 4 known), Green (3 known), Purple (1 known) and Blue. The majority of stamps issued were Blue on various papers. It has been estimated that slightly over a million per year were used, over a 20-year period, so most of the Blue stamps are common, except for some paper varieties. They were generally not cancelled, since they were normally destroyed or damaged when the pill box or bottle was opened.

The Aldrich book records three examples. There are two additional examples recorded by Eric Jackson. Our census illustrates them at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/RS8a . Part 25 of the Colonel Green collection also contained one, described as "fine looking but expertly repaired" but not illustrated -- this is likely one of the examples listed in the census.

Ex Joyce.

12,500
6,250
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