Sale Number: 448
Sale Date:
1974 Rarities of the World

1861-66 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
46 og 1c Indigo, "First Design" (55). Wonderful Deep Rich Color, Unusually Well Centered with o. g., Very Fine, Certainly One of the Finest Examples of this Rarity in Existence, ex Grainger, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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12,000 8,500
47 og 3c Brown Rose, "First Design" (56). Unusually Large Margins, Beautifully Centered, Rich Color with Full o. g., Extremely Fine, Exceptionally Choice, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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250 800
48 ogbl 3c Brown Rose, "First Design" (56). Block of Twelve, Fresh Gorgeous Color, particularly Well Centered Throughout, partial separation, neatly and meticulously rejoined with minute bits of hinge, Very Fine, A Splendid Showpiece, Believed to be the largest multiple of this stamp in Existence (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 2,800
49 og 5c Brown, "First Design" (57). Lovely Impression, Fresh & Bright, centered a trifle to bottom as are most, Very Fine, A Handsome Example of this Rarity, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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7,500 5,000
50 og 10c Dark Green, "First Design" (58). Incredibly Well Centered, Deep Rich Color, Virtually Full o. g., Extremely Fine, A "Gem", with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,400 3,000
51 og 12c Black, "First Design" (59). Fresh, Part o. g., A Fine Example of this Tremendously Rare Stamp, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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25,000 15,500
52 og 24c Violet, "First Color" (70c). Fantastic Centering, Beautiful Color, Full o. g., Extremely Fine, A Particularly Choice & Handsome Example of this Rare Stamp, with P. F. Certificate stating it is the former No. 60 (Catalog $2,000.) (Image Magnifier)

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600 1,700
53 og 30c Red Orange, "First Color" (61). Brilliant Color, part o. g., Despite a natural rounded corner perf. this is a most Outstanding and Beautiful, Well Centered example of this classic Rarity, Ex Grainger, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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9,000 5,500
54 og 90c Dull Blue, "First Design" (62). Unbelievably Well Centered with Wide Margins, Magnificent, Beautiful Fresh Color, Extremely Fine, Probably the Finest Existing Example of this Extremely Rare Stamp, ex Grainger, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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11,000 12,000
55 c 10c Dark Green, "First Design" (62B). Wonderful Color, tied by Clear "Paid" in Oval, Red Boston & N. Y. pmks. on Neat Nov. 1861 Folded Cover to Havana, "Forwarded by E. C. Bates & Co. Boston" Red Oval & Havana Receiving Mark, both on back, Very Fine & Handsome, ex Brown (Image Magnifier)

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E. 350-500 450
56   1c Blue & Shades (63, a, b). Specialized Collection in Two Albums, all mounted in acetates and extensively written-up. There is a splendid lot of Proofs & Essays including a number of blocks, and a large Imprint Plate Number block. There is a handsome Large Die Proof, a number of the Schernikow Special Printings, Essays on chemical paper and an unusually fine showing of the fascinating coupon essays. The stamps themselves show six unused, including a fine block; used stamps total 63 and are devoted to shades and cancellations of which there are many unusual items. There are 63 covers bearing a total of 15 stamps, a few being in combination with other denominations such as 3c 1861 and 2c "Black Jack". The covers demonstrate many uncommon usages including some ship markings, a fine assortment of Carrier uses, some nice corner cards. Of particular interest is a prepaid Ship Letter showing the 5c non-contract rate, with verifying letter from Ashbrook. This is a very rare cover. Cancellations include several types of Stars, Fancy Geometrics, an unusual "windmill" on an advertised Drop Letter, a huge letter "B", a grotesque "punkin head" & covers with various accessory markings. Condition is mixed; many are Fine-Very Fine, a very few show defects. Mixed centering is found among many of the cancellations both on and off cover, since the interest in the cancellation is paramount. It is a splendid and important collection in its own right, yet it offers a fine opportunity for expansion. We feel that $2000.00 to $2500.00 is a realistic valuation. It would cost a great deal more to try and assemble a similar collection since it contains so many scarce and unusual items

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E. 1,000-2,000 2,800
57 ogbl 3c Rose (65). Bottom Imprint & Plate No. 37 Block of Ten, Full Brownish o. g., Particularly Well Centered, Extremely Fine & Handsome Example of this Rare Plate Block, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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418 900
58 og 3c Rose (65). Complete Sheet of 100, Fresh & Bright, Full o. g., sensibly reinforced around edges with tiny bits of hinge, Most Are Fine-Very Fine including the Gorgeous Plate No. Block of Eight.

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1,372 2,300
59 og 5c Buff (67). Well Centered, Large Part o. g., Very Fine, with P. F. Certificate (Image Magnifier)

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725 1,450
60 c 5c Brown Yellow (67a). Two singles, originally a Vertical Pair, each tied by neat target, "San Francisco, Cal., Jul. 11, 1862" in double circle, ms. "Via Panama" to N. Y. State. Few negligible toning spots, Very Fine & Handsome (Image Magnifier)

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E. 350-500 1,350
61 ogbl 24c Steel Blue (70b). Top Sheet Margin Block, Marvelous Rich Color, Fresh, o. g., Well Centered, some perf. strengthening, two stamps have tiny thins, another with a light crease, otherwise Very Fine, only two blocks of four & a block of six are known, all of which have some faults, Attractive Block of Utmost Rarity, Unpriced as a Block ex Gibson (Image Magnifier)

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4,000 4,250
62 ogbl 30c Orange (71). Block, Bright Fresh Color, Virtually Full o. g., centered slightly to right, one stamp single short perf., otherwise Very Fine, Rare Block Particularly in its Wonderful State of Preservation (Image Magnifier)

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550 1,050
63 c 30c Orange (71). Used with 24c Gray (78b) Both tied by Bold Negative "Star of David" Red "New Haven, Ct." pmk. on small mourning envelope to Bangkok, Siam, Red "London, 1867" transit pmk. & "48" credit mark, without flap, Very Fine & Handsome, Very Rare combination, Ex-Gibson (Image Magnifier)

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E. 250-300 675
64 c 90c Blue (72). Wonderfully Well Centered, Tied by light Grid cancel. on small cover, printed address to Zanzibar, Via Marseilles & Aden. Salem, Mass. pmk. Boston & Aden transits on back. Cover slightly reduced at left & stamp shows minor wrinkles from bulky content. A sensationally beautiful and rare cover, signed "Ashbrook" (Image Magnifier)

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2,000 3,400
65 ogbl 2c Black, Imperforate, Experimental Paper (73 unlisted var.). Left Imprint Margin Block of Eight, Large Margins, Fresh, o. g., bottom strip of four is creased, otherwise Very Fine (Image Magnifier)

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E. 500-750 1,250
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