Sale Number: 777
Sale Date:
1996 Rarities of the World

1851-56 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
40 ogbl 1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Right margin block of eleven, Pos. 58-60/67-70/77-80L1E, with guideline visible at right, margins to slightly in, additional stamp (pos. 57) detached and replaced at top, o.g., gum toning only slightly visible on face, creased in top horizontal row and some creasing in last row near bottom

AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLE, BEING THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCK FROM PLATE ONE EARLY.

Only recently discovered by John Minsker among old records, this record-size block was described in the American Philatelist shortly after a 1994 A.P.S. certificate was issued. It is the largest block known from Plate 1 Early, followed by the unused irregular block of eight containing Pos. 7R1E, an unused and defective block of six (Pos. 51-53/61-631E), and seven or eight unused blocks of four (one used block is also known).

Offered to the philatelic market for the first time (Image Magnifier)

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E. 20,000-30,000 35,000
41   1c Blue, Ty. Ib-Ib-II (5A-5A-7). Horizontal strip of three, Pos. 8-10R1e, mostly full to large margins except touching left plume in Pos. 8, bright Plate 1 Early color and cancelled by twin strikes of blue "Cincinnati O. Jun. 16" (1852) datestamps, two faint vertical creases in center stamp, corner crease entirely in T.R. margin of Ty. II, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare multiple of the Type Ib stamp, with 1977 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for single stamps only (Image Magnifier)

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10,630 7,500
42 ogbl 1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Unused block of four from Plate 1 Early, full to huge margins including top sheet margin, choice impression and early color, ironed-out vertical creases, tiny sealed tears at B.R., still Very Fine appearance and an extremely rare block - only ten unused blocks are known (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,300
43 og 1c Blue, Ty. II-IV (7-9). Unused top sheet margin margin pair, Pos. 4-5R1L, the lefthand stamp being the only Type II from Plate 1 Late (all other positions were recut, becoming Type IV), full to gigantic margins including 15mm selvage at top and portions of adjoining stamps at bottom, tiny scissor cut entirely in bottom margin, Extremely Fine, a rare combination pair, especially in unused condition, ex Lilly, plated and signed by Ashbrook, with 1967 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,500-3,500 4,250
44 c 3c Brownish Carmine (11). Tied by "Stockton Cal." cds on California Penny Post Co., 7c Black Entire (34LU14) used to San Francisco, cds repeated at left with perfectly struck red "Penny Post Co. Stockton" double-line circle, portion of address crossed out in blue and "Agent Penny Post, San Francisco" written in

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY 7-CENT ENTIRE FROM STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA.

Covers bearing the company handstamp in addition to the government postmark are considerably rarer than those without the Penny Post Co. mark. Use of the Stockton branch office handstamp in conjunction with the very rare 7c entire is believed unique.

A remarkable 1851 Issue and local post combination. Ex Caspary, Jessup, Pearce, Haas, Grunin, Kapiloff. With 1993 P.f certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 7,500-10,000 8,500
45 c 3c Rose Red (11). Large to gigantic margins showing 11mm sheet margin at R. and 5mm at top, tied by red "Toulon Ill. Jan. 9" cds on light buff cover, file fold far from stamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Brown, with 1989 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,100
46 c 3c Rose Red (11). Large margins, clear central strike of Running Stag in Circle cancel, red "Shelburne Falls Mass. Nov. 2" cds on orange cover to Haydenville Mass., Extremely Fine, the finest known example of this rare and early pictorial fancy cancel, which seldom appears as more than an indistinct blob, ex Moody, Grunin, with 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 3,000
47 c 3c Rose Red (11). Mostly large margins including left sheet margin, barely in at T.L., tied by "Ogdensburgh N.Y. Aug. 1" cds on ca. 1853-54 illustrated cover for Spalding & Rogers New Railroad Circus with elaborate and slightly risque woodcut depiction of locomotive with clown thumbing his nose at the engineer, and inset of performers on horseback, all in black on cream, cover very lightly cleaned, still Very Fine. A wonderful circus cover - one other Spalding & Rogers design is known, for his "North Amerian Circus," used in 1856 - this is earlier, earthier, and thoroughly American - believed to be a unique (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 5,000
48 c 3c Yellowish Rose Red, Vertical One-Third Used as 1c (11c). Left vertical third adjoining vertical strip of three, Plate 4, tiny corner crease, each with ms. "X," matching "Garrote Cal. May 31st" postmark on light buff cover to East Brooklyn, N.Y., small edge flaws

VERY FINE. ONLY SIXTEEN 3-CENT 1851 BISECT COVERS ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH FIVE ARE USED TO MAKE UP THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE. THIS COVER IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST EXAMPLES AND THE ONLY BISECT IN A BLOCK CONFIGURATION.

Sixteen 3c 1851 bisects are recorded by Stanley Piller (The Chronicle, No. 136 and 137), including two that are not considered genuine. Two or three additional covers are reported.

Ex Cohen, Kapiloff. With 1981 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 6,000-8,000 7,500
49 c 5c Red Brown (12). Mostly large margins, close at R., distinctive deep shade, tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 10" cds on 1856 folded letter to France, red "New York Br. Pkt. Nov. 13" exchange cds also ties, Very Fine stamp and fresh cover, with 1983 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,200-1,500 1,600
50 c 5c Red Brown (12). Full margins to just in at bottom, used with 10c Green, Ty. II/III (32/33), combination block of four on 1858 folded letter to Saugor, Hindustan, India,, stamps tied by "Troy N.Y. Paid May 4, 1858" cds, black Boston exchange on back, red "40" credit, Bombay and Saugor backstamps

AN ENORMOUSLY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 IMPERFORATE AND AN EQUALLY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1857 PERFORATED BLOCK.

Cover refolded at top to show complete block (which was originally folded over top), some skillfully repaired cover tears, Fine appearance.

Ex Neinken and illustrated in his 10c book, also ex Beals, with 1989 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 20,000-25,000 0
51 c 10c Green, Ty. II (14). Pos. 60R1, large margins with part imprint in sheet margin at right, rich color, tied by neatly struck "New York Jul. 21" Ocean Mail cds on 1856 folded cover to San Francisco, stamp has small scissor cut at top

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FAMOUS 10-CENT 1855 PLATE 1 IMPRINT SINGLE - UNIQUE ON COVER AND ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN IMPRINT MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP IN ANY FORM.

Illustrated in Neinken's 10c 1855 book. Ex Krug, Baker, Grunin, with 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 7,500-10,000 17,000
52 c 10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal strip of four, Pos. 23-26L1, mostly large margins all around, rich fresh color and fine impression, tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 15, 1857" cds on 1857 folded cover to Vera Cruz, black "5" hs at bottom, tiny margin tear touches top of left stamp, still Extremely Fine, rare multiple in this choice condition, ex Caspary, Rust, Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 4,750
53 c 12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, huge margins including large bottom sheet margin, fine impression on crisp white paper, tied by grids on Oct. 1851 buff cover to London, clear "Sherburne N.Y. Oct. 1" cds at far left, red English markings on face including large "L" in circle tying pair, cover with slight edge wear, still Extremely Fine, a rare early use of the 12c and certainly one of the finest existing pairs on or off cover, ex Newbury, Grunin, with 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 5,000
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