Sale Number: 920
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United States Rarities

1861-66 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
61 ogbl 1c Blue (63). Block of nine with selvage at top, original gum, center row and two stamps at top Mint N.H., few sensibly reinforced perf separations at bottom and in selvage, rich color, choice centering throughout, small corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, with 1989 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail with no premium for the five Mint N.H. stamps (Image Magnifier)

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3,450 6,500
62 nh 1c Blue (63). Mint N.H., essentially perfectly centered, bright and crisp, vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, magnificent quality and incredibly difficult to find in this Post Office condition, with 2004 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as hinged (Image Magnifier)

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350 1,900
63   3c Pink (64). Brilliant color, almost perfectly centered with well-proportioned margins, neat strike of "Bridgeport Ct. Oct. 18, 1861" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE PINK SHADE.

With 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,900.00) (Image Magnifier)

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850 3,750
64 ogbl 3c Rose (65). Bottom imprint and plate no. 37 block of ten, original gum, barely hinged, bright shade, exceptionally choice centering, a few natural gum skips, tiny crease in bottom selvage

VERY FINE. OUTSTANDING QUALITY FOR THIS SCARCE CLASSIC UNITED STATES PLATE BLOCK.

With 1972 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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4,250 4,750
65 c Masonic Square & Compass with "G". Negative design boldly struck in blue tying 3c Rose (65), matching "Brattleboro Vt. Aug. 27" double-circle datestamp on fresh cover to Washington D.C., slightly reduced at right, Extremely Fine, remarkably beautiful (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 1,100
66 c "A.J." (Andrew Johnson). Bold strike of this pro-Johnson political cancel ties 3c Rose (65), second part strike with duplex "Brattleboro Vt. 11 Feb." circular datestamp on cover to Hazardville Conn., slightly reduced and couple small tears at right, faint edge stains, still Very Fine, the Brattleboro postmaster created a number of unusual cancels, including the Devil & Pitchfork, Uncle Sam Thumbing Nose and this Andrew Johnson "A.J." design, which appears to express pro-Johnson sentiments (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,000
67° c 3c Rose (65). Vertical pair, centered to right and few faults, tied by corks and indistinct town datestamp on legal-size cover with multicolored collage for facial artist Alf Burnett, addressed to New York City, cover with 1866 newspaper clipping affixed to back regarding his performances, some slight wear, Very Fine, absolutely spectacular Monty Python-like illustrated cover with an array of Alf's comic portrayals, including three in drag (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 2,100
68 c 24c Red Lilac (70). Used with three singles of 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), tied by large "Paid" grids and red "Boston Sep. 19 Paid 12" circular datestamp on red and blue Young's Kentucky Regiment Patriotic cover to Paris, France, Angell correspondence, originally addressed to Florence, Italy, but crossed out by sender (probably to reflect recipient's current whereabouts), lefthand 1c stamp small piece out, right 1c stamp small tear at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND SPECTACULAR PATRIOTIC COVER FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex Matthies. With 2003 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,100
69 c 24c Red Lilac (70). Used with 10c Green (68) and 1c Blue (63), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 27, 1865" datestamps on folded cover to Zurich, Switzerland, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Apr. 28 Paid" and transit backstamps, faint vertical file fold barely affects perfs of 1c stamp, otherwise Very Fine, apparent overpayment of the old 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate, which was lowered to 33c almost two years earlier, with 2005 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,400
70 c 24c Brown Lilac (70a). Tied by target, "Worcester Mass. Jun. 9" double-circle datestamp on blue cover to London, England and forwarded with G.B. 1p Red within England, 1p partly affixed over U.S. stamp and tied by "E.C. 80" numeral duplex, red 1865 London backstamp, Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 750
71 c 30c Orange (71). Bright early shade, used with 3c Rose (65), tied by bold strike of large Boston "Paid" grid on blue 1862 folded letter to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid Dec. 21" backstamp, endorsed "via England per 'Anglo Saxon'", red London transit and crayon "12" credit, Cape Town and receiving backstamps, cover with small tear at top, fresh and Very Fine cover from the Howland correspondence, with 2003 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,400
72   24c Steel Blue (70b). Bright color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, perfectly centered, long and full perforations all around

EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE ISSUE.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,600.00) (Image Magnifier)

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915 4,500
73 og 90c Blue (72). Original gum, lightly hinged, wonderfully fresh and bright

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM AND IN SOUND CONDITION.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 3,500
74   3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, vibrant color, radiant color, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING.

As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum.

With 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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5,000 6,000
75 c 2c Black (73). Cancelled by quartered cork on unsealed illustrated Providence Conference Seminary cover to N. Canton Conn., faint strike of circular datestamp at top right, stamp with small corner crease at top right ending in tiny tear, cover with small tear and toned spot at left, otherwise Very Fine, a spectacular illustrated advertising cover with the Black Jack issue, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,400
76 c 2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by bold strikes of Honeycomb fancy cancel (early New York Foreign Mail type), red "New-York Br. Pkt. Dec. 5" circular datestamp on 1865 folded letter to Cadiz, Spain, red "8.R" due handstamp, London and Cadiz backstamps, file fold clear of stamps

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE BLACK JACK PAYING PART OF THE 5-CENT BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE TO SPAIN. PROBABLY NO MORE THAN SIX SUCH COVERS EXIST.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,500-2,000 1,400
77 c 2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 15c Black (77), tied by quartered cork, "Phila. Pa. Jun. 6", and red "N. York Paid Hamburg Pkt. Jun. 9" transit datestamps on buff cover to Copenhagen, Denmark, red "17" credit, Hamburg transits (one dated 1866) and Copenhagen receiving backstamps, stamps with minor toning, other small cover faults, otherwise Fine, extremely rare 20c rate cover to Denmark via Germany, with 2003 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 900
78 c 24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Two, deep rich color, used with 3c Rose (65) and 2c Black (73), tied by geometric cancels on 1865 folded letter to Batavia, Java, sender's oval handstamp and ship routing "Per Australasian", red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Jan. ?" circular datestamp, red London transit (Jan. 28), magenta ms. "48" credit, 2c faulty and some clipped perfs on 3c

VERY FINE COVER. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR FRANKING TO BATAVIA, JAVA. ONLY A FEW BLACK JACK COVERS ARE KNOWN TO THE DUTCH EAST INDIES.

The 53c postage pays the rate by British Mail via Marseilles. With 2005 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 1,700
79 c 2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and horizontal strip of four of 10c Yellow Green (68), tied by targets and "Stratton N.H. Nov. 3" cds on cover to Swatow, China, also tied by red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 7 Nov." credit datestamp, 1866 London transit, Hong Kong and receiving backstamps, barely reduced at left, right 10c stamp affected from placement over edge of cover, 2c stamp tiny diagonal crease, otherwise Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,900
80 c 15c Black (77). Used with 1c Blue (63) and 5c Brown (76), tied by well-struck circle of V's on blue 1868 folded cover to Naples, Italy, red New York circular datestamp also ties 1c, bold "P.D." handstamp, red "4" credit, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamps, Very Fine usage and unusual combination paying the 21c rate to Italy via French Mails (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 800
81 og 24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Original gum, lightly hinged, rich color in the true Grayish Lilac shade, detailed impression

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM 24-CENT GRAYISH LILAC WITH OUTSTANDING COLOR.

With 2002 P.F. certificate for block of nine, this being the top center stamp (Image Magnifier)

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2,500 1,250
82 og 24c Blackish Violet (78c). Original gum, incredibly deep rich color and proof-like impression, s.e. at right, few toned perf tips at left

A FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT BLACKISH VIOLET. THIS IS THE ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF THE 1861-66 ISSUE, ESPECIALLY IN ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The number of 24c Blackish Violet stamps with original gum known to us can be counted on one hand. Notable examples are the Caspary/Lilly stamp and the Wunderlich/Zoellner copy, which realized $40,000 hammer in our 1998 auction.

With 2001 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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60,000 9,000
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