Sale Number: 958
Sale Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008
2008 Rarities of the World

1857-60 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
545   1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Choice centering showing clear breaks in outer lines at top and bottom (the defining characteristic of the type), rich color, neat strike of green circular datestamp, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III WITH A GREEN TOWN CANCEL.

As an indication of the rarity of Scott 21 with a green cancel, we have not offered a single example in any prior Rarities sale nor in any sale since keeping computerized records fourteen years ago. The closest we have come is a pair of Scott 22, which we sold in Sale 818 (lot 421) for $14,000 hammer. The Scott Catalogue assigns a paltry $500.00 premium for the cancel.

With 2007 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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3,250 11,000
546   1c Blue, Ty. IIIA-III-III (22-21-21). Positions 71-73R4, horizontal strip of three, deep rich color nicely contrasted by well-struck blue "Concord N.H. Dec. 1" datestamps, choice centering, couple trivial perf separations not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE COMBINATION STRIP OF THREE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING AND WITH SUCH OVERALL FRESHNESS AND EYE APPEAL.

With 2005 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as combination pair and single of Type III (Image Magnifier)

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6,250 11,500
547 c 1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Horizontal pair, choice centering, tied by "Paid/U.S. Mail City Delivery/2" carrier double-circle datestamp on tiny cover with blue and gold Renaissance "Romeo & Juliet" figures, ornamental design front and back, small etiquette label on flap, to local New York City address, Extremely Fine, a very rare design and scarce usage in the finest attainable quality, ex Grunin (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,100
548 c 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Cancelled by grid and tied by rim of circular datestamp, second partial strike of "Harrisburgh Pa. Oct. 16, 1861" double-circle datestamp on red and blue "Long May it Wave" Flag and Ribbon Patriotic to Mountville Pa., also with well-struck "Old Stamps Not Recognized" small-size straightline handstamp and "Due 3" in oval, small edge nicks at top and bottom restored, minor soiling

FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE SMALL "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP. VERY FEW OF THIS TYPE ARE KNOWN.

It has been reported that only three examples of this type of "Old Stamps Not Recognized" handstamp are known, and that this is the only example on a patriotic.

Ex Grunin and Piller. With 1980 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 6,750
549° c 3c Dull Red, Ty. IV (26A). Block of eight, Position 1-4/11-14R10L, s.e. at left, bright color, choice centering for this difficult issue, tied by red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 10 May 18" credit datestamp on legal-size orange cover to Hamburg, Germany, neat "Bucks O. May 12" ms. pmk., well-struck "Part Paid" handstamp in blue, blue crayon rate, various backstamps, stamps with few slight flaws to be expected

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1857 3-CENT TYPE IV USED ON A COVER TO GERMANY.

This exceedingly rare on-cover multiple of the 3c Type IV is especially desirable, because one can clearly see the identifying characteristics of the type, the interrupted framelines between stamps. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 4,500
550 og 5c Brick Red (27). Original gum, lovely brilliant color in the distinctive Brick Red shade, few flaws

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED SHADE -- IN OUR OPINION, THE BRICK RED IS ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD IN SOUND CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

To verify our intuition about the rarity of original-gum Brick Red stamps, we surveyed dozens of classic United States sale catalogues. We found approximately twenty stamps with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults.

With 1991 P.S.E. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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80,000 11,500
551 c 5c Indian Red (28A). Vertical strip of three, beautiful color in the unmistakable deep Indian Red shade, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 8, 1858" circular datestamp and red "Boston Paid 6 17 Dec." creidt datestamp on cover to Paris, France, embossed corner card at top left, perfs trimmed at top and bottom but center stamp is particularly nice, Fine-Very Fine, scarce and attractive cover, with 2008 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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13,500 3,250
552 og 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Original gum, lightly hinged, radiant color and detailed impression showing every nuance of the engraving, unusually choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN 1860 SHADE.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $5,500.00). Only one has graded higher to date and only one other shares this grade. (Image Magnifier)

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PSE Population Report

2,400 5,000
553° TC 24c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (37TC1). On 46 x 43mm card, showing layout lines from the die, intense shade

VERY FINE. THIS LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF STRUCK IN BLACK IS LIKELY UNIQUE, AND IS THE BASIS FOR THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTING.

Ex Finkelburg. In 1999 at the time of the Finkelburg sale this was unlisted in Scott in Black. (Image Magnifier)

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7,000 5,000
554   90c Blue (39). Deep rich color, unusually choice centering, bold cork cancel and also part of red transit cancel at bottom, small margin thin at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a large volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare. Approximately 180 used examples have been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, of which approximately one-quarter are sound.

With 2006 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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9,500 2,500
555 c 12c Black (36). Two Singles (one damaged before use), used with 1861 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), faults, tied by large "Paid" grids, red "Boston Br. Pkt 7 Paid Oct. 2" credit datestamp on multicolored Soldier with Flag, Cannon and Drum Patriotc cover to Dr. Angell in Vienna, Austria, red boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, docketed "Via England and Belgium"

A MAGNIFICENT COVER FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE WITH AN EXREMELY RARE MULTICOLORED DESIGN AND A MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING.

Ex Matthies and Paliafito. Last offered by us in our 1989 Rarities sale. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 9,000
556° c 24c Gray Lilac (37). Used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) and 10c Green, Ty. V (35), tied by blue grids and matching "Louisville Ky. Aug. 20" (1861) double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans La. 13 August 1861" from the Confederate State of Louisiana to St. Gall, Switzerland, via Adam's Thru-the-Lines Express, sender's routing "Per First Steamer" and pencil "Prus. Clos. Mail 35" (probably applied by Adam's office in Louisville) partly covered by stamps, another pencil notation beneath stamps is difficult to read but might be an express notation, lightly struck red New York transit datestamp (Aug. 24) at right and red ms. "12" credit, red framed "Aachen Franco" transit handstamp, magenta ms. rate at lower left for German transit, various transit and receiving backstamps, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE USE OF THIS COLORFUL COMBINATION OF 1857-60 ISSUES TO PAY THE 35-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE ON A LETTER TO SWITZERLAND, CARRIED BY ADAM'S EXPRESS THRU THE LINES FROM CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS TO LOUISVILLE AND THEN BY UNITED STATES MAIL TO SWITZERLAND.

This well-known Civil War period cover originated in Confederate New Orleans on August 13, 1861, and was sent inside an outer cover by Adam's Express to Louisville, Kentucky. At the Adam's Louisville office, it was marked "Prus. Clos. Mail 35" and stamped with 35c postage for the Prussian Closed Mail rate. Adams did not apply a datestamp to this inner cover before putting it into the Louisville post office for transmission by Federal mail to New York City, the port of departure. From New York it was probably carried on the HAPAG Line's Bavaria, departing August 24.

After the suspension of mail service between the U.S. and Confederate States, U.S. stamps affixed to mail originating in the Confederate States were considered contraband and not accepted at the Louisville post office, which required Adams to affix stamps from its own supply. The demonetization of old U.S. stamps in the North went into effect shortly after this cover was mailed from Louisville. The exchange period in Louisville began August 22nd for three days; beginning on August 25th, stamps other than the new 1861 Issue would no longer be accepted by the Louisville post office.

Ex Gibson and Kapiloff. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 20,000-30,000 32,500
557° c 24c Gray Lilac (37). Horizontal pair and single, pair s.e. at left, used with two 1c Blue, Ty. II (20), tied by several strikes of "Portland Me. Jul. 19" circular datestamp on small neat cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid Jul. 19" exchange office datestamp, red framed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, red "28" crayon credit rate, blue ms. rates at lower left for German transit, missing part of top flap

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND UNIQUE FRANKING TO PAY THE DOUBLE 37-CENT RATE TO RUSSIA VIA PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL.

Ex Gibson (Image Magnifier)

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E. 10,000-15,000 10,500
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