Sale Number: 958
Sale Date:
2008 Rarities of the World

1861-66 Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
558 og 3c Pink (64). Original gum, lightly hinged, bright color in the true Pink shade, choice centering

EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT PINK. ONE OF THE RAREST 1861 ISSUE SHADES IN THIS CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

The 3c 1861 Pink (Scott 64) is one of the most difficult stamps of the 1861-66 Issue to find in sound, well-centered, original-gum condition with fresh color. The nature of the ink used to print the 3c Pink shade is such that over the course of time, with exposure to light and other adverse elements, the color tends to oxidize or lose its vibrancy.

Collectors who have searched in vain for a 3c Pink in such condition will appreciate the rarity of this stamp in such a remarkable state of preservation. Others who may be less familiar with the rarity of this early 1861 Issue -- and perhaps deceived by the abundance of common 3c 1861 shades (Scott 65) -- are urged to consider the extreme rarity of Scott 64 in sound original-gum condition. In several recent auctions, we have offered well-centered original-gum examples of the 1861-66 Issue, and the record realizations at large multiples of Scott value demonstrate the rarity of these stamps.

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

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14,000 17,500
559 ng 5c Buff (67). Unused (regummed), beautiful rich color, small corner crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF.

With 1975 and 2007 P.F. certificates (Image Magnifier)

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11,000 4,250
560 c 1c Blue (63). Bright color, centered to bottom left, tied by Waterbury Conn. "Tulip" fancy cancel (Rohloff F4) and "Waterbury Con. Oct. 15, 1867" double-circle datestamp on local cover with dove and ribbon address panel, cover with few toned spots and light vertical file fold at left, Fine, a rare cancel which Rohloff calls a Tulip but we think might be a Pumpkin given the time of year it was used, with 2008 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 1,500
561   3c Rose (65). Tied by perfect strike of Waterbury Conn. Man in Straw Hat fancy cancel (unlisted in Rohloff) on small piece, clear "URY" and rim of Waterbury double-circle datestamp also ties stamp

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE. THIS STUNNING "MAN IN A STRAW HAT" WATERBURY CANCEL IS A NEWLY-DISCOVERED DESIGN AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Among the most desirable designs carved by postmaster John W. Hill are the faces, such as the Woman in a Bonnet, Woman in Snood, Man Smoking Pipe and the Bridgeport Fireman. This design, with its remarkably intricate carving, deserves to take its place in the pantheon of great designs from this master carver. The overall design is quite similar to the Bridgeport Fireman, but the rounded straw-patterned hat and smiling profile distinguish it from all other Waterburys.

With 2008 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 18,500
562 c 3c Rose (65). Radiant color, cancelled by target, "Washington D.C. Mar. 22, 1864" double-circle datestamp on Statue of Seated Washington Magnus Multicolored Patriotic cover to West Yorkshire N.Y., barely reduced at right, stamp with two small tears, minor edgewear incl. small repair along right side well away from the stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SPECTACULAR MAGNUS DESIGN IN USED CONDITION.

With 1994 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 6,250
563 c 10c Yellow Green (68). Bright color, tied by target, "New Orleans La. May 18, 1865" double-circle datestamp on folded cover to Matamoros, Mexico, endorsed "pr. Commercial Express" and with "Commercial Express Co. Paid May 18" double-circle datestamp, neat "Franco" in oval backstamp, light file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine, Confederate forces west of the Mississippi River surrendered on May 26, 1865, ending the war in Louisiana, just a few days after this was sent (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,600
564 c 12c Black (69). Two, slightly overlapping and used with 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), latter slightly oxidized, tied by large "Paid" grids, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Oct. 8" circular datestamp on red and blue "The Union and Constitution" Eagle and Flags Patriotic cover to Dr. Angell in Vienna, Austria, red boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, endorsed "Per the 'Persia' pr. N.Y. via England and Belgium", receiving backstamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex Matthies (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 9,000
565 c 12c Black (69). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by large Boston "Paid" grids, red "N. York Brem. Pkt. Paid 12 Mar. 29" circular datestamp on red and blue Illustrated History of the Stars and Bars Patriotic cover to Dr. Angell in Vienna, Austria, blue "America Uber Bremen Franco" handstamp, receiving backstamp

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex Matthies. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 6,250
566 c 5c Red Brown (75). Warm shade, used with 24c Lilac (78), few perfs trimmed at left and tied slightly overlapping by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston Paid 12 Jun. 19" circular datestamp on "Floyd Off for the South" Patriotic Caricature cover to Paris, France, depicting a man on a horse with bags of money, red 1863 French transit also ties 5c, red boxed "P.D." handstamp

VERY FINE. A RARE AND COLORFUL FRANKING WITH THE 5-CENT RED BROWN ON AN UNUSUAL CARTOON PATRIOTIC COVER TO FRANCE.

The cover was sent underpaid by 1c but was accepted as fully prepaid -- the U.S. post office accepted the loss, no doubt due to similar sympathies on the part of the postmaster.

Ex Matthies and Haas. With 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 4,000-5,000 13,000
567 c Illustrated Alf Burnett Cover to New Zealand. All-over illustrated cover for "Alf Burnett, Comic, Delineator and Recitationist", light strike of "Portsmouth O. Dec. 27" double-circle datestamp and addressed to Wannganni, New Zealand, target cancel appears to have tied a stamp that fell off in transit, "Short Paid" in frame and Wellington datestamp in space where stamp was affixed, French transit, ms. "3/8" due marking, trivial edge wear, Very Fine, almost certainly a unique usage of this fantastic illustrated design (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 950
568 c 24c Lilac (78). Three, tied by blue targets, matching "Cincinnati O. Nov. 18" circular datestamps on yellow Alf Burnett Elocutionist's all-over illustrated cover to London, England, 1867 receiving backstamp, faint red crayon rate and London transit, stamps off-center, Fine-Very Fine, hilarious design with Alf in drag, also a rare triple-rate usage, ex Krug, signed Ashbrook and illustrated in his Special Service (photo 19) (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,700
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