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1870-71 SIX CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. ESSAYS, PROOFS & SPECIMENS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
161 E 137-E 137-E, 6c Carmine, 11x14 point essay grill, points down, without gum, a strongly impressed grill that is quite distinctive, few minor perf. flaws of little consequence given
that this is the only recorded example of this value with the essay g#137-E, 6c Carmine, 11x14 point essay grill, points down, without gum, a strongly impressed grill that is quite distinctive, few minor perf. flaws of little consequence given that this is the only recorded example of this value with the essay grill, fine; thought to have originated from Charles F. Steele, who was the inventor and patent holder for the grilling device; ex-Earl of Crawford. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1870-71 SIX CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. ISSUED STAMPS WITH GRILLS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
162 ogbl 137 137, 6c Carmine, with H grill, an incredibly rare mint block of four, brilliantly fresh and bright, rich color, full o.g. which shows the grill impressions well, minor h.r.,
centered just a bit to bottom, fine and quite choice the rarity of t#137, 6c Carmine, with "H" grill, an incredibly rare mint block of four, brilliantly fresh and bright, rich color, full o.g. which shows the grill impressions well, minor h.r., centered just a bit to bottom, fine and quite choice; the rarity of this stamp in a mint block of four cannot be overstated, which also happens to be the largest known mint multiple; a thorough review of dozens of past important auction sales of U.S. stamps reveals just how elusive any mint multiple of the 1870 Six Cent with Grill is, as we found only one other mint block of four offered, and it is in far inferior quality than the pristine block offered here, even the renowned Caspary sale, noted for containing an incredible wealth of important multiples, did not own one; 1988 PF certificate. (Image) $28,500.00

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
163 O 137 137, 6c Carmine with Grill, lovely used example, being well centered and with strong color, beautifully cancelled by a striking red NYFM crossroads postmark, very fine an
especially choice and eye-appealing used stamp 1980 PF certificate#137, 6c Carmine with Grill, lovely used example, being well centered and with strong color, beautifully cancelled by a striking red NYFM "crossroads" postmark, very fine; an especially choice and eye-appealing used stamp; 1980 PF certificate. (Image) $560.00

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
164 O 137 137, 6c Carmine with Grill, used, excellent central strike of an unusual fancy face cancellation, unlisted in Skinner-Eno but thought to be attributed to Pittsburgh, Pa., stamp
with small faults including a pulled perf. at top, the cancel#137, 6c Carmine with Grill, used, excellent central strike of an unusual fancy "face" cancellation, unlisted in Skinner-Eno but thought to be attributed to Pittsburgh, Pa., stamp with small faults including a pulled perf. at top, the cancel itself is very fine and most desirable; 1979 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
165 O 137 var. 137 var., 6c Carmine with grill, split and end roller grill varieties, a scarce group of four different grill varieties on this difficult stamp, including two with H grills,
one split horizontally and one split vertically, an I grill split h#137 var., 6c Carmine with grill, split and end roller grill varieties, a scarce group of four different grill varieties on this difficult stamp, including two with "H" grills, one split horizontally and one split vertically, an "I" grill split horizontally (1988 PF certificate) and lastly an especially scarce end roller grill variety, all nicely cancelled, small flaws, overall fine or better appearance. (Image) $2,750.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1870-71 SIX CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
166 c 137, 143 137, 6c Carmine with grill, along with 30c Black with grill (143), a single of the former and a horizontal pair of the latter, which is especially well centered, together they
pay the triple British Mail rate, tied to a famous printed Bissell c#137, 6c Carmine with grill, along with 30c Black with grill (#143), a single of the former and a horizontal pair of the latter, which is especially well centered, together they pay the triple British Mail rate, tied to a famous printed Bissell correspondence cover to Ahmednuggur, India by three neat strikes of circle of wedges postmarks, light strike of red New York c.d.s. just ties 6c stamp, clear "London/Paid/5 Ju 71" transit c.d.s. at left, oval Sea Post Office marking on reverse as well as red arrival c.d.s., some very slight edge wear, very fine; one of the most important Thirty Cent grilled Bank Note covers extant, with only two such combination frankings reported. (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $8,000.00
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167 c 137 137, 6c Carmine with grill, quite well centered within unusually wide margins, tied to attractive blue colored 1871 cover to Dublin, Ireland by both circle of wedges postmark
and red Boston c.d.s., DublinAp 17 71 arrival c.d.s., very fine#137, 6c Carmine with grill, quite well centered within unusually wide margins, tied to attractive blue colored 1871 cover to Dublin, Ireland by both circle of wedges postmark and red Boston c.d.s., "Dublin/Ap 17 71" arrival c.d.s., very fine and choice; 1989 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $250.00
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168 c 137 137, 6c Carmine with grill, vertical strip of three, with natural s.e. at right, tied to 1873 cover to Derry, Ireland by two strikes of fancy geometric NYFM cancels, red
New-YorkJun 14K c.d.s., backstamped, cover with some expert cle#137, 6c Carmine with grill, vertical strip of three, with natural s.e. at right, tied to 1873 cover to Derry, Ireland by two strikes of fancy geometric NYFM cancels, red "New-York/Jun 14/K" c.d.s., backstamped, cover with some expert cleaning and restoration of small edge flaws, fine; a most eye appealing NYFM usage of a scarce grilled multiple. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
169 c 137 137, 6c Carmine with grill, fine single, tied to 1870 folded entire to Ragged Islands, Nova Scotia by circle of wedges postmark, matching New-YorkJul 8 c.d.s. alongside, oval
Halifax transit mark and scarce Rocks Islands arrival c.d.s., b#137, 6c Carmine with grill, fine single, tied to 1870 folded entire to Ragged Islands, Nova Scotia by circle of wedges postmark, matching "New-York/Jul 8" c.d.s. alongside, oval Halifax transit mark and scarce Rocks Islands arrival c.d.s., both on reverse, fine; a most unusual destination; 1988 PF certificate; ex-Gibson. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
170 c 137 137, 6c Carmine with grill, centered a bit to bottom, tied to striking deep canary colored cover to Glasgow, Scotland by most unusual open triangle cancel, as well as matching
Pana, Ill.17 Apr c.d.s., indistinct red New York Paid All#137, 6c Carmine with grill, centered a bit to bottom, tied to striking deep canary colored cover to Glasgow, Scotland by most unusual open triangle cancel, as well as matching "Pana, Ill./17 Apr" c.d.s., indistinct red New York Paid All c.d.s. and clear "Paid/Liverpool/U.S. Packet/30 Ap 71" c.d.s. at bottom left in red, Glasgow bkst., very fine and attractive. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
1870-71 SIX CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. ISSUED STAMPS WITHOUT GRILLS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
171 og 148 148, 6c Carmine, a brilliantly fresh and crisp mint example of this surprisingly difficult stamp, prooflike color and impression on pristine paper, exceptionally well centered
and margined, full o.g., extremely fine 1988 PF certificate.#148, 6c Carmine, a brilliantly fresh and crisp mint example of this surprisingly difficult stamp, prooflike color and impression on pristine paper, exceptionally well centered and margined, full o.g., extremely fine; 1988 PF certificate. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
172 O 148 148, 6c Carmine, striking used example with perfect central strike of large letter N of Nagasaki, Japan, about as complete a strike as one will ever encounter on a single
stamp, deep rich color, very fine and exceedingly scarce 2006 PF ce#148, 6c Carmine, striking used example with perfect central strike of large letter "N" of Nagasaki, Japan, about as complete a strike as one will ever encounter on a single stamp, deep rich color, very fine and exceedingly scarce; 2006 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $2,400.00
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173 Obl 148 148, 6c Carmine, a marvelous specialized cancellation group of 44 singles (one of which is Scott 137, with grill), two horizontal pairs and a block of eight (4x2), all
individually selected by Mr. Ainsworth for his exhibition pages, with an eye#148, 6c Carmine, a marvelous specialized cancellation group of 44 singles (one of which is Scott #137, with grill), two horizontal pairs and a block of eight (4x2), all individually selected by Mr. Ainsworth for his exhibition pages, with an eye for unusual cancellation designs, lettering or colors, just a few of note include choice strikes of scarce fancy "Dont/USM" and Kleage Mask cancellations, as well as wonderful fancy geometric designs, plus scarce colors as blue, violet red, magenta and the very scarce green, as with all cancellation studies the stamps have an occasional small fault, but overall the quality is much above average and the cancels themselves are largely very fine. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $6,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1870-71 SIX CENT NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. POSTAL HISTORY
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
174 c 148, 113, 139 148, 6c Carmine, along with 2c Brown 1869 Pictorial (113) and 10c Brown with grill (139), all three with just fine centering and used on orange buff colored cover addressed to
East Haddam, Conn., with unusual grid cancels, matching Fly Mounta#148, 6c Carmine, along with 2c Brown 1869 Pictorial (#113) and 10c Brown with grill (#139), all three with just fine centering and used on orange buff colored cover addressed to East Haddam, Conn., with unusual grid cancels, matching "Fly Mountain, N.Y./Mar 23" (date in manuscript) c.d.s. at bottom left, most likely registered, with blue crayon registration number on front, mild central vertical file fold away from stamps, very fine; a most unusual and rare combination of stamps from three different issues. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $675.00
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175 c 148, 134/147 148, 6c Carmine, tied to a triple rate registered legal sized cover from New York City to the U.S. Lighthouse Keeper in Leonardsville, N.J., along with 1c Ultramarine and 12c
Dull violet grilled issues (134, 140), as well as 2c Red Brown and#148, 6c Carmine, tied to a triple rate registered legal sized cover from New York City to the U.S. Lighthouse Keeper in Leonardsville, N.J., along with 1c Ultramarine and 12c Dull violet grilled issues (#134, 140), as well as 2c Red Brown and 3c Green ungrilled issues (#146, 147), quartered cork cancels, "K. & K. Oesterr: Ung: General Consulate in New York" imprint at top, partial New York c.d.s., cover just a bit reduced at left, as well has having two tears at top edge, still fine; a most impressive five-color Bank Note franking, including the 12c Grilled issue, which is very rare on cover (catalogs $6,750.00 alone on cover); signed George Sloane and accompanied by a 1987 PF certificate (stamps were lifted for examination and properly replaced). (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
176 c 148 148, 6c Carmine, strong color, small corner crease, tied to canary colored cover from Rawdon, Canada to Boston, Mass. by Canadian concentric rings cancellation, matching
RawdonOc 12 71Que c.d.s. at bottom left, Montreal transit c.d.s. on#148, 6c Carmine, strong color, small corner crease, tied to canary colored cover from Rawdon, Canada to Boston, Mass. by Canadian concentric rings cancellation, matching "Rawdon/Oc 12 71/Que" c.d.s. at bottom left, Montreal transit c.d.s. on reverse, the use of the 6c U.S. stamp was illegal from Canada (despite having been cancelled by the Canadian postal authorities), so cover was marked "Due 10c" in pencil, some wrinkling to cover at top left, fine; one of only three reported examples of an attempted usage from Canada. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $500.00
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177 c 148, 146, 117 148, 6c Carmine, used in combination with 2c Red Brown (146) and 12c Green 1869 Pictorial (117), singles of each tied to very rare cover from Shanghai, China to Stony Brook,
New York by fancy hollow center star cancels, U.S. Postal Agency#148, 6c Carmine, used in combination with 2c Red Brown (#146) and 12c Green 1869 Pictorial (#117), singles of each tied to very rare cover from Shanghai, China to Stony Brook, New York by fancy hollow center star cancels, "U.S. Postal Agency/May 12/Shanghai" c.d.s., manuscript endorsement "Via San Francisco", seldom seen "Forwarded/by/Smith, Archer & Co/Shanghai" blue oval handstamp on reverse, along with San Francisco transit c.d.s., 6c stamp with natural s.e. at right, backflap tear just extending to top edge of cover, fine; this most unusual mixed-issue combination of postage paid the double 10c Trans-Pacific rate, the only reported example of this combination from Shanghai. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $26,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
178 c 148, 146 148, 6c Carmine, along with 2c Red brown (146), a single of the former (natural s.e. at left) and a horizontal pair of the latter, tied to handsome 1871 mourning cover from
Shanghai, China to Elk Creek, Wis. by petite circle of wedges postm#148, 6c Carmine, along with 2c Red brown (#146), a single of the former (natural s.e. at left) and a horizontal pair of the latter, tied to handsome 1871 mourning cover from Shanghai, China to Elk Creek, Wis. by petite circle of wedges postmarks, partial United States Post Office "U.S. Con. Genl./Sep 12/Shanghai" c.d.s., carried by PMSS steamer Japan, with San Francisco transit c.d.s. on reverse, small edge tear at top, very fine; a very rare and desirable cover, as this is the only reported example of this combination from Shanghai. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
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179 c 148, 150 148, 6c Carmine, along with 10c Brown (150), the former tied to an especially colorful and rare 1873 folded entire from Santiago de Cuba to Madrid, Spain by an excellent
central strike of a fancy geometric NYFM cancel, the 10c stamp mak#148, 6c Carmine, along with 10c Brown (#150), the former tied to an especially colorful and rare 1873 folded entire from Santiago de Cuba to Madrid, Spain by an excellent central strike of a fancy geometric NYFM cancel, the 10c stamp making up the correct payment of the 16c British mail rate did not receive a postmark but has two blue crayon strokes, "Shelton & Co./May 23 1873/Santiago de Cuba" double oval sender's cachet in blue at bottom left, perfect strike of red "New/12/York/Jun 11" foreign desk c.d.s., as well as a wonderful strike of "J.M. L de Escoria/Jun 11 1873/New York" forwarding agent's cachet at top center, red "PD" in oval, Madrid arrival c.d.s., very fine; a marvelous combination of markings and adhesives on a very rare usage. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
180 c 148 148, 6c Carmine, two singles along with Hawaii 2c Rose vermilion, 5c Blue and 6c Green (31-33) tied together to a most unusual 1874 cover from Honolulu, Hawaii to East Hatley,
Canada by three-ring target postmarks, although the middle 6#148, 6c Carmine, two singles along with Hawaii 2c Rose vermilion, 5c Blue and 6c Green (#31-33) tied together to a most unusual 1874 cover from Honolulu, Hawaii to East Hatley, Canada by three-ring target postmarks, although the middle 6c U.S. stamp with ornate blue crayon squiggle, red double circle "G.P.O. Honolulu/Sep 21/Paid All." c.d.s. and purple "San Francisco, Cal/Oct 17/Paid All" c.d.s. below stamps, both Montreal transit c.d.s. and Hatley arrival c.d.s. on reverse, cover slightly reduced at left and a small worm hole in 6c stamp at right, still overall fine; a very scarce and quite likely unique mixed-franking usage; signed Stanley Ashbrook on reverse, along with his detailed notes. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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