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UNITED STATES STAMPS

ONE CENT BLUE 1851-1857 ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1 ngbl 9 9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, the unique unused block of 82 from the left pane of Plate One Late, nearly full top and left sheet margins showing the complete left imprint and plate No. 1
in sizable left sheet margin, positions 71L and 81L displaying#9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, the unique unused block of 82 from the left pane of Plate One Late, nearly full top and left sheet margins showing the complete left imprint and plate "No. 1" in sizable left sheet margin, positions 71L and 81L displaying the rare triple transfer, one Inverted variety (the compelling reason Mr. Cunliffe decided to have this remarkable multiple incorporated into his Inverted Printings collection), gorgeous intense Plate One color and an overall prooflike impression, position 1 has been neatly reattached, a few very light creases in between rows, positions 10, 30 and 50 have creases ending in tears, three stamps with trivial surface scuffs, small marginal thin affects position 81, otherwise extremely fine and in a spectacular state of preservation for such an early classic multiple.This magnificent multiple is simply amazing for a number of reasons. First, it is the largest known multiple from the left pane of Plate One Late. Second, with the sole exception of the unique complete pane of 100 from the right portion of Plate One Late (currently part of the fabulous William H. Gross collection of United States classics), this is the second largest intact multiple of any 1851-57 One Cent Blue imperforate. Additionally, the plate block of eight contained within this multiple is incredibly rare and is in the finest condition of the few that are known to exist. And finally, the idea that such a sizable multiple exists of an imperforate classic issue of the United States is just remarkable.An exciting opportunity to acquire one of the most important classic multiples in United States philately. This piece has graced some of the most famous collections ever formed such as Hind, Neinken and Ishikawa. (Image) Est. $50,000-75,000

SOLD for $50,000.00
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2 og 7 7, 1c Blue, Ty. II, triple transfer, one Inverted, positions 91-92L1E, a magnificent quality bottom left corner sheet-margin horizontal pair, with position 91 displaying the rare
triple transfer, one Inverted variety, marvelously fresh, bright r#7, 1c Blue, Ty. II, triple transfer, one Inverted, positions 91-92L1E, a magnificent quality bottom left corner sheet-margin horizontal pair, with position 91 displaying the rare triple transfer, one Inverted variety, marvelously fresh, bright rich color and gorgeous detailed impressions, lavishly large sheet margins at left and at bottom, other margins uniformly large, o.g. which is just a bit disturbed from once having been lightly adhered to glassine interleaving (?), extremely fine; a gem multiple of this important plate position. (Image) $2,750.00+

SOLD for $4,750.00
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3 O 7 7, 1c Blue, Ty. II, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 91L1E, gem used example of this key and distinctive plate variety, four large and wonderfully well balanced margins,
gorgeous bright color and impression on fresh paper, perfect central#7, 1c Blue, Ty. II, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 91L1E, gem used example of this key and distinctive plate variety, four large and wonderfully well balanced margins, gorgeous bright color and impression on fresh paper, perfect central strike of a Chicago town c.d.s., extremely fine; a lovely stamp. (Image) $410.00

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
4 c 7, 8A, 7 7, 8A, 7, 1c Blue, Types IIIIIaII, vertical se-tenant strip of three, double and triple transfers, one Inverted, positions 718191L1E, a most remarkable franking of a handsome
vertical strip of three, with all stamps showing Inverted transf#7, 8A, 7, 1c Blue, Types II/IIIa/II, vertical se-tenant strip of three, double and triple transfers, one Inverted, positions 71/81/91L1E, a most remarkable franking of a handsome vertical strip of three, with all stamps showing Inverted transfers from the three positions on the sheet displaying these distinctive and highly collectible plate varieties, top (Ty. II) and middle (Ty. IIIa) stamps with double transfers, one Inverted, while the bottom stamp (Ty. II) shows a triple transfer, one Inverted, margins mostly large on the strip except just in at bottom, tied by a single pen stroke cancel to the reverse of a small embossed ladies cover, addressed to Moore County, NC with a manuscript town cancel from Alabama (?), very fine; annotated and signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
5 c 7, 8A 7, 8A, 1c Blue, Ty. II and IIIa, double and triple transfers, one Inverted, another extraordinary franking of all three inverted transfer varieties found on the plate, each being
a single arranged from left to right - positions 81L1E (Ty. IIIa),#7, 8A, 1c Blue, Ty. II and IIIa, double and triple transfers, one Inverted, another extraordinary franking of all three inverted transfer varieties found on the plate, each being a single arranged from left to right - positions 81L1E (Ty. IIIa), 71L1E (Ty. II) and 91L1E (Ty. II) respectively - positions 71L and 81L each with double transfer, one Inverted, while position 91L is a triple transfer, one Inverted, close to mostly large margins, deep rich color, all tied to attractive 1852 blue colored folded letter by two bold strikes of "New-York/Feb 26" circular date stamps, addressed to Cleveland, Ohio, small cover tear at bottom, overall very fine; a most amazing cover bearing all three inverted transfer varieties from Plate 1 Early; annotated and signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook; 1976 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
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6 O 8A 8A, 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, double transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1E, used, margins ranging from just cutting in at bottom to mostly large, intense color and impression, light
central strike of a town c.d.s., a fine example of this scarce plate#8A, 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, double transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1E, used, margins ranging from just cutting in at bottom to mostly large, intense color and impression, light central strike of a town c.d.s., a fine example of this scarce plate variety; 1982 PF certificate. (Image) $1,450.00

SOLD for $700.00
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7 c 8A 8A, 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, double transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1E, handsome example of this scarce and desirable plate variety, featuring mostly large margins and deep
luxuriant color, tied to buff colored locally addressed cover by central s#8A, 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, double transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1E, handsome example of this scarce and desirable plate variety, featuring mostly large margins and deep luxuriant color, tied to buff colored locally addressed cover by central strike of blue Philadelphia, Pa. c.d.s., some very minor edge wear and small back flap tears, very fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $900.00
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8 Obl 9 9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, a most impressive and rare used bottom left corner sheet-margin block of six (3x2), positions 81-8391-93L1L, with the two left stamps (positions 81 and 91)
displaying triple transfers, one Inverted, ample to huge margins#9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, a most impressive and rare used bottom left corner sheet-margin block of six (3x2), positions 81-83/91-93L1L, with the two left stamps (positions 81 and 91) displaying triple transfers, one Inverted, ample to huge margins all around, including sizable portions of sheet margins at left and particularly at bottom, wonderfully bright color and excellent impressions, light multiple strikes of Nevada City, Cal. town c.d.s., additionally there are some lightened manuscript cancels not readily apparent, small tear in left margin and in the bottom sheet margin, otherwise very fine; catalogs $2,275.00 just as a "normal" used block of four and a pair; 1984 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,600.00
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9 c 9 9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, a striking and rare franking of a vertical strip of three and a vertical pair, positions 71-91L1L, 83-93L1L, the strip of three displaying all three triple
transfers, one Inverted, found on Plate 1 Early, all tied by ligh#9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, a striking and rare franking of a vertical strip of three and a vertical pair, positions 71-91L1L, 83-93L1L, the strip of three displaying all three triple transfers, one Inverted, found on Plate 1 Early, all tied by light grid cancels to a handsome 1856 folded entire to Paris, France, paying the proper 5c Inland rate, both the strip and pair have large margins at the sides but are close at top and bottom, pair also tied by c.d.s. postmark, red New York packet c.d.s., along with deep red "Paid/5" in circle handstamp at left, various transit and arrival postmarks, very fine; a marvelous usage of some of the most important stamps found on the plate; ex-Cipolla. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
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10 c 9 9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, positions, 66L1l, 71L1L, 91L1L, three handsome singles all with different varieties, two (positions 71L and 91L) are triple transfer, one Inverted varieties,
each neatly arranged like a strip of three on an especially att#9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, positions, 66L1l, 71L1L, 91L1L, three handsome singles all with different varieties, two (positions 71L and 91L) are triple transfer, one Inverted varieties, each neatly arranged like a strip of three on an especially attractive 1852 blue colored printed folded letter, and tied by two light strikes of large "PAID" in grid postmarks, matching red "Boston 3cts./2? Sep" c.d.s. to left, addressed to Deer Isle, Me., position 71L has small corner crease at bottom left ending in a small tear, overall a very fine and scarce cover bearing these important varieties; ex-Rodgers. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $600.00
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11 c 9 9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, horizontal pair, positions 81-82L1L, position 81 being the scarce triple transfer, one Inverted variety, margins just touch at sides, clear at top and
bottom, tied to locally addressed petite embossed ladies cover by two#9, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, horizontal pair, positions 81-82L1L, position 81 being the scarce triple transfer, one Inverted variety, margins just touch at sides, clear at top and bottom, tied to locally addressed petite embossed ladies cover by two strikes of red "Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery/2/Mar 9" c.d.s., cover also with two nice strikes of octagonal "D/U.S. Mail/Delivery" handstamps with "11 A.M." and "1½ P.M." times, minor opening tear at top extending to back flap, a fine and exceptional example of a combination carrier-drop letter usage. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,100.00
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12 O 23 23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 71L1L, used, exceptionally centered for this difficult and rare stamp, deep luxuriant color and impression which
shows this distinctive plate variety extremely well, lightly cancelled,#23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 71L1L, used, exceptionally centered for this difficult and rare stamp, deep luxuriant color and impression which shows this distinctive plate variety extremely well, lightly cancelled, just the faintest trace of a diagonal crease, otherwise very fine and quite handsome. (Image) $4,000.00

SOLD for $850.00
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13 c 23 23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 71L1L, attractive example of this rare and collectible position, deep rich color, tied to buff colored cover
addressed to Exeter, Ill. by nice strike of Chicago, IllOct 141857 c.d.#23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 71L1L, attractive example of this rare and collectible position, deep rich color, tied to buff colored cover addressed to Exeter, Ill. by nice strike of "Chicago, Ill/Oct 14/1857" c.d.s., fine; very few covers exist franked with this variety. (Image) off cover $4,000.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
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14 O 23 23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1L, wonderfully fresh used example of this key position, bright rich color and an especially detailed impression,
well centered, very light and unobtrusive town c.d.s. at left, very#23, 1c Blue, Ty. IV, triple transfer, one Inverted, position 81L1L, wonderfully fresh used example of this key position, bright rich color and an especially detailed impression, well centered, very light and unobtrusive town c.d.s. at left, very fine. (Image) $4,000.00

SOLD for $1,350.00
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15 ogOc 7, 9, 23 7, 9, 23, 1851 1c Blue imperforates, Ty. II, IIIa and IV, 1857 1c Blue perforated, Ty. IV, specialized accumulation of exclusively Inverted transfer varieties, a marvelous
assemblage of twenty single stamps, one pair, three strips of three and f#7, 9, 23, 1851 1c Blue imperforates, Ty. II, IIIa and IV, 1857 1c Blue perforated, Ty. IV, specialized accumulation of exclusively Inverted transfer varieties, a marvelous assemblage of twenty single stamps, one pair, three strips of three and fourteen covers, all being double or triple transfer varieties that have one which is inverted, includes many scarce and rare items that took years for Mr. Cunliffe to find, we note a couple of rare mint imperforate singles, as well as a number of both Ty. II and Ty. IV imperforate singles from the various positions, plus an impressive group of unusual and scarce frankings on cover of these elusive plate varieties, some in combination with other stamps, the perforated Ty. IV stamp (which catalogs $4,000.00 each) are represented by at least three off cover singles and one fine example on cover, as to be expected there are some items with small flaws, but all are of attractive appearance and there are also many sound and very fine items as well; examination will reveal considerable value to the specialist. (imagea) (imageb) (imagec) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
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1861-1866 ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
16 O 63e 63e, 1c Blue, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a stunning used example of this immensely rare variety which, according to Don L. Evans in his masterwork The
United States 1c Franklin 1861-1867, is one of only two recorde#63e, 1c Blue, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a stunning used example of this immensely rare variety which, according to Don L. Evans in his masterwork The United States 1c Franklin 1861-1867, is one of only two recorded examples, this one not having been on the auction market in over a decade, and the other has not been seen for an even greater length of time, the Cunliffe example displaying a strong second impression on reverse (inverted to the front) of parts of two stamps, circular cork cancel on front, some irregular perforations and several tiny pinholes which do not detract from its extraordinary appearance; woefully undercataloged when one considers both this stamp's enormous rarity, as well as the recent popularity of printed on both sides varieties, which have had stunning realizations of late, by comparison, the 1860 5c Brown, Ty. II, printed on both sides, of which two are recorded (just like the stamp offered here) catalogs currently in Scott at $40,000.00, why this 1c Blue stamp with the same variety only catalogs one tenth that amount can only be attributed to its lack of appearance on the auction market; a 1966 PF certificate was issued but no longer accompanies the item; ex-Isleham, Donaldson. (imagea) (Image) $4,000.00

SOLD for $57,500.00
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17 O 73f 73f, 2c Black, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a wonderfully choice used example of this extremely rare and popular variety, one of only six examples
recorded to date (five used and one unused, the latter with clipped per#73f, 2c Black, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a wonderfully choice used example of this extremely rare and popular variety, one of only six examples recorded to date (five used and one unused, the latter with clipped perforations on two sides), of the six recorded some have the image on the reverse right side up and some are inverted, as found on this stamp, the front of the stamp is exceptionally well centered and has a strong impression, neatly cancelled with a San Francisco double ring c.d.s., the reverse shows parts of two stamps, split almost equally, natural s.e. at right and just the trace of an inconsequential paper crease/wrinkle at bottom, nevertheless this is one of the finest examples recorded; an absolute "must" for the serious Two Cent "Black Jack" collector or exhibitor; a 1974 PF certificate; ex-Russo. (imagea) (Image) $15,000.00

SOLD for $16,000.00
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18 O 78d 78d, 24c Gray, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a used example of this great rarity, one of just two having been certified as genuine by the Philatelic
Foundation, the other is found on the famous ex-Isleham and Drucker co#78d, 24c Gray, printed on both sides, Inverted Impression on back, a used example of this great rarity, one of just two having been certified as genuine by the Philatelic Foundation, the other is found on the famous ex-Isleham and Drucker cover, interestingly both the Cunliffe example offered here and the one from the cover display almost identical backside impressions, which show portions of two stamps at top which are inverted to the front impression, clearly they must have come from the same sheet, the front of the stamp is exceptionally well centered within uncharacteristically large margins, plus its color is quite strong, neat central "1867" manuscript cancellation, there is a small defect at bottom right which has been neatly repaired and does not affect its very fine appearance, nor is it terribly relevant given this stamp's unique off cover status; one of the most important printed on both sides varieties of the 19th century; 1965 PF certificate. (imagea) (Image) $25,000.00

SOLD for $47,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1869 PICTORIAL ISSUES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
19 P 129aP4-122aP4 129aP4-122aP4, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Centers Inverted, plate proofs on card, a magnificent complete set of these ever popular proof rarities, of which only 100 of each value
were printed, and even fewer in number still exist as complete sets#129aP4-122aP4, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Centers Inverted, plate proofs on card, a magnificent complete set of these ever popular proof rarities, of which only 100 of each value were printed, and even fewer in number still exist as complete sets today, all four are fabulously fresh and clean with luxuriant colors, and each is extraordinarily well margined all around, extremely fine; without question, the finest quality complete sets of these proofs we have ever had the pleasure to offer; ex-Earl of Crawford. (imagea) (imageb) (imagec) (Image) $10,750.00

SOLD for $12,500.00
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20 Pbl 129aP4-122aP4 129aP4-122aP4, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Centers Inverted, plate proofs on card, an absolutely fabulous complete matching set of marginal registration marker blocks of four, each
being incredibly bright and fresh, with outstanding colors and im#129aP4-122aP4, 15c-90c 1869 Pictorials, Centers Inverted, plate proofs on card, an absolutely fabulous complete matching set of marginal "registration marker" blocks of four, each being incredibly bright and fresh, with outstanding colors and impressions, and all four possessing exceptionally wide margins all around, including sizable sheet margins on one side which display the dual color registration markers and punch holes, simply superb.Only one sheet of 100 of each of the four values were produced with inverted impressions. At one time the famous collector, the Earl of Crawford, owned the complete set of sheets. These were subsequently broken into the imprint and plate number blocks of eight (two of each from the top and bottom of the sheets), only two sets of blocks of four and the remainder into singles. Our research indicates that one set of blocks has not remained intact, leaving this stunning matching set of registration marker blocks of four as the only intact set. As such, these are not only spectacularly beautiful but they are also among the premier proof rarities in United States philately.Given that only two blocks of four of each value exist, we find it a bit odd that the Scott catalog only gives a modest 10% premium over the value of four singles for a block of four. We cannot imagine that potential bidders for this incomparable set of blocks will not recognize this disparity and bid accordingly. (imagea) (imageb) (imagec) (Image) $49,000.00+

SOLD for $52,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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