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2020 Rarities of the World continued...

1861-66 Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
83 c Image24c Red Lilac (70). Used with 12c Black (69) and two each of 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), one 1c perfs trimmed at right, tied by Boston large "Paid" grid cancels on cover to Geneva, Switzerland, with original enclosure, red crayon "36" credit, April 6, 1863 French transit ties two stamps, receiving backstamp, red crayon "220" Swiss due marking, left 3c small faults, cover with small corner stain at top left, still Very Fine and attractive four-color franking overpaying by 2c double 21c French Mail rate to Switzerland, with 2008 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,300.00
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84 c Image24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color and choice centering, used with 1c Blue (63) and 12c Black (69), all three cancelled by neat strikes of "PAID" handstamp, matching "Gorham Me. Jun. 25" circular datestamp on mourning cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, bold red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 14 Jun. 27" (ca. 1862) 14c credit datestamp, magenta "f3" (sgr) Prussian Mail credit

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING FOR THE 37-CENT RATE TO RUSSIA VIA PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL. A PHENOMENAL COVER FROM THE JOSIAH PIERCE CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover must have been sent prior to May 1863 when the rate via Prussian Closed Mail was lowered from 37c to 35c. The June date and use of the 1861 Issue point to 1862.

In 1855 the addressee, Josiah Pierce, was appointed by President Franklin Pierce to be secretary of the legation of the United States at St. Petersburg, Russia. He resigned his position in 1858 to become part of a syndicate of businessmen (under the name Winans, Harrison & Winans) who were building and equipping railroads in Russia, particularly between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Sometime after 1866 Pierce re-established his residence in London, where he was the legal representative of this firm. In recognition of his services to Russia, Pierce was made a knight of the order of St. Anne by Alexander II in October 1865 (source: Google Books, Bowdoin College obituaries).

Ex Gibson and Vogel (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $7,000.00
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85 c Image30c Orange, 24c Lilac (71, 78). Three singles of 30c, tied by large grid cancels and "Sheffield Ms. Jan. 2" (1865) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Singapore, East Indies, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "Boston Br. Pkt. Jan. 4" backstamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jan. 16), red receiving backstamp, center and right 30c stamps small pieces out at top, left and center 30c stamps small tears, cover with usual faults associated with this fragile paper, otherwise Fine and unusual use, franked to pay double 57c rate, this rate had been replaced in June 1863 by a new 53c rate and so is overpaid by 8c, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

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86 ogbl Image90c Blue (72). Block of four, original gum, small h.r. slivers, deep rich color, right pair slight vertical crease as often found in 90c 1861 blocks with this shade and centering

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Less than ten blocks of four are recorded. Most tend to be centered to left. A block of eight was offered in the Caspary sale, with similar centering, and this may have come from the same sheet.

Scott value $32,500.00 (Image)

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E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
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87   Image90c Blue (72). Bright shade, crisp impression, face-free strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2003 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six grade higher (Image)

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600.00

SOLD for $4,750.00
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88 bl Image90c Blue (72). Horizontal block of ten, rich color, multiple strikes of attractive large circle of V's cancel, few typical flaws mostly confined to bottom row including light creases and couple tiny edge tears, some perf separations, Very Good, a scarce large used multiple, the largest unused multiple is a block of eight, we have encountered only a few used blocks larger than the one offered here, Scott value as two blocks of four and a pair is $11,300.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
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89° ogbl Image2c Black (73). Block of 20 with full imprint in left selvage, original gum, mostly lightly hinged with some Mint N.H. including the first stamp in second row which is superb, intense shade, reinforced internal perf separations including mostly rejoined between fourth and fifth horizontal rows, a few stamps with small toned specks

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT 1863 BLACK JACK ISSUE, SHOWING THE FULL NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. IMPRINT.

Ex Faust. Scott value $12,400.00 as blocks of four and pairs (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,750.00
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90 ogbl Image2c Black (73). Block of 20, original gum, five stamps lightly hinged, seven stamps Mint N.H., crisp impression, several stamps are exceedingly well-centered, top left stamp thin spot, light diagonal crease affects three stamps at lower left, some perf separations at top right

FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK WITH WELL-CENTERED STAMPS.

From our 1982 Rarities sale. With 1995 P.F. certificate not mentioning thin spot or perf separations. Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $12,400.00 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

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91   Image2c Black, Atherton Shift (73 var). Sharp impression and wide top margin which clearly shows the double transfer at top left, grid cancel, small surface scrape at top and reperfed at left (as usual for this straight-edge position)

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ATHERTON SHIFT, THE MOST PRONOUNCED OF THE BLACK JACK DOUBLE TRANSFERS. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE WIDE TOP MARGIN, WHICH COMPLETELY SHOWS THE VARIETY.

According to the Allen book, the Atherton shift got its name from Stanley Ashbrook, who first discovered it in the summer of 1923 in the collection of J. P. Atherton. Concerning this double transfer, Mr. Ashbrook wrote: "Here we have one of the most remarkable double transfers on U. S. stamps that I have ever seen. I have for years classed the One Cent 1851, Type II, 89R2, as the No. 1 among remarkable examples of this variety and in my opinion this 2c Black Jack could well rank as No. 2. Perhaps some would even rank it equal to the 1c..." He stated further that it was his opinion, supported by other authorities whom he had consulted, that the variety must surely have come from an early or first condition of one of the plates, and that later it had been burnished out and a fresh entry made. The fact that every line in the Atherton Shift "is razor sharp" led him to conclude that the plate from which it came was very new.

Ex Drews. With 1995 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 12,500.00

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92   Image3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, original gum, vibrant color, bright and fresh, pulled corner perf at top right

VERY FINE CENTERING. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING FROM THE ROTHFUCHS GROUP.

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. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870s, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.

Ex "Lake Shore". With 1992 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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$ 5,500.00

SOLD for $3,000.00
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93 c Image5c Red Brown (75). Horizontal strip of three, beautiful warm shade, tied by large Boston "Paid" grids on Brigadier General Franz Sigel Patriotic cover to Vienna, Austria, "F. Hedge, Boston" imprint, Angell correspondence, red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 10 Mar. 7" 10c credit datestamp, "FRANCO" in frame handstamp, 1863 transit and receiving backstamps, trivial edgewear at top left

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN ON A PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA, FROM THE FAMOUS ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE. A PHENOMENAL COVER.

Dr. Henry C. Angell was a Boston optometrist who spent considerable time traveling in Europe. Covers are known sent to him in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a few forwarded to other destinations. Dr. Angell was an art collector and undoubtedly appreciated the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him overseas.

Very few patriotic covers are known franked with the 5c Red Brown. Only two Angell covers bear this franking (the other, cancelled on the same day, was offered in our "Sevenoaks" sale). Only three others are known with the 5c Red Brown, including one with a single and two with two singles.

Ex Matthies and Myers. With 2004 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
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