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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale: 1209

United States
1869 Pictorial Issue (Scott 112-122)

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1141
Symbol: SBL
Cat No: 117

image 12c Green (117). Block of nine with full "National Bank Note Co. New York" imprint bottom selvage, original gum which is naturally short on bottom three stamps, bright shade, some expertly reinforced perf separations

VERY GOOD. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF NINE OF THE 12-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ESPECIALLY SCARCE WITH THE IMPRINT SELVAGE. THIS IS THE SECOND-LARGEST UNUSED MULTIPLE AND THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT BLOCK.

The Rose book notes only six unused blocks larger than four stamps, including off-center blocks of twelve and nine and three blocks of six. We sold another block of nine in our 2013 Rarities sale that is not listed in Rose. All but one of the blocks of six or larger are off center to varying degrees. The block offered here is the only one showing any part of the imprint (there are no blocks showing a plate number).

Scott Retail as a block of four, two pairs and a single (Image)

$ 23,850.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 4,000.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 13:54:44 EST
Sold For 4000

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1142
Symbol: SBL
Cat No: 117

image 12c Green (117). Two vertical pairs rejoined into a block of four, slightly disturbed original gum, h.r., rich color, bottom right stamp faint diagonal crease, Fine appearance, a scarce multiple, Scott Retail as two pairs (Image)

$ 8,000.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 800.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 13:55:03 EST
Sold For 800

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1143
Symbol:
Cat No: 118

image 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Wide margins and choice centering, rich colors, light cork cancel leaves vignette completely unobscured, most recent certificate notes a faint corner crease at top left, which is barely evident when drying, Extremely Fine appearance, with clear 1999 and 2002 P.F. certificates, with 2019 P.S.E. certificate noting the faint crease (Image)

$ 800.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 425.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 13:55:39 EST
Sold For 425

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1144
Symbol:
Cat No: 119

image 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Wide margins and choice centering, deep rich colors and proof-like impressions, neat strike of target cancel at bottom leaves entire design clearly visible, Extremely Fine, ex "Natalee Grace", with 2002 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates -- the 2012 certificate at one time stated "XF 90", but the certificate was replaced with one without the grade, probably because giving this magnificent stamp a 90 grade is like giving Sofia Vergara a 7 (Image)

$ 190.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 4,750.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 13:57:58 EST
Sold For 4750

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1145
Symbol:
Cat No: 119b

image 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II, Center Inverted (119b). Particularly rich frame and vignette colors, Small Star fancy cancel leaves inverted design clearly visible, light horizontal creases

FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE STAR FANCY CANCEL.

Our census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/119b , records three unused and 100 used copies (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.

Census No. 119b-CAN-42. With 1973 and 2010 P.F. certificates (Image)

$ 22,500.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 8,000.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 13:59:21 EST
Sold For 8000

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1146
Symbol: BL
Cat No: 120

image 24c Green & Violet (120). Block of four, deep rich colors on bright paper, cork cancels, centered to right, few expertly rejoined perf separations

FINE. A RARE SOUND USED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. ONLY SIX USED BLOCKS ARE RECORDED.

The six recorded used blocks of the 24c 1869, excluding the unique Invert block, are listed here (identified by last known pedigree): 1) ex Rose, VF centering, fancy circle of V's cancel neatly struck on each stamp, minor wrinkling causing light creasing, top right stamp small margin tear, offered in Siegel Sale 794; 2) ex Bechtel and Dr. Heimburger (Siegel Sale 1054, lot 444), EF centering, circular cork cancels over each vignette; 3) ex Ishikawa, Eubanks and Curtis (Siegel Sale 1084, lot 3339), VF centering, circle of wedges cancel, left stamps few small tears; 4) ex Anderson, Fine centering to top right, circle of wedges cancel; 5) ex Klein, Fine centering to left, quartered cork cancels, light corner crease at bottom right and several rejoined perfs; and 6) ex Lopez and our 1965, 1992 and 2001 Rarities sales, perfs cutting in at right, cork cancels, the block offered here.

Ex Lopez and Price. With 1990 P.F. certificate (Image)

$ 20,000.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 3,000.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 14:00:50 EST
Sold For 3000

Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1147
Symbol: (S)BL
Cat No: 121 var

image 30c Ultramarine & Carmine, Double Paper, Without Grill (121 var). Top sheet-margin block of eight with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint in Ultramarine, deep rich colors characteristic of this printing without grill on double paper (which is evident along the top edge of sheet selvage), unused (no gum), neat hinge reinforcements, natural pre-printing paper creases visible when held to light, centered to top right

ONE OF TWO RECORDED TOP SHEET-MARGIN BLOCKS OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL WITHOUT GRILL ON DOUBLE PAPER (SCOTT 121 VARIETY), PRINTED FROM A FLAGS PLATE (ULTRAMARINE COLOR) THAT WAS MISSING THE PLATE NUMBER "21" AT TOP.

The 30c 1869 Pictorial Issue was printed from separate plates: the Eagle and Shield plate with imprint at bottom (in Carmine), and the Draped Flags plate with imprint at top (in Ultramarine). The 30c 1869 Double Paper/Without Grill variety exists in top and bottom imprint multiples, which show that the Flags plate did not have a plate number at one point (as evident in this block); however, plate proofs exist with the "No. 21" present, so it is possible that issued stamps exist with the plate number at top in Ultramarine. No top-margin examples of the normal 30c 1869 are known, with or without imprint or plate number. Therefore, it is impossible to say with certainty that the regular 30c stamps were printed from a Flags plate with plate numbers or without.

This block, three other sheet-margin blocks and a number of singles and interior blocks originate from a large multiple spanning the right and left panes, which is printed on experimental double paper without grill. The 30c 1869 Without Grill/Double Paper block was described by John N. Luff in his book, but over the years, stamps from this multiple have been offered and certified as the Scott 121a on ordinary single-layer paper (without grill). The ex-Zoellner left-pane plate number block of six was originally joined with the ex-Ishikawa block of fifteen from the adjacent right pane. They are both the Without Grill/Double Paper variety. Those two bottom sheet-margin multiples and the Scott 121 multiple in Sale 1118 lot 98 are the only extant 30c 1869 Pictorial blocks, other than proof impressions, that show the imprint and plate number 21. The two top sheet-margin multiples, including the block offered here, come from the same Without Grill/Double Paper sheet (left and right panes), proving that this experimental printing was made from a Flags plate lacking the plate number. See Chronicle 217 for an article by Scott R. Trepel on this subject.

With 2003 P.F. certificate identifying this as "Scott 121E, Essay on Double Paper" before there was a Scott listing for this variety (now listed under Scott 121). Ex Walske, "Lake Shore" and Price. Scott Retail for eight original gum singles $56,000.00 (Image)

E. $ 7,500-10,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 12,000.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 14:02:10 EST
Sold For 12000
Sale No: 1209
Lot No: 1148
Symbol:
Cat No: 122

image 90c Carmine & Black (122). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, rich colors and crisp impressions, virtually face-free strike of cork cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM APPEARANCE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.

A missing 1997 P.F. certificate stated "small corner creases" and their 2019 update maintained part of this opinion, stating a single "faint corner crease at top left". If the faint crease is there it is all but undetectable and is not noted on the 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $29,000.00). (Image)

$ 1,800.00

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 6,250.00


Closed..Oct-22-2019, 14:03:38 EST
Sold For 6250

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