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The Richard Drews Collection of U.S. 1861-1868 Issues continued...

1861-66 Issue Stamps, cont. continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
159   Image90c Pale Blue (72a). Pretty color in this distinctive shade, unobtrusive strike of grid cancel, faint corner crease at bottom left, reperfed at top, Very Fine appearing example of this scarce shade (Image)

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625.00

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
160   Image90c Dark Blue (72b). Intense color nicely complemented by blue Baltimore circular datestamp, sealed tear at top left, Very Fine appearing example of this distinct and scarce shade, this is a very dark Dark Blue, ex Herzog (Image)

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1,010.00

SOLD for $1,200.00
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161 og Image3c Scarlet (74). Large part disturbed original gum, rich color, reperfed at right and bottom, Fine appearance, with 1983 P.F. certificate that does not note reperfing (Image)

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7,000.00

SOLD for $2,000.00
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162   Image3c Scarlet (74). Bold strike of "D" oval grid duplex cancel of New York City, brilliant color, single pulled perf and small corner crease at top right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET WITH THE NEW YORK CITY OVAL DUPLEX CANCELLATION. ONLY A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF THIS ISSUE WERE ACTUALLY SENT THROUGH THE MAILS.

As 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. A small number were also used by J. W. Scott, who posted letters with some of his supply to validate his claim that these stamps were legitimate postage. Today, there are perhaps five copies cancelled in this manner. We offered one in 2001 (Twigg-Smith collection), another in our sale of the Wagshal collection and one in our auction of the Curtis collection.

Ex Natalee Grace and "Golden Oak". With 1994 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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$ 15,000.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
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163   Image3c Scarlet (74). Bright color, bold strike of "PO" in oval grid duplex handstamp cancel, few short perfs at top where scissors separated, corner perf crease at top right

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET WITH A NEW YORK CITY OVAL DUPLEX CANCELLATION AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE WITH THE "PO" INSTEAD OF STATION "D". ONLY A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF THIS ISSUE WERE ACTUALLY SENT THROUGH THE MAILS.

As 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. A small number were also used by J. W. Scott, who posted letters with some of his supply to validate his claim that these stamps were legitimate postage. Today, there are perhaps five copies cancelled in this manner, but this is the only one we record with the "PO" cancel. The others have Station "D", as seen in lot 162. (Image)

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15,000.00

SOLD for $5,750.00
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164   Image3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, vibrant color, perfs trimmed at right (possibly a natural straight edge), Very Fine example of the scarce 3c Scarlet, ex Herzog, with 1970 A.P.S. certificate (Image)

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5,500.00

SOLD for $2,000.00
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165 ng Image3c Scarlet, Imperforate (74a). Unused (traces of gum), large margins to clear, mottled impression, certificate notes slightly discolored from moisture, otherwise Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as half a pair (Image)

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2,000.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
166   Image3c Scarlet, Imperforate (74a). Full to huge margins, manuscript "J.M. Jan. 31, 1868" in the hand of James Macdonough, one of the founders of the National Bank Note Company, tiny nick in bottom margin, small corner creases not readily apparent on face

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 3-CENT SCARLET PRINTING -- ONE OF FOUR RECORDED WITH JAMES MACDONOUGH'S MANUSCRIPT INITIALS AND DATE.

The story of the 3c Scarlet has been well-documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of articles appearing in the Chronicle (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62). Wagshal quotes statements made in 1893 and 1910 by a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, Carl F. Rothfuchs, to the effect that Rothfuchs 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 1870's, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.

We record four examples of the 3c Scarlet with the initials and date: one perforated and three imperforate, including one example in a pair. The "J.M. Jan. 31, 1868" was probably applied by James Macdonough, one of the National Bank Note Company founders. Although Wagshal offers some evidence dating the Scarlet to 1861, these 1868-dated examples suggest an alternate theory that the Scarlet was produced about the time of the 1868 regular-production grills. The existence of numerous essays and color varieties made in 1867 and 1868, as well as actual changes in the color and paper of stamps produced in 1868, show that National was experimenting with various means to prevent stamp re-use and to improve production efficiency and quality. The Scarlet may be related to this effort.

Ex Finkelburg. (Image)

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E. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
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167 ngbl Image5c Red Brown (75). Block of four, unused (no gum), deep rich color, left pair and lower right stamp with pre-printing paperfold

FINE CENTERING AND BRILLIANT COLOR. ONLY TWO UNUSED BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN ARE KNOWN, BOTH SIMILARLY CENTERED.

There is one other unused block of the 5c Red Brown, with original gum and similar centering, ex Klein and Zoellner and currently in a private collection. Scott Retail as a block of four with original gum (Image)

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$ 62,500.00

SOLD for $8,000.00
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168 bl Image5c Red Brown (75). Block of four, cancelled by multiple strikes of "New Orleans La. Jan. 9 '64" double-circle datestamp and target cancel, bottom pair creased horizontally where evidently folded over edge of original cover, top pair with faint creasing along top

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED USED BLOCKS OF THE 1862 5-CENT RED BROWN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS THIS IS USED FROM UNION-OCCUPIED NEW ORLEANS.

As recently as 1993, the Ishikawa block was thought to be unique. The three recorded used blocks are: 1) block of four, grid cancels, one stamp with corner crease ending in small tear, ex Ishikawa; 2) the block offered here, used from Union-occupied New Orleans, from our 1996 Rarities sale; 3) extensively rejoined and bleached to remove cancels (no longer appears used), offered in our Sale 847. (Image)

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$ 7,500.00

SOLD for $2,100.00
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169 og Image5c Brown (76). Small part original gum, deep rich color, showing double transfer at bottom, Very Fine, with 1993 and 2004 P.F. certificates, neither noting the double transfer (Image)

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1,450.00

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction

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