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2019 Rarities of the World continued...

1851-57 Issues
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2014   Image1c Blue, Ty. I-Ib-Ib (5-5A-5A). Positions 7R1E with 8-9R1E in a horizontal strip of three, left stamp Type I, right pair Type Ib, large margins to slightly in, beautiful early shade and impression nicely complemented by red grid cancels, light corner crease at top left not mentioned in census

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY OFF-COVER STRIP OF THREE FROM POSITIONS 7, 8 AND 9 FROM THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY. AN OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE CONTAINING THE RARE TYPE I AND TWO OF THE SIX POSITIONS THAT PRODUCED TYPE Ib.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal (available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/5 ) contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.

The census lists three covers bearing strips with these exact positions. The famous unused block of eight (currently in a private collection and not likely to be available for some time) also contains these positions.

Wagshal Census No. 5-MUL-067. Ex Richey and Neinken. Scott value as a strip of three with one stamp Type I is $203,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 50,000-75,000


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2015° og Image1c Blue, Type Ia (6). Position 100R4, original gum which is described on one certificate as "part" and on the other as "disturbed" -- it covers most of the back and is not messy, large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at left and complete plumes at bottom which define the type, deep rich Plate 4 color and impression, exceptional freshness

EXTREMELY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE -- ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CLASSIC STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SOUND, UNUSED CONDITION.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).

Ex "Concord" (Dr. Charles E. Test). 1991 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies (mentioned a "faint brown spot on gum"). With 2008 P.F. certificate as "part o.g." With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (DOG, VF-XF 85; SMQ $75,000.00). This is the only unused Scott No. 6 listed in the P.S.E. Population Report (Image)

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$ 45,000.00


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2016° ng Image1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 50R4 with very wide break in line at top, unused (no gum), huge margins all around with part of imprint at right, deep rich color and spectacular proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB AND EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH IMPRINT.

The Neinken book states "Stamps from Plate 4 showing part of the imprint are very rare. Ashbrook states that he has never seen an imperforate vertical pair with the imprint..." (p. 277). There are probably fewer than six unused Type IIIa stamps that show any part of the imprint.

Ex Vogel. With 1988, 1994 and 2018 P.F. certificates (XF 90 XQ). Scott Retail with no premium for the imprint (Image)

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$ 2,250.00


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2017 nh Image1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Mint N.H., recut once at top, enormous margins all around including significant portions of all nine surrounding stamps, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV IS GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE ATTAINABLE. THE ESSENCE OF PERFECTION.

Many collectors have a tendency to discount how difficult it is to find imperforate classics in such superb condition. The assumption is that there are multiples which can be split to "make" perfect singles. However, one would have to find a block of nine with no hinging in the surrounding stamps that are included in order to produce the Gem offered here. For all the imperforate issues (Scott 1-17), only five stamps in total have achieved this ultimate grade in Mint N.H. condition -- two of Scott 9 and three of Scott 11.

With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). Scott 9 is priced in the grade of 100, in hinged condition, at $11,000.00. This does not take into consideration any multiplier for Mint N.H. condition or for the Jumbo grade. Scott Retail as hinged (Image)

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775.00


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2018° og Image1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 6L1, recut once at top and twice at bottom, with huge sheet margin at top, original gum, lightly hinged, other margins also huge with portions of adjoining stamps, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFECT UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE TYPE IV, WITH HUGE MARGINS, LIGHTLY-HINGED GUM AND RICH COLOR. THIS SUPERB STAMP HAS ACHIEVED THE ULTIMATE GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO FROM P.S.E.

Only 21 positions on Plate 1 Late are recut at top and twice at bottom.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $11,000.00 as 100). This is the highest grade possible and it is shared by only one other hinged stamp plus two Mint N.H. (one offered in the previous lot) (Image)

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$ 800.00


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2019 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 37L3, mostly full to large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by blue "Akron Ohio Aug. 10" (1852) circular datestamp on cover with illustrated manned balloon in flight, produced by famed aeronaut John Wise in conjunction with his 1852 flights in Ohio and probably printed by Philadelphia lithographer P. S. Duval, addressed in Professor Wise's hand to Charles R. Frailey in Lancaster Pa., then a clerk in the mayor's office at Lancaster and later the town's first chief of police, address slightly faded, some faint stains at left and slight wear

FINE. A HISTORIC COVER WITH THE EARLIEST AMERICAN PRINTED BALLOON CACHET, MAILED FROM AKRON, OHIO, BY FAMED AERONAUT JOHN WISE JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE HIS WELL-DOCUMENTED FLIGHT FROM RAVENNA, OHIO.

John Wise, a resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is well-known to historians as the aeronaut who flew the first official U.S. "airmail" in his balloon Jupiter from Lafayette, Indiana, in 1859. Wise was also involved in the Union army's balloon reconnaissance operations in the Civil War.

In the summer of 1852, Wise flew his balloon Ulysses in a series of flights in Ohio. Starting on June 3 from Portsmouth, located on the north side of the Ohio River, Wise in the Ulysses drifted over the border into Kentucky and attracted the unwanted attention of a hunter, who fired a rifle ball into the car (basket). Wise continued his ascensions, recording flights in Chillicothe (June 10), Circleville Pa., Newark (July 4), Mansfield (July 17), Wooster (July 24) and Massillon (July 31). On August 14, 1852, Wise made his 141st lifetime ascent, from Ravenna, Ohio, which he documented two days later in an account published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 20, 1852). According to Wise, he rose to an altitude of 10,000 feet, where he could see the shore of Lake Erie and the city of Cleveland.

In conjunction with his ballooning exploits in Ohio, Wise had envelopes printed with a balloon illustration, probably by P. S. Duval, a Philadelphia lithographer who provided the illustrations for Wise's 1850 book. Only one example of the envelope is recorded. The cover was addressed by Wise to Charles R. Frailey, who was then a clerk in the mayor's office at Lancaster and later served as the town's first chief of police. The stamp is tied by a blue Akron, Ohio, circular datestamp dated August 10 (1852). Akron is 21 miles from Ravenna.

This cover is the earliest recorded illustrated American balloon cover by years. Most of the illustrated balloon covers were used by Wise and other aeronauts in 1859 and later years. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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2020 c Image3c Pale Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 19L7, bright shade, scissors separated with full perf holes at left and showing part of adjoining stamp, few perfs evident at right, tied by lightly struck "Chicago Ill. May 22" (1856) circular datestamp on cover addressed in the hand of R. K. Swift to Washington D.C., backflap with indigo oval return card of Tremont House

VERY FINE. A LOVELY 3-CENT 1851 CHICAGO PERF ON A HOTEL CONER CARD, AND VERY DESIRABLE ADDRESSED BY R.K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

This cover is discussed at length by Wilson Hulme in his article in Chronicle 175, p. 167. Based on handwriting comparisons to other known R. K. Swift covers, it is apparent that this handwriting is a match. Other covers from Chicago hotels with 3c Chicago Perf stamps were probably mailed by travelers who obtained the stamps from the hotel concierge. In this case, Swift used his own supply.

Ex Grunin and Piller. With 1975 P.F. certificate and accompanied by a note from Dr. Amonette confirming the shade (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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2021 c Image3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Rich color, centered to left with trace of adjoining stamp at right, perfs mostly intact, slightly blunted at top, tied by well struck "Chicago Ill. Oct. 2, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Iowa City with "Ellithorpe, Kline & Bradley, CARRIAGE Manufacturers" corner card, docketing at top, non-contemporary pencil notation at bottom

VERY FINE. A STRIKING EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF USED ON A MANUFACTURING CORNER CARD.

Wilson Hulme speculates in in his article in Chronicle 175 that R. K. Swift distributed Chicago perf stamps to various businesses as a trial or to strengthen the possibility of selling the perforating machine to the post office. Many of the businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Elijah Hadley's (inventor of the machine) office (p. 167).

With 1980 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000


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2022° ng Image10c Green, Ty. I (13). Unused, accompanying certificates state "traces" of gum but it is more than that, intense shade and early impression, full margins to large at bottom, nicely displaying the Type I characteristics (full shells at bottom)

VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE I.

Type I stamps come from the bottom 20 positions of the plate. They are the only stamps to show the design complete at bottom. For some reason the sheet margin at bottom was often trimmed away, leaving a dearth of quality copies. The Type IV stamps come from only eight positions, but we would rank the two types equally in terms of the rarity of sound four-margined unused copies.

With 1995 and 2008 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as no gum (Image)

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$ 8,500.00


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2023° og Image10c Green, Ty. II (14). Original gum, hinged at top, large to enormous margins all around, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE II 1855 ISSUE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN TERMS OF WIDTH OF MARGINS, COLOR AND GUM -- GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

The prepaid transcontinental rate was raised from 6c to 10c in April 1855, which prompted the Post Office Department to add a 10c value to the current series. Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company produced one plate of 200 subjects for the imperforate issue, which was also used when perforations were introduced in 1857. Although the wider spacing on the 10c plate provided more room for separation, this stamp has unusually huge margins all around.

With 1987 and 2008 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). (Image)

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$ 5,000.00


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2024 c Image10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large margins all around, rich color, cancelled by four neat pen strokes, "Waldo Me. Oct. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to Stanbridge, Canada East, with John C. Fremont three-quarter portrait 1856 campaign design, "U. STATES" straightline handstamp, Vermont and Canadian transit backstamps confirm the 1856 use, inconsequential nick at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE ON A FREMONT 1856 CAMPAIGN COVER TO CANADA. PROBABLY UNIQUE.

We record only two other 10c 1855 Issue covers with a Fremont design -- both mailed domestically and with different designs than the one offered here. This is the only example we record mailed to Canada. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000


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