Lot 1746 PRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2¢ black, trial color large die proof, on India showing three light vertical guidelines at bottom, stamp size with wide margins, Very Fine and choice, an unlisted trial color die proof in Scott, very rare and quite possibly unique.
Scott No. RS199TC1 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1747 PRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2¢ blue, large die proof, on India cut-to-shape and mounted on card, with notations "Office of Int. Revenue, April 25, 1873, Approved J.W. Douglas Commissioner" on card, reverse with blue "Jos. R. Carpenter, Philadelphia, Apr 24, 1873" cds, accompanied by Joyce pages with original Butler & Carpenter order entry for the 2¢ stamp…Same as the four cent stamp…Want stamps in two weeks from this date., Very Fine, this initial proof was engraved by Joseph R. Carpenter, ex-Joyce.
Scott No. RS199P1 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
THE UNIQUE RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA 2¢ APPROVAL DIE PROOF.
Lot 1748 oRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 2¢ blue, imperf, silk paper, deep color on fresh paper, clear to ample margins, Very Fine, a wonderful sound example of the very rare Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia 2¢ Blue Imperforate on Silk Paper, only 20 are recorded in the Aldrich census (of which 6 are reported to be faulty), ex-Joyce.
Scott No. RS199b $3,750.
Lot 1749 oRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4¢ black, imperf, old paper, clear to ample margins, strong bold color, couple shallow thins, F.-V.F. appearance, a rare example of the Ring's 4¢ Imperforate on Old Paper, only 9 examples are recorded in the Aldrich census (4 of which are reported faulty), ex-Cunliffe.
Scott No. RS200a $5,000.
Lot 1750 oRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4¢ black, perf'd, silk paper, well centered, bold color, thin and nick at bottom, Very Fine appearance, a very rare medicine issue, only 24 are recorded in the Aldrich census (of which 8 are reported to be faulty).
Scott No. RS203b $2,000.
Lot 1751 oRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4¢ black, part perf'd, silk paper, bottom margin vertical pair, deep color, attractively centered, tiny thin in top stamp and light crease in selvage, otherwise Very Fine, a magnificent showpiece with only two multiples known, the other being a vertical strip of three, with only 15 examples recorded in the Aldrich census (of which 7 are reported to be faulty), ex-Joyce.
Scott No. RS203bp $7,500 for singles.
THE UNIQUE PAIR OF THE RING'S VEGETABLE AMBROSIA 4¢ BLACK PART PERFORATED ON SILK PAPER.
Lot 1752Ring's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4¢ black, perf'd, watermarked USIR, o.g., centered with perfs just in at left, strong color, F.-V.F., a rare sound mint example of the Ring's 4¢ black perforated and watermarked issue, only 13 examples are recorded in the Aldrich census (of which 7 are reported to be faulty).
Scott No. RS203d $2,750.
Lot 1753 oRing's Vegetable Ambrosia, 4¢ black, perf'd and die cut, watermarked USIR, showing perforations at top, strong bold color, Very Fine, a great Match & Medicine rarity as no other example has ever been offered in a major auction since, woefully under cataloged in the Scott catalog, ex-Holcombe, Joyce.
Scott No. RS203dk $1,000.
THE EXTREMELY RARE AND QUITE POSSIBLY UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE RING'S 4¢ BLACK ON WATERMARKED PAPER PERFORATED AND DIE CUT.
This stamp sold in the Joyce sale for $950 and is most likely the basis for the current Scott catalog value.