Lot 355Navy Dept., 1873, 3¢ Navy + 12¢ Navy, bright shades, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 8 6PM" duplex with split cork cancel on legal-size cover to Major Thomas Y. Field, U.S. Marines, "Island House", Atlantic City N.J.; slightly reduced at left, 12¢ slightly rounded corner perf, Very Fine, ex-Hughes.
Scott No. O37, O41 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE 12¢ NAVY DEPARTMENT STAMP, THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THESE VALUES.
The five recorded covers comprising: two solo 12¢ usages, two 12¢, 30¢ combination frankings to Brazil from the Commodore Caldwell correspondence, and the cover offered here.
Lot 356 EPost Office Dept., 1873, 6¢ Post Office Lincoln Essay, Die in Black on White Ivory Paper, 63x71mm, essay features an incomplete engraving of the Lincoln vignette without rectangular frame design, Very Fine, ex-Ainsworth; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. O50-E1 $4,250.
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND RARE ESSAY FOR THE OFFICIAL OR LINCOLN RELATED SPECIALIST, ONE OF THE FINEST OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED.
This frame was apparently in progress when the decision was made to switch the Post Office Department design from the portrait vignettes to large numerals.
Lot 357 /Agriculture Dept., 1879, 3¢ Yellow, Complete Pane of 100, full selvage all around with imprint and plate nos. at top and bottom, fresh and bright color 90% of stamps are Mint N.H., 10 with h.r.'s for some perf separations sensibly reinforced including split and rejoined along center horizontal row, some natural gum bends as usual, F.-V.F.
Scott No. O95 $118,000 + as singles.
THE REMARKABLE UNIQUE PANE OF 100 OF THE 3¢ AGRICULTURE ON SOFT PAPER.
The plate blocks are unlisted in Scott and currently the only recorded plate. Scott value for the pane as singles with no premium for blocks or the unique top and bottom plate blocks.
Lot 358Interior Dept., 1879, 10¢ Vermilion, o.g., never hinged, virtually perfect centering within large evenly balanced margins, brilliant color on bright paper, an Extremely Fine to Superb gem; with 2000 and 2012 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-S 95 XQ, SSV $1,300 for 95).
Scott No. O100 $250.
WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1879 10¢ INTERIOR DEPARTMENT ISSUE.
Lot 359War Dept., 1879, 30¢ Rose Red, o.g., never hinged, precision centering amid beautifully balanced margins, rich radiant color and Post Office freshness, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 2015 P.F. Graded certificate (XF-S 95, SSV $2,400).
Scott No. O120 $450.
WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1879 30¢ WAR DEPARTMENT ISSUE.