Lot 83 E1861, 3¢ N.B.N.C. "Premiere Gravure" Essay, in Brown Rose, complete design, plate on semi-transparent stamp paper, perf'd and gummed, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering amid beautifully balanced margins, intensely rich color on bright fresh paper, Extremely Fine to Superb; with 1962 and 2016 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-S 95).
Scott No. 65-E15h $550.
A MAGNIFICENT GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3¢ "PREMIERE GRAVURE" ISSUE.
Lot 84 o1861, 5¢ Buff, red grid cancel, exception centering with design clear of perfs all round, beautiful rich deep color and an unusually sharp impression rarely found on this issue, Extremely Fine and choice, a lovely gem example of the 1861 5¢ Buff issue; with 2005 and 2010 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 67 $850.
Lot 85 o1861, 5¢ Buff, light face-free town cancel, extraordinarily rich color and wonderful detailed impression on bright paper, exceptional centering within beautifully balanced margins, Extremely Fine; with 2016 P.F. Graded certificate (VF-XF 85, SSV $1,500).
Scott No. 67 $910.
ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1861 5¢ BUFF ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
Lot 86 o1861, 5¢ Buff, waffle grid cancel, well centered amid nicely balanced margins, rich vibrant buff color, Very Fine to Extremely Fine; with 2015 P.F. Graded certificate (VF-XF 85, SSV $1,500).
Scott No. 67 $850.
A CHOICE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5¢ ISSUE IN THE BUFF SHADE.
Lot 871861, 5¢ Buff, natural s.e. at left, rich color, in combination with 1861, 10¢ green + 30¢ orange on 1862 folded letter to Hong Kong, China, tied together by boxed "Paid" handstamps with red "Boston Am. Pkt., Paid, Feb 15" exchange cds on reverse, red crayon "24" and red "1d" handstamp credit markings, red "London, Paid, Mr 8, 62" transit and Hong Kong arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine and attractive; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 67+68+71 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
A REMARKABLE THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF 1861 ISSUES IN EARLY SHADES USED TO PAY THE 45¢ BRITISH MAIL RATE VIA SOUTHAMPTON TO HONG KONG, CHINA.
The 45¢ British mail rate via Southampton to China was effective September 1, 1861 to December 31, 1867. The 24¢ credit to Great Britain was for 24¢ British transit, with New York retaining 21¢ for 5¢ U.S. postage plus 16¢ transatlantic packet.
Lot 881861, 5¢ Buff, bright color, tied by large Boston "Paid" grid on blue 1862 folded letter to Calcutta, India, black "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov. 27" backstamp, sender's directive "Via Marseilles" at upper left, backstamped red London transit & bold "Calcutta Steam Letter" octagon, Very Fine use from the Goddard correspondence; with 1984 P. Alcuri certificate.
Scott No. 67 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 891861, 10¢ Yellow Green, Horizontal Pair and Single, in combination with 1861, 3¢ rose, three singles on 1862 cover to Melbourne, Australia at the 39¢ British mail rate via Marseilles, cancelled by matching fancy cross-roads cancels with "Plymouth Ms, Sep 11" origin cds, red "Boston, Am Pkt, Paid, Sep 12" exchange backstamp and red "12" crayon credit, red "London, Sp 26, 62" transit and Melbourne (12.13) backstamp, Extremely Fine and choice; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 68+65 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A VERY SCARCE FRANKING PAYING THE 39¢ BRITISH MAIL RATE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Lot 901861, 24¢ Brown Lilac, o.g., lightly hinged, beautifully centered with well balanced margins around, rich vivid color, Extremely Fine; with 2010 and 2015 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 70a $3,250.
A CHOICE MINT LIGHTLY HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24¢ ISSUE IN THE BROWN LILAC SHADE.
Lot 91 o1861, 24¢ Steel Blue, central grid and red New York exchange date stamp corner cancel, rich true steel blue color, attractively centered amid well balanced margins, Extremely Fine, ex-Sheriff, Saadi; with 1965, 1987 and 1992 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 70b $850.
A STRIKING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24¢ STEEL BLUE ISSUE.
Lot 921861, 30¢ Orange, o.g., lightly hinged, bright Post Office fresh color, with outstanding centering, full long perforations, Very Fine to Extremely Fine; with 2015 P.S.E. Graded certificate (VF-XF 85, SMQ $4,500), this is the only example in this grade and two graded higher, one "90" and one "90J".
Scott No. 71 $2,750.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLES AND MUCH BETTER THAN THE GRADE WOULD INDICATE.