Lot 1069Special Delivery, 1894, 10¢ Blue, Unwatermarked, top plate no. 77 and imprint strip of three, strong color and impression, blue plate wash, o.g., hinge remnants, some tears in extreme selvage and gum wrinkles, Fine and rare plate number strip.
Scott No. E4 $5,500.
Plate 77 was the only plate utilized for the 10¢ 1894 Special Delivery stamp issue. Bluish paper and poor perforations are typical.
Lot 1070Special Delivery, 1894, 10¢ Blue, Unwatermarked, bottom plate no. 77 and imprint block of six, deep color, full o.g., stain spots, F.-V.F.
Scott No. E4 $22,500.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF THE 1894 BUREAU 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP ISSUE.
Lot 1071 oSpecial Delivery, 1894, 10¢ Blue, Unwatermarked, cancelled by Boston Mass. Eagle & Thunderbolt machine cancel clearly showing the eagle, nicely centered, light creasing and tiny perf tear, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. E4 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED STRIKE OF THIS CANCEL ON THE 1894 BUREAU 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
The Boston Mass. machine cancel with Eagle and Thunderbolt was used only three hours on January 2, 1895. This is the only recorded strike on a special delivery issue on or off cover.
Lot 1072Special Delivery, 1894, 10¢ Blue, Unwatermarked, used with 2¢ carmine (220) tied by "Worcester Mass. Oct 25, 1894" machine cancel on cover to New Bedford Mass., reverse with "New Bedford, Mass. Rec'd. Oct. 25 '94" arrival cds; crease at right through 2¢, otherwise Very Fine; with 2001 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott No. E4 Estimate $500 - 750.
THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE 1894 BUREAU 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP ISSUE.
Lot 1073Special Delivery, 1894, 10¢ Blue, Unwatermarked, nat. s.e., rich color, tied by bold "Syracuse, N.Y. Apr 4 '95" duplex on 2¢ Grant lettersheet (U293) to local address, purple "Received at Syracuse, N.Y." service handstamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. E4 Estimate $300 - 400.
THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 1894 BUREAU 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP ISSUE ON THE 2¢ GRANT LETTERSHEET.