Lot 48 P1853, 1d Black, Die Proof on Wove India Paper, stamp size with full large margins all around, die sunk on original card, Extremely Fine; with 2016 2011 Sismondo and 2013 C.P.E.S. certificates. Minuse & Pratt No. 1TC2.
Scott No. 1 var. Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED 1D BLACK DIE PROOFS ON WOVE INDIA PAPER.
This die state differs from the issued stamps in that its square lathework background runs in the four value tablets. The issued stamps have the background adjusted to leave the four squares clear.
Lot 49 P1853, 1d Black, Plate Proof on India, horizontal strip of six, large margins except touched at right, intense color; some light creasing and some trivial thins, F.-V.F., ex-Baillie, Fawn. Minuse & Pratt No. 1TC3.
Scott No. 1 var. Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 501853, 1d Red Brown, large margins including full sheet margin at left, beautiful color and sharp impression, Very Fine and choice, ex-Praportchetovich; with 1997 Brandon certificate. SG No. 1.
Scott No. 1 $3,500.
A STUNNING UNUSED LEFT SHEET MARGIN SINGLE OF THE 1853 1D RED BROWN.
Lot 51 P1851, 3d Black, Plate Proof on Card, horizontal pair, margins all around, Very Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Pilkington, Koh; with 1986 B.P.A. certificate.
Scott No. 2TC4 var. Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE IN PRIVATE HANDS, A GREAT RARITY.
The Tapling collection contains a block of four. Singles are exceptionally rare.
Lot 52 ()1851, 3d Dark Blue, prooflike color and impression on bright paper, beautifully balanced full to large margins, without gum, trivial light corner crease, Very Fine appearance; with 2010 Scheller certificate. SG No. 2.
Scott No. 3 $2,250.
Lot 531851, 3d Dark Blue, block of four, strong color with full to mostly large margins, o.g., some small h.r.'s, small scissor cut between two, small flaws including some thin specks and creasing mostly between stamps, light stain in left stamp, Very Fine appearance, ex-Kanai. SG No. 2.
Scott No. 3 $9,000 as singles.
A RARE ORIGINAL GUM BLOCK OF THE 1851 3D DARK BLUE.
Lot 54 P1851, 6d Black, Plate Proof on Card, bottom left corner margin block of 25; hint of toning mostly in margin, some light creasing mostly in margin, some trivial hinge thinning, Very Fine, ex-Hicks, Mayer. SG No. 5.
Scott No. 4TC4 Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.
A REMARKABLE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER PLATE PROOF BLOCK OF 25.
Lot 55 P1851, 6d Black, Plate Proof on Card, Overprinted "SPECIMEN.", block of nine with diagonal "Specimen." overprint, rows 3/5, margins all around, Very Fine and choice, ex-Koh. SG No. 5 var.
Scott No. 4TC4S Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A RARE 1851 6D BLACK PLATE PROOF "SPECIMEN" BLOCK OF NINE.
There are only one other block of four and a block of 16 known with the "Specimen." overprint.
Lot 561851, 6d Yellow Green, large margins, beautiful rich color and strong impression on crisp paper, o.g., hinge remnants, Extremely Fine, ex-Ferrary, Lichtenstein; with 1971 A.P.S. and 1994 Holcombe certificates. SG No. 5.
Scott No. 4 $5,000.
A WONDERFUL ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 6D YELLOW GREEN.
Lot 571857, 6d Dark Green, unusually large margins, prooflike color and impression on bright paper, small part o.g., insignificant thin specks, Very Fine, ex-Hewitt, Foxbridge; with 1989 B.P.A certificate. SG No. 6.
Scott No. 5 $11,000.
A VERY RARE FOUR MARGIN ORIGINAL GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 6D DARK GREEN.