Lot 18001861, 1¢ bright blue, plate scratches, Vertical pair, top stamp showing plate scatches across top, exceptional depth of color, each with cork cancel, Very Fine and choice pair, ex-Koppersmith, Born; with 1990 and 2014 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 63 var.; $105 as normal pair Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 18011861, 1¢ blue, full o.g., bright color, choice centering and margins, Extremely Fine; with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 63 $300.
Lot 18021861, 1¢ blue, right margin straddle-pane single showing significant portion of adjoining stamp, slightly disturbed o.g., rich deep color on bright paper, beautifully centered within large margins, Extremely Fine and choice, a stunning stamp; with 2006 P.F. certificate for pair.
Scott No. 63 $300.
Lot 18031861, 1¢ blue, block of 15 in 3 x 5 format with top selvage, bright color, vertical crease thru left vertical row, some perf separations as expected for this large a multiple, small thin in bottom right stamp, o.g., three stamps h.r., still Fine and scarce multiple, ex-Klein as block of 30.
Scott No. 63 $5,650.
This appears to be the left half of the Walter C. Klein block of 30 illustrated in the Evans book on p. 31.
Lot 1804 /1861, 1¢ blue, bottom margin block of 6 with part plate number and imprint, nicely centered with bright color, original gum, bottom center and bottom left stamps mint n.h., Very Fine, Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the two mint n.h. stamps.
Scott No. 63 $2,350.
Lot 18051861, 1¢ blue, left imprint block of 12, deep rich color on bright paper, o.g., never hinged, fresh and Fine; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 63 $5,100 as 3 hinged blocks.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE 1¢ 1861 ISSUE.
Lot 18061861, 1¢ blue, bottom left corner margin imprint and plate no. 27 block of 20, natural s.e. at right, three stamps paper h.r., other 17 stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color, remarkably fresh and intact, tiny toned spot in margin under Position 99 (clear of plate block), deep rich color, Fine, ex-Curtis.
Scott No. 63 $11,000.
A RARE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1¢ 1861 ISSUE. ONE OF ONLY 5 RECORDED FULL IMPRINT AND PLATE NO. MULTIPLES. A WONDERFUL RARITY.
The Chapin census, updated by Don Evans in his book "The United States 1c Franklin, 1861-67", records only eight full plate number and imprint multiples from Plates 9, 10 and 27: two from Plate 9 (a block of 20 and a block of 98), and three from Plate 27 (a complete pane of 100, one block of 12, and the block of 20 offered here). The Frelinghuysen sale had a block of 35 with full bottom imprint and plate no. 10 selvage.
Illustrated in the Evans book on p. 30. Scott Retail as a plate number and imprint block of eight, two hinged blocks of four and four hinged singles.
Lot 1807 o1861, 1¢ blue, clearly struck blue "Baltimore, Md., Aug 17, 1861" town cancel, rich bright color, sealed tear at bottom not mentioned on certificate, Fine appearance, pictured in Evans The United States 1¢ Franklin 1861-67 (pages 6 & 153), ex-V. Morris; with 1996 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 63 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
THE EARLIEST RECORDED USAGE OF THE 1861 1¢ FRANKLIN ISSUE.
On August 16, 1861, the first delivery of the new issues were accepted by the stamp agent of the Post Office Department and distribution followed shortly thereafter. It is accepted that the first day of usage was the following day as the Baltimore Post Office ran an advertisement that day stating they were prepared at that time to exchange old envelopes and stamps for the new issues. This 1¢ stamp and a 3¢ stamp on cover used from Baltimore Post Office on August 17, 1861 indicates that this was one of the first offices to receive and distribute the new 1861 issues.
Lot 1808 o1861, 1¢ blue, full strike of Union Soldier's Head cancel of New York City, rich color, stamp with light crease not mentioned on cert., an Extremely Fine strike, one of finest off-cover examples of this popular and scarce pictorial cancellation; with 1988 P.F. certificate. Scott No. 63.
Skinner-Eno No. PH-F 72 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 1809 o1861, 1¢ blue, full neat strike of fancy "Bridgeport Fireman" pictorial cancel of Waterbury, Conn. strong color, few slightly short perfs, a Very Fine strike. Scott No. 63. Skinner-Eno No. PH-F 17.
Rohloff No. E-6 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A LOVELY STRIKE OF THE WATERBURY "BRIDGEPORT FIREMAN" PICTORIAL CANCELLATION - EXTREMELY RARE FULLY STRUCK ON A 1861 1¢ ISSUE.