Lot 199 o1870, 10¢ brown, H. grill, light nearly face-free cork cancel, exceptional centering amid beautifully balanced margins, strong vibrant color, Extremely Fine; with 1994 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 139 $800.
Lot 2001871, 7¢ vermilion, I. grill, two strips of three and a pair, along with 6¢ carmine (148) cancelled by "Cape Girardeau Mo. Jul 23" cds duplex with circle of wedges cancel on court house cover to Saint Louis, Mo.; reduced at ends, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 138A $6,800 as off-cover singles.
A REMARKABLE LARGE FRANKING OF THE 7¢ I. GRILL 1870 ISSUE, ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF 7¢ I. GRILL USAGES RECORDED. THIS IS BY FAR THE LARGEST KNOWN FRANKING OF THIS RARE STAMP.
The Scott Specialized Catalogue elevated the I Grills to major catalogue numbers beginning with the 2013 edition. Now, with major catalogue listings, the I Grills have taken their rightful place alongside the 1867-68 Grilled Issues, which have long been differentiated in the Scott Catalogue. The 7¢ I Grill is scarce mint or used, but exceptionally rare used on cover.
Lot 2011870, 10¢ brown, horizontal pair, rich color, tied by quartered corks duplexed with "Yokohama, Japan, Nov 22" cds on 1871 gray folded cover to Milan, Italy, red "New York Paid All, Dec 27" exchange cds, endorsed "Via America" at top left, carried transatlantic by NDL Line Deautschland from New York Dec. 28th to Southampton arriving Jan. 7th, Milan (1.10) arrival backstamp; some tone spots mostly on reverse, Very Fine.
Scott No. 150 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A SCARCE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY IN JAPAN USE TO ITALY.
This cover was prepaid 20¢ for the 10¢ per ½ oz. transpacific rate plus 10¢ for the 10¢ per ½ oz. Italian Closed mail rate effective March 1, 1870.
Lot 2021875, 2¢ vermilion, o.g., lightly hinged, perfectly centered with evenly balanced margins all around, rich radiant color and beautifully fresh, a Superb gem, a stunning mint stamp; with 2019 P.F. certificate Graded (S 98, SSV $2,500).
Scott No. 178 $325.
ONE OF THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 2¢ VERMILION ISSUE.
The P.S.E. Population Report shows the highest graded mint hinged issue being a 90 and the highest n.h. example being a 95.
Lot 2031879, 1¢ dark ultramarine, cancelled by black Glen Allen Star precancel on "International Printing Label Establishment" corner card cover to Grand Rapids, Mich., reverse with illustrated ad showing Factory in blue, printed "Glen Allen, Virginia, Mar. 19, 1881" cds, accompanied by 1¢ Postal Card (UX5) with preprinted order notice with matching International Printing Label Establishment imprint; cover with small piece out of backflap, Very Fine.
Scott No. 182 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE DISTINCTIVE GLEN ALLEN STAR PRECANCEL.
Lot 2041879, 2¢ vermilion, o.g., never hinged, perfect centering with design encompassed by evenly balanced margins, rich radiant color and exceptional freshness, a Superb gem, the only never hinged example to obtain this graded with no other example higher; with 2015 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $6,250).
Scott No. 183 $370.
WITHOUT QUESTION - THE FINEST MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 2¢ AMERICAN BANKNOTE ISSUE IN PRISTINE NEVER HINGED CONDITION.
Lot 2051879, 15¢ red orange, o.g., never hinged, rich vibrant color, perfect centering with evenly balanced all around, fresh and pristine, a Superb gem, one of four examples to grade as such with only one example higher; with 2019 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $9,250).
Scott No. 189 $600.
ONE OF THE FINEST NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1879 15¢ AMERICAN BANKNOTE ISSUE.
Lot 2061879, 30¢ full black, o.g., very lightly hinged, choice centering and large well balanced margins, deep intense color and a wonderful detailed impression, Extremely Fine and attractive, a gorgeous lightly hinged stamp; with 1999 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 190 $850.
Lot 2071881, 3¢ blue green, re-engraved & 1883, 2¢ red brown, each with trimmed perfs (petite cut) and affixed to skillfully executed hand drawn overall illustrated covers showing Bordered Home Interiors, with stamps incorporated into designs and a circular lamp glass blank for postmark, each canceled by Newark, N.J. duplex postmark, Very Fine, a stunning pair of illustrated covers illustrated by the same artist.
Scott No. 207, 210 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 2081888, 30¢ orange brown, o.g., lightly hinged, exceptional centering with large well balanced margins all around, rich radiant color and particularly fresh, Extremely Fine to Superb, a wonderful mint gem; with 2017 P.F. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SSV $1,100).
Scott No. 217 $250.