Lot 1323 ()Ecuador, 1866, 4r pale rose, bottom margin irregular block of seventeen, positions 49/ 59-62 // 98-101, margins large to just in, in combination with 1865, 1r yellow buff on large cloth package wrapper addressed to Quito, all tied by "Riobamba, 26 Aout" second type cds's, manuscript "34oz½" weight endorsement (1r per ½oz rate), wrapper turned four days later and reused back to Riobamba franked with 1866, 4r scarlet, horizontal strip of three and single + 1865, ½r blue + 1r yellow buff all tied by red "Quito, 30 Ago, 71" cds's, manuscript "2lb3oz" weight endorsement (official ½r per ½oz parcel rate); some staining and small paper flaws, F.-V.F., ex-Longhi.
Scott No. 6+4 Estimate $150,000 - 200,000.
THE LARGEST USED MULTIPLE OF THE 1866 4 REALES ISSUE ON A TURNED WRAPPER SHOWING BOTH OFFICIAL AND NON-OFFICIAL RATES - THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKING IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD OF ECUADOR AND CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM OF ECUADORIAN PHILATELY.
Current Opening Bid: $115,000
Lot 1324 ()Ecuador, 1866, 4r dull rose, block of four, positions 81-82/94-95, with bottom right stamp showing the "round medallion" variety, small scissor cut between stamps at right, tied by "Guaranda, 28 Fevr, 68" cds's on Judicial front to Ambato, manuscript "2 Librs." weight notation, Very Fine, ex-Saá, Bustamante and Longhi; with 2009 Moorhouse certificate.
Scott No. 6 Estimate $40,000 - 60,000.
THE UNIQUE ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1866 4R ISSUE IN A BLOCK OF FOUR - THE SCARCEST OF THE FIRST ISSUE VALUES AND ONE OF THREE MOST SIGNIFICANT COVERS IN ECUADORIAN PHILATELY.
Current Opening Bid: $29,000
Lot 1404Finland, 1861, 5k greenish blue, on revalued 1856 10k laid paper entire, with 10k indicia devalued with manuscript, addressed to Åbo and uprated with 1866, 20k blue on bluish tied by "St. Michel, 20.11, 1867" cds paying the correct long distance 40p rate; 20p stamp with a few short teeth of little importance, still Very Fine, ex-Fabergé and Trapp Holm; with 2006 J. Tuori and 2017 C. Schwenson certificates.
Facit No. 8 Byc+EK 13 BW0a Estimate $25,000 - 35,000.
ONE OF TWO KNOWN COMBINATIONS OF THIS 1861 5 KOP INDICIA ON THE REVALUED 1856 10 KOP ENTIRE ON LAID PAPER.
Current Opening Bid: $24,000
Lot 1317Ecuador, 1865, 1r green, embossed arms, clear to large margins, showing embossed arms in the upper portion of stamp, in combination with 1865, 1r yellow buff of the third printing on folded letter sheet to Trujillo, Peru, tied by "Guayaquil, Feb 21, 73" cds and bold "Franca" in lozenge, Very Fine, a very late usage of the first issue, ex-Longhi.
Scott No. 5b+4 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
ONE OF TWO PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCES KNOWN BEARING SAME DENOMINATION OF THE 1865 1 REAL STAMPS IN GREEN AND YELLOW.
Only five covers are known bearing same denomination 1 real represented by the different stamps in the issued colors green and yellow. This cover is even more remarkable as it represents private mail and that the 1r green is the scarce embossed arms variety.
Current Opening Bid: $9,500
Lot 1184Ecuador, 1872, 1r orange buff, quadrille paper, left 1r stamp with clear to huge margins, in combination with 1865, 1r orange yellow on 1872 folded letter to Lima, Peru, tied by blue "Guayaquil, Franca, Oct 10, 72" cds, sent via the French Consulate and additionally franked with France 1867, 30c brown, horizontal pair tied by anchor lozenge cancel, matching "Guayaquil, Paq. Fr. No. 2, Oct 4" octagon date stamp with date showing the original scheduled date of arrival of the mailboat (Ville de St. Nazair), Very Fine and choice, ex-Dale-Lichtenstein; signed Holcombe, Calves and Roumet, with 2010 Moorhouse certificate.
Scott No. 1+4 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
A SPECTACULAR ECUADORIAN-FRENCH COMBINATION FRANKING BEARING TWO DISTINCT 1R YELLOW TYPES - ONE OF THE FEW ECUADOR-FRANCE MIXED FRANKINGS KNOWN IN PRIVATE HANDS.
Current Opening Bid: $9,500
Lot 1244Ecuador, 1865, 1r orange yellow, clear to large margins, tied by red "3154" in dotted lozenge cancel of Quito on cover to Avignon, France paying the double internal postage rate within Ecuador, forwarded through the British P.O. with "Guayaquil, Au 9, 1871" double arc cds, carried by the PSNC steamer to Panama with "Panama Transit, 20 Au, 1871" date stamp of the British P.O. at the Isthmus, then carried by British ship to England with "GB/1F90c" Anglo-French accountancy marking applied on single rate mail from the Pacific Coast, French entry at Calais and "15" decimes due handstamp, Very Fine, only about seven covers are recorded franked with first issue stamps to a transatlantic destination; with 2013 Moorhouse certificate.
Scott No. 4 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE FIRST ISSUE USAGE ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER TO FRANCE.
Current Opening Bid: $7,250
Lot 1463Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, Denver City K.T. Oct. 30, oval handstamp tying rare "C.O.C. & P.P. Express, St. Joseph, Mo. or Leavenworth, K.T." magenta label, bottom left corner clipped off, on 3¢ red (U10) Nesbitt entire to Lock Port Pa., second strike of oval alongside dated Oct. 29, entered mails with "Leavenworth City, Kas. Nov 6" and matching grid cancel on indicia; flap torn and trivial mended top edge nick, Very Fine and attractive, A very rare label on cover, particularly tied by the Express handstamp, ex-Persson, Stach, Walske.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE CENTRAL OVERLAND CALIFORNIA & PIKE'S PEAK EXPRESS MAGENTA LABEL ON COVER.
This company was the immediate predecessor of The Pony Express. It was organized by the firm of Russell, Majors & Waddell for the purpose of saving the partnership's freighting operations to army posts in the West. They were one of two firms that carried mail to the Pike's Peak region when the gold rush began there. COC&PPE had obtained the mail contract from St. Joseph to Salt Lake City operating over the Platte River Road. They carried the express Pike's Peak mail over this route as far as Julesburg, where it was diverted south to Denver, which had a post office, but no mail route serving the town.
The backflap has a third strike of the "Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, Denver City K.T." oval handstamp dated "Oct. 7". These envelopes were available for purchase prior to use and this handstamp reflects the date of sale.
References: Illustrated in Jarrett Colorado book.
Current Opening Bid: $6,750
Lot 1360New South Wales, 1850, Sydney View, 3d yellow green, bluish wove paper, ample to large margins, tied by light mute bar oval handstamp on fresh folded letter to Rochdale, England, reverse with "Sydney, Ship Letter, Oc 9, 1852" despatch cds, manuscript "8" ship fee rating, red London entry and green "Rochdale, Ap 27, 1853" receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine and choice; with 2019 B.P.A. certificate. SG No. 42.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
AN OUTSTANDING USAGE OF THE 1850 3D SYDNEY VIEW ISSUE ON COVER TO ENGLAND.
Current Opening Bid: $7,250
Lot 16391851, 1¢ blue, type III, Position 99R2, Horizontal strip of three, types II-II-III, Positions 97-99R2, the right stamp — Position 99R2 — has full margins all around at top and bottom framing the key elements of the Type III design (the wide breaks in outer lines), left stamps with large to just touched margins, strong shade on crisp paper, tied by two strikes of "Hartford Ct., Dec 4, 1857" cds on cover to Worcester Mass.; strip with crease at top and tiny tear in each stamp, Very Fine appearance; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 8 $16,500.
A NEW DISCOVERY OF THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1851 1¢ IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2 IN A STRIP OF THREE. THE 99R2 IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased… The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).
Current Opening Bid: $1,600
Lot 1001Silver Box, Crisford & Norris (Birmingham) 1908, sterling silver stamp box and ivory letter opener combination (35x225mm), novelty golf club form, club head with a hinged lid at top opening to a single concave compartment, an extremely rare design and one of the most sought after boxes missing from most of the great collections that have come on to the market.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
Current Opening Bid: $1,450