Lot 812 ()Adams & Co.'s Express, 1854, 25¢ black on pink, the so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, complete sheet of 40, without gum as issued, position 30 shows the retouched flaw over bottom right "25", top right corner bump, right vertical row faintly soiled at right, Very Fine; with 2006 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 1L3 $2,000.
Lot 813Barr's Penny Dispatch, 1855, black on green, specialized set of six, showing all six different types, mostly with part original gum, one with small flaws, generally Fine.
Scott No. 8L2 $1,800.
Lot 814Blood & Co., 1853 (1¢) blue & pink on bluish, complete pane of 25, o.g., lightly hinged, Extremely Fine. One of the finest of the very few full panes still exist.
Scott No. 15L15 $1,250.
Lot 815 oBrady & Co., 1857, 1¢ red on yellow, unusually large margins, indistinct cancel, repaired tear at lower left, otherwise Very Fine; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 22L1 $1,000.
Lot 816Gahagan & Howe City Express, 1849-70 (5¢) blue, complete sheet of 20 containing four tête-bêche pairs, o.g., creases reinforced with hinges, small breaks in paper at lower left, Very Fine appearance, ex-Lilly, Hall.
Scott No. 70L2, 70L2a $3,600.
A VERY RARE SHEET OF THE GAHAGAN & HOWE CITY EXPRESS STAMP, CONTAINING FOUR TÊTE-BÊCHE VARIETIES.
Scott Retail for four 70L2a pairs is $1,800, plus $1,800 for the remaining stamps without any premium for blocks.
Lot 817 ()Hinkley's Express Co., 1855, 1¢ red on bluish, three blocks of 16 and one block of 14 - 62 stamps in total cut from a complete sheet of 64, without gum as issued, includes inverted subject in Position 2 creating the unique tête-bêche multiple, a few slightly creased or cut into, but overall excellent color and condition, Very Fine and rare, ex-Hall.
Scott No. 82L1, 82L1a; $40,300 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
BY FAR THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE 1¢ HINKLEY'S EXPRESS CO. CONTAINING THE UNIQUE TÊTE-BÊCHE VARIETY.
A. M. Hinkley's Express Company and The Metropolitan Errand and Carrier Express Company were associated. The 1¢ stamp with Hinkley's name was probably never issued for use, as no genuine covers or used examples have been found. The stamps were lithographed by Baldwin, Ball and Cousland in sheets of 64 (8 by 8). The lithographic stone was made by repeating intermediate transfers in blocks of four. Prior to the Hall auction, the largest recorded multiple was a block of four (ex-Lilly) and as an indication of rarity, there were only singles in the Caspary and Boker collections.
Lot 818Prince's Letter Dispatch, 1861, black, complete sheet of 40, o.g., never hinged, some soiling, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 122L1 $550.
Lot 819 ()Wells Fargo & Co., 1861, $1 red, block of 8 - positions 5-8/9-12L, good margins all around (partial sheet margin at left), no gum, slightly rounded upper right corner, Very Fine.
Scott No. 143L3 $2,300 for two o.g. blocks of 4.
Lot 820Wells Fargo & Co., 1861, $1 red, tied on small piece by a partial blue Wells Fargo oval, ample to large margins except just cut to top frame line, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 143L3 $900.
Lot 821 ()Wells Fargo & Co., 1861, $2 green, block of 4, positions 1-2/6-7, no gum, nice margins to barely shaved at bottom of lower left stamp, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 143L4 $3,500 with o.g.