Lot 1611856, 5¢ red brown, block of five originally a block of six but top right stamp was removed, ample margins to slightly in at right, rich color on brilliant paper, tied by five strikes of open grid cancel, matching bold "Pekin Ills. Jan 20" cds on circa 1857 cover to Berlin, Prussia, red "N.York Br. Pkt. '7 Paid' Jan 27" credit cds for Prussian Closed Mail, red "Aachen 13/2 Franco" framed transit, German (2.14) arrival backstamps; one stamp in block has small pinhole, a few other trivial faults, Fine appearance, ex-Gibson, Rohloff, Mayer, Hansen.
Scott No. 12; $45,000 as used off-cover block Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE SECOND LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5¢ 1856 ISSUE AND AN ICONIC ITEM OF UNITED STATES CLASSIC PHILATELY.
There are 11 recorded blocks of the 5¢ 1856 stamp, including two original-gum blocks (one in the Knight museum collection), five off-cover used blocks, and four blocks on cover. An intact block of six on cover is the largest recorded multiple, followed by the block of five offered here. When someone cut off the top right stamp of this block, it was a true act of philatelic vandalism.
Lot 1371851, 1¢ blue, type Ib, position 6R1E, faint discoloration at center of stamp, full margins to barely in, beautiful Plate 1E color, tied by grid on gray April 1852 folded printed Prices Current from Baltimore Md. to Orwell Ohio, Very Fine, ex-Kapiloff.
Scott No. 5A $15,500.
AN OUTSTANDING USE OF THE RARE IMPERFORATE 1¢ TYPE IB USED AS A SINGLE FRANKING TO PAY THE CIRCULAR RATE. POSITION 6R1E IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE TYPE.
With note on back from Stanley Ashbrook who states that a single on cover is much rarer than a strip of three.
Lot 781Newspaper, 1894, 60¢ pink, Bureau printing, o.g., particularly well centered for this with lovely fresh color, small tear at lower left, light creasing along the top perforations and a light vertical ink smear and a single missing perf at upper right, otherwise Very Fine; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. PR98 $40,000 for the grade of fine.
Probably no more than 25 examples of this rare stamp exist. This one, in particular, is quite desirable, as its faults are quite minimal when compared to other recorded examples. In addition, it is better centered than almost all of the others - Scott notes that its value is for stamps in the grade of Fine. An important rarity for the collector of Newspaper stamps.
Lot 514 o1857, 3¢ rose, type II, Positions 79-80/89-90L3, block of 4 with right selvage showing full centerline, canceled by 1857 town cds, position 79L3 shows 1 extra line at left and no inner line at right, pos. 89L3 shows 2 extra lines at left and no inner line at left, pos. 80L3 and 90L3 show no inner lines at left, top left stamp with a sealed tear at top, top right stamp with small faults, Very Fine appearance, Unpriced in Scott but noted as believed to be unique.; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 25A Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED USED INNER LINE BLOCK OF THE 3¢ PERFORATED TYPE II ISSUE, A TRULY REMARKABLE MULTIPLE SHOWING THREE DIFFERENT MAJOR RECUTTING VARIETIES.
Lot 202 ()1857, 5¢ red brown, type I, block of twelve, tied by multiple strikes of "Richmond Va. May 14, 1858" cds on legal-size cover front to Paris, France at four-times the 15¢ treaty rate to France, red "New York 'Paid 48' May 18" credit cds with appropriate four-times the 12¢ credit to G.B. for British packet, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Boston May 19th to Liverpool arriving May 30th, "Et. Unis, Serv. Br. A.C., K, 31 Mai 58" entry cds and red "P.D." framed handstamp; block with vertical crease affecting the third row, some perf faults and faint toning as is to be expected in such a large multiple, cover front has a sealed tear at center and scattered toning., Fine appearance, ex-Bechtel.
Scott No. 28 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5¢ 1857 RED BROWN ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER.
Reference: Illustrated in the Brookman reprint on page 219 where described as the largest recorded multiple.
Lot 307Carrier, 1851 (1¢) Franklin, left sheet margin single, other margins to in, left margin light staining, canceled by bold Philadelphia red star cancel on buff cover to local Philadelphia street address; some cover aging, F.-V.F.; with 2004 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. LO1 $17,500.
A RARE FRANKLIN CARRIER COVER USED IN PHILADELPHIA.
Only 18 on covers examples of the 1¢ Franklin carrier are known on cover from only three cities. One usage from New Orleans, La., three from New York City and 14 examples from Philadelphia, Pa.
Lot 484 o1856, 5¢ red brown, a lovely used block of 4 with margins nearly all around, small closed hole in the lower left stamp and all stamps lightly "rubbed", otherwise F.-V.F. A great rarity.; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 12 $45,000.
ONE OF ONLY THREE OFF-COVER BLOCKS OF 4, ALL OF WHICH ARE FAULTY.
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 1461851, 3¢ orange brown, type I, Position 11R1E, large margins to in, rich color, tied by blue 13-bar grid, matching "Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line. July 1" route agent's cds on large part of 1851 folded letter to Philadelphia Pa.; upper left corner of stamp torn off and reattached, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 10; $12,500 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED FIRST DAY COVER OF THE 1851 3¢ ORANGE BROWN WITH A ROUTE AGENT MARKING.
In his census in the 1851 Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme records a total of 43 covers used on first day of July 1, 1851. This is the only on-cover example recorded with a route agent marking, with all other examples originating in cities.
Lot 437 oNew York, N.Y., 1846, 5¢ black on bluish, signed "ACM" & "AC M" se-tenant, an amazing horizontal pair, positions 9-10, the right stamp with "AC" and "M" separated, wonderfully fresh with large balanced margins and a neat blue pen cancel, Extremely Fine; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9X1, 9X1a $4,750.