Lot 22661894, 4¢ dark brown, unwatermarked, o.g., lightly hinged, perfectly centered amid huge beautifully balanced margins all around, rich deep color, a Superb jumbo, a magnificent large margin gem, unpriced in SMQ at this superlative grade; with 2022 P.F. certificate Graded (S 98J).
Scott No. 254 $200.
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS STAMP WE HAVE EVER SEEN!
Lot 22671894, 8¢ violet brown, unwatermarked, right margin single, o.g., barest trace of hinge, beautifully centered amid uncommonly large and well balanced margins, bold vivid color, fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, a lovely jumbo; with 2006 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 257 $160.
Lot 2268 P1894, $1 lake, type II, trial color large die proof on card, 112x155mm showing full die sink, rich deep color and exceptional sharp impression, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. 261ATC1ae $1,500.
Scott catalog lists two color trials, colors in lake and orange, on India, we know of only this example in Lake which is printed directly on card and only one example in orange which is printed on India, both of these trial colors may well unique.
Lot 22691894, $1 black, type II, unwatermarked, o.g., never hinged, well centered with wide top margin and evenly balanced margins around, deep intense color on bright paper, Very Fine to Extremely Fine, a lovely never hinged high value; with 2005 P.S.E. certificate Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $8,750).
Scott No. 261A $6,500.
A RARE NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $1 PERRY TYPE II ISSUE.
Lot 22701894, $5 dark green, unwatermarked, o.g., very lightly hinged, precision centering amid large evenly balanced margins, rich deep color on bright paper, fresh and immaculate, Extremely Fine to Superb, without question, one of the finest mint examples extant; with 2017 P.S.E. & 2021 P.F. certificates, both Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $14,000).
Scott No. 263 $4,000.
A OUTSTANDING MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5 MARSHALL ISSUE - A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.
Lot 22711894, $5 dark green, unwatermarked, o.g., barest trace of hinge (appears never hinged), well centered amid uncommonly wide margins, deep rich color and a sharp proof-like impression, bright and fresh, Very Fine to Extremely Fine; with 1976, 1984, 2000 & 2020 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $6,000).
Scott No. 263 $4,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE LARGE MARGIN MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 $5 SMALL BUREAU UNWATERMARKED ISSUE.
Lot 22721895, 8¢ violet brown, D.L. watermark, o.g., never hinged, rich bold color, evenly balanced margins and precise centering, Post Office fresh with full intact perfs all around, a Superb gem, with only three examples to receive this grade with only one example grading higher (a 98J); with 1984, 1998 P.F. & 2021 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $8,500).
Scott No. 272 $210.
ONE OF THE FINEST MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLES OF THE 1895 8¢ SHERMAN ISSUE.
Lot 22731895, 8¢ violet brown, D.L. watermark, in combination with 1899, 2¢ red, two singles in shades (279B) on fresh 2¢ red registered entire addressed to Wells, Fargo & Co. Express in San Francisco, Cal., with Tientsin military return address at upper left, all tied by straight line "CHINA" handstamps, purple "Registered, Mil. Postal Sta. No. 1, China, Nov 22, 1900" cds's, San Francisco, Jan 4., 1901 receiving backstamps, Very Fine and choice, one of two known complete registered covers bearing this rare handstamp, ex-Drucker.
Scott No. 272 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
THE EARLIEST KNOWN USAGE OF THE RARE TIENTSIN "CHINA" STRAIGHT LINE HANDSTAMP ON COVER - USED ONLY ON MILITARY MAIL DURING THE BOXER REBELLION.
This "China" handstamp was used from early November of 1900 to February of 1901. Only a couple full covers are known with partial covers and on piece items being far more common.
Lot 2274 o1895, $2 dark blue, D.L. watermark, light oval registry and red cancels, rich intense color, large even margins and perfect centering, Superb, a marvelous used gem; with 2019 P.F. certificate Graded (XF-S 95, SMQ $2,750).
Scott No. 277a $400.
Although the P.F. certificate states this is the bright blue shade, the stamp is clearly in the dark blue shade. Also, the P.S.E. population report shows the highest graded used example of this stamp at 90.
Lot 2275 o1895, $5 dark green, D.L. watermark, Philadelphia town and portion of purple cancels, precise centering amid beautifully balanced margins, intensely rich color, Extremely Fine to Superb, with only five examples grading higher; with 1996 P.F. & 2009 P.S.E.certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $3,750).
Scott No. 278 $600.
AN OUTSTANDING USED DATE STAMP CANCELED EXAMPLE OF THE 1895 $5 MARSHALL ISSUE.