Lot 2101 o1851, 1¢ blue, type Ia, position 99R4, bottom margin single, neat town cancel, margins slightly in at left to large including full wide sheet margin, rich vibrant color, F.-V.F., a very rare sheet margin example of the 1851 1¢ type Ia issue from position 99R4; signed and plated S. Ashbrook.
Scott No. 6 $9,250.
Current Opening Bid: $1,100
Lot 2102 o1851, 1¢ blue, type Ic, "E" relief, horizontal pair, positions 85-86L4, large margins, rich plate 4 color and sharp impression showing part of scrolls and plumes at bottom on both, Mobile Ala. town cancels, Extremely Fine and choice Type Ic-IIIa pair, Type Ic Pair Unpriced by Scott, ex-Celler; with 2022 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 6b $7,000 + as singles.
A RARE TYPE IC PAIR, OF WHICH ONLY ONE E RELIEF PAIR (81-82R4) IS LISTED BUT UNPRICED IN SCOTT.
Although Ashbrook and Neinken identified both positions 85L4 and 86L4 as type IIIa, it appears that position 85L4 started off life as a type Ia transitioning to Ic and IIIa, and position 86L4 as a Ic transitioning to a IIIa. An example of position 85L4 has been certified as Type Ia by the Philatelic Foundation (ex-Golin, Siegel sale 812, lot 7).
Current Opening Bid: $3,000
Lot 2103 o1851, 1¢ blue, types II & IIIa, plate 1E, left straddle line margin horizontal pair (positions 31-32R1E), neat grid cancels, ample to large margins showing portions of adjacent stamps at bottom, strong bright plate one early color, Extremely Fine, a lovely position multiple.
Scott No. 7, 8A $1,450.
Current Opening Bid: $750
Lot 21041851, 1¢ blue, type II, tied by "Philadelphia, Pa." cds paying the drop letter rate on sealed Knight's Safety Patent envelope addressed to the creator of the envelope, envelope sealed and fastened with clamped eyelet at top through upper portion of stamp, with additional similar addressed cover (without franking) opened to show printed Knight's Improved Safety Envelopes advertisement with illustrated instructions on it's use, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. 7 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
IN OUR OPINION THIS IS THE FINEST UNITED STATES PATENT ENVELOPE IN EXISTENCE, WHICH WE SOLD IN OUR WASHINGTON 2006 SALE FOR $14,000 HAMMER.
In 1856, Robert T. Knight patented his Safety Envelope which retained the main features of the old folded letter and added an additional clamping feature. This was designed not only to prevent tampering with the envelope, but after opening it held both enclosure and envelope together for filing. A group of these letters then could be bound together like a book for storage. Like the Leeds and Franklin patent envelopes, this idea never caught the imagination of the public.
Current Opening Bid: $5,250
Lot 21051851, 1¢ blue, type II, horizontal strip of three, positions 12-14L2, huge margins to into at upper left, positions 12-13L2 showing the big plate crack variety running between pair, tied by manuscript cancel on cover to Warren, N.H., "Hillsboro, N.H., Jan 12" cds alongside, Very Fine and choice; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A WONDERFUL AND RARE ON COVER EXAMPLE OF THIS PROMINENT PLATE CRACK, ESPECIALLY SO IN A MULTIPLE.
Current Opening Bid: $475
Lot 2106 o1851, 1¢ blue, type III, position 99R2, bottom margin single, neat New Orleans, La. town cancel, wide margins all around with full selvage at bottom, deep bold color, small thin spots and faint horizontal crease, Extremely Fine appearance.
Scott No. 8 $5,250.
AN EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 1¢ TYPE III IMPERFORATE FROM THE THE POSITION BEARING THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE - POSITION 99R2.
The 99R2 was a fresh entry over an original entry on the plate (portions of which can be seen in the right scrolls), which was short transferred at both the top and bottom. Because of this very short transfer at top and bottom of the design, it produced the widest breaks in the top and bottom outer lines, giving us the finest example of type III.
Current Opening Bid: $750
Lot 2107 o1851, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, plate 4, position 72L4, neat face free town cancel, large beautifully balanced margins all around, deep rich color and an exceptional impression on bright paper, a Superb gem, only five examples to receive this grade with only three grading higher; with 1987, 2004 P.F. & 2003 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $10,000).
Scott No. 8A $800.
A REMARKABLE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 1¢ TYPE IIIA IMPERFORATE GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE P.S.E.
Type IIIa is defined as having a break in the outer line at either top or bottom. The stamp offered here is a superb example of this type, which clearly shows the wide break at top and the complete bottom line. Plate 4 imperforate stamps are desirable and rare since they were issued in April-June 1857 shortly before perforations were introduced.
Current Opening Bid: $6,750
Lot 2108 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV, New York town cancel, large to huge margins showing portions of adjacent stamps at top and left, strong bold color, a Superb jumbo; with 2021 P.F. certificate Graded (Superb 98J, SMQ $1,900).
Scott No. 9 $100.
A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 1¢ TYPE IV IMPERFORATE.
Current Opening Bid: $850
Lot 2109 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV, top right corner margin single, town cancel, wide margins at left and portion of adjacent stamp at bottom, full sheet margins at top and right, strong bold color, Superb, a very attractive position single; with 1988 P.F. & 2016 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $1,200).
Scott No. 9 $100.
Current Opening Bid: $700
Lot 21101852, 1¢ blue, type IV, large margins to touched, and 3¢ dull red (11), both tied by two strikes of "Savannah '3' Mar 25" integral rate cds on cover to Norton, Mass., matching "MAIL ROUTE" straightline handstamp, endorsed "Pr. N. York Steamer" at top left; some slight edge wear, F.-V.F., ex-Starnes & Feldman; with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
ONE OF ONLY EIGHT RECORDED SAVANNAH "MAIL ROUTE" COVERS THAT WAS STRUCK IN BLACK ON PREPAID COVERS.
Carried from Savannah on either the New York & Savannah Steam Navigation Company "Alabama" or "Florida" that operated Route 3413 from July 1851 to April 1855. Jordon P. Brooks was paid $7,500 a year for a three times a week service whilst the New York & Savannah Steam Navigation Company received $80 per round trip New York to Savannah.
It had been proposed that the stamp was applied at Savannah as a Way Letter mark. This cover confirms this with the additional 1¢ prepaying the way fee.
Current Opening Bid: $3,500