Lot 4223 o1923, 1¢ green, rotary sheet waste, very light machine cancel, well centered for this notoriously off-centered issue, strong bright color, trivial short perforation at bottom right, Very Fine for the issue, ex-Grunin; with 1963 & 2019 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 596 $250,000 for the grade of fine.
AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 1¢ ROTARY SHEET WASTE PERF 11 (SCOTT 596) ISSUE - A GREAT 20TH CENTURY RARITY WITH ONLY FIFTEEN EXAMPLES RECORDED.
This is without question the rarest United States issue of the 20th century. It was probably produced during the middle of 1924 however it was only discovered in 1962. This issue was the result of "coil waste" but rather than made from horizontal coil sheets, such as Scott #578-579 and #594-595, this issue was made from vertical coil waste sheets. The difference being in the measurement of the design as the horizontal coil design is wider since the plates have been stretched by curving them in that direction in order to fit the cylinder on the rotary press. In the same fashion, the vertical coil plates were curved in the vertical direction causing the design to stretch vertically.
Of the 15 known examples (all used), only five have machine cancels (the other ten bearing the Kansas City, Mo. precancel) and only two are completely sound (the other two have vary degree of faults far more significant than the "short perf" mentioned here).
Lot 4070 o1851, 1¢ blue, type I, position 7R1E, light large Boston "Paid" in grid cancel, full balanced margins with scrolls at top and bottom clear and showing the complete design, rich bold "Paris Blue" color and an unusual slight double kiss impression at top, completely sound and fault-free, Very Fine, ex-K. Burroughs and J. Rose; signed S. Ashbrook, with 1999 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5 $55,000.
A WONDERFULLY CHOICE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 1¢ TYPE I ISSUE FROM POSITION 7 ON THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY - ONE OF THE FEW SOUND EXAMPLES SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN.
According to the Jerome S. Wagshal census of the Scott #5 (this example being 5-CAN-010) there are only 98 examples in all recorded. This example is one of a small handful of examples showing the complete design and one of a few also in sound condition. The unusual dark Plate 1E color was coined "Paris Blue" by Stanley B. Ashbrook who has sign this this stamp in pencil on reverse.
Lot 4243 ()Newspaper, 1875 Special Printing, $6 ultramarine, without gum as issued, attractively centered with well balanced margins on three sides, rich bold color, reperforated at bottom, otherwise Very Fine and choice; with 1969 (clear) & 2009 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. PR50 $80,000 for the grade of fine.
ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1875 $6 SPECIAL PRINTING ISSUE - A GREAT NEWSPAPER RARITY.
With only fourteen of the 500 sold, the Siegel Census currently records only six certified genuine examples of this Special Printing issue.
Lot 4233Airmail, 1918, 24¢ carmine rose & blue, "grounded plane" variety, bottom margin block of 4, o.g., never hinged (P.F. states previously hinged in which the P.S.E. and we disagree), a striking extreme downward vignette shift with wheels extending almost entirely into "Cents" in the bottom frame, rich vibrant colors and fresh paper, bottom left stamp with trivial light natural wrinkle (P.F. calls a small internal crease), Extremely Fine, ex-"Saddleback", J. Hoffman & W. Gross.
Scott No. C3 var. Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.
ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE 1918 24¢ JENNY "GROUNDED PLANE" VARIETY BEARING ONE THE MOST DRAMATIC SHIFTS OF THIS VARIETY.
The so-called "Grounded Plane" vignette shift, which is believed to have come from portions of only three sheets, is when the wheels of the biplane come though into the "Cents" in the bottom frame.
Lot 4351Hawaii, 1857, 5¢ manuscript surcharge on 13¢ dark red, type I (Clark) surcharge, large margins and rich vivid color, uncanceled and affixed to fresh cover to South Hadley, Mass., bold red "Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Jun 27" cds (236.05), in combination with well margined U.S. 1851, 3¢ dull red, type II + 10¢ green, type II (11A+14) tied by neat "San Francisco, Cal., Jul 20, 1857" cds; slightly refolded cover edges not mentioned on certificate, Extremely Fine, ex-Caspary, Krug, Rust, Kapiloff, Pietsch and Haub; with 2020 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7 $55,000.
ONE OF MOST OUTSTANDING HAWAII 1857 5¢ ON 13¢ PROVISIONAL SURCHARGE USAGES - SIGNED STANLEY ASHBROOK, "IN MY OPINION THIS SUPERB COVER IS GENUINE IN EVERY RESPECT".
This cover was carried on the American schooner "Vaquero" departing Honolulu June 27th but returned to the harbor with a broken mast and sailed again after repairs on June 30th. She arrived in San Francisco on July 16th. From there it was carried on the PMSC "John L. Stephens" that departed San Francisco on July 20th, 1857 for Panama City (August 3rd arrival).
The Gregory census lists 18 covers with the 5¢ on 13¢ surcharge, with this U.S. 10¢ + 3¢ postage overpaying the 12¢ rate by 1¢. The 5¢ provisional surcharge was necessary due to a shortage of 5¢ stamps just after the transition from Postmaster Whitney to Jackson. Most were made by Jackson's clerk, Alvah Clark, around the start of 1857. New supplies of the 5¢ stamp (Scott No. 8) were received at the end of June 1857.
Lot 41471869, 6¢ ultramarine, vertical bisect, left portion of stamp with large margin, tied by target handstamp on cover to Watervliet Center, N.Y., with matching "Mechanicsville, N.Y., Jul 6" cds; cover slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, ex-Coulter; with 1954 & 1978 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 115b $50,000.
ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1869 6¢ PICTORIAL ISSUE BISECTED ON COVER - ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC RARITIES OF THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Current Opening Bid: $26,000
Lot 4365 ()Ryukyus, Kume Island, 1945, 7s black on cream, complete sheet of 24, without gum as issued, cancelled by neat Okinawa Kume Shima "20 10 6" favor town cancels for October 6th 1945, position 8 with "7" & "Sen" one letter spaced at the left variety, bright and fresh with full sheet margins around, some selvage tears at top and lower left well away from stamps, natural paper wrinkle affecting positions 3 & 6, small internal tear in position 21 and slight wrinkle in position 24, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 1X1, 1X1a $60,000 for normal singles.
THE UNIQUE COMPLETE SHEET OF 24 OF THE KUME ISLAND 1945 7 SEN PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
This was originally the personal property of LCDR Elwood J. Wilson, USNR, Commanding Officer of Military Government Detachment B-101-X. In this capacity, and as Deputy Military Governor of Kume Shima, he authorized the printing and issuing of this provisional postage stamp on October 1st, 1945. He requested Postmaster Norifumi Kikuzato to cancel a sheet of the stamps for him as a World War II souvenir.
Another sheet was known some time ago, but has since been broken up.
Lot 4253Kellogg's Penny Post & City Despatch, 1853 (1¢) vermilion, large balanced margins and deep vibrant color, in combination with 1851, 3¢ dull red (11A) with full margins to just into frameline at top left (hint of small corner bend not mentioned on certificate), on cover to Canton, O. bearing blue oval Waverly House hotel embossed cameo corner card, both tied by neat city despatch grid and sharp clear "Cleveland, O., Sep 23" cds, Extremely Fine, ex-E. Kuphal, J. Hackmey & W. Gross; with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 92L1 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
THE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH THE KELLOGG'S PENNY POST STAMP -OF WHICH ONLY THREE ARE TIED BY A HANDSTAMP.
Kellogg's Penny Post & City Despatch was a relatively short-lived local post in Cleveland. It is believed that the post existed in 1853 and 1854. A cover dated June 28 (1853) and a piece dated April 7 (1854) are the earliest and latest recorded dates of use for the 92L1 stamp. Carrier service in Cleveland began in December 1853, which probably forced Kellogg's out of business by mid-1854.
This cover with City Despatch and U.S. Postal adhesives both tied by corresponding postmarks is truly an exceptional item of the utmost beauty.
Lot 4265 oDocumentary, 1871, Second Issue, $500 "Persian Rug", neat 1872 manuscript cancel, well centered with full perforation teeth around, colors rich and vibrant, Very Fine, an extremely rare sound example, Scott catalog value for small faults or light circular cut cancel; with 1995 and 2002 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. R133 $16,500.
A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $500 LARGE PERSIAN RUG ISSUE, ONE OF THE FEW COMPLETELY SOUND EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.
Only 210 were issued, and it is safe to say that most examples are faulty to some degree with only a small handful in completely sound condition. The Kingsley census records only 76 surviving copies, and a handful are known outside of the census.