Lot 346: Unique Encased Postage Stamp 12 John Gault made EXPERIMENTAL-TRIAL specimen

Early American

October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US
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Description: Encased Postage Stamps Unique 12 "EXPERIMENTAL-TRIAL" Encased Postage Stamp by John Gault made with a Silver Encasement EP-Unlisted, HB-Unlisted, Scott-Unlisted. Twelve Cents. John Gault made with a Silver Encasement as "Experimental" or a "Trial" Piece. Plain Frame. Squared rim edges. 1861 Postage Stamp Issue Usage. Very Choice Near Mint. This Unique John Gault made Silver Case EXPERIMENTAL-TRIAL Specimen has a Standard US Postage 1861 issue 12 Cents black printed George Washington Stamp. The mica is clear, unbroken and virtually flawless having a few wispy hairlines from friction. This example being the type as shown in Hodder-Bowers page 186, Fred Reed page 445, Arlie Slabaugh page 22. 24.2 mm round and as made. The Stamp is deep rich bold black, bright and attractive with its denomination perfectly centered within the face frame. The case is solid and fully sound, toned a natural rich coin-silver gray in color. Unique and a truly spectacular highlight for any Civil War Era Token or Encased Postage Stamp collection. Ex: Herman Herst's 169th Sale (December 3, 1968, lot 155). A remarkable opportunity for Encased Postage Stamp specialists.
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