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Specialized Auction of Civil War Era Items

by Early American


330 lots with images

April 26, 2014

Live Auction

P. O. Box 3507

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067 USA

Phone: 00 1 858 759 3290

Fax: 00 1 858 759 1439

Email: auctions@earlyamerican.com

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Encased Postage Stamps. EP-1. 1¢, AERATED BREAD COMPANY Major Rarity

Lot 1: Encased Postage Stamps. EP-1. 1¢, AERATED BREAD COMPANY Major Rarity

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Description: Encased Postage StampsEncased Postage #1 AERATED BREAD COMPANY RarityEP-1, HB-1, Scott-1, Reed AB01. One Cent, AERATED BREAD COMPANY, Polished. About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) according to Fred Reed. This is one of the most sought-after of all Encased Postage Merchant issuers. The AERATED BREAD COMPANY was a Manhattan, New York-based bakery. That firm, located at "Lafayette and Fourth St, New York" had offered its "Aerated Bread" for only two years prior to when this Encased Postage Stamp was ordered from John Gault and was issued for making small change during the Civil War.This One Cent also represents the single "collectible" denomination of this important Merchant available to collectors. The unique Five Cents example appeared in the John J. Ford Jr. Collection, sold in 2004, and is now unavailable. There was also a single One Cent Denomination was also offered in that important Ford Collection Sale, graded Choice Very Fine, that realized $4,250.This current example is a bright golden-brass in color with a vivid rich deep blue Benjamin Franklin Stamp that is fresh and bold. The mica is perfectly clear and unbroken. The reverse text and legends are extremely sharp and distinct in detail, clean and unmarked, with much brilliance. Extremely rare, this is a "Key" Merchant Type missing in most collections. Ex: Raymond M. Waltz Collection Paramount, August 1967, ANA, Lots 865.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-4a, 1¢, AYERS SARSAPARILLA. Medium AYER'S

Lot 2: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-4a, 1¢, AYERS SARSAPARILLA. Medium AYER'S

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Description: Encased Postage StampsOne Cent Medium "AYER'S SARSAPARILLA" EP-4a, HB-28, S-13, Reed AS01MD. One Cent. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Medium "AYER'S. Impaired. Poor/Extremely Fine.Impaired. The stamp is well centered, heavily stained on the face and the denomination is readable, but there are areas of heavy staining, the mica is badly broken and missing at the center. Rated as Rarity-1 (100 or so Known) according to Fred Reed. On the back legends, "AYER'S SARSAPARILLA TO PURIFY THE BLOOD" has just some faint friction on the very highest points. An inexpensive "filler" for the type.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-6a, 1¢, FANCYGOODS. One Word Type. Boston

Lot 3: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-6a, 1¢, FANCYGOODS. One Word Type. Boston

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Description: Encased Postage StampsSuperb One Cent JOSEPH L. BATES "FANCYGOODS"EP-6a, HB-49, S-26, Reed-BA01FG. One Cent. JOSEPH L. BATES. "FANCYGOODS" One Word Type. Boston. Very Choice About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-6 (16 to 20 known) according to Fred Reed. This beautiful encasement has only some slight friction and has a lovely natural chestnut-brown color with the back showing hidden traces of original Silvering within the legends. The Benjamin Franklin stamp is a vivid, bright deep blue and appears perfectly centered. The mica is clear, nearly perfect. This type is unpriced in "Civil War Encased Postage Stamps" by Fred Reed in this high quality. Since 1995, this is only the fourth example of EP-6a we've offered, the first sold in our EAHA Auction of December 2009, Lot 529, selling for $1,416. This current bold looking example being much finer in quality.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-8, 1¢, F. BUHL & CO. Detroit. Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known)

Lot 4: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-8, 1¢, F. BUHL & CO. Detroit. Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known)

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Description: Encased Postage StampsImportant Rarity-8 One Cent "F. Buhl & Co." DetroitEP-8, HB-67, S-38. Reed-BU01. One Cent. F. BUHL & CO., Detroit. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known), according to Fred Reed. This is a very high quality example of an elusive major Merchant type. The stamp is very well centered and remains quite original in color with a tiny tone spot upon Franklin's forehead. The mica is completely clear, unbroken having one faint natural lamination at bottom. The case is very clean and choice, having one slight nick upon the right side moon and bottom left rim. Sharp distinct legends and a lovely golden-brass color from being polished many decades ago with subdued traces of additional golden luster seen within the reverse devices. This is only the fifth appearance of an EP-8 in the history of our company, being well over three decades. The latest example we sold in August 27, 2005, as part of The Dr. Gratz Collection Auction, Lot 831, graded Choice EF, which sold at $5,605. This current example is Ex: Raymond M. Waltz Collection; Paramount, August 1967, ANA, Lots 871.

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Encased Postage Stamps 1¢, G. G. EVANS. California Wines Agent, Philadelphia

Lot 5: Encased Postage Stamps 1¢, G. G. EVANS. California Wines Agent, Philadelphia

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Description: Encased Postage StampsOne Cent "G. G. Evans" California Wines Agent - Rarity-7 EP-14, HB-116, S-84, Reed-EV01. One Cent. G. G. EVANS. California Wines Agent, Philadelphia. Polished. Choice Extremely Fine+ to About New.Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) according to Fred Reed. G.G. Evans is one of the more difficult major Merchant types to locate, specially when completing a 34 Merchant Set. This example is excellent in its overall appearance. The Benjamin Franklin stamp is very well centered and remains a clean, fresh deep original blue in color. The backs of the case on the G.G. Evans Merchant type are manufactured slightly more rounded and the mica generally tends to get pushed heavily inwards, but not in this instance, as the mica is still original and fully flat!The mica remains very clean and crystal clear, nearly perfect having one trivial edge laminationat top left. The golden-brass case is extremely sharp with excellent detail to the reverse legends with flashy golden luster to the legends. This specimen is certain to become an important highlight for some Encased Postage Stamp collection. Ex: Raymond M. Waltz Collection, Paramount, August 1967, ANA, Lot 876.G. G. Evans is a very historic Encased Postage Stamp Merchant type. Evans was advertising and promoting the sale of California Wines, as a sales agent in Philadelphia in the 1860s, way back during the Civil War. Apparently even then, about 150 years ago, California was becoming known for its fine, high quality wines!

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-23, 1¢, JOHN W. NORRIS, Chicago, IL. Ch. Uncirculated

Lot 6: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-23, 1¢, JOHN W. NORRIS, Chicago, IL. Ch. Uncirculated

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Description: Encased Postage StampsUncirculated EP-23 One Cent JOHN W. NORRIS Rarity-8EP-23, HB-184, S-136, Reed-NO01. One Cent. JOHN W. NORRIS. Chicago, IL. Choice Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known) according to Fred Reed. Q. David Bowers stated in "The Standard Catalogue..." that fewer than six examples are known. This specimen may certainly prove to be the very Finest Known. The bright blue Benjamin Franklin stamp has eye appeal and is quite attractive, being centered being just a tiny bit to the left. It is viewed under clean, crystal clear mica. The case is a lovely natural golden-chestnut in color with some original mint luster highlighting the sharply defined legends. An important Encased Postage Stamp Merchant type and major rarity that is missing in virtually all collections.This current specimen is the fifth we have offered. Our EAHA Auction of February 10, 2001 included Lot 745, graded Choice Extremely Fine, which sold for $6,900. In February 10, 2007, Lot 779, also graded Choice Extremely Fine, sold for $5,310. The Stack's auction of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of June 2004 included only one example which was graded Choice Extremely Fine with a comment that the stamp was faded and soiled, which sold for $4,025. The current specimen ranks as likely the Finest Known.John W. Norris was employed in the newspaper and book selling business in Chicago as early as 1856. In 1858 Norris and his partner, Amos M. Hyde, opened their own newspaper, book and stationery store.In 1860 Norris & Hyde moved to 102 Madison Street, the address that appears on Norris' encased postage, but by the time he ordered the encasements from Gault in 1862, Hyde had already left the business, probably to join the Union army.

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Encased Postage Stamp, One Cent. N + G TAYLOR & CO. of Philadelphia

Lot 7: Encased Postage Stamp, One Cent. N + G TAYLOR & CO. of Philadelphia

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Description: Encased Postage StampsImpressive One Cent "N & G Taylor & CO." PhiladelphiaEP-28, HB-225, S-169, Reed-TA01. One Cent. N & G TAYLOR & CO. Philadelphia. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) according to Fred Reed. N & G Taylor & CO. is a major Merchant type that is rarely encountered. The Hodder & Bowers reference titled, "Standard Catalog" comments that, "Denominations known include 1¢ through 12¢. None is really collectable." The deep vivid blue Benjamin Franklin stamp has great original color and eye appeal, just a bit high yet well centered. It is seen under very clear unbroken mica, which has a few laminations at the rim edge. The case is a natural medium chestnut in color, the reverse legends having a nice sharp appearance. There is some overall light even wear and it is perfectly sealed.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, AYERS CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows.

Lot 8: Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, AYERS CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows.

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Description: Encased Postage StampsAYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS with "Short Arrows" TypeEP-32, HB-5, S-3, Reed AC03SA. Three Cents. AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows. Choice Very Fine+.Rated as Rarity-2, according to Fred Reed. However, this is only the tenth example of this Short Arrows EP variety which we have recorded as having offered to date. This "Short Arrows" variety is certainly far more scarce than the "Long Arrows" type. The stamp is well centered and only slightly placed toward the left. The mica is clear except for a natural lamination layer crack that runs diagonally above Washington's forehead, along the upper top left edge. The case itself grades Extremely Fine, being extremely sharp and defect-free, showing little actual wear from circulation. It appears rich chestnut in color with traces of original Silvering hidden within the central legends of the reverse.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-32a, 3¢, AYERS CATHARTIC PILLS. Long Arrows Type. UNC.

Lot 9: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-32a, 3¢, AYERS CATHARTIC PILLS. Long Arrows Type. UNC.

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Description: Encased Postage StampsUncirculated Three Cents "AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS"EP-32a, HB-5, S-3, Reed AC03LA. Three Cents. AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS. "Long Arrows" Type. Choice Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-1 (common) according to Fred Reed. This beautiful Encased Postage Stamp is of a more common Merchant type. The bright, vivid deep red George Washington stamp is very fresh with great 100% natural eye appeal, such as on the day it was made. The mica is perfectly clean, clear and unbroken. The case is completely defect-free and a pleasing light chestnut in color having nice traces of underlying original luster within the legends upon its reverse. It seems remarkable that such a truly rare Civil War era numismatic item of this quality can in the year 2011 and still be so inexpensive. One of the finest we have seen, and by far the nicest specimen we have offered in many years. Truly exceptional in its rarely encountered overall quality.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Small AYER'S Type

Lot 10: Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Small AYER'S Type

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Description: Encased Postage StampsScarce Small AYER'S Type "AYER'S SARSAPARILLA" EP-34, HB-29, S-15, Reed-AS03SM. Three Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA, Small "AYER'S" Type. Choice About New.Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. This cataloger believes this rating to be either a typo or wrong. It is vastly more rare, per our 36 years of experience. This highly desirable, major listed variety type is extremely difficult to locate. This specimen is certainly among the very Finest known in quality. Three examples were sold in the celebrated John J. Ford, Jr. Collection sale and of those, none were graded above Choice Very Fine. The fresh, rich bold red stamp in our current example looks great. It is well centered, being just a bit towards the top. The mica is very clear and unbroken. The natural golden-chestnut case shows virtually no signs of circulation, with distinct legends.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-34b, 3¢, AYERS SARSAPARILLA, Large

Lot 11: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-34b, 3¢, AYERS SARSAPARILLA, Large "AYER'S" Type

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Description: Encased Postage StampsEP-34b Three Cents LARGE AYER'S Sarsaparilla Variety EP-34b, HB-32, S-15b, Reed AS03LG. Three Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA, Large "AYER'S" Type. Extremely Fine.Rated a Rarity-3 (41 to 50 known) according to Fred Reed. The bright, rich red George Washington stamp is centered a bit towards the upper right. It is viewed under clear unbroken mica. The case is an even, lovely medium chestnut in color with one trivial bump at the right center, having sharp reverse legends on this scarce Large "AYER'S."

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Encased Postage Stamp, 3¢, BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES, EP-38 Rarity-6

Lot 12: Encased Postage Stamp, 3¢, BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES, EP-38 Rarity-6

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Description: Encased Postage StampsScarce Three Cent "Brown's Bronchial Troches" Rarity-6EP-38, HB-63, S-32, Reed-BT03. Three Cents. BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-6 (16 to 20 known) according to Fred Reed. The red Washington stamp is remains quite clean having slight tone atop Washington's head. The clear, clean mica is unbroken and the defect-free lightly cleaned case is even bright golden-chestnut in color with sharp clear distinct legends upon its reverse. Ex: Raymond M. Waltz Collection, Paramount, August 1967, ANA Sale, Lots 894.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, BURNETTS COCOAINE KALLISTON

Lot 13: Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, BURNETTS COCOAINE KALLISTON

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Description: Encased Postage StampsThree Cents BURNETT'S COCOAINE KALLISTONEP-39, HB-74, S-45, Reed-BK03. Three Cents. BURNETT'S COCOAINE KALLISTON. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated a Rarity-6 (16 to 20 known) According to Fred Reed. The vivid red George Washington stamp is well centered and a is bit high. It is viewed under very clear unbroken mica having trivial lamination craze at the bottom left rim edge. The natural golden-chestnut case has a light coating of faint original Silvering on the reverse. The legends are very sharp in detail showing slight actual wear. A higher quality example with pleasing eye appeal.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-40, 3¢, BURNETTS STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS

Lot 14: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-40, 3¢, BURNETTS STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS

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Description: Encased Postage StampsThree Cents "Burnett's Standard Cooking Extracts" TypeEP-40, HB-82, S-53, Reed-BE03. Three Cents. BURNETT'S STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS. Choice Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-6 (16 to 20 known) according to Fred Reed. This Three Cent denomination of "Burnett's Cooking Extracts" is occasionally available, but it is far more scarce than either the Five or Ten Cents of this same issue. This is one of the finer examples in quality we have offered. The well centered deep rich red Washington stamp is just a bit high and is fresh in appearance. The mica is clean, clear and unbroken with just some light friction from minor circulation. The case is completely defect-free and has a lovely, glossy natural even golden-chestnut color with substantial original shimmering mint luster

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Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, DOUGAN THE HATTER, NY, Choice About Uncirculated.

Lot 15: Encased Postage Stamps, 3¢, DOUGAN THE HATTER, NY, Choice About Uncirculated.

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Description: Encased Postage StampsOutstanding 3¢ "Dougan the Hatter" with "Top Hat" RarityEP-41, HB-97, S-67, Reed-DO03. Three Cents. DOUGAN THE HATTER. New York. Choice About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) according to Fred Reed. We have only offered four examples of this highly elusive EP number. The Hodder & Bowers reference "The Standard Catalog of Encased Postage Stamps," reports less than ten Three Cent specimens are known. This example certainly must rank among the finest. The rich red George Washington stamp is very well centered. The mica is very clean and clear. The case itself is a lovely golden-chestnut in color possibly lightly cleaned many decades ago with sharp devices having lovely golden flash within, including the unique "Top Hat" vignette design on its reverse. This rare, lovely quality and very popular "Dougan the Hatter" Merchant should see significant bidder participation. Ex: Raymond M. Waltz Collection, Paramount, August 1967, ANA, Lot 898.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-45, 3¢, TREMONT HOUSE Rarity-8 with Only 5 to 10 Known

Lot 16: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-45, 3¢, TREMONT HOUSE Rarity-8 with Only 5 to 10 Known

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Description: Encased Postage StampsVery Rare Three Cents "Tremont House" Gage Brothers & Drake, Chicago Rarity-8 with Only 5 to 10 Known to Exist EP-45, HB-121, S-89, Reed-TH03. Three Cents. "TREMONT HOUSE, Gage Brothers & Drake," Chicago. Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known) according to Fred Reed. This example has a well centered red George Washington stamp. The mica remains clear, clean and unbroken. The case is chestnut-brown in color with some deeper charcoal somewhat hidden on the reverse designs. It is very even in overall circulation wear, enjoying very sharp and clear legends. According to the Hodder & Bowers reference "The Standard Catalog," of all known examples, four are already locked away into institutional collections. Thus, there are less than a mere handful available for Encased Postage Stamp collectors. Only the third example we have offered. Missing in most collections. Exceedingly Rare.

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Encased Postage Stamp, Three Cents. KIRKPATRICK + GAULT. Rarity-8

Lot 17: Encased Postage Stamp, Three Cents. KIRKPATRICK + GAULT. Rarity-8

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Description: Encased Postage StampsRare Three Cents "KIRKPATRICK & GAULT" Rarity-8 EP-50, HB-161, S-114, Reed-KG03. Three Cents. KIRKPATRICK & GAULT. Damaged mica and stamp. Very Fine.Rated as Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known) according to Fred Reed. This circulated Three Cents "Kirkpatrick & Gault" has nice eye appeal to the detailed natural chestnut reverse case, the front having a small hole in both the mica and into the stamp on Washington's head. The well centered red George Washington stamp is damaged where the mica has a good chip missing from an apparent heavy hit taking some of the stamps paper as well, as shown.The Hodder & Bowers Encased Postage Stamp reference states that Robert Kincaid has been able to trace less than eight examples. (Likely both Reed and Hodder-Bowers references are actually too generous in count for this EP number, as the later made "Romaine" Reproductions or repeat appearances of the same original EP, were likely unwittingly included in his census). The sole example sold in the historic Frederick Mayer Collection of 2007, also graded About New, was the same, previously offered example that was sold in the June 2004, Stack's John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Sale, being there acquired. To put its rarity into perspective, the 24¢, 30¢ and 90¢ denominations of this Merchant are actually more commonly encountered! In this cataloger's opinion, there are most likely about seven examples are Known. This is the only the third example of an authentic, original EP-50 we have offered. The finest example we offered was also our very first being in our EAHA Auction of June 25, 2011, Lot 6, graded About New, selling for $10,620.This current example represents a tremendous opportunity for serious Encased Postage Stamp collectors as the Three Cents denomination of KIRKPATRICK & GAULT is missing in virtually every collection. An affordable specimen.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-53 3¢ NORTH AMERICA LIFE INSURANCE, Straight INSURANCE

Lot 18: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-53 3¢ NORTH AMERICA LIFE INSURANCE, Straight INSURANCE

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Description: Encased Postage Stamps"North American Life Insurance" Straight "INSURANCE" EP-53, HB-190, S-141a, Reed-NA03ST. Three Cents. NORTH AMERICA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Straight "INSURANCE" Variety. Choice About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-5 (21 to 30 known) according to Fred Reed. A beautiful example having a vivid bright fresh red, well centered stamp. The mica is perfectly clear and unbroken. The case itself is a nice clean perfect chestnut in color with extremely sharp, distinct detail to the legends. An excellent example for the collector wanting a top quality specimen of this scarcer Straight "INSURANCE" type having absolutely superb eye appeal.

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Encased Postage. EP-56, Three Cents. JOHN SHILLITO & CO., Cincinnati, OH.

Lot 19: Encased Postage. EP-56, Three Cents. JOHN SHILLITO & CO., Cincinnati, OH.

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Description: Encased Postage StampsThree Cent "John Shillito & Co." Cincinnati, Ohio Rarity-6EP-56, HB-217, S-161, Reed-SH03. Three Cents. JOHN SHILLITO & CO., Cincinnati, OH. About New.Rated as Rarity-6 (16 to 20 known) according to Fred Reed. This pretty example has a deep rich red George Washington stamp that is clean in appearance, and is perfectly centered. The mica is clear and virtually perfect having just a couple of trivial tiny lamination layer crazes and a tiny piece lacking at "PO" to the rim at the extreme top edge. The case is defect-free and fully original having natural chestnut color with traces of underlying natural brass luster. The reverse legends are sharp, distinct and very appealing.

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Encased Postage Stamp, 5¢, BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES for Coughs + Colds

Lot 20: Encased Postage Stamp, 5¢, BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES for Coughs + Colds

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Description: Encased Postage Stamps5 Cents "Brown's Bronchial Troches for Coughs & Colds"EP-67, HB-64, S-33, Reed-BT05. Five Cents. BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES. Plain Frame. Choice About Uncirculated.Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. The Thomas Jefferson stamp is fresh deep brown in color and perfectly centered. The mica is clear, clean and unbroken. The case is a defect-free with golden-tan color with some brass brilliance remaining upon its reverse. The sharp reverse legends read, "Brown's Bronchial Troches for Coughs & Colds." This EP-67 variety is actually quite elusive and is missing in most collections.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 5¢, BURNETT'S STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS, Boston

Lot 21: Encased Postage Stamps, 5¢, BURNETT'S STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS, Boston

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Description: Encased Postage StampsSilvered Five Cent "Burnett's Standard Cooking Extracts"EP-70, HB-83, S-54. Reed BE05. Five Cents. BURNETT'S STANDARD COOKING EXTRACTS, Boston, Choice About Uncirculated with Silvering.Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. The Thomas Jefferson stamp is an extremely vivid, deep bold brown, looking most attractive. The mica is clear and unbroken. The case is defect-free, golden-chestnut with about 95% original Silvering retained within the central legends on the reverse and obverse moons. There is some scattered deeper tone on the reverse and light wear to the Silvering where handled on its rim edges. Any Encased Postage Stamp with this much significant original Silvering intact is considered premium quality and quite a rarity.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 5¢, Ellis McAlpin & Co. Cincinnati. Rarity-8

Lot 22: Encased Postage Stamps, 5¢, Ellis McAlpin & Co. Cincinnati. Rarity-8

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Description: Encased Postage StampsExceptional Five Cents ELLIS McALPIN & CO. Rarity-8EP-76, HB-112, S-80, Reed-EM05. Five Cents. ELLIS McALPIN & CO. Cincinnati. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-8 (5 to 10 known) according to Fred Reed. In the Hodder-Bowers reference work entitled, "The Standard Catalogue of Encased Postage Stamps" this very rare denomination shows price valuations that are represented simply by dashes in all grades. We have offered less than a handful in the past, over three and a half decades.In our previous EAHA Auctions we offered, June 12, 1999, Lot 409, graded Choice Very Fine which sold for $2,415; in August 28, 2004; Lot 679, graded Extremely Fine with a scraped case, which sold for $2,875; and in April 23, 2005, Lot 880, graded Choice Extremely Fine, sold for $3,105. It has now been nearly a decade since we last offered as nice an example.This current specimen has a beautiful, fresh deep brown Thomas Jefferson stamp that is well centered, just a bit high. The mica is pleasing and crystal clear. The natural golden-chestnut case has clean reverse surfaces and extremely sharp legends. This very rare and highly attractive example is one of the finest known.

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Encased Postage Stamp, 5¢, J. GAULT. Plain Frame

Lot 23: Encased Postage Stamp, 5¢, J. GAULT. Plain Frame

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Description: Encased Postage StampsFive Cents "J. GAULT" Plain Frame TypeEP-78, HB-131, S-96, Reed JG05. Five Cents. J. GAULT. Plain Frame. Very Fine.Rated as Rarity-1 (100 or so Known) according to Fred Reed. The brown Thomas Jefferson stamp well centered. The mica has a number of scattered pinpoint dings while remaining quite solid. The case is a pleasing medium chestnut in color and is mark free. Overall, this is an affordable example of a more common type.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-95a, 9¢, FEUCHTWANGER STRIP of Three 3¢ Stamps

Lot 24: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-95a, 9¢, FEUCHTWANGER STRIP of Three 3¢ Stamps

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Description: Encased Postage Stamps"Feuchtwanger" Nine Cents Design Encased PostageEP-95a. Nine Cents. Strip of Three 3¢ Stamps. "FEUCHTWANGER" Eagle Design on Rectangular Copper Case. About Uncirculated.This example of the uniquely designed, Later Produced and issued "Feuchtwanger" Encased Postage Nine Cents denomination. There are three George Washington 1863 issued 3¢ postage stamps that are a nice red and are displayed under a rectangular piece of natural clear mica. The mica itself remains whole, unbroken with some scattered natural internal laminations. The highly ornate glossy copper-chestnut toned case is extremely sharp with perfectly clear details and has virtually no trace of actual wear. A great example of this uniquely designed and highly popular Nine Cents "Feuchtwanger" Strip.

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Encased Postage Stamp, 10¢, AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows Type

Lot 25: Encased Postage Stamp, 10¢, AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows Type

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Description: Encased Postage StampsTen Cents "AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS" Short Arrows Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) Per Fred Reed CensusEP-96, HB-9, S-5, Reed-AC10SA. Ten Cents. AYER'S CATHARTIC PILLS, Short Arrows. Polished. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-7 (11 to 15 known) according to Fred Reed. "Scarce" does not quite adequately describe the rarity of this piece. In the past decade, we've handled only six examples. The well centered George Washington stamp is an original bold deep green in color and just a bit to the left. The mica is fully intact and perfect being crystal clear. The case has no defects, just polished long ago. It remains an attractive brassy color with sharp detail to the legends. This example is among the finest quality of this EP-96 number we have offered discounting the past polishing. We hammered EAHA Auction, of February 10, 2007, Lot 812, graded Choice EF, which sold for $1,595 over half a decade ago. Rare.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-97, Ten Cents. TAKE AYER'S PILLS, Rarity-6

Lot 26: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-97, Ten Cents. TAKE AYER'S PILLS, Rarity-6

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Description: Encased Postage StampsScarce Ten Cents TAKE AYER'S PILLS Rarity-6EP-97, HB-21, S-11, Reed AP10. Ten Cents. TAKE AYER'S PILLS. Very Fine.Rated as Rarity-6 (16 to 20 Known) according to Fred Reed. However, this cataloger believes it is far more rare. We have only offered one other example which sold in our EAHA Auction, of February 10, 2007, Lot 813, for $1,770. This specimen has a very deep green George Washington stamp that is centered a bit high, has a few scattered specks and is torn at the bottom left rim edge as shown. It is seen under unbroken mica that shows surface wear from circulation and has a small hit upon Washington's neck. The case is chestnut in color, with some circulation marks upon the obverse left moon with slightly deeper tone and a small pinscrape X within the sharp legends. An elusive EP-97 in very collectable condition. This Ten Cents TAKE AYER'S PILLS denomination which is certainly missing in most all collections.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-98a,10¢. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Medium AYER'S

Lot 27: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-98a,10¢. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Medium AYER'S

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Description: Encased Postage StampsScarce Ten Cent "AYER'S SARSAPARILLA" Rarity-6 EP-98a, HB-36, S-17, Reed AS10MD. Ten Cents. AYER'S SARSAPARILLA. Medium "AYER'S". Plain Frame. Extremely Fine.Rated a Rarity-6 (16 to 20 Known) according to Fred Reed. This pleasing collectable example is well centered, with a deep bold green stamp that is seen under mostly clear and unbroken mica, with one small area of natural craze to the right of Washington's neck. The case is medium to rich chestnut in color and is otherwise defect free. The reverse legends are sharp and clear. An attractive example of this rarer denomination and Merchant type.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-105, 10¢, BURNETT'S COCOAINE KALLISTON

Lot 28: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-105, 10¢, BURNETT'S COCOAINE KALLISTON

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Description: Encased Postage StampsChoice Silvered Ten Cents "Burnett's Cocoaine Kalliston" EP-105, HB-76, S-47, Reed BK10. Ten Cents. BURNETT'S COCOAINE KALLISTON. Choice About Uncirculated with Silvering.Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. The bright bold rich green George Washington stamp is perfectly centered. The mica is very clear and unbroken. The case is a lovely chestnut in color with central legends that are sharp and distinct with a fair amount of original Silvering remaining. The last example we offered was way back in our EAHA auction of February 2008. Quite scarce in this high quality and having the added benefit of some original Silvering.

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Encased Postage Stamp, 10¢, GAGE BROTHERS & DRAKE, Tremont House, Plain Frame

Lot 29: Encased Postage Stamp, 10¢, GAGE BROTHERS & DRAKE, Tremont House, Plain Frame

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Description: Encased Postage StampsTen Cents GAGE BROTHERS & DRAKE Tremont HouseEP-114, HB-123, S-91, Reed TH10, Ten Cents. GAGE BROTHERS & DRAKE "Tremont House. Plain Frame. Choice Extremely FineRated as Rarity-5 (21 to 30 known) according to Fred Reed. The George Washington stamp is deep green and well centered. The mica is extremely clean, clear and unbroken. The case is medium chestnut in color, being very sharp in detail with traces brass color hidden within the legends. A very nice, collectible example.

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Encased Postage Stamp, Ten Cents. IRVING HOUSE, Hunt & Nash. NY. Hi Rarity-8+

Lot 30: Encased Postage Stamp, Ten Cents. IRVING HOUSE, Hunt & Nash. NY. Hi Rarity-8+

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Description: Encased Postage StampsHi Rarity-8+ Ex: John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Ten Cents IRVING HOUSE, Hunt & Nash, NY - (About 5 Known)EP-118, HB-153, S-109, Reed IH10. Ten Cents. IRVING HOUSE, Hunt & Nash. New York. Plain Frame Type. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Hi Rarity-8+ (About 5 known) according to Fred Reed. This important rarity and major listed type is quite possibly the Finest Known. This is the June 2004, Stack's John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Sale, Lot 523, graded About Uncirculated, selling (a decade ago) at $2,185. The deep green George Washington stamp is perfectly centered, having some trivial slight tone. It is viewed under very clear, unbroken mica. The case is light natural golden-chestnut in color and remains defect-free. The sharp legends at center highlighted by nice underlying luster. A superb example, certainly among the Finest Known of this important and well pedigreed Encased Postage Stamp rarity. Ex: John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, June 23, 2004, Lot 523.

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Encased Postage Stamps, 10¢, JOHN W. NORRIS, Chicago. Hi Rarity-8+

Lot 31: Encased Postage Stamps, 10¢, JOHN W. NORRIS, Chicago. Hi Rarity-8+

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Description: Encased Postage StampsExceedingly Rare Ten Cents "John W. Norris" Chicago, ILEP-124, HB-187, S-139. Ten Cents. JOHN W. NORRIS, Chicago. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-8+ (about 5 known) according to Fred Reed. This important major Merchant type is a "Key" to completing the full 34 Encased Postage Stamp Merchant Set. This 10¢ is considered one of only two denominations considered to be "Collectable."The case is remarkably clean, smooth and sharp, being an original natural medium chestnut in color with Extremely Fine sharp details. The mica is virtually perfect, clear and unbroken. The deep green George Washington stamp is attractive. This Encased Postage Stamp rarity is needed by virtually every collector.We have traced the following sales: EAHA, Inc., April 22, 2000, Lot 291 selling for $4,025 previously in the EAHA, Dr. Gratz Collection Auction, August 27, 2005, as Lot 870, graded Extremely Fine, selling at $5,310. There was only one example of an EP-124 in the Stack's, John J. Ford, Jr. Auction, June 2004, graded Choice Extremely Fine, which sold for $4,600. It is now one decade later!John W. Norris was employed in the newspaper and book selling business in Chicago, starting as early as 1856. In 1858, Norris and his business partner, Amos M. Hyde, opened their own newspaper, book and stationery store. In 1860 Norris & Hyde moved to 102 Madison Street (the address that appears on this Norris Encased Postage), but by the time his order of the the encasements from Gault came in 1862, Hyde had already left the business, most probably to join the Union Army.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-129, 10¢, SCHAPKER & BUSSING, Evansville, Indiana

Lot 32: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-129, 10¢, SCHAPKER & BUSSING, Evansville, Indiana

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Description: Encased Postage StampsScarce 10¢ "Schapker & Bussing" Evansville, IN. Rarity-5EP-129, HB-214, S-158, Reed-SB10. Ten Cents. SCHAPKER & BUSSING, Evansville, Indiana. Choice Extremely Fine.Rated as Rarity-5 (21 to 30 known), according to Fred Reed. A pleasing example for the grade, having no major defects or detractions other than from light normal circulation. The stamp is deep bold vivid green, the mica is clear and unbroken, with just a few trivial edge lamination waves. The case is very smooth and defect free, being a nice medium chestnut in color and having sharp detail to the legends. Ex: EAHA Auction, August 26, 2000, Lot 653. Re-consigned to EAHA Auction, August 23, 2008, Lot 347. A significantly lower quality example was sold in our EAHA August 2005 Auction, Lot 871, graded Choice VF+ selling for $1,770 nearly a decade ago.

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Encased Postage Stamp, EP-148, 12¢, J. GAULT, Plain Frame Type. About New.

Lot 33: Encased Postage Stamp, EP-148, 12¢, J. GAULT, Plain Frame Type. About New.

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Description: Encased Postage StampsTwelve Cents "J. Gault" with "Plain Frame" TypeEP-148, HB-135, S-98, Reed-JG12. J. GAULT. Twelve Cents. "Plain Frame" Type. About New.Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. This is the most available of all the various 12¢ Merchants issuing that denomination. We believe only about 30 examples are known. A great candidate collector wishing to put together an Encased Postage Stamp or "J. Gault" denomination type set. This example has a very clean fresh black stamp that is perfectly centered. The mica is clean and unbroken. The case remains quite original, some faint tiny hairline scrapes to there verse side right edge. It's natural golden-chestnut color is lovely and has excellent, sharp details. Ex: EAHA Auction of January 1997 (no lot tag), where it sold for $1,673 a decade and a half ago.

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Encased Postage Stamp, 12¢,  J. GAULT. RIBBED FRAME Rarity, Second Finest known

Lot 34: Encased Postage Stamp, 12¢, J. GAULT. RIBBED FRAME Rarity, Second Finest known

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Description: Encased Postage StampsRarity-9 Twelve Cent "J. Gault" with "RIBBED FRAME" One of Only TWO Confirmed RIBBED Examples KnownEP-149, HB-136, S-98a, Reed-JG12RB. Twelve Cents. J. GAULT. Ribbed Frame. Choice Extremely Fine to About New.Rated as Rarity-9 (2 to 4 Known) according to Fred Reed. In his value listing, Fred Reed comments "2-4 Known." This remarkable example is very likely the Second Finest known EP-149 existent, of only two actually known to this cataloger. The deep black George Washington stamp is very well centered. It is seen under mica has a few lamination crazes and separations towards to mid to upper right and remains substantially clear. The case is perfectly sealed, having only light circulation with two trivial bumps near the top right. The color is a natural light chestnut with some slightly deeper tones on the obverse moons. This extraordinary rarity is a "Key" type towards the completion of either a complete Encased Postage Set or even a full "J. Gault" Set inclusive of all varieties. To our best knowledge, only Two Confirmed Examples are Known. This current specimen has huge rarity and quality. Ex: EAHA Auction, June 26, 2010, Lot 448.

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c. 1880, Encased Postage Merchant, Ayer's Sarsaparilla Advertising Booklet

Lot 35: c. 1880, Encased Postage Merchant, Ayer's Sarsaparilla Advertising Booklet

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Description: Encased Postage StampsExceedingly Rare "Night with Rameses II" Ayer's Sarsaparilla Advertising Encased Postage Related Bookletc. 1880, "A Night With Rameses II," Advertisement Pamphlet, for Ayer's Sarsaparilla, Encased Postage Stamp Merchant Related, Choice Very Fine.This original Ayer's Sarsaparilla Advertising Booklet measures 4.5" x 3.75", 16-pages, Printed advertisement on rough-edged brown paper simulating papyrus, with loose stitch binding. This small booklet links the story of Rameses II with the virtues of the "ancient" tonic "Sarsaparilla!" It tells the tale of the "Great Ruler" and how he had a particular root that would give him strength and health. To leave his legacy, he wished for the name of the root to be inscribed upon an obelisk. This is where the story coincides with real events.It was in 1880, a genuine Egyptian obelisk was erected in New York's Central Park, a new interest in Egyptology was afoot, and an advertisement angle for Ayer's Sarsaparilla was executed. The last few pages of the booklet include Egyptian motif ads for other Ayer's products such as Ayer's Pills and Ayer's Cherry Pectoral. This is an extremely rare example of the early advertisement of a "medicine" that was a "cure all" in America before federal regulation. There is a green wax seal still attached to the cover. The first and only example we've seen.

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BROWN'S Bronchial Troches 4¢ U.S. Internal Revenue Stamp, Gem Proof on Card

Lot 36: BROWN'S Bronchial Troches 4¢ U.S. Internal Revenue Stamp, Gem Proof on Card

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Description: Encased Postage StampsEncased Postage Merchant Brown's Bronchial Troches 4¢c. 1860 to 1880, Brown's Bronchial Troches. 4¢. U.S. Internal Revenue Stamp. Scott RS41P4. Gem Proof on Card.Encased Postage Merchant Brown's Bronchial Troches, Scott RS41P4. Printed in brown ink on card stock. Exceptionally deep embossing, more easily felt than seen. Regular versions of this stamp were used to tax the products of John I. Brown of Boston, Massachusetts, the most important of which (at least in the minds of EP collectors) was their Bronchial Troches.

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BROWNS BRONCHIAL TROCHES, Advertising Ink Blotter with an Illustration

Lot 37: BROWNS BRONCHIAL TROCHES, Advertising Ink Blotter with an Illustration

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Description: Encased Postage StampsRare "BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES" Advertisingc. 1860 to 1880, "BROWN'S BRONCHIAL TROCHES" Printed Advertising Ink Blotter with an Illustration of its Packaging, Choice Mint.This is an ornate, original 3.25" x 8" Advertising Illustrated Ink Blotter with a great illustration of the product package. Produced by "JOHN I. BROWN & SONS, Proprietors, Boston, Mass." It remains in new unused condition! The first we have ever seen of this wonderful Encased Postage Stamp Merchant related collectible ephemera. Exceedingly rare.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. JOSEPH BRYAN, Clothing Establishment. Brooklyn, NY. 50 Cents.

Lot 38: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. JOSEPH BRYAN, Clothing Establishment. Brooklyn, NY. 50 Cents.

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesExceedingly Rare "JOSEPH BRYAN, Clothing Establishment. Brooklyn, New York" Postage Stamp Envelope Likely The Finest Known Ex: BoydJOSEPH BRYAN, Clothing Establishment. Brooklyn, New York. 50 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Full Envelope with Flap. Choice Near New.Fr. PE-177. KL 55-50. (Friedberg listed value of $2,500 in VF-EF.) Full Envelope with Flap. Black printing on both the face and back flap, upon clean Yellow paper. 65mm x 32mm. Back flap with denomination "50" and Denomination and Imprint of T.R. Dawley. Fresh and bright from the face, quite vivid overall, reverse flap shut. Exceedingly Rare and highly attractive. Likely the Finest Known. Ex: Stack's Ford Part XIX, October 11, 2007, Lot 11; F.C.C. Boyd. Estate.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 50¢, T. R. DAWLEY, Face Panel, Choice Near New

Lot 39: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 50¢, T. R. DAWLEY, Face Panel, Choice Near New

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesRare "T. R. DAWLEY, Printer" New York 50¢ Face Panel T. R. DAWLEY, Printer. 50 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Face Panel Only. Choice Crisp Near Uncirculated.Fr. PE-215. (Friedberg listed value of $1,750 in VF-EF for a complete envelope.) Black print upon Orange Paper. An exceedingly rare merchant type is printed on wove period paper, reading: "T. R. DAWLEY, Printer, - 50 cts. - Cor.(ner) Reade and Centre Streets, N.Y." This envelope is very clean and pleasing in appearance, being well printed at an angle. This example being the only one we have ever offered of its variety and may only be known in this Face panel format.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢, J. LEACH, Face Panel Only. Near Uncirculated.

Lot 40: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢, J. LEACH, Face Panel Only. Near Uncirculated.

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Description: Postage Stamp Envelopes"J. LEACH Stationery" 25¢ Postage Envelope Face PanelJ. LEACH, Stationery. New York. 25 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Face Panel Only. Choice Near Uncirculated.Fr. PE-423. (Friedberg listed value of $1,250 in VF-EF for a complete envelope). Printed in dark blue ink on white wove period paper, reading: "POSTAGE STAMPS - U. - 25 - S. - J. LEACH, 86 NASSAU ST. N.Y. STATIONARY, CHEAP." The number "25" appears in a well centered, large white diamond at exact center. Face is laid down onto a white card. A bold, clean envelope panel with excellent, colorful eye appeal.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, Impressive Blue Print, J. LEACH, NY, 50 (Cents)

Lot 41: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, Impressive Blue Print, J. LEACH, NY, 50 (Cents)

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesImpressive Blue Print J. LEACH Postage Stamp EnvelopePostage Stamp Envelope. J. LEACH, 86 Nassau St. N.Y. Stationery, Cheap. 50 (Cents). U.S. Postage Stamps. Printed Flap. Complete Envelope with its Full Flap. Choice Crisp Near Uncirculated.Friedberg #PE432. KL 250-50. (Friedberg listed value of $1,800 in VF-EF.) A gorgeous example having its Complete Envelope and Flap with lovely Blue Print upon ivory color paper. All blue, having a diamond shape center in white, Blue "50". Imprints on both its face and flap. A premium quality, rather superb looking, fresh and complete envelope with its full flap in Near Mint.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. J. LEACH, Writing Paper 50 Cents

Lot 42: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. J. LEACH, Writing Paper 50 Cents

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Description: Postage Stamp Envelopes"J. LEACH, Writing Paper" 50 Cents Postage EnvelopeJ. LEACH, Writing Paper, Envelopes and Blank Books, Cheap. New York. 50 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Full Envelope with Flap. Choice Extremely Fine.Fr. PE-433. KL 250-50. Drowne 1918 listed. (Friedberg listed value of $1,250 in VF-EF.) A great example being a Complete Full Envelope with its Flap intact. This type with Blue printing upon White paper. Measuring 69mm x 34mm. Blue printing with Reversed White texts with a White diamond shaped center with a Blue denomination "50" at center. White "U" and "S." Imprint on the flap is also printed in Blue, reading: "J. LEACH, Writing Paper, Envelopes and Blank Books, Cheap, 86 Nassau St. N. Y." A high quality, well centered and Very Choice 50 Cents denomination U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope.

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Postage Stamp Envelope. J. LEACH, Writing Paper. RED Print. Cheap. NY. 50¢.

Lot 43: Postage Stamp Envelope. J. LEACH, Writing Paper. RED Print. Cheap. NY. 50¢.

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesChoice J. LEACH Full Postage Stamp Envelope with Flap 50 Cents with Face and Back Colorful Red PrintingJ. LEACH, "Writing Paper, Envelopes and Blank Books, Cheap." New York. 50 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Red Printing. Full Complete Envelope with its Flap. Choice Extremely Fine.Fr. PE-449. KL 60-50 variety. Drowne 1918 listed. (Friedberg value of $1,250 in VF-EF.) Full Envelope Complete with its Flap intact. Red Printing upon White paper. Measuring 69mm x 34mm. Rich Red Printed text and designs on both the face and back, American Eagle between decorative styled "U. S." with "50 CENTS" denomination across, "Postage Stamps" printed at bottom. Red imprint on the back flap reads: "J. LEACH, Writing Paper, Envelopes and Blank Books, Cheap, 86 Nassau St. N. Y." A very handsome, colorful and complete specimen.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢ No Imprint or Location. Full Envelope with Flap

Lot 44: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢ No Imprint or Location. Full Envelope with Flap

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesRare Black on Yellow Paper (Wm. Robins) 25 Cents United States Postage Stamp Envelope With Its Flap(Wm. Robins). 25 Cents. United States Postage Stamp Envelope. No Imprint. No Location. Full Envelope with Flap. Choice Extremely Fine.Fr. PE-599. KL-575-25. (Friedberg value $1,250 in VF-EF For the more common Black on Cream). Full Envelope with Flap. This rarer type being Black printed, with its text within a decorative oval double frame, upon Yellow wove paper. This rare yellow paper type has a clean, even appearance with significant eye appeal. Ex: CAA 1998 FUN Show Sale, January 9-10, 1998, Lot 361.

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Postage Stamp Envelope. Wm. Robins. Excelsior Envelopes, 49 & 51 Ann St. 25 Cts.

Lot 45: Postage Stamp Envelope. Wm. Robins. Excelsior Envelopes, 49 & 51 Ann St. 25 Cts.

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Description: Postage Stamp Envelopes"Wm. Robins Excelsior Envelopes" Postage Stamp EnvelopePostage Stamp Envelope. Wm. Robins. Excelsior Envelopes, 49 & 51 Ann St. 25 Cts. United States Postage Stamps. Face with full Flap Only. Choice Extremely Fine. Fr. PE-599. KL 433-25. (Friedberg listed at $1,800 in VF-EF for full envelope.) This rare 25 Cts. William Robins example is well printed being in dark Black upon Ivory paper. There is a decorative fine double line oval with the denomination and text surrounded within that center device. This Maker's imprint is located along bottom, comprising all of the printed information and designs. A clean and very presentable representative worthy of any collection.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢, Wm. Robins. Oval Cartouche. Full Envelope

Lot 46: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, 25¢, Wm. Robins. Oval Cartouche. Full Envelope

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesRare "25 Cts." U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope Major TypeWm. Robins (Attributed), No Location or Imprint. Oval Cartouche. 25 Cts. United States Postage Stamps. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Full Envelope With Flap. Choice Crisp Extremely Fine.Fr. PE-603. KL 575-25. (Friedberg listed value of $1,250 in VF-EF.) A rare U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope having Black printed text and designs on its face side only, upon even color Orange-Yellow, period wove paper. The "25 Cts" denomination is within a small rectangle box at center, "UNITED STATES" above, and "POSTAGE STAMPS" below, all being within a fine dual-line printed oval. This envelope is attributed to William Robins as the fonts and style nearly identical to a "Wm. Robins Stationer" type and style as illustrated in a prior sale, but this current example without having the maker's imprint. A lovely, Premium Quality example of the Full Envelope with Flap.

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Postage Stamp Envelope. H. SMITH, Envelope Manufacturer, NY. Complete 50 (Cents)

Lot 47: Postage Stamp Envelope. H. SMITH, Envelope Manufacturer, NY. Complete 50 (Cents)

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesChoice "H. SMITH" 50 (Cents) Postage Stamp EnvelopePostage Stamp Envelope. H. Smith, Envelope Manufacturer, 137 William St., N.Y. 50 (Cents). U.S. Postage Stamps. Full Envelope Complete with its Flap. Choice Extremely Fine.Fr. PE-682. KL 465-50 variety. (Friedberg listed value of $1,400 in VF-EF). This classic design Postage Stamp Envelope has Blue Print upon White paper. This is a Full Envelope, Complete with its Flap fully intact. Design with center, white oval with blue print large "50". Outlined on blue "U.S. / POSTAGE STAMPS". Upper left, American Flag and at upper right, Union Heraldic Shield. Top Flap with imprint, "50" upon white paper, overall slightly off-center. Overall a lovely, clean and well printed defect-free example of this 50 (Cents) rarity.

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U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, A. WILLIAMS & CO. Boston. Full Envelope and Flap

Lot 48: U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, A. WILLIAMS & CO. Boston. Full Envelope and Flap

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Description: Postage Stamp EnvelopesRare "A. WILLIAMS & Co. Boston" U.S. Postage Stamp EnvelopeA. WILLIAMS & Co. Boston. No Denomination. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope. Full Envelope and Flap. Choice About Uncirculated.Fr. PE-777. KL 542-?. (Friedberg value $2,500 in VF-EF.) Black Print upon Buff/ Light Yellow. This Exceedingly Rare yet somewhat plain envelope has an affixed diamond oriented square design at right with ornate impression. The Original Gumming is seen at its flap and only trivial handling is worthy of mention. An extremely important Massachusetts Postage Stamp Envelope which was lacking in both the historic Western Reserve and FCC Boyd Collections.

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Fractional Currency, FR-1244 2nd Issue 10¢ Washington

Lot 49: Fractional Currency, FR-1244 2nd Issue 10¢ Washington

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Description: Fractional CurrencyChoice Crisp Uncirculated FR-1244 2nd Issue 10¢ NoteFR-1244. 2nd Issue. 10¢. Washington. Very Choice Crisp Uncirculated.Liquid bright bronzing on its Gem obverse and great color present.

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Fractional Currency, FR-1283 2nd Issue 25¢ Washington

Lot 50: Fractional Currency, FR-1283 2nd Issue 25¢ Washington

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Description: Fractional CurrencyChoice Crisp Uncirculated FR-1283 2nd Issue 25¢ NoteFR-1283. 2nd Issue. 25¢. Washington. Choice Crisp Uncirculated.Strong color with a small part of the adjoining note shown on the reverse.

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