Thursday, January 13, 2011

1898 Battleship Proprietary Material: Harmer-Schau's January 28-30 Auction

Chris Harmer emailed to alert us to their upcoming end of January auction and several lots of 1898 proprietary material.  You can find the web page with that material here:

Highlights include several scarce plate blocks including 1c and 5c hyphen hole blocks; several collections of company printed cancels, and two rare trial color proofs.

Above:  RB24p plate imprint block of 8.  I put up a copy of this block about a year ago on this site, but my copy looks like it was chewed by my cat.  Nice to have a clean one to display.  The opening, or current bid, is $290.

RB31p is one of the rarest of the hyphen hole plate imprint blocks.  Last year a block of 12 sold for $1900 - that result was highligted on this site.  The current or starting bid is $850.

This is a sample page of the McKesson and Robbins collection of printed cancels being auctioned.   Four other company collections of printed cancels are also offered, including Potter Drug and Emerson Drug.

Two trial color proofs are offered in the sale, including the 1 7/8c example shown above and a 1/4c example.

Once we get the results for this sale we'll can see how the market is tracking for this kind of 1898 material. 

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