Encased Postage Stamps
“Key” Rarity-9 Ribbed Frame Type “Hunt & Nash, Irving House” Twelve Cents and Tied as the 2nd Finest Known
EP-151, HB-156, S-110a, Reed-IH12RB. Encased Postage Stamp. Twelve Cents. HUNT & NASH, IRVING HOUSE. New York. “Ribbed Frame” Type. Choice Extremely Fine.
Rated as Rarity-9 (2 to 4 known) according to Fred Reed. The back legend reads: "IRVING HOUSE - NEW YORK - BROADWAY & 12th ST - EUROPEAN PLAN - HUNT & NASH PROPT - PAT AUG 12 1862 - J. GAULT. The deep black 12¢ George Washington stamp is clean and fresh, with full original quality. The mica is crystal clear and not broken. The case is defect free and a natural light golden-chestnut in color, showing very light even wear. This example is currently believed Tied as the 2nd Finest Known. The 2004 Stack’s Auction of the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Sale included Lot 528 graded About New, to which this current example is a very close second in quality. Over the past 35 years we have only sold one example in our EAHA Auction of December 2, 1995, Lot 860 graded Extremely Fine, selling for $4,950. There is no catalog price value listed for this rarity in either “The Standard Catalogue” or in Fred Reed’s reference book titled, “Civil War Encased Stamps.” Every detail of the obverse frame’s “Ribbing” is sharp and distinct, along with its reverse legends. An opportunity to acquire one of the most elusive “Key” Encased Postage Stamp Merchant Type rarities.