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    Likely Finest Known Three Cent Irving House

    HB-149 EP-49 Scott-107 Reed-IH03 3¢ Irving House - Hunt & Nash About New.
    Numerical grade: 85case.75stamp.75mica. = 235
    This plain frame Irving House Three Cent is a highly important rarity. Fred Reed rates is as an R-8+, indicating five or six known. The Stack's June 2004 Western Collection Sale commented, "Extremely Rare: we know of about five of these, but note none sold publicly in years." The Stack's '04 piece was apparently ex-Clarke, as it was cleaned, polished and lacquered. This example, which is ex-Arnold Perl, Lot 1000, is vastly its superior. The back has over 90% of its original silvering including silvering across the tops of most letters, where it wore off the fastest. The stamp is quite fresh for a 3¢, and the mica is crystal clear save for a short crack at the lower right. As the Ribbed Frame 3¢ Irving House is even rarer, this plain frame 3¢ becomes an extremely significant piece. It realized $175 in 1969, indicating some savvy buyers were present at that sale.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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