Excessively Rare Ninety Cent Lord & TaylorHB-175 EP-188 Scott-128 Reed-LT90 90¢ Lord & Taylor About New.
Numerical grade: 80case.85stamp.80mica. = 245 This piece, which was Lot 553 from the Stack's June 2004 sale, was near the top of Mr. Mayer's must-have list. Ninety Cent Lord & Taylors are rated as an R-9 by Fred Reed, indicating two to four examples are known. We are aware of only this example. The catalogers from the '04 Stack's sale called it "excessively rare," and, "We estimate there are only two of these known." The Hodder-Bowers book states, "The 90¢ value rarely appears at auction." And the authors go on to mention that, to their knowledge, the Dunham piece in 1941 was the only auction appearance since 1890! The stamp-centering of the Dunham piece is a perfect photo match with the stamp centering of this piece, and we strongly suspect that this is the Dunham piece. In any event, whether unique or one of two known, this piece is one of the highlights of Mr. Mayer's collection. The case is fully AU, with a handsome natural olive-brown tone. A tiny dent appears at the top of the right tab. The stamp is nicely centered, with all its deep blue color, and the mica is problem free save for one miniscule craze above the left tab. An irreplaceable rarity in extraordinary condition.
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