Important North America Life Insurance 12¢HB-200 EP-155a Reed-NA12CU 12¢ North America Life Insurance Curved Insurance Very Fine.
Previously Lot 12927 of our September 27, 2007 sale of the Frederick Mayer Collection, where it was described, "Unlisted in any of the reference works prior to the 1989 Hodder-Bowers book, Reed reports two auction appearances of this number in his 104-year survey, but he question-marks the piece in his rarity table. The HB book listed this encasement as they knew of its existence in the Western Collection. When that collection was sold by Stack's in June of 2004, this piece appeared as Lot 582. Although it is highly polished, the Stack's '04 sale mentions that this encasement came to the Western Collection by way of the Boyd Collection rather than that of Clarke. While that pedigree is likely correct, it seems possible that Boyd obtained the encasement from Clarke, as these highly polished cases were Clarke's handiwork. The piece has now been listed by Friedberg and assigned a number. We believe it to be unique, as did Hodder-Bowers. The Stack's June '04 catalog said, 'Probably unique: we have no records of another, and have not heard of even a rumor of one.' The case on this example is highly polished, the stamp is the best feature: it's quite fresh and beautifully centered. The mica is above average, with just minor crazing at its outer edges and a few small separations visible under angled light. An extremely important piece.
"From The Frederick R. Mayer Collection"
From The Honorable William H. Kelly Collection
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