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    Likely unique 3¢ Ribbed Frame Ayer's Sarsaparilla

    HB-31 EP-35 Scott-15c Reed-AS03MDRB 3¢ Ayer's Sarsaparilla Medium Ayer's Ribbed Frame Extremely Fine.
    Numerical grade: 85case.85stamp.65mica. = 235

    The case is a beautiful golden brown, with some natural brighter highlights behind the letters. The stamp is quite fresh, and the mica is clear but has a few inconsequential craze marks at its edges, and a slightly more noticeable one at the top just to the right of center. This is a massively underappreciated rarity, which Reed considers to be unique. It's certainly the only example that we are aware of, and it is tightly closed and 100% beyond suspicion. It was previously Lot 373 from Stack's June 2004 sale of the Western Collection, and its rarity was not commented on at that sale. There were no examples of this type in the Perl, Lilly, Dunham or Massachusetts Historical Society offerings. Reed's auction survey shows seven appearances over 104 years, which likely represent a combination of miscatalogings and reappearances of this single piece. An incredible rarity that went barely recognized in 2004, when Mr. Mayer "stole" it at $2070.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    September, 2007
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