DescriptionHB-35 EP-98 Scott-17b Reed-AS10SM 10¢ Ayer's Sarsaparilla Small Ayer's Very Fine.
Numerical grade: 45case.50stamp.70mica. = 165 Listed as an R-8+ by Reed, indicating five or six known. We know of four. The vast majority of Encased Postage stamps are found perfectly and tightly closed enough so that there is not the slightest suspicion of tampering. When a case is found that is slightly out of round, with indications of scratches, gouges or other marks at its closure, suspicion is always aroused. This rare item is such a piece. An accurate answer as to its genuineness is simply not obtainable. The piece is certainly suspicious. Mr. Mayer has very few like this, and we are being careful to point them out. The possibly that this piece is perfectly genuine exists, yet when the seal is less than perfect, the question must be raised. Mr. Mayer asked us about this pieces years ago, and we told him then and repeat now that it simply could go either way.
From The Frederick Mayer Collection
Lots 12775 and 12840 have been withdrawn from the sale. Mr. Mayer's agent believes that all encasements containing previously used stamps, proofs, or stamps not of the period to be alterations. At his request they have been removed and will be given to the Philatelic Foundation along with Lots 12970 through 12982.
Estimate: $1,000 - up.
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