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    Likely Unique Ten Cent Ayer's Sarsaparilla Ribbed Frame

    HB-37 EP-99 Scott-17a Reed-AS10MDRB 10¢ Ayer's Sarsaparilla Medium Ayer's Ribbed Frame Very Fine.
    Numerical grade: 50case.60stamp.70mica. = 180
    Obtained by Fred as Lot 380 from Stack's June 2004 Western Collection Sale. The Western Collection was formed from the 1940's to the 1980's, and it contained the pick of the great collections that had been compiled from the turn of the century forward. Mr. Mayer bought heavily out of that sale, filling in pieces that there had been no opportunity for him to purchase previously. This piece is almost certainly the Dunham piece. Fred Reed considers it to be unique, and we are inclined to agree, as it is certainly the only example we know of. The Reed auction records indicate six appearances over his 104-year survey period. The case has circulated down to the VF grade, but it is totally problem free and tightly and evenly closed. The stamp is a bit toned, but it has retained most of its original green color. The mica has some minor crazing, and one cracked spot just to the left of Washington's mouth. In the Stack's sale, no mention was made of the rarity of this piece. At least one other bidder as well as Frederick Mayer was aware of its importance; it realized $1840.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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