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    There was no record of the existence of this piece prior to its discovery in the Boyd estate after his death in 1958. It resurfaced in the estate of Ford and was sold by Stack's in Ford IV on June 23, 2004 as Lot 637. We saw it briefly at that lot viewing and were convinced of the absolute authenticity of the piece at that time. Now, under much better light in more comfortable circumstances, the piece is every bit as impressive and genuine as we thought it was. As with all of the genuine encased experimentals, it's simply a matter of conjecture as to where, when, and how they were originally manufactured. It certainly could be a Scovill product, ordered up by Gault as a prototype. It could just as easily have been manufactured by an unknown third party for Gault or it may have been the result of some individual's attempt to duplicate Gault's patented product. The case lacks the half moon-shaped tabs that are on all of the Scovill/Gault pieces. It also has a completely blank back and was sealed by a different machine or method than the normal Scovill encased. The mica is clear save for minor craze marks. The stamp is beautifully bright and the piece, whatever its source, is untampered or molested in any way. An important part of the history of encased postage and whatever its manufacture, it is one of the few unquestionably genuine early 1860s experimental pieces.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-14th Wednesday-Tuesday
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