VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BREATHTAKING COMPILATION OF RARE MULTIPLES. WITH THE ADDITION OF TWO MORE PANES OF TWELVE, IT IS POSSIBLE TO PRESENT THE ORIGINAL BLOCK OF 72, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE THE SIZE OF A COMPLETE SHEET AS PRINTED FOR D. O. BLOOD & CO.
Our records contain five intact panes of twelve, one pane of twelve severed in half and rejoined, and one block of eleven (bottom right stamp removed). We have determined that six of the seven panes come from different clusters of positions on the lithographic stone, each showing distinctive subject alignment and plate flaws. The seventh multiple (the severed pane) is an exact duplicate of one of the six clusters. Blood advertised stamps for sale at the rate of 25c per dozen; therefore, it follows that printed sheets comprised 72 subjects, which could be divided into six units of a dozen stamps for convenient sale.
The four blocks offered here are shown here as separate units and in the composite photo joined together in their original positions in the larger multiple. Assuming the sheet comprised six blocks of twelve (Blood's sale units), the letters A thru F may be used to identify the six distinctive pane arrangements. We offer A, D, E and F in this lot. If a serious philatelist were so inclined, he could acquire units B and C (C was last offered in Shreves Wampler sale) and reconstruct the complete printed sheet of one of the world's first stamps. Few philatelic artifacts would rival such an item.
As identified in the composite photo, the features and pedigrees of the blocks are: Position A) plate flaw at lower right of second stamp/third row, ex Schwartz; Position D) ex Hall; Position E) squeezed cliche and missing imprint on second stamp/third row, ex Gibson and Golden; and Position F) plate flaw at left of first stamp/second row, with 1998 P.F. certificate.
Regarding the other three recorded panes and their relationship to the 72-stamp multiple, one pane is intact and comes from Position C; its bottom margin aligns with the top of Position F in this lot. The severed pane is a duplicate of Position A and therefore could not have been part of the larger multiple reconstructed here. The pane with one stamp cut out from lower right does not match Positions A, C, D, E or F, and so logically becomes Position B, but its margins do not align with the multiples offered here, and therefore it must come from another sheet. Because all are creased horizontally between the second and third rows, we believe that the seven panes (possibly more and definitely from two sheets) were divided and folded when they were stored and discovered. The staining in the same relative positions on the panes also indicates that they were stacked together when the staining occurred. There is no written record of their discovery to confirm our speculations.
Ex Gordon N. John. Scott Retail $22,000.00