VERY FINE. ONE OF 33 RECORDED EXAMPLES FROM THE "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.
This stamp was originally part of the Chase block of 21 and subsequently part of a pair. The other stamp in the pair (Position 98R2L) was offered in our 2010 sale of the Wagshal collection (Sale 996, lot 3178). A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including a block of nine, two blocks of six and a block of four. There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may or may not still exist as a block. The examples from the Sample "A" sheet are the only known unused 3c stamps with Chicago perforations. There are no known unused examples with the gauge 12.5 perforations.
From our 1980 Rarities sale and ex "Lake Shore". With 2005 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED PAIR OF THE 1851-52 EXPERIMENTAL ORANGE BROWN.
Accompanied by a 1988 letter from Dr. Amonette confirming the color. Listed but unpriced in Scott as unused ($800.00 as two used singles). The catalog value for a used example of Experimental Orange Brown is 26 times the normal Dull Red
VERY FINE CENTERING. A CHOICE AND RARE EXAMPLE FROM THE 3-CENT "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.
A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including the block of nine offered in lot 170 (the largest surviving multiple), two blocks of six (one of which realized $37,500 hammer in our Sale 888), and a block of four (lot 171). There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may still exist as a block.
With 1975 P.F. certificate erroneously describing this as faintly cancelled.