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1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 30, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), The only recorded imprint and plate number block of the 1¢ 1857 Perforated from Plate 2

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Blue, Type II (20), Positions 41-42/51-52/61-62L2, block of six from the left pane of Plate 2 with "(Toppan, Carpe)nter, Casilear & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati" imprint and "No. 2." plate number at left, original gum, centered to right, brilliant color and fine impression

PROVENANCE

Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 5/17/1940, Sale 117, lot 41

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1964 Rarities of the World, 2/27/1964, Sale 267, lot 34

Rudolph G. Wunderlich, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/29/1976, Sale 484, lot 235, to Chapin

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

Mortimer L. Neinken, The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851 to 1861, page 191 (noted in text)

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 31 (illustrated on page 7)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1976)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine; a few gum toned spots around perfs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Scarcity of Plate 2 Stamps with Perforations

The 1¢ Plate 2 was made before perforating was considered; therefore, the spaces between the stamps were insufficient to accommodate perforations. The majority of 1¢ stamps from Plate 2 were issued imperforate from December 1855 through June 1857. Perforated 1¢ stamps were issued beginning in July 1857, and Plate 2 (along with Plate 4) was used until replaced by new plates in late 1857.

Plate 2 multiples with original gum are far rarer perforated than in imperforate form. The converse is true for multiples from Plate 4. Although Type II perforated blocks with original gum are abundant from 1861 printings (Plates 11-12), Type II perforated blocks from Plate 2 are exceedingly rare. In our opinion, the Scott Catalogue undervalues Plate 2 perforated stamps, perhaps reflecting a market skewed by the availability of Type IIs from other plates.

Only one block with the Plate 2 imprint and number is recorded in the Chapin census--it is the block offered here, listed as number 31 and illustrated on page 7. One unused vertical strip of three with the imprint and plate number (41/51/61L2) is illustrated in the Neinken book on page 192 and was sold in Siegel Sale 697 (lot 283). These are the only two unused Plate 2 imprint and plate number examples.

The earliest appearance of this block we have found is in the 1940 Klein sale of the Wharton Sinkler collection. It reappeared in the 1964 Rarities of the World sale and was eventually acquired by Rudolph G. Wunderlich, whose collection of 1851-57s was sold by the Siegel firm in 1976. Jack Chapin was the buyer in that sale. In 2002 the Chapin collection was acquired intact by the Shreves in a sealed bidding process organized by Andrew Levitt, and then the collection was sold to Mr. Gross.

E. 20,000-30,000
24,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 31, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), The largest known 1¢ 1857 Perforated block from Plate 2--a spectacular multiple and one of the most important blocks of the classic period

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Blue, Type II (20), Positions 52-57/62-67/72-77/82-87/92-97R2, block of 30 from right pane of Plate 2, early impression, several double transfers including Position 93R pronounced shift in bust, original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade and rich color, well-centered

PROVENANCE

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 598, to Weill

A.T. Seymour, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/25-26/1969, Sale 362, lot 202

Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr. (collection sold privately in 1993; block sold privately to Zoellner)

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 98, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine overall condition; top left stamp has large nick into design, second horizontal row faintly creased, some separations

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$41,400.00 as blocks and pairs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1¢ 1857 Perforated Stamps from Plate 2

The 1¢ Plate 2 was made before perforating was considered; therefore, the spaces between the stamps were insufficient to accommodate perforations. The majority of 1¢ stamps from Plate 2 were issued imperforate from December 1855 through June 1857. Perforated 1¢ stamps were issued beginning in July 1857, and Plate 2 (along with Plate 4) was used until replaced by new plates in late 1857.

Plate 2 multiples with original gum are far rarer perforated than in imperforate form. The converse is true for multiples from Plate 4. Although Type II perforated blocks with original gum are abundant from 1861 printings (Plates 11-12), Type II perforated blocks from Plate 2 are exceedingly rare.

At the time of our 1998 Zoellner sale, we determined that this block of 30 was originally joined with the famous 99R2 block (Positions 78-80/88-90/98-100R2) offered as lot 32 in this sale. A digital reconstruction is shown below. Both blocks were once part of the Caspary collection; another block in the Caspary sale (lot 596) also fits into this large multiple, filling Positions 58-59/68-69R2. There are three or four other blocks (unplated) in the Caspary and West sales that might also be part of the original large multiple.

Digital reconstruction of block of 30 offered here and block of 9 (lot 32)

E. 30,000-40,000
28,000
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19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1609, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II/I (20/18), 1c Blue, Ty. II/I (20/18)1c Blue, Ty. II/I (20/18). Plate 12, vertical pair, top stamp Ty. II, bright color, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel, fresh and Very Fine

900
225
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 825, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 12, bright color, tied by New York Carrier 1c integral-rate double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to local address, with printed circular for Leffingwell's Gas Saving Governor, U.S. Mail octagonal handstamp, pencil "1861" at lower left, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
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Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 109, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 12, original gum, rich color, well-balanced margins, Extremely Fine, with 2000 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates

1,050
1,700
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 64, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Position 70R2, original gum, beautiful rich color, Very Fine and choice

850
0
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
 
Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2122, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Top row of Plate 11, excellent centering, rich color and highly detailed impression, grid cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate, Plate 11 only yields Type II stamps from the top row of the plate

750
400
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2017-10-24
United States Stamps
624
PSE 90
og
Sale Number 1166, Lot Number 624, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 12, original gum, lightly hinged, beautiful margins and centering, small natural inclusion in gum not visible on an album page and not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE LIGHTLY-HINGED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 TYPE II.

With copy of 1980 P.F. (for a block) and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $4,250.00)

900
3,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2017-09-19
The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
21
PSE 95
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Sale Number 1163, Lot Number 21, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 19-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Plate 12, original gum, deep rich color, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II. THE RARITY OF THIS TYPE IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY COLLECTORS OF HIGH-QUALITY STAMPS. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY NO OTHER ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any unused Scott 20, and it is the only original-gum example graded 95. That said, we think this stamp deserves an even higher grade -- either 95 Jumbo or Superb 98 -- to reflect its extraordinary margin width and centering

900
9,000
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2017-07-25
United States Stamps
nh
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 83, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H, 1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Mint N.H. with selvage at top, top row Plate 12, lovely shade

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE II. THIS IS ONLY THE EIGHTH MINT NEVER-HINGED COPY WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

With 1982 P.F. certificate

1,100
1,900
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