1¢ Blue, Type II (20), Positions 9-10R4, horizontal pair from the top row of Plate 4, right stamp shows distinctive double transfer, extraordinary wide-spaced perforations, stamps centered to right, used with horizontal pair of 3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26) and cancelled by "New Haven Ct." circular datestamp on folded brown wrapper to New York City
Very Fine and almost certainly a unique use of the 1¢ perforated Type II from the top row of Plate 4 with wide-spaced perforations on a newspaper wrapper.
The wide-spacing perforations occurred infrequently during the perforating of Plate 4, either along the top row (Type II) or bottom row (Type Ia), depending on the direction of the printed sheet as it was run through the perforating machine. The Scott Catalogue footnote after No. 19 (Type Ia) describes this characteristic, but it is not noted after No. 20 from Plate 4.
Ex Louis Grunin and "Sevenoaks."
1¢ Blue, Type II (20), horizontal pair from the top row of Plate 4, choice centering with full design at top, dark shade, fine impression, tied by "New Orleans La." circular datestamp on (December?) 1858 blue folded cover to Genoa, Italy, manuscript "Open Circular" and "Per Steamer", manuscript "15" due marking, red "Genova" backstamp dated January 24, 1859, Extremely Fine pair of the 1857 Perforated Type II on a pristine circular-rate cover to Italy, multiples of top-row Plate 4 stamps, perforated or imperforate, are extremely rare, and this superb perforated pair on a circular-rate cover to Italy ranks among the very finest examples, ex "Sevenoaks", with 1998 P.F. certificate