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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 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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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1054
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1054, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color, bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. A RARE STAMP IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Among the plates used to print imperforate stamps, only one position out of 1,000 can claim that honor (Position 7R1E, Scott No. 5). Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with rich color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and seven others share it.

500
3,750
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1055, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, deep rich color with strong characteristic plate mottling, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine, Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12, and due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations -- the stamp offered here is superb and lightly cancelled -- with 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates

500
850
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
1606°
PSE 80
og
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1606, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, original gum, lightly hinged, well-centered with design features fully visible, bright color

FRESH AND VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE I.

With 2019 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, VF 80; SMQ $2,150.00)

2,100
2,100
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United States Stamps
ng
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1607, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, unused (no gum), choice centering, trivial natural inclusion at center, Very Fine

800
325
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U.S. Stamps
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 822, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, bright color, tied by well-struck "U.S.P.O. Despatch Phila. Jun. 15 2-1/2PM" carrier department octagonal datestamp on unsealed Leeds patent envelope to a Philadelphia street address, embossed "Postmark Patent June 19, 1860" at center, second strike of datestamp at right over "window" hole in envelope so contents received dated postmark, in this case contents is one piece of paper to demonstrate the process, light vertical file folds, Very Fine and rare, especially with the Philadelphia carrier datestamp and 1c 1857 Type I stamp

E. 1,000-1,500
6,500
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 823, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, horizontal strip of three, with 3c Rose (65) affixed on top, tied by March 28, 1865 Pennsylvania circular datestamp on yellow cover to Paola Kans., docketed at left where slightly reduced, 3c defective, otherwise Fine and unusual, the 1c stamps were demonetized and did not pay any postage, they must have previously been affixed and the sender applied the 3c to pay postage

E. 400-500
160
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 824, 1857-60 Issue1c Blue, Ty. I (18), 1c Blue, Ty. I (18)1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, with interpane margin at left, tied by grid cancel on unsealed buff cover to Waynesboro Pa., with original enclosure from Philadelphia dated June 1861 for "Annual Effort for Africa", mentions Liberia and settling of Pennsylvanians there and soliciting funds, stamp with light crease from placement near edge, still Very Fine, very unusual and desirable with the Liberia-related circular

E. 300-400
160
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