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2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 32, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), This magnificent original-gum block of the 1¢ 1857 Issue from Plate 2 contains the finer of two extant unused examples of Position 99R2 in perforated form

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Blue, Type III, Position 99R2 (21), Positions 78-80/88-90/98-100R2, block of nine from the bottom right corner of right pane of Plate 2, full sheet selvage, center stamp in bottom row is Type III, Position 99R2, center stamp in middle row is major double transfer, Position 89R2, original gum, center horizontal row is Mint Never-Hinged, rich color and early impression showing complete line at bottom of Position 100R (Type II at this stage)

PROVENANCE

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 602, to Cole (for Lilly)

Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/7-8/1968, Sale 327, lot 21, to Weill

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1971 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1971, Sale 391, lot 34, to Grunin

Louis Grunin, H. R. Harmer sale, 12/14-15/1976, lot 2412, to Ishikawa

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 213, to Zoellner

Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 101, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

Mortimer L. Neinken, The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851 to 1861, fig. 13-X, page 195

ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; top left stamp has small tear, top right pair faintly creased, bottom right stamp has small thin--none of these trivial flaws affect the appearance of the block or the condition of 99R2, which is sound

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$110,000.00 for this specific block, which has not changed since 1994

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1¢ 1857 Perforated Type III Position 99R2

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. The block offered here is the only perforated block containing Position 99R2.

Plate 2 was made in late 1855, and produced 198 stamps that are Type II, one position that is Type III (99R) and one that can be either Type II or Type IIIA (100R), depending on plate wear. The creation of the Type III (99R2) and the 89R2 major double transfer is a story of human error.

To lay out the plate, the siderographer used a tool to make tiny dots in the plate that served to guide him in rocking in entries from the transfer roll. Positions 79 and 89 were transferred perfectly using their guide dots. However, the guide dot to the southeast of Position 88R2, which was used to align the single B Relief for Position 99R2, was placed far out of line. The misplaced dot caused the siderographer to transfer the 99R entry far out of alignment and rock the adjoining A Relief on the transfer roll into the bottom part of Position 89 (and in the margin below this position).

The first 99R entry was erased and re-entered, but the parts of the A Relief transferred into the bottom of Position 89R remained. When the fresh entry was made in Position 99R, a full transfer of the design was not possible without running into the error in Position 89R. The position was therefore short transferred at top, and apparently also at bottom, creating the finest example of Type III found on any plate (see pages 183-184 of Neinken book).

At the time of our 1998 Zoellner sale, we determined that this 99R2 block was originally joined with the block of 30 offered as lot 31 in this sale. A digital reconstruction is shown on page 39. Both blocks were once part of the Caspary collection, but the Weills bought the block of 30 and Ezra Cole bought the 99R2 block for Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. At our 1968 sale of Lilly's collection, the Weills captured the block, evidently for themselves, since it does not appear in the inventory of the Benjamin D. Phillips collection.

At or sometime after the 1971 Rarities of the World sale, in which the 99R2 block was offered, it became part of Louis Grunin's 1847-1869 exhibit, which won the Grand Prix National at INTERPHIL in 1976. Following the sale of Grunin's 1847-1869 off-cover material in 1976, the block was acquired by Ryohei Ishikawa for his own 1847-1869 exhibit, which earned him three Grand Prix awards in exhibitions from 1981 to 1987. At the 1993 sale of Ishikawa's collection, Robert Zoellner was the successful bidder, and when his collection was sold by our firm in 1998, Mr. Gross acquired it. Eight years later it became a pillar of his exhibit, which captured the Grand Prix National at Washington 2006.

Digital reconstruction of block of 30 offered in lot 31 and block of 9 offered here

E. 100,000-150,000
95,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1057
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1057, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, beautifully balanced margins, intense shade and proof-like impression on fresh paper, nicely complemented by red New York City "U.S. Mail" carrier datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CARRIER DATESTAMP.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,750.00). None have graded higher.

1,690
7,500
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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 1058, 1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, wide margins to clear of design except barely touching plume at upper left, rich color, light face-free cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III, CLEARLY SHOWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type, with broken lines at both top and bottom.

With 1998 and 2003 P.F. certificates

1,600
1,900
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1610, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, rich color and bright paper, sharp impression, light strike of blue town datestamp, centered slightly to left but showing clear breaks at top and bottom

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III STAMP WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type.

With 2000 P.F. certificate

1,650
1,200
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
110°
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 110, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, choice centering, intense color and impression on bright paper, long and full perforations all around, light strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible -- with clear breaks at top and bottom.

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,750.00). None have graded higher and only four others share this grade

1,600
8,000
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U.S. Stamps
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2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
 
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 111, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, centered to bottom right, rich color, neat blue circular datestamp cancel, Fine, with 1983 P.F. and 2018 P.S.E. certificates

1,650
400
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2018-07-25
United States Stamps
ng
Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 65, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Unused (regummed), deep rich color, showing clear breaks at top and bottom, Fine

6,000
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2018-07-25
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66
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 66, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, beautifully balanced margins and proof-like impression, deep rich color, barely cancelled in top perfs, appears unused at a glance

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the breaks in both the bottom and top lines are clearly visible.

Ex Kirke. With 1994 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,7500.00). None grade higher.

1,600
8,000
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1857-60 Issue
2018-07-25
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 67, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Position 45L4, rich color and bright paper, sharp impression, light strike of town datestamp, beautifully centered with clear break at top, bottom break is visible to us despite the cancel crossing that area (see certificate descriptions below)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type.

With 2001 P.F. certificate noting the plating, which is independently confirmed by expert Richard Celler. With 2017 P.S.E. certificate not noting plating and describing this as Type IIIa (Scott 22), which it clearly is not. Also accompanied by No. 466 Mint N.H., reperfed

1,750
1,600
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2018-07-25
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Sale Number 1187, Lot Number 68, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (21). Centered to top left which affords a clear view of the extra wide break at bottom and major double transfer at right, unobtrusive cancel, defective, still a useful reference copy of the very rare 1c perforated Ty. III from Position 99R2, with 2016 plating certificate from the One-Cent Franklin Plating Archive, Scott Retail $17,500.00

E. 300-400
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