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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
 
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 35, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), The only known multiple of the 3¢ 1857 Type I or II imperforate horizontally

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Rose, Type I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b), Plate 7, vertical pair, centered to lower right, no trace of horizontal perforations at top, bottom or in between, tied by "Jonesborough Ind. Oct. 11" (1857) circular datestamp on large piece of cover with court docketing confirming 1857 yeardate

PROVENANCE

Frank B. Allen, Harmer, Rooke sale, 5/23-24/1950, lot 46, to Colby

Leonard Sheriff, Siegel Auction Galleries, 12/11-12/1985, Sale 655, lot 172

Stanley M. Piller, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/25/1993, Sale 748, lot 121

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1950 and 1993)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$10,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Introduction of Perforations in the United States

Great Britain began to issue perforated stamps in 1854 and was followed by Sweden in 1855 and Norway in 1856. The Postmaster General expressed interest in having United States stamps perforated, and, on February 6, 1857, a contract was signed with the printers, Toppan, Carpenter and Co. This contract provided that Toppan Carpenter would be reimbursed for the cost of new plates with the wider spacing required for perforating stamps, and for the perforating machine in the event that their contract was not renewed.

Luff states that the first perforated stamps were delivered to the government on February 24, 1857. A seven-city test was begun to confirm public acceptance of the idea. The earliest known use of an officially perforated U.S. stamp is February 28, 1857. The testing continued from February 1857 through June 10, 1857 (the expiration date of the original six-year Toppan Carpenter contract). In total, about 75 items from this experimental perforation period have been recorded. Most are from Plate 7, as is the part-perforated pair offered here. The test was successful and on April 8, 1857, Toppan Carpenter's contract was extended for four more years (from June 10, 1857 to June 10, 1861). After June 10, 1857, all stamps were perforated.

This pair is the only recorded multiple of part-perforated 3¢ 1857 stamps from plates with the framelines all around--Type I (Scott 25) or Type II (Scott 25A). There are a few singles known with imperforate margins at top and bottom. One of these is shown below (Position 59L7), which is tied on cover by the same Jonesborough, Indiana, datestamp on the pair on piece (the cover is dated August 3, 1857). It is evident that some early products of Toppan Carpenter's perforating process were accidentally left imperforate in one direction, but were distributed with regular stock.

3¢ 1857 from Plate 7 with imperforate top and bottom margins, on cover from Jonesborough, Indiana (Siegel Sale 964, lot 247)--probably from the same sheet as the pair offered here (this cover is not in this sale)

E. 10,000-15,000
21,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2016-05-05
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
 
Sale Number 1125, Lot Number 727, 1857-60 Issue3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var), 3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var)3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var). Imperforate top and bottom margins which are cut parallel at a slight angle and extend beyond the frameline of the adjacent stamps at top right and bottom left, tied by "West Stockbridge Mass. Oct. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to Lee Mass., stamp with a couple toned spots, cover opened roughly at top, otherwise Fine and extremely rare, only one intact pair is recorded, which was offered in our sale of the Piller collection in 1993, we have offered only two other singles on cover since keeping computerized records (both ex Wilson Hulme), this example is a new discovery, with 2016 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for a pair $10,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2008-12-02
The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 246, 1857 Issue Perforation Errors3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var), 3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var)3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var). Positions 41R7 and 51R7, formerly a vertical pair, separated into two singles and tied by "Hermon N.Y. Nov. 10" circular datestamp on large piece

VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS CLASSIC PERFORATION VARIETY. ONLY ONE INTACT VERTICAL PAIR IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY IS RECORDED.

The only recorded intact pair was offered in our sale of the Piller collection in March 1993, where it realized $6,000 hammer.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1990 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2008-12-02
The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 247, 1857 Issue Perforation Errors3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b), 3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b)3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b). Position 59L7, wide margins at top and bottom, tied by "Jonesborough Ind. Aug. 3" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Carthage Ind., pulled perf at lower left, some overall wear, otherwise Fine, exceedingly scarce, ex Chase and Krug, with note on back from Ashbrook stating"This cover was submitted to me by Dr. Carroll Chase in June 1956 -- his opinion was 'probably a part perforated stamp but absolute proof is lacking' I agree 100% with this opinion", further note from Ashbrook that "This cover bears the guarantee of J.M. Bartels and no doubt was in an original find made by him", the lack of scissors-separation at sides speaks in its favor as does an accompanying note stating that this was compared to a pair of No. 25b also used from Jonesboro and that the colors and shift of perforations are identical and that they likely came from the same sheet (see our Piller sale for this item), with 1957 P.F. certificate stating that "it is genuine as far as can be determined", Scott Retail as used pair $10,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2001-04-10
The Thurston Twigg-Smith Collection of Superb Used U.S. Stamps
 
Sale Number 835, Lot Number 92, 3c 1857-60 Issue3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var), 3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var)3c Rose, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b var). Positions 41R7 and 51R7, formerly a vertical pair, separated into two singles and tied by "Hermon N.Y. Nov. 10" circular datestamp on large piece

VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS CLASSIC PERFORATION VARIETY. ONLY ONE INTACT VERTICAL PAIR IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY IS RECORDED.

The only recorded intact pair was offered in our sale of the Piller collection in March 1993, where it realized $6,000 hammer.

With 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
1993-03-25
The Stanley M. Piller 1851-57 Three Cent Collection
 
Sale Number 748, Lot Number 121, 3c 1851-57 Issue - Major Errors3c Rose Red, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b), 3c Rose Red, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b)3c Rose Red, Ty. I, Imperforate Horizontally (25b). Vertical pair, tied by "Jonesborough Ind. Oct. 11" cds on neat buff piece, fresh and Fine, an outstanding classic perforation error, this pair is the basis of the Scott Catalogue listing and remains the only recorded example, ex Sheriff, with 1950 P.F. certificate

10,000
6,000
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