EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 LAKE TRIAL PRINTING.
With 2002 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 3-CENT LAKE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
A Review using Power Search reveals the rarity of the 1861 3c Lake in lightly hinged condition with superb centering. This issue is often found with perfs cutting in on one side and is seldom found with better than Very Fine centering. When considering the barely hinged gum on this example (we have not offered a Mint N.H. copy) with the centering and margins, its true rarity becomes apparent. There exists only one plate block and there are also few other blocks from which a single can be harvested.
With 1987 and 1992 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT LAKE TRIAL PRINTING WITH UNCOMMONLY WIDE MARGINS.
A review using Power Search reveals how difficult the 3c Lake is to find with full original gum and choice centering. We can count on one hand the examples that compare favorably to the stamp offered here.
Ex Engel. With 1960 and 2008 P.F. certificates