1¢ Buff (112), unused block of four (no gum) with "No. 1" plate number in top selvage, bright shade, centered to left
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)
Not listed in Chapin book or supplements; no. 313 is a plate block of four with "No. 2" (ex Wunderlich), and no. 313A is a block of 25 with "No. 2" in the Hirzel collection, currently in the Swiss Museum of Communications--therefore, this is the only block from Plate 1 and one of two Scott 112 plate blocks in private hands (both blocks of four)
Fine appearance; thin spot in bottom left stamp and slight crease in selvage
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE ONE-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS BLOCK HAS FAR BETTER CENTERING THAN MOST.
The 1c 1869 was printed in sheets of 300 consisting of two panes of 150. The largest recorded multiple is a left sheet-margin block of 48, and other large multiples also exist. However, most are off-center. The block offered here is a true condition rarity.
With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as block of four and pair
Old Woman in Bonnet, bold full strike showing every detail of the bonnet and the lady’s frowning face, rim of datestamp at left, tying 1¢ Buff (112) on piece, stamp has interpane margin at right
* Mattatuck Historical Society, according to a note on back, but not in auction held by The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1959
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-10
* Extremely Fine strike; small piece of stamp torn off at upper left when separated by original user