Three-Leaf Shamrock, Type 5, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff F-12), perfect strike ties 3¢ Green (147), straight edge at left, on cover to New Haven, Connecticut, neat "Waterbury Ct. Feb. 17" (1871) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine strike, a beautiful cancel, ex Dr. Jackson
Leaf and Flower Designs, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff F-1, F-10, F-11, L-6, L-8 and L-9), clear strikes on separate covers, cancel or tie 3¢ Green Bank Note stamps, one with right selvage, one straight edge at left, Very Fine and desirable group, F-1 cancel is the rarest of the group (ex Dr. Jackson, photo shown above), L-6 with 1987 P.F. certificate
3¢ Green (147), block of fourteen from top of right pane with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 7" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, top stamps hinge remnants, choice centering throughout, bright shade
W. Parsons Todd, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/10/1978, Sale 521, lot 115
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 374
Very Fine-Extremely Fine
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$4,600.00 as plate block of ten and two pairs
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The Chapin census lists three plate blocks for Scott 147, plus one plate block in imperforate form. A bottom plate block from Plate 44 was offered in the Moody, Todd and Wampler sales. A plate block of 14 from the top left corner of Plate 7 was offered in a 3/31/1947 Harmer sale, but it was not illustrated and we have no other information. The third is offered here. This is an extremely small survival rate, considering that 1.2 billion 3¢ stamps, or 6 million sheets, were distributed to postmasters between September 30, 1870, and June 30, 1873.
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 7-CENT NATIONAL UNGRILLED ISSUE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STAMP TO FIND IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.
With 2000 P.F. certificate