$1.00 Violet Brown (342), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 4957 block of six, stamps at top center and top right hinged, others Mint N.H., outstanding centering with wide margins, deep rich color
Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)
Extremely Fine; a few minor reinforced perf separations in selvage only at top left
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The Dollar Washington Plate Block Rarity
Excluding the Bluish Paper Issue, this is one of the rarest of the Washington-Franklin plate blocks. Lewis Kaufman records only seven top and five bottom plate blocks. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing experienced difficulty with paper shrinkage while printing the 1908 Issue--the Bluish Paper experiment of 1909 was intended to correct the problem--so this plate block's centering is exceptionally choice.
This is one of the two finest top plate blocks among the small population available to collectors (one top position is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library). Other top plate blocks either have slightly reduced selvage, a fault or only Fine centering. The only example that matches the quality of this block was in the Dr. Frederick Fogelson collection.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND VERY CHOICE PLATE BLOCK OF THE $1.00 WASHINGTON 1908 ISSUE.
Excluding the Bluish Paper Issue, this is one of the rarest of the Washington-Franklin plate blocks. Lewis Kaufman records only seven top and four bottom plate blocks. The Bureau experienced difficulty with paper shrinkage while printing the 1908 Issue, and the Bluish Paper experiment of 1909 was part of an effort to correct the problem. The 1908 high-denomination stamps are difficult to find well-centered, and plate blocks are extremely rare in higher grades. This is the best centered sound plate block of this issue we have offered since keeping computerized records more than 25 years ago.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate. Pencil Scott No. notation in selvage
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 342, WHICH IS AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, Gem 100; SMQ $4,750.00). Only one hinged original gum stamp equals this grade with none higher. The highest Mint N.H. grade is Superb 98
EXTREMELY FINE MINT NEVER HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 WASHINGTON ISSUE, SCOTT 342.
The experimental Bluish Paper issue of 1909 was created as part of an effort to combat paper shrinkage, which resulted in a high rate of spoilage and off-center stamps in the earlier 1908 issue, to which this $1.00 Washington belongs. Many values of the set, particularly the high values, are difficult to find in centered Mint N.H. condition.
Ex Dr. Morris. With 1988 and 1994 P.F. certificates