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2019-11-20
Superb United States Stamps and Private Die Proprietary Stamps
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Sale Number 1212, Lot Number 73, 1902-08 Issues2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Original gum, brilliant color on fresh paper

FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that only one pane of 50 was found in Cleveland Ohio. This intact pane was originally sold to A.W. Weigel of the Ohio Stamp Co. and very shortly thereafter became part of the George H. Worthington collection. After the Worthington sale it was broken into pairs and blocks of four, including the unique plate block offered in our sale of the William H. Gross Multiples Collection (Sale 1200, lot 193). Power Search lists very few of these rarities -- we have offered only a handful of others since 1990.

With 2017 P.F. certificate (F 70)

25,000
0
United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 193, 1904-07 Louisiana Purchase and Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330), The unique plate block of the 2¢ Louisiana Purchase imperforate horizontally--a fantastic 20th century error plate block

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Louisiana-Purchase, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), bottom "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 2156 block of four, small hinge remnant in imprint selvage, wide margin at top where imperforate, bright color

PROVENANCE

As a pane of 50 : A. W. Weigel, purchased at Cleveland post office Station B within six weeks of issue (sold privately to Worthington for $100 and divided into blocks and pairs)

As a plate block of 4 (26 stamps offered in Worthington sale): George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 981

Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 731

Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 3/8/1940, Sale 117, lot 299

Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 7/9/1950, lot 155 to Weill (for Phillips)

Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to the Weills, 1968)

Dr. Charles E. Test, "Westport" collection, Christie's Robson Lowe, 2/2/1994, lot 38, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1994)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$75,000.00--based on a sale 25 years ago

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The One and Only Plate Block

According to Sloane's Column (2/8/1958), a pane of 50 stamps was found at the post office in Cleveland, Ohio. The stamp was issued on April 30, 1904, and the error was found within six weeks of issue. The pane was sold by a "girl" at the window of Station B to A. W. Weigel, whom Sloane describes as a "postal carrier" who also had philatelic knowledge. In fact, Weigel operated the Ohio Stamp Company and was secretary-treasurer of the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club. The error pane was purchased shortly after Weigel's fortuitous post office find by famed collector George H. Worthington of Cleveland, reportedly for $100. Worthington held the pane until 1917, when his collection was sold by J. C. Morgenthau & Co. The pane had been divided prior to the sale, to allow multiple collectors to obtain an example of the variety. In the Worthington auction, 26 of the 50 stamps were offered; the remaining 24 stamps were sold privately.

Sloane and other writers have always stated that top and bottom plate blocks exist, presumably based on the layout of the plate, not on any personal encounter with both plate blocks. However, the top plate block has never been seen, and for good reason--it does not exist. We have been able to painstakingly reconstruct the pane, except for one pair. As the reconstruction shows, the top plate block can no longer exist, because the top sheet selvage with the imprint was trimmed off.

As for the left half of the error sheet, it has been written that the female postal clerk remembered selling it, but it is more likely that it was never released or was fully perforated. We base our theory on the perforating method.

The sheets of 100 were perforated in two steps. First, the vertical rows of perforations were applied with the perforating wheels set at the correct width for the wider horizontal dimensions of the stamp. A cutting blade replaced the wheel of pins at the center of the sheet, so that the act of perforating the sheet along the vertical axis resulted in the division of the sheet into two panes (each with a straight edge along the guide line).

Second, each pane of 50 was perforated in the horizontal direction, using a different setting for the narrower height of the stamp design. Therefore, while it is possible that both panes were left imperforate horizontally, it is more likely that one pane was fully perforated and the other (the right half) was not.

Another possibility is that one or both panes were marked as defective by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing examiner, but only one was removed from distribution. This scenario might explain why the top selvage was trimmed off the error pane sold in Cleveland. Perhaps the discoverer, A. W. Weigel, a knowledgeable philatelist, did not want to give postal officials any justification for reclaiming the sheet, so he trimmed off the top margin with the examiner's mark.

Digital reconstruction of the error pane of 50, showing the plate block at bottom and all but one pair. The block and two pairs from the top of the pane are evidence that the margin was trimmed off, which means there can only be one plate block. The left pane was either fully perforated or destroyed. Note: the different shades are the result of varying images and do not accurately reflect the items’ color.

E. 75,000-100,000
105,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 988, 1904 Louisiana Purchase Issue (Scott 323-327)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Original gum, h.r. at top, brilliant color, wide margins, expertly reperfed at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that only one pane of 50 was found in the mid-west. This intact pane was originally in the Worthington collection. After the Worthington sale it was broken into pairs and blocks of four. Power Search shows very few of these rarities -- we have offered only two others since 1990, and this is the first we have offered since 2010.

With 2017 P.F. certificate

25,000
10,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
2010-10-26
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 997, Lot Number 5867, 1904 Louisiana Purchase, Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Slightly disturbed original gum from hinge removal, brilliant color, wide margins, bottom stamp light natural gum bend as almost always seen on this issue

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that only one pane of 50 was found in the mid-west. This intact pane was originally in the Worthington collection. After the Worthington sale it was broken into pairs and blocks of four. Power Search shows very few of these rarities -- apart from the Whitman example (which we also offered in 2000), the next we find was in the 1990 Rarities sale.

17,500
22,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
2009-09-22
The Alan B. Whitman Collection, Part Three: 1902-34 Issues, B-O-B
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Sale Number 968B, Lot Number 419, 1904 Louisiana Purchase, Jamestown Issues (Scott 323-330)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Well-centered, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that only one pane of 50 was found in the mid-west. This intact pane was originally in the Worthington collection. After the Worthington sale it was broken into pairs and blocks of four.

Ex Blumenkopf (Siegel Sale 826). With 1997 P.F. certificate. Power Search shows very few of these rarities -- apart from this one, last offered in 2000, the next we find was in the 1990 Rarities sale

17,500
30,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
2000-09-12
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 826, Lot Number 621, Louisiana Purchase, Jamestown Issues2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Well-centered, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that only one pane of 50 was found in the mid-west. This intact pane was originally in the Worthington collection. After the Worthington sale it was broken into pairs and blocks of four.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

10,000
21,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
1990-05-19
1990 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 724, Lot Number 312, Later Issues2c La. Purchase, Vert. Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c La. Purchase, Vert. Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c La. Purchase, Vert. Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Some h.r., Fresh & Fine, Only 25 Pairs Known, with P.F. Certificate

6,000
4,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
1990-05-19
1990 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 724, Lot Number 313, Later Issues2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate. Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate. Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate. Horizontally (324a). Fresh, Precisely Centered, Only 25 Pairs Known, without gum Extremely Fine

6,000
4,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
1986-04-05
1986 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 660, Lot Number 230, 20th Century up to 1922 Issue2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a). One stamp reinforced crease, Scarce, Only 25 Pairs Known

6,000
2,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
20th Century Issues
20th Century Commemorative Issues
1986-04-05
1986 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 660, Lot Number 231, 20th Century up to 1922 Issue2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a), 2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a)2c Louisiana Purchase, Vertical Pair Imperforate Horizontally (324a). Block (Two Error Pairs) With Horizontal Guide Line Between, some gum disturbance from hinge removal, The Best Centered Block From The Unique Sheet of 50, Extremely Fine, ex-Grunin, Sheriff Collection

12,000
9,500
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