THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE "POST OFFICE" SHEET - THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF ANY NUMERAL AND THE MOST SPECTACULAR TETE-BECHE PIECE EXTANT
In this famous sheet of 25 stamps, we have empirical evidence that the post office sometimes divided the full sheets of 50 stamps into even half-sheets of 25 for distribution. From this multiple we may observe the print-and-turn method of printing, in which the pane of ten subjects was impressed three times, then the paper was turned 180°, and the final two impressions were made. Here we have two upright panes and a tete-beche row from the adjoining pane (see Figure #).
Ex Ferrary, Adm. Harris, Ostheimer. The Scott value for five tete-beche pairs, two blocks and seven singles is $41,300.00
ONE OF TWO RECORDED TETE-BECHE PANES OF TEN
Apart from the Post Office sheet offered in the previous lot, we record two tete-beche panes of ten (the other from the Tows sale, lot. 633), a tete-beche block of six (ex Caspary), and the tete-beche block of four in the following lot.
Ex Ishikawa. The block is unlisted in Scott. Value for five tete-beche pairs
AN EXTREMELY FINE BLOCK AND ONE OF FIVE OR SIX LARGE MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT "INTER ISLAND" TETE-BECHE VARIETY
Ex Middendorf. The block is unlisted in Scott. Value for two pairs
AN EXTREMELY FINE BLOCK AND THE ONLY CROSS-SHEET BLOCK KNOWN
Just as the "Post Office" sheet proves that the full sheets were divided in half, including a tete-beche row, this block, which spans across three panes, is evidence that the post office varied its procedure. In this case, the full sheet was divided into smaller units of 30 and 20 stamps, without a tete-beche row (see Figure #).
Ex Burrus, Ostheimer. Scott retail for three blocks
A VERY RARE STRADDLE-PANE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT "INTER ISLAND" NUMERAL
Ex Ferrary, Adm. Harris, Lee, Van Dyke. Scott Retail for two normal blocks and pair is $4,300.00