AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EARLY NUMERAL
The color and impression of this stamp are identical to the 2c Plate 1-A Crocker block of six (lot #) and Staggered Block (lot #). Viewed from the back, the paper is semi-opaque with no bleed-thru of the ink - another characteristic shared by the Crocker block and Staggered Block.
Ex Caspary, Ishikawa
ONE OF TWO RECORDED USED 1859 1-CENT BLUE NUMERAL PAIRS. NO LARGER MULTIPLE IS KNOWN.
Based on the Westerberg plating study of the early Numerals, this Type X-III pair is a straddle-pane multiple from position 2 of the left pane and 1 of the right pane. However, we believe that Westerberg's plating does not account for all of the printings and that the vertical rows were transposed in certain printings. If we are correct, then this is a normal pair with 4mm gutter between rows.
Illustrated in Westerberg. Ex Ostheimer, Middendorf.
TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE "1 CE" OMITTED
Illustrated in Westerberg. Ex Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Listed but unpriced in Scott
THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED PAIRS OF THE 1859 1-CENT BLUE NUMERAL
The shade and paper of this pair are very similar to the Plate 1-A printings offered in lot #-#. In the Hind sale, this pair had a large right margin, which was later trimmed, presumably by Caspary. If Westerberg's arrangement of types in Plate 2-B is correct, then this pair comes from Positions 7 and 9, and the wide right margin was a gutter between vertical rows. However, if the vertical rows were transposed in this printing, then this pair comes from Positions 8 and 10.
Ex Hind, Caspary, Middendorf, Ostheimer.