VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 3-CENT SCARLET PRINTING -- ONE OF FOUR RECORDED WITH THE MANUSCRIPT INITIALS AND DATE.
One other imperforate 3c Scarlet with initials and date was offered in our 1999 Rarities sale (lot 97), where it realized $11,000.00 hammer. The other imperforate example was offered in the third Ferrary sale as lot 477. The example offered here was unknown to us until very recently. All four initialled and dated 3c Scarlet items are without gum and are identical in shade. It is possible that they originate from an ungummed and partially perforated sheet or pane containing subjects that were individually initialled and dated by Macdonough.