Sale 904 — Superb United States Stamps
Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 2005
Category — 1851-56 Issue
EXTREMELY FINE LIGHTLY-CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV WITH TRIPLE TRANSFER, ONE INVERTED.
The three inverted transfers occurred during the making of Plate 1 Early. Positions 71L, 81L and 91L were entered from the three-subject transfer roll in the spaces where the first three entries had been made and erased (but not fully erased). The plate was turned 180 degrees before starting fresh entries from the transfer roll. Position 91L was re-entered a third time on Plate 1 Early, creating a triple transfer (two upright, one inverted). When Toppan, Carpenter re-worked the worn plate, many of the subjects were re-entered, and all but one were recut at top and/or bottom, creating Scott 9, Type IV, from what we call Plate 1 Late (the same piece of steel in its modified state). Positions 71L and 81L were re-entered, thus becoming triple transfer (one inverted) positions. Position 91L was not re-entered. Thus, Position 71L and 81L only exist as triple transfers one inverted as Type IV stamps, while Position 91L exists as Type II and Type IV.
With 2000 and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN WITH MARGINS ALL AROUND AND IN A REMARKABLY FRESH STATE OF PRESERVATION.
With 2005 P.F. certificate for pair
FINE-VERY APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 FROM PLATE 4, SHOWING WHAT DR. CARROLL CHASE DESCRIBED AS "THE MOST MARKED VARIATION" IN SPACING ON ANY 3-CENT PLATE, EXAMPLES OF WHICH HE CALLED "DECIDEDLY RARE."
The space between Positions 95L and 96L on Plate 4 is approximately -1/5th of a millimeter, while the space between 96L and 97L is more than six times greater at 1.25 millimeters. This effect resulted from slightly skewed entry of the vertical row of subjects from top to bottom in the plate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FIRST STAMP WITH THE PERFECT GRADE OF 100 WE HAVE EVER OFFERED.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100). This is the stamp that P.S.E. uses in their grading guide as the model for a 100-point 3c 1851 stamp.
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I ISSUE.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE IV 1855 ISSUE.
With 1989 P.F. certificate