Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006
Category — 10c-90c 1857-60 Issue
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE ONLY SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE I ISSUE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.
Type I stamps are only found on the 20 stamps that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a negative, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The population of stamps showing the characteristic available to collectors is extremely limited, especially when other factors such as gum and soundness are taken into consideration.
With 1992 and 2003 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE, CONTAINING TWO OF THE EIGHT RECUT POSITIONS.
Ex Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USAGE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE PHILIPPINES, FROM THE PEIRCE CORRESPONDENCE.
There are only three recorded covers to the Philippines bearing 1857 Issue stamps. This is one of two with the 30c stamp. Both pay the 33c rate.
Ex Kapiloff and "Manila Find". With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE PROMINENT IMPRINT. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.
Due to narrow spacing on the plate, most examples of this stamp (both used and unused) have perforations touching at least part of the outer frameline of the design. It is quite evident that this stamp does not fall into that category. There is a well-defined margin on each side, which is more typical of the later Plate 3 printing (Scott 36b) where the subjects were spread slightly farther apart on the plate. This stamp, with its fresh original gum, clear margins all around, bright shade and imprint, is truly superb in every sense of the word.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE PERFORATED 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE -- THE PLATE 1 PRINTING IN PARTICULAR -- IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE IN SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION. THIS STAMP EASILY RANKS AS ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES EXTANT.
Any multiple of the 1857 12c Black from Plate 1 will demonstrate the narrow layout of this plate, which produced Scott 36. Even when the perforations are aligned between stamps, they still punch out part of the outer frameline. Plate 3, which produced Scott 36b, remedied this problem by allowing more space for perforations.
The stamp offered here is completely sound with proof-like impression and original gum. It shows the outer frameline on all four sides virtually without interruption. There are very few examples of Scott 36 that exist in condition comparable to that of the stamp offered here.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
Although some sheets of the 24c, 30c and 90c 1857-60 Issue were left in the public's hands after the Civil War demonetization took effect, original-gum examples of the 30c in Extremely Fine grade are extremely rare, owing to the narrow space between subjects on the plate and the difficulty experienced by Toppan, Carpenter with the first perforated issue. This stamp is extraordinary in three respects: first, it is perfectly centered with the design framed by white margin on all sides; second, it is very lightly hinged; and, third, the color is brilliant and free of any oxidation that frequently plagues this issue.
With 1985 and 1995 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 1984 P.F. certificate