Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007
Category — 1851-56 Issue
EXTREMELY FINE. UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IA SINGLES KNOWN ON COVER, AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE "CURL ON SHOULDER" PLATE VARIETY.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Types Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic). The 97L4 "Curl on Shoulder" and 97R4 "Curl in C" plate varieties resulted from a tiny thread adhering to the relief during the transfer process. On this stamp it appears immediately to the left of the "8" of the May 8 datestamp.
The "YS" notation on back indicates this cover was acquired from Y. Souren. As far as we are aware, it has not been on the market for more than 60 years. Scott Retail for No. 6 on cover is $17,500.00. The No. 6 "Curl on Shoulder" variety is valued off cover at $13,500.00.
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND VERY SCARCE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON COVER TO CANADA.
Ex Knapp (lot label affixed)
VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE USE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE III MULTIPLE FOR THE QUADRUPLE RATE TO MEXICO.
Ex White and Knapp (lot label affixed)
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV-III COMBINATION PAIR TO PAY THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO FRANCE.
Based on the New York May 30 American Packet datestamp and June 13 Calais receiving datestamp, this was evidently carried on the Havre Line's Arago, which departed New York on May 30, 1857, and arrived at Southampton on June 11 (reaching Calais on the following day). There are no Cunard sailings which fit the New York and Calais postmark dates (the Europa sailed from Boston on May 20, arriving in Liverpool on May 31).