AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE, CONTAINING BOTH OF THE BETTER TYPE IB POSITIONS AND A COMPLETELY SOUND EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF POSITION 7R1E -- THE SEVENTH STAMP IN THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE 1 EARLY -- WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN (TYPE I). PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CANCELLATION, WHICH COMPLEMENTS THE BRIGHT BLUE SHADE AND LEAVES THE DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS COMPLETELY VISIBLE.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains 90 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There have been two additions to the Wagshal census, and there are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.
Because of the significance attached to the outer portions of the 1c 1851 design, examples that have been carefully cut apart so as not to impinge on any part of the design are extremely desirable. The narrow spacing between stamps in the sheet and the users' indifference to the outlying ornamentation during separation are factors that contribute to the great rarity of four-margin examples.
The Wagshal Census (this is No. 5-MUL-066) notes that A. R. Brigham wrote to Stanley B. Ashbrook on March 25, 1939, regarding this strip, to state that "I purchased the stamp a little over three years prior from a Boston dealer who informed me it came from a find somewhere near Berlin N.H." The strip comes from the Pasadena Collection and has not been on the market for more than 60 years. It has also been kept in the dark, which accounts for its remarkable color and freshness.
With 2007 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF POSITION 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE IB EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib--Positions 3-6R and 8-9R--distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were burnished away. Positions 6R and 8R have more of the bottom design than the other Type Ib positions.
With 1999 and 2006 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF POSITION 8R1E, ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE IB EXAMPLES, SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP AND NEARLY COMPLETE DESIGN AT BOTTOM.
With 2005 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE 1B.
Type Ib comes from only six positions on Plate 1E: Positions 3-6, 8 and 9R1E.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IA IMPERFORATE.
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).
Scott Retail with non-pen cancel $12,500.00. Considering the fact that a light pen cancel leaves the design characteristics unmasked, the reduced Scott value for a pen-cancelled No. 6 seems unjustified.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE II ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE FROM PLATE 3.
According to Ashbrook and Neinken, Plate 3 is believed to have been made in March or April 1856, possibly to replace the defective Plate 2 and/or to meet the increased demand for stamps concurrent with the April 1855 change in postal regulations requiring prepayment of postage. For an unknown reason -- possibly a severe defect that arose in the plate -- very few stamps were printed from the new Plate 3 before it was retired, and surviving examples are rare.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIA IMPERFORATE.
Sound, unused, four-margin examples of the scarcer 1c 1851 types are extremely desirable.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE 3-CENT ORANGE BROWN.
With 1976 P.F. certificate for block of four
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CALENDAR ASSEMBLED FROM THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE. A DAUNTING UNDERTAKING AND A WONDERFUL CONVERSATION PIECE.
Scott Retail of $5,124.00 does not reflect colored cancels or the difficulty of assembling all of the different dates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE I.
With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 TYPE I. SCARCE IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
With 1968 and 1996 P.F. certificate. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,800.00). Only two have graded higher.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III.
With 1992 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV FROM POSITION 64L1.
This is the only recut position which is recut at both top and bottom.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV.
P.S.E. encapsulated (XF 90; SMQ $3,000.00)
VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON PART INDIA PAPER.
A review of our computerized records indicates that, apart from the original-gum block of nine offered in our auction of the "J & J" Collection (Sale 899), we have only offered one other unused single, which also did not have gum. We have also offered six used singles. The absence of gum is almost necessary when offered as a single, in order to correctly identify the variety.
With 2001 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in Scott as unused. Scott Catalogue assigns a premium of 3.14 for the more common used part-India paper ($1,100.00 versus $350.00 for normal). If Scott Catalogue assigned the same premium to the no gum single price (which still would not account for its greater rarity in unused condition), this would catalogue $7,540.00.