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Sale 964 — The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

Category — Government Perforation Experiments

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
212
P
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 212, Government Perforation Experiments3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3), 3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3)3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3). Complete left pane of 100 with full imprint and plate no. 4 (reversed numeral) in left sheet margin, large sheet margins all around, bold vertical brush strokes, creases as in all known multiples from the two original sheets sent to Bemrose and Perkins Bacon in 1854, faint toning, some erosion along brush strokes and other very minor faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURVIVING COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE PLATE 4 PROOF ON INDIA WITH BRUSH STROKES, WHICH WAS SENT TO PERKINS BACON IN ENGLAND IN 1854. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTIFACTS OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

In 1854 complete sheets of 200 3c India proofs from Plate 4 were sent by Toppan, Carpenter to Bemrose and Perkins Bacon in England for a perforating experiment. Each firm received left and right panes. All of the proofs were cancelled with brush strokes to prevent use as postage.

The left pane of 100 offered here was sent to Perkins Bacon. It was located in the estate of Walter Keightley and sold at Christie's in 1991. Page 9 of the Brazer book illustrates the block of 60 from the right pane sent to Perkins Bacon. The following lot in this sale comprises Wilson Hulme's attempted reconstruction of the Bemrose and Perkins Bacon sheets.

Ex Earl of Crawford and Keightley. Scott value for the plate block of eight and 23 blocks of four.

135,000
42,500
213
P
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 213, Government Perforation Experiments3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3), 3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3)3c Red, Ty. I, Plate Proof on India, Brush Stroke Obliteration (11P3). Wilson Hulme's partly-completed effort to reconstruct the two Plate 4 sheets of 200 sent to Bemrose and Perkins Bacon in 1854, comprising 74 of the 400 positions (the left pane of 100 sent to Perkins Bacon is offered in the preceding lot), the reconstruction is arranged on large pages and includes a total of 20 singles, five pairs, six blocks of four (two with corner sheet margins), one corner-margin block of twelve and the left imprint and plate no. 4 block of eight, usual faults, also includes an original letter from the son of William Bemrose which accompanied the left pane of the sheet sent to Bemrose (the letter confirms its source), old photographs of the multiples which have been divided into singles and blocks

A PHILATELIC "ARCHAEOLOGIST'S" EFFORT TO RECONSTRUCT THE ORIGINAL PROOF SHEETS SENT IN 1854 FROM TOPPAN, CARPENTER & COMPANY TO TWO OF GREAT BRITAIN'S PREMIER PRINTERS AND PERFORATORS FOR USE IN EARLY EXPERIMENTS TO PERFORATE UNITED STATES STAMPS. WILSON HULME'S ACHIEVEMENT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO DUPLICATE, AND WE HOPE SOMEONE WITH THE MEANS AND INCLINATION WILL PICK UP THE MANTLE AND CONTINUE THE EFFORT TO RECONSTRUCT THE SHEETS.

In 1854 complete sheets of 200 3c India proofs from Plate 4 were sent by Toppan, Carpenter to Bemrose and Perkins Bacon in England for a perforating experiment. Each firm received left and right panes. All of the proofs were cancelled with brush strokes to prevent use as postage.

This part-reconstruction comprises 44 subjects from the Bemrose sheet (34 Left Pane and 10 Right Pane) and 30 subjects from the Perkins Bacon sheet (30 Right Pane). This lot includes the imprint and plate number block of eight from the Bemrose left pane and the top right corner sheet margin block of twelve from the Perkins Bacon right pane, both of which are important pieces. It should be noted that only three of the original four plate blocks have been located. One is in the pane of 100 offered in the preceding lot (Perkins Bacon left pane). Another is in the lot offered here (Bemrose left pane). The third was last sold in our Sale 869 (lot 3024) for $18,500 hammer. The fourth plate block, from the right pane of the Bemrose sheet, has not been photographed or seen.

Scott Retail as singles, blocks and the plate block.

95,000
37,500
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214
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 214, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var). Position 12R2L, original gum, h.r., "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, separate roulette at top and lacking perforations, Fine and very rare, described by Dr. Chase on pp. 174-175 of his 3c book as trial perforations of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. from a late 1855 printing of Plate 2L, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
2,600
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215
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 215, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var). Position 43R2L, huge margins to in incl. significant portion of adjoining stamp at right (really almost a pair), large part original gum, h.r., "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, showing clear roulettes at top and bottom, Very Fine, scarce, these were likely done on a Bemrose rouletter and no doubt come from the same sheet, they were probably done in 1855

E. 500-750
3,750
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216
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 216, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette (11A var). Two horizontal pairs originally forming a block of four, Positions 31-32, 41-42R2L, original gum, h.r., "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, roulettes at top and bottom of each, Fine and very rare, described by Dr. Chase on pp. 174-175 of his 3c book as trial perforations of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. from a late 1855 printing of Plate 2L

E. 1,000-1,500
11,000
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217
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 217, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11 var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11 var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11 var). Vertical pair, Positions 85/95L2L, part original gum, "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, separate roulettes and perforations horizontally and perforations at left, Fine and very rare, illustrated and described by Dr. Chase on pp. 174-175 of his 3c book as trial perforations of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. from a late 1855 printing of Plate 2L, ex Alexander

E. 1,500-2,000
5,500
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218
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 218, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var). Horizontal pair, original gum, h.r., "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, separate roulettes and perforations vertically and perforations at bottom, Fine and very rare, described by Dr. Chase on pp. 174-175 of his 3c book as trial perforations of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. from a late 1855 printing of Plate 2L

E. 1,500-2,000
9,500
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219
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 219, Government Perforation Experiments3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var)3c Orange Red, Horizontal Roulette and Perf 15-1/2 x 16 (11A var). Positions 21-24R2L, horizontal strip of three with most of fourth stamp, original gum, h.r., "cancelled" by intersecting ruled lines, separate roulette at top and and perforations at left, faint corner crease at bottom left, Fine and very rare, described by Dr. Chase on pp. 174-175 of his 3c book as trial perforations of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. from a late 1855 printing of Plate 2L, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
9,000
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220
ng
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 220, Government Perforation Experiments1c Blue, Ty. IV, Rouletted (9 var), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, Rouletted (9 var)1c Blue, Ty. IV, Rouletted (9 var). Unused (no gum), clear rouletting on three sides which appears to be the same rouletting as seen on the 3c with ruled lines (see lots 214-219), Very Fine, scarce

E. 500-750
750
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221
E
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 221, Government Perforation Experiments3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Trial Perforation (25-E), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Trial Perforation (25-E)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Trial Perforation (25-E). Small ms. "X", with left sheet selvage, perforations misaligned, slightly stained and discolored, this rare item is believed to be an early trial on the new perforating machine, illustrated in Chase book on p. 177

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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