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Sale 964 — The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

Category — Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
170
ngbl
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 170, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var). Positions 74-76/84-86/94-96R2L, unused block of nine (no gum) with wide imperforate sheet margin at bottom, choice centering, bright color, lightly stained and ms. "Sample A" at bottom, pinholes in two stamp at lower right

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED BLOCKS FROM THE 3-CENT "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.

Jerome S. Wagshal established a connection between the "Sample A" Chicago Perf 11 stamps and the effort by R. K. Swift to sell the Hadley perforator to the U.S. Post Office Department in June 1855. W. Wilson Hulme II went into greater detail (Chronicle 174, May 1997), identifying the various known examples by their respective positions in the sheet and establishing that the ex-Chase block of 21 (since divided into smaller units) and other blocks originated from the same "Sample A" sheet, which Swift submitted to the Third Assistant Postmaster with his solicitation letter. The "Sample A" writing in the margin of this block appears to be in the hand of R. K. Swift. The other pane submitted by Swift had different perforations and was marked "Sample B".

The "Sample A" block of 21 came from the estate of Mr. Madison Davis, formerly chief clerk to the Third Assistant Postmaster General. Dr. Chase obtained the block from J. M. Bartels, who purchased it from the Davis estate in 1910. A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including the block of nine offered here (the largest surviving multiple), two blocks of six (one of which realized $37,500 hammer in our Sale 888), and a block of four (offered in lot 171). There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may still exist as a block.

Ex Piller. Scott Retail as a block of four and five singles

60,000
32,500
171
ngbl
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 171, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var). Positions 89-90/99-100R2L, unused block of four (no gum) with wide imperforate sheet margin at bottom, choice centering, bright color, slight crease in right vertical pair

EXTREMELY FINE CENTERING. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED BLOCKS FROM THE 3-CENT "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.

Jerome S. Wagshal established a connection between the "Sample A" Chicago Perf 11 stamps and the effort by R. K. Swift to sell the Hadley perforator to the U.S. Post Office Department in June 1855. W. Wilson Hulme II went into greater detail (Chronicle 174, May 1997), identifying the various known examples by their respective positions in the sheet and establishing that the ex-Chase block of 21 (since divided into smaller units) and other blocks originated from the same "Sample A" sheet, which Swift submitted to the Third Assistant Postmaster with his solicitation letter. The "Sample A" writing in the margin of the block in lot 170 appears to be in the hand of R. K. Swift. The other pane submitted by Swift had different perforations and was marked "Sample B".

The "Sample A" block of 21 came from the estate of Mr. Madison Davis, formerly chief clerk to the Third Assistant Postmaster General. Dr. Chase obtained the block from J. M. Bartels, who purchased it from the Davis estate in 1910. A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including the block of nine offered in lot 170 (the largest surviving multiple), two blocks of six (one of which realized $37,500 hammer in our Sale 888), and the block of four offered here. There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may still exist as a block.

With 1994 P.S.E. certificate

27,500
12,500
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172
ng
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 172, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 11 (11A var). Position 79R2L, unused (no gum), well-centered, bright color with very slight oxidation, lightly stained

VERY FINE CENTERING. A CHOICE AND RARE EXAMPLE FROM THE 3-CENT "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.

A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including the block of nine offered in lot 170 (the largest surviving multiple), two blocks of six (one of which realized $37,500 hammer in our Sale 888), and a block of four (lot 171). There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may still exist as a block.

With 1975 P.F. certificate erroneously describing this as faintly cancelled.

6,500
3,000
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173
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 173, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)1c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var)1c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var). Position 48R2, bright shade, cancelled by "Chicago Ill. Sep. 2, 1856" circular datestamp, slight pulled perf at bottom, otherwise sound

VERY FINE. A SOUND AND LIGHTLY-CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR CLASSIC RARITY -- APPROXIMATELY 18 EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 CHICAGO PERF ARE RECORDED.

Approximately 18 examples of the 1c Chicago Perf have been recorded, including four used on covers. About a dozen Type II No. 7 stamps are known with the Chicago Perfs.

With 1982 and 1992 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail for No. 9 with Chicago Perf is $12,500.00 (vs. $8,500 for No. 7), which more accurately reflects rarity and base value of the 1c Chicago Perf, Type II or IV.

8,500
7,000
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174
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 174, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)1c Blue, Ty. IV, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (9 var), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (9 var)1c Blue, Ty. IV, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (9 var). Position 49L1L, rich color, very lightly cancelled by Chicago circular datestamp, natural inclusion at left, negligible corner margin crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FINER OF THE APPROXIMATELY 18 KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 CHICAGO PERF.

The distinctive 12-1/2 gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1c (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 3c 1851 Issue, the former being considerably rarer. According to the updated census of Chicago Perf items compiled by W. Wilson Hulme II (Chronicle 175, Aug. 1997), approximately 18 examples of the 1c Chicago Perf have been recorded, including four used on covers. This Type IV with only a tiny corner crease is one of the finest of all known 1c Chicago Perf stamps (Type II or IV)

With 1973 and 2005 P.F. certificates

12,500
5,000
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175
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 175, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 15R7, perfs intact, rich color, cancelled by Jan. 7, 1857 Chicago circular datestamp

FINE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF.

The 3c Chicago Perf is seldom encountered in sound condition.

6,000
1,500
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176
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 176, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 77R7, well-centered, Chicago datestamp, top right corner repaired adding portion of design and margin, Very Fine appearance, with 1998 P.F. certificate

6,000
650
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177
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 177, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Deep rich color, part of Chicago circular datestamp with May date, well-centered with extra horizontal row of perfs at bottom, last perf hole at right is blind embossed

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE DOUBLE PERFORATION VARIETY OF THE CHICAGO PERF.

According to Wilson Hulme's analysis, the Chicago Perfs were applied with comb-shaped perforations. This example is a very rare double-row mis-perf.

Ex Lake Shore.

6,000
2,200
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178
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 178, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Claret, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Claret, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Claret, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Position 87L2L, short perfs and clipped at top, tied by "Chicago Ill. Oct. 9, 1856" circular datestamp on piece, slight toning, otherwise Fine, scarce Claret shade with Chicago Perf, with 1972 P.F. certificate

6,000
800
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179
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 179, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 24L6 plating notation, perfectly centered with perfs all around, rich color, tied by "Chicago Ill. (Dec?) 16, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Washington N.Y. with printed corner card of "R. K. Swift, Brother & Johnston, Bankers, Chicago, Ill.", red wax seal

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF AND CORNER CARD OF R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE. IN ADDITION TO THE SIGNIFICANT USAGE, THE STAMP IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST-CENTERED EXAMPLES KNOWN.

The origin of the Chicago perforation was revealed in an article published by Jerome S. Wagshal in the Chronicle 130 (May 1986). To briefly summarize Mr. Wagshal's revelations, the inventor of the machine used to create the Chicago Perf stamps was Dr. Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist. He probably constructed the machine in 1854. Over a two-year period, beginning in November 1854, Dr. Hadley's device was offered for sale to the Post Office Department thru R. K. Swift, a prominent Chicago banker and businessman. The distinctive 12-1/2 gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1c (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 3c 1851 Issue.

Wilson Hulme recorded two covers with this R. K. Swift corner card. Both are illustrated in Chronicle 175, page 162, where they are described as having "the highest degree of desirability".

Ex Grunin. With 1974 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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180
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 180, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 78R6, perfs intact on three sides, roughly separated at left, tied by "Chicago Ill. Aug. 4, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Skaneateles N.Y., manuscript "R. K. Swift Bro & Johnston" return address across top, with original printed enclosure from the Swift Brothers' banking firm

VERY FINE COVER AND AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT SHOWING USE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF BY R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

Wilson Hulme recorded two covers with this R. K. Swift corner card and this cover with the firm's printed enclosure. This cover and enclosure are illustrated in Chronicle 175, page 162, where described as having "the highest degree of desirability".

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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181
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 181, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Position 96L6, bright color, scissors-trimmed perfs at top, tied by "Chicago Ill. Jun. 12, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Alfred M. Hoyt in Portsmouth N.H., ms. "From R. K. Swift" at bottom left and addressed in his hand, missing part of top flap and minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF ON A COVER SENT BY THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE'S EARLY PROMOTER.

This cover was sent to the postmaster in Portsmouth N.H. by R. K. Swift, the banker and businessman who promoted the perforating machine invented by Dr. Hadley in Chicago.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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182
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 182, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Two singles, plated by Richard Celler as Positions 64L5L and 9L5L, tied by neat strike of "Chicago Ill. Oct. 8, 1856" circular datestamp on orange cover addressed to R. K. Swift at the Clarendon Hotel in N.Y. and forwarded to Boston Mass., red "Forwarded" handstamp crossed out and with "Please take notice I am" with forwarding hand drawn in, cover defective at left and with some other minor edgewear, right stamp light diagonal crease from cover

A REMARKABLE COVER BEARING TWO 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF STAMPS AND ADDRESSED TO R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

This cover came to light only during the past few years, and it was acquired by Mr. Hulme in our 2005 Rarities sale.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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183
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 183, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Position 11L2L, deep rich color, perfs intact all around, tied by remarkably bold full strike of "Chicago Ill. Aug. 29, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover to Poughkeepsie N.Y.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF COVER, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MAILED FROM THE OFFICE OF R. K. SWIFT, THE PROMOTER OF THE HADLEY PERFORATING MACHINE.

This cover is illustrated in Wilson Hulme's article on the Chicago Perfs (Chronicle 175, Figure 25), where Mr. Hulme describes it as one of the covers originating from R. K. Swift's banking office, based on the handwriting.

Ex Seacrest. With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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184
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 184, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Position 61L2L, perfs intact all around, tied by "Chicago Ill. Oct. 9, 1856" circular datestamp on American House hotel corner card cover to New York City, slight creasing and small tear at top of cover do not affect stamp

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF USED ON A HOTEL CORNER CARD COVER.

Covers from Chicago hotels with 3c Chicago Perf stamps were probably mailed by travelers who obtained the stamps from the hotel concierge.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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185
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 185, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red, Ty. II Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Position 21L3, scissors-trimmed with mostly intact perfs on three sides, traces at right, tied by perfect bold "Chicago Ill. Feb. 5, 1857" circular datestamp on buff cover with lumber dealer's embossed corner card, addressed to member of congress in Washington D.C.

AN EXTREMELY FINE COVER WITH THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF AND EMBOSSED CORNER CARD.

With 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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186
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 186, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11A var). Position 67L2L, perfs on two sides, others trimmed, tied by "Chicago Ill. Sep. 19, 1856" circular datestamp on manila cover to Hopkinsville Ky., slight age toning, wax seal stain expertly removed from center

FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF COVER.

With 1993 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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187
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 187, Private Perforations (Chicago Perfs)3c Dull Red (11), 3c Dull Red (11)3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, brilliant color, uncancelled, affixed to pink cover with pre-printed address to "R. K. Swift, Esq., Chicago, Ills.", immaculate condition, fresh and Very Fine, an excellent collateral item for the Chicago Perf specialist, R. K. Swift was a prominent Chicago banker and businessman who actively promoted Dr. Hadley's new perforating machine

E. 500-750
375
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