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Sale 964 — The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

Category — Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
199
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 199, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var)3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var). Position 88R3, showing horizontal and vertical roulettes, tied by perfect strike of blue "Newbern N.C. Mar. 28" circular datestamp on small piece, Very Fine, only three reconstructed pairs and four singles are recorded, illustrated in Chase and also in the Sesquicentennial book on p. 139

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
200
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 200, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var), 3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var)3c Orange Red, Ty. II, Newbern N.C. Unofficial Roulette (11A var). Two stamps which originally formed a horizontal pair, Positions 17, 18R3, bright shade, top right, bottom middle and lower left show clear rouletting, each with blue Dec. 7 circular datestamp, second with blue Dec. (?)0 circular datestamp, faint horizontal crease

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. TWO RARE EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH NEWBERN, NORTH CAROLINA ROULETTES.

In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme summarizes what is known about these rare roulettes. Based on the shade of the stamps, they were likely produced in 1852 and 1853. None are known on cover, and they gauge about 5-7. Only three reconstructed pairs and four singles are recorded in his census.

Illustrated in the Sesquicentennial book on p. 141. With 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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201
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 201, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var). Position 76L4, clear roulettes on all sides, rouletted approximately 17, tied by "New York Jul. 21" circular datestamp on 1857 folded letter to Albany N.Y., some splitting along vertical file fold, unobtrusive tear in address panel, stamp slightly affected by vertical file fold and diagonal crease at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW YORK UNOFFICIAL ROULETTE. A GREAT RARITY.

Little is known about this unofficial roulette. In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme postulated that these were done by hand and not by a machine. New York received its supply of perforated stamps in the third week of July 1857, and so the window for use of these roulettes would have been extremely narrow -- all are known used in July of that year. He also mentions the possibility that one may exist on a 1c stamp.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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202
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 202, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var)3c Dull Red, Ty. I, New York Unofficial Roulette (11 var). Position 97L4, clear roulettes on three sides, rouletted approximately 17, s.e. at bottom, tied by "New-York Jul. 1" circular datestamp on cover to Philmont N.Y., some minor toning from gum along right edge of stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH THIS UNOFFICIAL ROULETTE.

This cover is not listed in Wilson Hulme's census in the Sesquicentennial book and must be a relatively recent discovery.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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203
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 203, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, New York Unofficial Roulette (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, New York Unofficial Roulette (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, New York Unofficial Roulette (11A). Position 76R2L, showing roulettes on all four sides, rouletted approximately 17, neat strike of "New-York Jul. 2?" circular datestamp, bright color

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE RARE NEW YORK UNOFFICIAL ROULETTE ARE RECORDED ON THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
750
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204
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 204, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Claret, Ty. II, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11A var), 3c Claret, Ty. II, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11A var)3c Claret, Ty. II, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11A var). Position 59L5l, clear sawtooth perforations on all four sides, gauges approximately 9, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 24, 1857" circular datestamp on orange cover with blue hardware importer's corner card to Pattonsburg Va., showing unusual "jump" in the perforations at top left

VERY FINE. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE RICHMOND VIRGINIA SAWTOOTH PERFORATIONS ARE RECORDED IN WILSON HULME'S CENSUS, AND THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WHICH GAUGES 9. A RARE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE COVER OF TREMENDOUS VISUAL APPEAL.

In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme notes that only two examples are recorded from Richmond. Both are on cover (see next lot) and both show different gauge of perforation. Both have been known for many years and are from different correspondences. Other than this, little is known.

Ex Beals. With 1970 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
6,250
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205
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 205, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Claret, Ty. I, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11 var), 3c Claret, Ty. I, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11 var)3c Claret, Ty. I, Richmond Va. Sawtooth Perforations (11 var). Clear sawtooth perforations on all four sides, gauges approximately 10-1/2, tied by indistinct strike of "Richmond Va. Jun. 13" circular datestamp on cover to Lexington Va., 1857 docketing at left, trivial ink erosion in address at far right

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RICHMOND VIRGINIA SAWTOOTH PERFORATION, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITH THE DISTINCTIVE 10-1/2 GAUGE. A GREAT RARITY.

In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme notes that only two examples are recorded from Richmond. Both are on cover (see previous lot) and both show different gauge of perforation. Both have been known for many years and are from different correspondences.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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206
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 206, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Waterbury Conn. Unofficial Roulettes (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Waterbury Conn. Unofficial Roulettes (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Waterbury Conn. Unofficial Roulettes (11A var). The definitive collection of this issue, consisting of one off-cover and three on-cover examples, covers incl. Position 18L1L, large margins to in and showing the roulettes on all sides, tied by bold strike of "Waterbury Ct. Sep. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Norwalk Conn., some slight edgewear of no consequence, second is Position 2L1L tied by "Waterbury Ct. Feb. 5" circular datestamp to Watertown Conn.; third is Position 92R1L and tied by "Waterbury Ct. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on cover to Newtown Conn., off-cover is Position 1L1L with New Haven circular datestamp and clear roulettes at left

VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR ON-COVER AND SIX OFF-COVER EXAMPLES ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST OF THE RARE 3-CENT WATERBURY ROULETTE -- ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL THE UNOFFICIAL PERFORATING ATTEMPTS. THIS ROULETTE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS BEING THE EARLIEST ATTEMPT TO SEPARATE STAMPS ON A HIGH-SPEED PRODUCTION BASIS, PREDATING THE SO-CALLED "CHICAGO PERFS". A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE MOST OF THE WORLD'S SUPPLY OF THIS ISSUE.

In an article on this issue in the Sesquicentennial book (pp. 144-148), Wilson Hulme dates the device, based on shade and plate, to 1854. All are the Rose Red shade, and all are from Plate 1 Late. The roulette is spread far apart, leaving wide areas of the stamp still connected. In an article in the Waterbury Democrat it is noted that "the machine for cutting postage stamps so as they may be torn off as required (which was invented by Mr. Phillip Dobbin and manufactured by the well known firm of Blake & Johnson, of this city) was tried last week, and far surpasses the English plan of perforating...by this improvement you are able to cut two thousand five hundred stamps at one time without destroying the stamp in any way..."

In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme recorded only five examples of this issue (two on cover), but on his album pages he notes several additional, including some of those offered here.

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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207
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 207, Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)[Waterbury Roulettes Collateral], [Waterbury Roulettes Collateral][Waterbury Roulettes Collateral]. Two 3c Green entires (U163) cancelled by Waterbury cancels incl. oval grid and circle of wedges, each with Blake & Johnson return printed return address at top left, fresh and Very Fine, Blake & Johnson built the rouletting machine

E. 100-150
50
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