Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 964 — The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 2 December, 2008

Category — U.S. Experimental Perforation Period

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
222
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 222, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 73R7 plating note on back, almost perfectly centered, small margin nick at bottom from separation, tied by clearly-dated strike of "New-York Feb. 28" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Springfield Mass., backflap with law and collection office's blue cameo return card with eagle and shield design

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF A PERFORATED STAMP IN THE UNITED STATES. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED WITH THE FEBRUARY 28, 1857, DATE -- TWO FROM NEW YORK AND ONE FROM PHILADELPHIA.

The first experimentally perforated stamps were delivered to the U.S. government on February 24, 1857. Seven cities were chosen for distribution. According to the North American and United States Gazette of February 27, "...Ninety thousand were ordered for the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and thirty thousand for New Orleans and other cities of the South and West." The earliest documented use of a perforated stamp is February 28, 1857, based on two covers from New York and the Philadelphia cover offered in the following lot. The experimental period continued until June 10, 1857, when the original six-year contract with Toppan, Carpenter expired. It was renewed on April 8, 1857, effective June 10, from which point all stamps were perforated as mandated by the new contract terms.

The cover offered here was certified in 1975 by The Philatelic Foundation for Calvet M. Hahn and offered in the Siegel 1976 Rarities sale as a "First Day Cover," based on the belief that Saturday, February 28, is the first day that perforated stamps went on sale at New York and Philadelphia. Approximately 75 covers from the experimental perforation period have been recorded by Hulme, and February 28 stands as the earliest documented use.

With 1975 and 1994 P.F. certificates.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,750
223
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 223, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 35R7 plating note on back, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 28" (1857) circular datestamp on small cover to Pughtown Pa.

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF A PERFORATED STAMP IN THE UNITED STATES. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED WITH THE FEBRUARY 28, 1857, DATE -- TWO FROM NEW YORK AND THIS ONE COVER FROM PHILADELPHIA.

The first experimentally perforated stamps were delivered to the U.S. government on February 24, 1857. Seven cities were chosen for distribution. According to the North American and United States Gazette of February 27, "...Ninety thousand were ordered for the cities of Philadelphia and New York, and thirty thousand for New Orleans and other cities of the South and West." The earliest documented use of a perforated stamp is February 28, 1857, based on two covers from New York (one offered in the previous lot) and the Philadelphia cover offered here. The experimental period continued until June 10, 1857, when the original six-year contract with Toppan, Carpenter expired. It was renewed on April 8, 1857, effective June 10, from which point all stamps were perforated as mandated by the new contract terms.

With 1995 A.P.S. certificate stating "used on first day cover, February 28, 1857, Philadelphia, Pa." Also with 1936 letter from Stanley B. Ashbrook to L. J. Shaughnessy, regarding this cover.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
Back to Top
224
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 224, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 14R7 plating note, choice centering and bright shade, tied by bold "New-York Mar. 2" (1857) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Easton Pa., original enclosure dated Feb. 28, 1857, Extremely Fine, very early use of perforated 3c 1857 during experimental period (February-June 1857), at one time March 2 (Monday) was believed to be the first day of sale, with 1988 P.F. certificate stating "the perforations being those found on the earliest Scott 25 stamps", ex Piller

E. 750-1,000
1,700
Back to Top
225
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 225, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Plate 7, tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston Mass. 5 Mar." (1857) circular datestamp on blue 1857 folded letter to New York, file fold, Very Fine, extremely early use during experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
325
Back to Top
226
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 226, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Plating note "Probably 74L7 Overwiped impression 'A' relief", pulled perf at bottom, tied by "Albany N.Y. Mar. 20" (1857) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Albion N.Y., with original enclosure dated 1857, Very Fine, early use of 3c perforated stamp during experimental period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
325
Back to Top
227
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 227, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Plate 7, bright shade, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 30" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Buchannon Carroll in New Orleans, tiny erosion spot in address, Very Fine, early use of perforated 3c 1857 during experimental period (February-June 1857), Chase note on back "very rare shade"

E. 300-400
275
Back to Top
228
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 228, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 16R7 plating note, bright shade, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 1" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Boston, docketed on back, Very Fine, early use of perforated 3c 1857 during experimental period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
250
Back to Top
229
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 229, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 23R7 plating note, bright shade, scissors separated with some trimmed perfs at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 5, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Providence R.I., file fold clear of stamp, Very Fine, New Orleans received a small supply of perforated stamps during the experimental period

E. 300-400
350
Back to Top
230
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 230, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A)3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A). Position 44R5L plating note, some perfs and bit of margin torn away at lower left during separation, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 15" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Frederick Md. with commission merchant's blue cameo corner card, neatly docketed with 1857 year date, Very Fine, this is the earliest document use of a perforated 3c stamp from Plate 5 Late -- more importantly, since the Scott reclassification of 3c types, this now becomes the earliest documented use of Scott 25A

E. 400-500
600
Back to Top
231
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 231, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 42L7 plating note, tied by "Washington City D.C. Apr. 17, 1857" circular datestamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, with original enclosure, stamp has tiny corner crease at top left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use of 3c perforated from Washington D.C. during experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
225
Back to Top
232
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 232, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A)3c Pale Claret, Ty. II (25A). Position 76L5L plating note, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 22, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to the Archbishop of New Orleans, forwarded with 3c Claret, Ty. II (11A), Position 23R3 plating note, large margins to slightly in, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 29" circular datestamp (second strike ties perforated stamp), faint toning, still Very Fine, a remarkable use of the perforated and imperforate stamps together during the experimental perforation period

E. 500-750
650
Back to Top
233
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 233, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 97L7 plating note, tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston Mass. 23 Apr." (1857) circular datestamp on small cover to Cambridge, faint wax seal stain, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use during experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
225
Back to Top
234
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 234, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. II (25A), 3c Claret, Ty. II (25A)3c Claret, Ty. II (25A). Position 16R5L plating note, scissors separated with some blunt perfs, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 25" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Lexington Va., beautiful overall blue importer's illustrated advertising on back, docketed with 1857 year date, Very Fine, very early use of 3c perforated stamp from Plate 5 Late (now classified as Scott 25A)

E. 300-400
450
Back to Top
235
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 235, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 13R6 plating note, tied by "Washington City D.C. Apr. 30, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to New York, Browns Marble Hotel illustrated advertising on back, light creases not affecting stamp, Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of 3c perforated stamp from Plate 6

E. 400-500
550
Back to Top
236
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 236, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 8R4 plating note, scissors separated with perfs mostly intact, grid cancel, lightly struck "Farmington Falls Me. May 9" (1857) circular datestamp on small cover to Boston, original enclosure dated 1857, Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of a perforated 3c stamp from Plate 4, with correspondence from Thomas J. Alexander regarding the significance of this Plate 4 perforated usage

E. 300-400
350
Back to Top
237
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 237, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Position 96L7 plating note, tied by "Rockland Lake N.Y. May 20" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Spring Valley N.Y., pencil docketing on back dated 1857, Very Fine, unusual shade for this experimental perforated stamp from Plate 7

E. 300-400
250
Back to Top
238
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 238, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 25L7 plating note, scissors separated with some trimmed perfs at top, tied by perfectly clear strike of blue "Baltimore Md. May 22, 1857" circular datestamp on grocer's blue illustrated cameo corner card cover to Sandy Spring Md., Extremely Fine, outstanding quality and a scarce early use of the 3c perforated stamp during the experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 400-500
550
Back to Top
239
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 239, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 30R7 plating note, rich color, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. May 22, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, file fold clear of stamp, Very Fine, unusually choice stamp used during the experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
500
Back to Top
240
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 240, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Position 82L7 plating note, pulled perf at bottom, ms. cancel, red "Springwater N.Y. Jun. 1" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to St. Louis Mo., with original 1857 enclosure, manufacturing creases in cover and small ink stain at left, Very Fine, early use and unusual shade for an experimental perforated stamp from Plate 7

E. 300-400
200
Back to Top
241
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 241, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 55R7 plating note, exceptionally choice centering, tied by "Washington City D.C. Jun. 2, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Plymouth Mass., slight toning, Very Fine, scarce use of 3c perforated stamp from Washington D.C. during the experimental perforation period (February-June 1857)

E. 300-400
350
Back to Top
242
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 242, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25), 3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25)3c Pale Claret, Ty. I (25). Position 51R6 plating note, bright shade, perforated straddle-pane margin at left with centerline, tied by "New-York Jun. 28, 1857 circular datestamp on yellow cover to Ripton Vt. with wine importer's blue cameo corner card, Very Fine, early use of perforated 3c 1857 and significant as an early perforated stamp from Plate 6 , ex Chase

E. 300-400
600
Back to Top
243
c
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 243, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (25). Position 12L8 plating note, pencil cancel, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 6" (1857) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Hartford Conn., fingerprint at bottom, Very Fine, this is identified by Mr. Hulme as the earliest documented use of a perforated stamp after commencement of the second Toppan, Carpenter contract period

E. 200-300
425
Back to Top
244
 
Sale Number 964, Lot Number 244, U.S. Experimental Perforation Period10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Horizontal pair, dark shade, cancelled by "Lancaster Pa. Jul. 27, 1857" circular datestamp, the earliest documented use of a 10c perforated stamp, corner crease and small perf flaws, otherwise Fine, although all four types come from Plate 1, the earliest documented use of any perforated 10c stamp is July 27, 1857 -- the earliest dated cover is August 8 (Scott No. 32 and 33)

E. 500-750
450
Back to Top
245
 
3c 1857 First Contract Perforations, Balance of Study Collection. 29 covers and 24 stamps, all No. 25 or 25A with datestamps during the February-June 1857 period when perforations were introduced but before Toppan, Carpenter's first contract expired, arranged by city, Mr. Hulme's original research is included, mixed condition, which is to be expected in a purely academic study of this nature, nonetheless an important holding and contribution to the study of classic U.S. stamps, the 3c perforated First Contract stamps are scarce and desirable, this could be one of the largest groups extant

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
Back to Top
Copyright 2021. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy