Sale 964 — The W. Wilson Hulme II Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday, 2 December, 2008
Category — Private Perforations (Newbern N.C. thru Waterbury Conn.)
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.