Sale 982 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 16-18 December, 2009
Category — 1c-3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-11)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A DESIRABLE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III.
Signed by Stryker in pencil. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate
FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV FROM PLATE ONE LATE, CONTAINING TWO SIGNIFICANT POSITIONS AT TOP. IN THE EARLY STATE OF PLATE ONE, THE TOP RIGHT POSITION 7R PRODUCED THE RARE TYPE I AND THE TOP LEFT POSITION 6R PRODUCED TYPE Ib. THIS BLOCK IS AN EARLY IMPRESSION FROM THE REWORKED PLATE AND SHOWS MANY OF THE ENGRAVING DETAILS THAT MAKE TYPES I AND IB SO SIGNIFICANT.
This rare block from the top row of the right pane of Plate 1 Late contains Positions 6R and 7R, the same positions that produced Types Ib and I (respectively) on Plate 1 in its early state, before it was reworked and recut. This block shows one of the earliest and clearest impressions known from Plate 1 Late. Position 7R1L at top right has mostly complete plumes at bottom and the pronounced double transfer, details that disappeared as the plate wore from extensive use.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail as hinged block of four with no premium for the two Mint N.H. stamps at bottom or for the two better positions at top.
FINE-VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ORANGE BROWN.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate.
VERY FINE. THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN IS DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THIS EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate. There are only two original-gum examples listed in the P.S.E. Population Report (one 85 and one 85J)
AN OUTSTANDING HIGH-QUALITY GROUP OF PLATED 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWNS, COMPRISING MORE THAN 25% OF ALL POSSIBLE POSITIONS.
The owner hand-picked these in an effort to combine plating depth with aesthetically-pleasing stamps. Most were acquired decades ago from Dr. Chase and G.B. Smith.
Scott Retail (counting all from Plates 1E and 1i as the cheaper No. 10A) more than $40,000.00
FINE-VERY FINE AND SCARCE GROUP OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ORANGE BROWN ON PART INDIA PAPER. A WONDERFUL GROUP FOR STUDY PREPARED BY THE PRE-EMINENT STUDENTS OF THIS STAMP.
According to a write-up by Dr. Amonette included with this lot, the Part India Paper variety comes from a small batch of paper used soon after these stamps were first released on July 1, 1851. They are seen only from Plate 1E and the paper is a mixture of pure rag stock and fiber from the inner bark of the bamboo tree
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR FROM THE ORIGINAL PROOF SHEETS SENT IN 1854 FROM TOPPAN, CARPENTER & COMPANY TO GREAT BRITAIN FOR USE IN EARLY EXPERIMENTS TO PERFORATE UNITED STATES STAMPS.
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.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A WONDERFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE TRUE PINK SHADE OF THE 3C 1851 ISSUE IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION.
Accompanied by a signed note from Dr. Amonette stating "Finest color and finest copy of the rare pink shade I have ever seen."
This color was listed and priced at $3,500.00 in Scott until the 2009 edition of the catalog. It continues to be listed in the 2009 and 2010 editions, but for some reason is no longer priced