EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. THIS TYPE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH A SHEET MARGIN.
Looking at the distribution of types on Plate 1 Early (Neinken book, page 66), it is apparent that only three bottom-row positions can be Type IIIa (all others are Type II). Two are "swing" positions: Type II before the plate wore and Type IIIa after it wore enough to cause a break in the line (100L and 100R). Position 96R1E is a strong Type IIIa, and it comes from one of the five misplaced A Relief entries in the bottom row. Elsewhere around the perimeter of each pane, only six other positions offer the possibility of a Type IIIa sheet margin stamp (none in the top row). The stamp offered here, judged by statistical rarity and by its outstanding quality, is a marvelous example of the 1c 1851 Imperforate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE WITH THE CENTERLINE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. POSITION 51R1E IS ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE IIIa ON PLATE ONE EARLY.
Plate 1 Early stamps showing the centerline are rare. According to the Neinken chart, only three of the centerline positions on Plate 1 Early are Type IIIa -- 40L, 51R and 71R -- and this position (51R) shows a wide break in the outer line at top.
On Plate 1 Early there are strong Type IIIa positions with well-defined breaks in the top line, and there are weak positions that show a slight break. The Neinken book discusses the variation in Type IIIa positions on Plate 1 Early (page 73) and lists the following as the "best" examples of Type IIIa with the line broken at top: 40L, 53L, 33R, 35R, 51R, 55R, 72R and 75R1E.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMBINATION PAIR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPES II AND IIIA. THIS PAIR SHOWS THE B-A RELIEF COMBINATION FOUND ONLY IN THE BOTTOM ROW OF THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY.
This pair is an extremely rare and desirable example of the B-A Relief combination from the bottom row of Plate 1E Right, resulting from the misplaced Relief A entries in Positions 96-100R1E (see Neinken book, p. 72 and footnote 8, for commentary on the rarity of 96R1E).
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate.