VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib IMPERFORATE.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them.
With 2010 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STRIP OF THREE FROM PLATE 4 WITH A COMBINATION OF TYPE III AND TWO TYPE IIIa.
Ex Emerson and Neinken. With 2010 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as combination pair of Types III and IIIa and single Type IIIa
VERY FINE. A NOTEWORTHY AND UNIQUE COVER FROM NUMEROUS PERSPECTIVES. PLATE 4 STAMPS WITH ANY PORTION OF THE IMPRINT ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS COVER ALSO BEARS THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT 1851 STAMPS FROM PLATE 4 -- A TYPE II STAMP FROM THE TOP ROW WITH A TYPE IIIa QUALIFYING BREAK IN THE BOTTOM LINE, A TYPE III STAMP FROM AN IMPRINT POSITION, AND TYPE IIIa. ITS PHILATELIC SIGNIFICANCE IS FURTHER ENHANCED BY ONE OF THE FEW PICTORIAL FANCY CANCELLATIONS USED DURING THE 1851 ISSUE ERA -- THE PATRIOTIC RED FLAG IN CIRCLE OF NEWARK VALLEY, NEW YORK.
The stamps on this cover include two interesting Plate 4 positions. Position 2L4 (at center) is a top row Type II with the complete design at top, but the break in the bottom outer line also qualifies it as a Type IIIa. Position 61L4 is a Type III position with the lower portion of the imprint in the upper left sheet margin. Either stamp on cover would be a very desirable rarity, but the combination and additional Type IIIa stamp form what is undoubtedly a unique franking.
Newark Valley is partway between Binghamton and Ithaca N.Y. During the stampless period, Newark Valley used the pictorial "Kissing Doves" handstamp, and later (circa 1857) the postmaster used this patriotic fancy cancellation.
Ex Moody, Neinken and Wagshal
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR COVER BEARING A ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STRIP CONTAINING ONE OF THE INVERTED TRANSFER POSITIONS ON PLATE ONE LATE -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE HUGE SHEET MARGIN AND BRIGHT BLUE SHADE.
The inverted transfers on Positions 71L, 81L and 91L were made after the top row of the right pane of Plate 1 Early was entered from the Type I single-relief transfer roll. According to Richard Celler's theory, the three inverted transfers were made from a Type I design 3-relief transfer roll as a sort of trial after the top row entries had been made and the plate was turned around 180 degrees. When another plate ("Plate 0") had to be discarded, the siderographer returned to Plate 1 and erased the three inverted transfers before completing the plate with entries surrounding 3R to 10R. On Plate 1 Early, Positions 71L and 81L are double transfers. Position 91L was entered a total of three times, so it is a triple transfer, one inverted. When the plate was reworked in 1852, 71L and 81L were re-entered (but not 91L), making them all triple transfers, one inverted. The stamp offered here comes from Position 91L on Plate 1 Late.
With 2011 P.F. certificate