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Sale 1021 — The Frelinghuysen Collection, Part Two

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 March, 2012

Category — 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
459
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 459, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)5c Chocolate, Imperforate Horizontally (255c), 5c Chocolate, Imperforate Horizontally (255c)5c Chocolate, Imperforate Horizontally (255c). Top left corner selvage block of six with wide selvage, unused (no gum), separated between rows and reattached, few flaws incl. soiling, thin spots in selvage at top and tear in selvage at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CORNER-MARGIN MULTIPLE OF THE 1894 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.

It is believed that most examples of this error originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office. We offered a similar block, from the bottom left corner of the sheet, in our 2009 auction of the Whitpain collection.

Ex Col. Green. Scott Retail as two pairs.

8,000
3,500
460
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 460, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. I, II (261-261A). Bottom imprint and plate no. 76 block of eight, left four stamps Type I, right four stamps Type II, original gum, bottom left and bottom right stamps Mint N.H., h.r. in selvage at bottom, beautiful shade and detailed impression

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED ORIGINAL-GUM PLATE BLOCKS OF THE $1.00 1894 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

The $1.00 1894-95 Issue was printed in a sheet of 200 comprised of two panes of 100. The left pane and left half of the right pane were Type I, while the right half of the right pane was Type II. Imprint and plate number multiples from the right pane consist of one Type I and two Type II stamps. Combination pairs and strips, which exist only between the fifth and sixth columns, are extremely rare and desirable. Plate number strips and blocks are of even greater rarity, and only a small number of the 1894 unwatermarked issue exist. According to Bartels and Brookman, only 8,762 of the Type II were issued in total, and of these only a small fraction (about 20%) come from the positions that could yield combination pairs.

Prior to this block's emergence, we recorded only three combination imprint and plate number blocks, and our census was confirmed by Lewis Kaufman: 1) the block offered in our "MLG" sale, four stamps Mint N.H. (Siegel Sale 971, lot 1165); 2) imprint and plate no. block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., bottom stamps centered to top and left, ex Bauer and Wampler; and 3) originally a bottom imprint and plate no. block of 20 (since broken out as a plate block -- the right six stamps of this multiple were offered in Part Two of the Alan B. Whitman Collection), small separation, currently in a private collection. The block offered here now takes its place as the fourth recorded plate block.

With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as plate block of six and two singles (one Mint N.H.).

79,150
47,500
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461
og
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 461, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A), $1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A)$1.00 Black, Ty. II (261A). Original gum, small h.r., intense shade and impression, light natural gum crease, Very Fine

2,100
750
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462
og
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 462, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Original gum, h.r., rich color on bright paper, two small thin spots at bottom, Very Fine appearance

2,750
400
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463
og
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 463, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Original gum, rich color and detailed impression, Fine

4,500
950
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464
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 464, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$2.00 Bright Blue (262), $2.00 Bright Blue (262)$2.00 Bright Blue (262). Block of four with selvage at bottom, bottom left stamp Mint N.H., bottom right stamp barely hinged, top stamps small h.r., deep rich color on bright paper, top stamps one tiny thin spot each

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $2.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE, CONTAINING A MINT NEVER-HINGED STAMP.

Scott Retail as singles.

17,000
7,500
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465
ogbl
Sale Number 1021, Lot Number 465, 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 255c-263)$5.00 Dark Green (263), $5.00 Dark Green (263)$5.00 Dark Green (263). Block of four, original gum, h.r. where few perf separations sensibly reinforced, rich color, natural gum bends and creases

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1894 $5.00 UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

Very few blocks remain intact, as most have been broken to feed collector demand for singles. We have offered only two others, both with similar centering, in over a decade.

22,000
6,000
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