FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia, imperforate and perforated, only comes from 18 positions in the bottom rows of the right and left panes of Plate 4.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT BLOCK OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED ISSUE FROM PLATE TWO. ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT MULTIPLES FROM THIS PLATE.
Based on the centering and shade, we believe this block comes from a large multiple that contained the block of 30 from Positions 52-57/92-97R2 and the block of 9 from Positions 78-80/98-100R2. Both of those blocks and this block were offered in the Caspary sale. The two larger blocks were reunited in the Zoellner collection and are now in the William H. Gross collection.
The righthand vertical pair is sound and exceptionally choice, and the bottom right stamp is an Extremely Fine Gem. However, we hope this block will remain intact, because it is one of the finest Plate 2 pieces we have encountered. The Wagshal collection, which included Neinken's holding, did not have a perforated Plate 2 block of this quality.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1857 3-CENT TYPE I.
Scott Catalogue assigns a 40% premium to a block versus four singles (with gum). Scott Retail as no gum singles with no premium for the multiple.