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.
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.).
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.
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.