Sale 1024 — The Natalee Grace Collection of Used Stamps of the United States, Part One: 1847-1868 Issues
Sale Date — Thursday, 7 June, 2012
Category — 10c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 31-35)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.
Type I stamps are only found on the 20 stamps that comprise the bottom row of the plate. Due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in aligning the perforating machine, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design. This is a serious drawback, because Type I is defined as having the design complete at bottom. The stamp offered here, which is very well-centered and clearly shows the type characteristics, is a true condition rarity.
With 1993 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,950.00).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE II WITH SELVAGE AT LEFT, WIDE MARGINS AND A NEAT CANCEL.
With 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,100.00). Only two have graded higher to date, and they are not sheet-selvage copies. Our computerized records contain less than a half-dozen copies with sheet selvage in any condition.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1857 PERFORATED 10-CENT TYPE III IN EXISTENCE. THIS STUNNING STAMP IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED TO DATE.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. The example offered here, with unusually wide margins on all sides, bright color, a face-free cancel and in pristine condition, is the finest we have ever encountered.
With 1999 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $7,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV, COMBINING SUPERB CENTERING, LONG AND FULL PERFORATIONS, AMAZING COLOR AND A RARE NEW YORK OCEAN MAIL CANCELLATION. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1 that have the top, bottom or both lines recut. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage were issued with perforations. They are scarce in such choice condition.
Ex Welling, Dr. Morris and Lyons. With 1986 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott with the rare N.Y. Ocean Mail cancel. Scott Retail as with normal cancel.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 10-CENT TYPE V WITH A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE IMPRINT CAPTURED AT RIGHT AND WITH ENORMOUS MARGINS ON ALL OTHER SIDES.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo). We submitted this stamp for grading to see how P.S.E. factored the captured imprint into the equation. William A. Litle included a note stating that "Grading this one is completely subjective." Agreed. This is the finest example with captured imprint we have ever encountered, and for a stamp like this SMQ is not an accurate guide.