EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE 3-CENT WITHOUT RECUT INNER LINES. THIS IS SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
The 3c 1851 Orange Brown Imperforate without recut inner lines, Scott 10, is frequently confused with Scott 10A. The inner lines may be recut at left, right, or both sides, and the line are sometimes faintly or partly recut, making them difficult to see. Scott 10 without recut inner lines is found on approximately 64 of the 200 positions of Plate 1 Early and Intermediate.
Plate 1 Early was the first plate used to print 3c stamps; the earliest date of use from any other plate is July 12 (Plate 1 Intermediate) and July 19, 1851 (Plate 5E). Sometime after the first week of use Plate 1 Early was taken off the press and reworked. This resulted in the Intermediate state of the plate, which has about the same number of positions without recut inner lines. This plate was used for several months before it was extensively reworked, creating Plate 1 Late. All stamps from Plate 1 Late are Scott 11A with recut inner lines. The stamps printed from Plate 1 Early are the scarcest from any 3c 1851 plate (Scott 10, 10A, 11 or 11A).
With 1989 and 2011 P.F. certificates. In our opinion this is undercatalogued in Scott given how difficult they are to find in choice condition.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED CORNER-MARGIN AND CENTERLINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II ORANGE BROWN WITH GORGEOUS COLOR AND A BEAUTIFUL CANCEL. A MAGNIFICENT STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
Most corner or sheet-margin copies have had the extra margin trimmed entirely or at least closer to the design. Wide sheet margins, when they are present, are prone to creasing or other faults due to their size. The example offered here, with large sheet margins and in sound condition, is a true rarity.
With 2006 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE PRINTED ON BOTH SIDES. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL IMPERFORATE UNITED STATES STAMPS.
Engraved stamps printed on both sides usually have a poor impression on one side and a second, complete impression on the other. They probably occurred when a sheet was printed without proper moistening, which prevented the paper from picking up the ink in the recessed lines of the engraved plate.
Our list of printed-on-both-sides stamps is included as an appendix to this catalogue. The variety is known on the three denominations issued in 1851 -- 1c, 3c and 12c -- but not on the imperforate stamps issued in 1855 (10c) and 1856 (5c). This is the only recorded example of the 3c 1851 design printed on both sides.
Ex Alexander. Illustrated in Chronicle Vol. 123, p. 164. With 1975 and 2001 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II, SHOWING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE IMPRINT AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE PLATE NUMBER FROM PLATE 3. A PHENOMENAL POSITION PIECE.
The plate number was engraved by hand for each plate, and can vary in size and style of lettering. Plate number copies are rare from any plate. They are especially difficult to find from Plate 3, because the plate number falls mostly between two stamps. It is only the presence of such a wide margin at top that allows this stamp to exhibit the plate number. If the margin were cut any closer to the stamp's design, then the plate number would be incomplete or missing entirely.
FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 3-CENT TYPE II IMPERFORATE WITH DOUBLE IMPRESSION. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY DOUBLE IMPRESSION KNOWN FOR ANY DENOMINATION OF THE 1851-56 ISSUE. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC RARITY.
Our census and summary of double impressions is included as an appendix to this catalogue. Most double impressions occur when the first impression is made and found to be inadequate. The paper is then put in the press a second time, where it receives the heavier impression. It is a common misconception that the weaker impression is the second one.
A review of philatelic literature, auction catalogues, research notes and the records of the Philatelic Foundation failed to find reference to another example.
From our 1968 Rarities of the World sale. Ex Piller and Wagshal. Accompanied by the cover from which this stamp was removed (manuscript "Clear Spring Pa" postmark). With 1980 and 2010 P.F. certificates