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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 — 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
31
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 31, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Position 61R1E, full to huge margins including left inter-pane margin with centerline, portion of adjoining stamp at bottom and trace at top, vivid color, light strike of blue grid cancel

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.

165
1,900
32
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 32, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I, Part India Paper (10 var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. I, Part India Paper (10 var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. I, Part India Paper (10 var). Position 21R1E, large margins to clear, rich color, neat strike of small Boston "Paid" grid, faint corner crease at top right, Very Fine appearing example of this scarce variety, according to Dr. Amonette this paper is a mixture of pure rag stock and fiber from the inner bark of the bamboo tree, with 2003 P.F. certificate, Scott Catalogue only lists Part India paper for Scott 10A and not for No. 10

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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33
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 33, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 1R2E, large to huge margins including top left corner inter-pane margins with centerline at left, radiant color and detailed impression beautifully complemented by blue "Philadelphia Oct. 22" circular datestamp

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

165
1,500
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34
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 34, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 61L0, huge margins to clear including left sheet margin with "ton & Cincinnati" portion of imprint, radiant color, neat circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2011 P.F. certificate

160
1,200
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35
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 35, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var). Position 18L1E, large margins to clear, beautiful warm shade, neat strike of grid cancel, Very Fine, a scarce sound example of this sought-after variety, measured for thickness (.0022 in.) and with Dr. Amonette’s signed plating card, according to Dr. Amonette this paper is a mixture of pure rag stock and fiber from the inner bark of the bamboo tree, scarce variety, with 2010 P.F. certificate

1,250
375
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36
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 36, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Orange Brown, Printed on Both Sides (10Ab; formerly 10a), 3c Orange Brown, Printed on Both Sides (10Ab; formerly 10a)3c Orange Brown, Printed on Both Sides (10Ab; formerly 10a). Printing on back with same orientation as the front, rich color, large margins to just in, bold small Boston "Paid" grid cancel, back of stamp with clear impression of Washington's head facing left as in printed stamp and also offset of lettering at bottom, tiny thin spot at top

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

20,000
50,000
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37
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 37, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Position 70R8, large to huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and "Toppan, Carpen" portion of imprint at right, radiant color, neat strike of Milwaukee circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, imprint copies with such wide margins on all other sides are very rare, especially in this superb condition

15
275
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38
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 38, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 60R3, huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at top and sheet margin with "ter, Casilear & Co. BANK NOTE EN" portion of imprint and "No. 3" plate number at right, deep rich color nicely complemented by unobtrusive strike of blue circular datestamp, two small thin spots to the right of the imprint of little consequence

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.

16
1,600
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39
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 39, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Position 91R3, large to huge margins including bottom left corner inter-pane margins, bright color, neat strike of Nov. 26 Delaware town datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful and rare sound corner-margin example of this issue, with 2000 P.F. certificate

15
400
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40
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 40, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Claret, Ty. II (11A), 3c Claret, Ty. II (11A)3c Claret, Ty. II (11A). Large to huge margins including significant portion of adjoining stamp at right and part of adjoining stamps on other three sides, deep rich color on bright paper, bold strike of grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp in every respect, ex Dr. Morris, with 1992 P.F. certificate

21
200
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41
 
Sale Number 1024, Lot Number 41, 3c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 10-11A)3c Rose Red, Ty. II, Double Impression (11Ae), 3c Rose Red, Ty. II, Double Impression (11Ae)3c Rose Red, Ty. II, Double Impression (11Ae). Three large margins, just into label at top, pen squiggle cancel, remarkably strong impressions with pronounced doubling of rosettes and virtually unreadable wording, small corner creases at top left and bottom left

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

11,000
26,000
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