Sale 1034 — The Merlin Collection of Superb United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 28-29 November, 2012

Category — 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
9
 
Sale 1034, Lot 9, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II-II-Ib (7-7-5A). Positions 1-3R1E, horizontal strip of three from the top left corner of the right pane of Plate 1 Early, comprising a pair of Type II at left and Type Ib at right, sheet margin at top, other margins ample to touched or just barely in at left and bottom, deep Plate 1 Early shade, grid cancels, small scuffs in top margin at left, vertical crease in center stamp, the Type Ib at right is sound

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib CONTAINED IN AN ATTRACTIVE SHEET-MARGIN STRIP FROM PLATE ONE EARLY.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms of 3-6R and 8-9R were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom ironed out than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type. Positions 1R and 2R (the two left stamps in this strip) were entered from Relief T on the trimmed-relief transfer roll.

Ex Ashbrook (removed from the Plate 1E Right Pane reconstruction offered in lot 15), Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail as a Type Ib-II pair is $14,000.00 (the sound Position 3R1E in this strip has an individual Scott value of $10,000.00)

E. 7,500-10,000
4,000
10
 
Sale 1034, Lot 10, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib (5A). Position 3R1E, large margins to full all around, beautiful bright Plate 1 Early color, neat strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE TYPE Ib, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- A REMARKABLE STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. These top-row positions usually have an ample top margin, but frequently the margins are close or cutting into the sides or bottom. A Type Ib stamp with large margins all around is a great rarity, particularly in sound condition.

With 1989 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $32,300.00). Only one has graded higher (offered in our Kirke sale) and two others share this grade.

10,000
13,000
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11
 
Sale 1034, Lot 11, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib-Ib-Ib (5A-5A-5A). Positions 4-6R1E, horizontal strip of three contiguous Type Ib positions, large top sheet margin, other sides large to just touched at bottom left and slightly in at left, marvelous bright Robin's Egg Blue shade of Plate 1 Early, tied by blue grid cancels and red Louisiana circular datestamp (part strike, town name indecipherable) on front only to Pittsburgh Pa., the strip has been lifted for examination, very slight creasing at right and two tiny margin tears at right from placement along edge, these negligible flaws are barely detectable and do not affect the appearance, the left pair is sound

VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT 1851 ONE-CENT ISSUE MULTIPLE FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE ONE EARLY, COMPRISING THREE RARE TYPE Ib POSITIONS, INCLUDING 6R1E, ONE OF THE TWO BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE Ib. THIS STRIP CONTAINS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF TYPE Ib POSITIONS KNOWN IN A SINGLE USED MULTIPLE.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type. Although Positions 3-6R1E could form a strip of four, no such multiple has been recorded in used condition. Only the original-gum block from Positions 4-9/14-15R1E (Wagshal Census 5-UNC-002) contains a larger number of Type Ib positions than this strip.

Ex Waterhouse, Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail $35,900.00 as off-cover singles of Positions 4, 5 and 6R1E.

E. 15,000-20,000
15,000
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12°
 
Sale 1034, Lot 12, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. I (5). Position 7R1E, huge margins to barely touched at bottom, including large sheet margin at top, with significant parts of adjoining stamps at sides (both of which are Type Ib (5A), enough of adjoining stamps show to see some of their type characteristics, cancelled by neat strike of red grid and matching "Darien (Ga.) Sep. 11" circular datestamp, gorgeous color and impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I, POSISITION 7R1E, WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED COLORED CANCEL. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, AND IT IS ONE OF TWO GRADED XF 90 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal contains 90 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There has been one addition to the Wagshal census, and there are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps issued regularly prior to the 1868 Grills.

Because of the significance attached to the outer portions of the 1c 1851 design, rare types that have been carefully cut apart, so as not to impinge on any part of the design, are extremely desirable. The narrow spacing between stamps in the sheet and the users' indifference to the outlying ornamentation during separation are factors that contributed to the great rarity of four-margin copies. The example offered here comes from a strip of three of Positions 6-8R1E, offered in our 2007 Rarities sale, which was cut apart with a view towards preserving the margins of this stamp. Examples of Position 7R1E (Scott 5) with large right and bottom margins, where there was very little space between it and the adjoining stamps, are true rarities. In fact, using the census data, it is clear that this stamp is among the two or three finest sound off-cover examples known. The ex-Newbury strip on cover and the ex-Vogel single on cover are among the finest examples of Position 7R1E on cover.

Wagshal Census 5-MUL-66. P.S.E. encapsulated (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $430,000.00 as 90, unpriced in any higher grade). This is the highest grade awarded and one other shares it (cancelled in black).

78,000
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Sale 1034, Lot 13, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ib-Ib-II (5A-5A-7). Positions 8-10R1E, horizontal strip of three from the top right corner of the right pane of Plate 1 Early, comprising a pair of Type Ib at left and the desirable Type II Position 10R1E at right, mostly large margins including part of top sheet margin, bright Plate 1 Early shade, lightly struck cancel, end stamps have heavy thins and center stamp (Type Ib) has small thin spots, slight scuff at top left and small scissors-cut in bottom of left stamp

AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE 1851 ONE-CENT MULTIPLE FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE ONE EARLY, COMPRISING A PAIR OF TYPE Ib, INCLUDING POSITION 8R1E -- ONE OF THE TWO BEST EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE -- AND POSITION 10R1E, THE ONLY TYPE II POSITION ON PLATE ONE EARLY WITH THE COMPLETE DESIGN AT TOP.

Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type. Position 10R was more extensively ironed out at the bottom, but the entry still retained its characteristic Type I Relief T complete design at top.

Ex Ashbrook (removed from the Plate 1E Right Pane reconstruction offered in lot 15), Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail as single examples of Positions 8, 9 and 10R1E is $29,000.00 (the strip is unlisted).

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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14
 
Sale 1034, Lot 14, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II, IIIa (7, 8A). Complete plate reconstruction of the left pane of Plate 1 Early, comprising a total of 124 stamps (24 are part of overlapping multiples), nine are Type IIIa and the remainder are Type II, range of cancels including two small Boston "Paid" grids, other grids (few in red), circular datestamps with few in blue, few manuscript, variable quality but well above the typical plating standard with many four-margin examples and some with sheet margins

A SPECTACULAR AND HISTORIC COMPLETE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE LEFT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY. THIS RECONSTRUCTION WAS ASSEMBLED BY STANLEY B. ASHBROOK, WHOSE PIONEERING WORK ON THE ONE-CENT 1851-57 ISSUE CREATED THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE SPECIALISTS.

Ex Ashbrook, Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail of approximately $28,000.00 does not take into consideration multiples (which are scarce to rare from Plate 1 Early), colored cancels or plate varieties such as double transfers.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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15
 
Sale 1034, Lot 15, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II, IIIa (7, 8A). Virtually complete reconstruction of the right pane of Plate 1 Early, lacking only eleven positions to be complete (including one 5, six No. 5A and four others originally on cover), a total of 114 stamps which includes 25 overlapping in multiples, 23 are plated as Type IIIa, others Type II, range of cancels including grids in black, blue and red, circular datestamps with one in red and nine in blue, generally decent margins with several showing sheet margin, variable quality but well above the usual standard for such a rare plate reconstruction

A MONUMENTAL RECONSTRUCTION OF THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PANE IN CLASSIC UNITED STATES PHILATELY, PRODUCING SUCH LEGENDARY RARITIES AS THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE I AND Ib IMPERFORATE. THIS RECONSTRUCTION WAS ASSEMBLED BY STANLEY B. ASHBROOK, WHOSE PIONEERING WORK ON THE ONE-CENT 1851-57 ISSUE CREATED THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE SPECIALISTS.

Ex Ashbrook, Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail of approximately $43,000.00 does not take into consideration multiples (which are scarce to rare from Plate 1 Early), colored cancels or other plating varieties

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
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16
 
Sale 1034, Lot 16, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II-IIIa-IIIa (7-8A-8A). Positions 16-18R1E, horizontal strip of three, Type IIIa at center with a wide break in outer line, another Type IIIa at right with a small break, Type II at left (early impression), mostly large to huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps above, including the plumes and balls of Position 7R1E at center, beautiful rich color in Plate 1 Early shade

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL 1851 ONE-CENT PLATE ONE EARLY MULTIPLE WITH A SCARCE COMBINATION OF TYPES AND CAPTURING THE COVETED BALLS OF POSITION 7R1E.

The reason that Position 7R1E retained its Type I elements at the bottom is because 17R1E was short transferred at the top, thus reducing the "ironing out" effect on 7R1E. If one cannot afford an example of Scott 5, Position 7R1E, this provides an alternative; after all, having the balls of 7R1E is nearly as important as having the whole stamp.

Ex Wagshal. Scott Retail as pair of Scott 8A and single Scott 7.

2,650
1,900
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17
 
Sale 1034, Lot 17, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, enormous margins all around, including significant portion of four adjoining stamps, radiant color nicely complemented by blue circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STUNNING 1851 ONE-CENT STAMP FROM PLATE 1 EARLY, WITH MASSIVE MARGINS ON ALL SIDES, BRILLIANT COLOR AND A BLUE CANCEL, HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE POSSIBLE ON THE GRADING CHART.

With 1995 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,850.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible and only two others have achieved this grade. Only one has been graded 100, which is an excellent indication of how rare it is to find this imperforate issue in such perfect condition.

157
4,750
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Sale 1034, Lot 18, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Position 89L1L, mounted on plating card with Stanley B. Ashbrook's personal handwritten dedication "To My Esteemed Friend, The Hon. C. G. Selvig, of Cass Lake, Minn., This One Cent U.S. of 1851 From My Collection, With A "PAID" Cancellation In Black. A Beautiful Stamp in A Beautiful Shade.", signed and dated Aug. 1, 1935, Conrad G. Selvig was a Republican congressman from Minnesota, he moved to California in 1935, the year this was given to him by Ashbrook, a wonderful collateral item for the 1c 1851-57 specialist, ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 300-400
475
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Sale 1034, Lot 19, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Enormous margins all around, including parts of five adjoining stamps and sheet margin at left, brilliant color, crisp impression, neat strike of Atlanta circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MARVELOUS STAMP, WHICH IS SURELY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE SUPREME GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- A PERFECT STAMP IN TERMS OF MARGINS, COLOR, IMPRESSION, CANCEL AND OVERALL FRESHNESS.

Ex Tahoe. With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,200.00 as 98). This is the highest grade possible on the grading chart and only seven others have achieved it.

100
2,800
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20
 
Sale 1034, Lot 20, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Complete reconstruction of the left and right panes of Plate 1 Late, comprising a total of 227 stamps (27 are overlapping and were instrumental in accurately reconstructing the plate), all better positions are present including triple transfers/one inverted, double transfers and other varieties such as plate cracks, several desirable multiples including Positions 90/100R1L vertical pair with corner sheet margin, range of cancels including grids, few manuscript, circular datestamps, large Boston "Paid", few in red or blue, generally decent margins, variable quality but well above the typical plating standard

A RARE AND DESIRABLE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE LEFT AND RIGHT PANES OF PLATE ONE LATE, FORMED BY STANLEY B. ASHBROOK AND MORTIMER L. NEINKEN.

Ex Ashbrook, Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail without taking into consideration the various recuts, triple transfer/one inverted positions, multiples, colored cancels or other plate varieties is approximately $29,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). 196 stamps comprising a plating study, including 23 pairs, fifteen strips or blocks of three, a strip of four and 101 singles, all have plating notes in pencil on back, virtually complete reconstruction lacking only a few of the better positions but including inverted transfer Positions 71L and 91L1L, a few with sheet margins or centerlines, generally decent margins which are better than usually found in plate reconstructions, various cancels including circular datestamps, manuscript, grids, one each in red and blue, flaws to be expected, overall appear Fine-Very Fine, a scarce assemblage, ex Wagshal, Scott Retail as singles of approximately $25,000.00 does not take into consideration multiples, the scarcer recuts or other varieties

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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22
 
Sale 1034, Lot 22, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 2 Crack (7 var). Reconstruction of the Plate 2 crack with Positions 1L (dropped-relief variety), 2L (unused, no gum, with 3L originally forming a pair), 12L, 13L, 23L and 33L (trace of crack at top left), margins vary and minor flaws, still an impressive reconstruction, ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 750-1,000
700
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Sale 1034, Lot 23, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Three huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at top and sheet margin at bottom, mostly large at left (just clear of upper ornament), gorgeous dark shade and proof-like impression, neatly struck circular datestamp leaves the characteristics of this distinctive position clearly visible, small scissors-cut in margin at top left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).

Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate.

12,500
4,000
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Sale 1034, Lot 24, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Virtually complete plate reconstruction of Plate 2, the left pane is nearly complete (lacking only Positions 65 and 75), including all five "Big Crack" positions, the right pane is complete except for Positions 99 and 100 (the Type III and IIIa positions), both panes show numerous double transfers and plating marks, both panes comprising singles, pairs and strips and 29 overlapping positions, left pane with one stamp (Position 31) showing part imprint, right pane also with one stamp showing part imprint (Position 60), range of cancels including circular datestamps including blue and one in red, few pen (but not many), many with three or four margins, some with flaws as often found in plate reconstructions

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE VIRTUALLY COMPLETE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF PLATE 2, CONTAINING ALL FIVE POSITIONS OF THE "BIG CRACK" AND NUMEROUS MAJOR AND MINOR VARIETIES FOUND ON THIS PLATE. AN OUTSTANDING RESOURCE, WHICH IS ASHBROOK AND NEINKEN'S ORIGINAL PLATE RECONSTRUCTION.

Ex Ashbrook, Neinken and Wagshal. Scott Retail as singles with no premium for multiples or colored cancels approximately $39,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
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Sale 1034, Lot 25, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 100R4, large to huge margins, including bottom right corner sheet margins, deep rich color on bright paper, neat strikes of circular datestamp leaves the defining characteristics of the type clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, ONE OF THE RARITIES FURNISHED BY PLATE FOUR, WITH CORNER SHEET MARGINS.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).

"W.H.C." backstamp (Colson). With 1992 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $25,000.00 as 90, $47,500.00 as 95). Only four have graded higher and one other shares this grade.

11,000
12,500
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Sale 1034, Lot 26, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 100L4, large even margins all around, deep rich Plate 4 shade and proof-like impression, barely cancelled by a very light strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- IT HAS BRIGHT PAPER, DEEP RICH COLOR, A PROOF-LIKE IMPRESSION AND A LIGHT CANCELLATION WHICH ALLOWS THE TYPE CHARACTERISTICS TO BE CLEARLY SEEN.

Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).

Ex Vogel. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $25,000.00)

11,000
18,000
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Sale 1034, Lot 27, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Position 5R4, enormous margins all around including significant portions of adjoining stamps at sides, gorgeous dark shade and proof-like impression, neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS STAMP -- GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE EXTANT OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE 4. A PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT -- THE MARGINS ARE HUGE ALL AROUND, THE COLOR AND IMPRESSION ARE INTENSE, THE CANCELLATION IS CLEAR AND THE PAPER IS FRESH.

As an amusing anecdote, this stamp was acquired by Jerry Wagshal from a Christie's sale in the mid-1980's. It was was cut from a strip on cover before it was offered in the Christie's sale as a single. After buying the stamp for a record price of nearly $3,000, Mr. Wagshal asked if he could have the cover. It was given to him with a note expressing hope that the price he paid was not indicative of the cover's corner card -- Lunatic Asylum of Dayton.

Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $1,850.00 as 98). A total of 281 used stamps have been submitted for grading, and only four have graded higher, but these statistics do not account for the greater rarity and desirability of top-row Plate 4 Type II stamps

1,100
4,750
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Sale 1034, Lot 28, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Position 73R4, huge margins all around, including part of three adjoining stamps, intense Plate 4 color, detailed impression showing breaks in outer lines (the defining characteristic of the type), neat strike of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. THIS STAMP'S ENORMOUS MARGINS AND LIGHT CANCEL HAVE EARNED IT THE COVETED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND ONE OF ONLY TWO TO ACHIEVE IT.

Type III stamps have breaks in both the top and bottom outer lines (the break is usually wider at the top). This used single stands out among the examples of Scott 8 we have sold over many years. Using Power Search on our website, the extraordinary character of this stamp is demonstrable.

With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $ 21,000.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other has achieved it. The other was offered in our Sale 992.

2,750
11,500
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Sale 1034, Lot 29, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, huge margins, including sheet margin at left, wide break in outer line at top, deep rich color on bright paper, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIA, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.

Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The example offered here, which clearly shows the bottom line complete and top line with wide break, is a superb example of the type. Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April-June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate.

With 1996 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $9,800.00 as 98). This is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve it.

900
8,000
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30
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Sale 1034, Lot 30, 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)1c Blue, Ty. I, Large Die Proof on India (5P1). On 32 x 40mm card, bright color, showing clear layout lines from the die

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE REPORTED PROOF IMPRESSIONS FROM THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE DIE, ONLY ONE OF WHICH IS IN BLUE. PROBABLY EXECUTED DURING THE PRODUCTION PHASE OF THE 1875 REPRINT AND DISTRIBUTED CIRCA 1910.

This die impression shows the so-called cancellation dot in the oval at left, which was applied to the die in 1860 and reproduced on all subjects in Plates 11 and 12. It also shows two small dots below "C" of "Cents" and a strong horizontal layout line at upper left, which are not found on Plates 1 through 12, but are found on the 1875 Reprint plate, which led Neinken to opine that this impression and the few others like it were pulled from a die prepared for the 1875 Reprint (see Neinken, page 19). On one of the Black proofs there is further evidence of provenance, a pencil note on back "From J. E. Ralph. [signed] J. M. Bartels". J. E. Ralph of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is known to have distributed die proofs in 1910.

Ex Finkelburg and Liberman

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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