Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 10-14 December, 2012
Category — 1908-12 Issues (Scott 338-396)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE SINGLE OF THE SCARCE 1909 10-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 356.
This stamp possesses all of the key characteristics of the 10c 1909 coil -- height, color and coil trim detail under magnification -- yet it is centered much better than the typical example.
FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 4-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL 20TH CENTURY MULTIPLES.
During the early stages of production of the 1908-09 Washington-Franklin stamps, the Bureau tried to solve the problem of paper shrinkage that caused off-center perforations and resulted in a large number of unusable sheets. Armstrong notes that up to twenty percent of sheets had to be discarded. The first such experiments resulted in the Bluish Paper stamps (Scott 357-366). Rag cloth was added to the wood pulp mixture, but this did not have the desired effect and the experiment was discontinued.
According to Johl (Vol. 1, page 175), the only source of the 4c and 8c Bluish stamps was the archives of the Post Office Department. Approximately 80 of each were traded for rare stamps missing from the archives. Given the failed experimental nature of the paper mixture, it is no surprise that virtually all copies are off-center to some extent.
Our Levi records contain a half-dozen blocks of four (none larger), but several of these may have been broken up -- the Levi records on three are from the 1950's and 1960's.
Ex Colonel Green and Grunin. With copy of 1972 P.F. certificate.
FINE. A SCARCE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 6-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER.
Especially desirable with three Mint N.H. stamps. Scott Retail as hinged plate block.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY CHOICE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT COIL, SCOTT 387.
With 1990 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $1,900.00). This is the highest grade awarded.
FINE. A RARE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT HORIZONTAL COIL, SCOTT 388.
This 2c coil was in production for only a short period of time before being superseded by the Perf 8-1/2 issue. Due to the greater popularity of the horizontal coils with users, combined with a wary attitude by many collectors that early coils were simply trimmed stamps, many were used and few preserved.
With 1991 and 2012 P.F. certificates