EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
This 10c plate block has the crackly white gum found on some Columbian stamps. The benefits of this white gum are brighter paper and its consistently crackly texture leaves no doubt that the gum is Mint Never-Hinged.
Ex Silver Lake. With 2004 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY SPECTACULAR MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 15-CENT COLUMBIAN.
As noted in the description of lot 1541, the white crackly gum sometimes found on Columbians leaves no doubt that the gum is Mint Never-Hinged.
FINE-VERY FINE. A SCARCE PLATE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 30-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
A Power Search review (which includes all of our Rarities sales) indicates that we have only sold six plate blocks of six and five other plate blocks of eight, plus a block of 18 containing two imprint and plate number multiples which has probably been broken. Of these, several had thin spots or small tears.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE AND RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 50-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
The 50c Columbian is far rarer as a plate number block of eight than six. We located only eight plate blocks of this size using Power Search.
FINE. A RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
Scott Retail as four Mint N.H. singles
FINE-VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE MULTIPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN IN THE ROSE CARMINE SHADE.
Scott Retail as singles
FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE FRESH AND INTACT PANE OF 100 OF THE ONE-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
All of the 1c stamps of the Columbian issue were printed from 200-subject plates, with guide arrows between the two panes of 100. The perforating machine applied horizontal perforations and cut the 200-stamp sheets into panes of 100 in the same operation, normally leaving a portion of the guide arrow on the straight edge of each pane. The 100-subject panes of the 1c stamp were then divided into half-panes of 50 for distribution and sale at post offices. The undivided full panes of 100, such as the one offered here, were only available from the Philatelic Agency in Washington D.C.
Scott Retail as two Mint N.H. plate blocks, 74 Mint N.H. singles and ten hinged singles
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE SHEET OF 100 OF THE 5-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE. THIS FORMAT WAS AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH THE PHILATELIC AGENCY IN WASHINGTON D.C.
All of the 1c stamps and most but not all of the 2c stamps of the Columbian issue were printed from 200-subject plates, with guide arrows between the two panes of 100. The perforating machine applied horizontal perforations and cut the 200-stamp sheets into panes of 100 in the same operation, normally leaving a trace of the guide arrow on the straight edge of each pane. Some of the 2c stamps and all of the 3c-$5.00 stamps were printed on smaller presses from plates of only 100 subjects, with no guide arrows. When the perforating machine applied horizontal perforations to sheets from the 100-subject plates, the cutting knife came down as before, and removed either the top or bottom sheet margin (and plate numbers), reducing by half the potential number of Columbian plate blocks that might have been available to collectors. This is also why so many Columbian stamps are reperforated at top or bottom rather than at the sides -- 10 stamps from every 100-subject sheet (or pane) would show a straight edge at either top or bottom. The 100-subject sheets were then divided into panes of 50 for distribution and sale at post offices. The undivided full sheets of 100, such as the one offered here, were only available from the Philatelic Agency in Washington D.C.
Approximate Scott Retail as two hinged plate blocks plus hinged and Mint N.H. singles
FINE-VERY FINE. A FRESH AND CHOICE COMPLETE PANE OF 50 OF THE 6-CENT COLUMBIAN ISSUE.
Scott Retail as Mint N.H. plate block, five hinged and 37 Mint N.H. singles