Sale 1040 — Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 March, 2013
Category — 1c-12c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5A-17)
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE Ib EXAMPLES.
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. 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.
With 1988 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF 80; SMQ only prices the less distinct positions for type, at $9,750.00. Scott Catalogue applies a 50% premium for the two better positions)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia WITH A LIGHT CANCEL AND MARGINS THAT ALLOW THE FULL TYPE CHARACTERISITICS TO BE 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).
With 2009 P.F. certificate (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 1 LATE. THIS IS THE ONLY SOUND FOUR-MARGIN ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE WE HAVE SOLD SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
Position 4R was a Type Ib position on Plate 1 Early. When Plate 1 was reworked by re-entering subjects from the transfer roll and strengthening the tops and bottoms of 199 of the 200 positions, only 4R1L was left without any form of recut. 4R became Type II because some of the design at the bottom was burnished away. However, 4R on Plate 1 Late still shows the complete design at top, and has a strong double transfer from re-entries made when the plate was reworked. Examples of 4R1L are very scarce, and unused copies are rare. This original-gum example is an important rarity for the 1851 Issue specialist. A review of our auction records with Power Search produced a small number of used examples. Only one other original-gum 4R1L turned up, but it is cut into the design at right. An unused pair (no gum) with positions 4R-5R1L was sold in our Hampshire sale (Sale 983). There must be others outside the present scope of our database, but clearly this is an extremely rare item.
With 1988 and 2009 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIA FROM PLATE 4. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH HUGE MARGINS.
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 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE IN SOUND CONDITION.
With 2006 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I IN THE FINEST CONDITION POSSIBLE.
The 10c Type I stamps are defined as having complete scrolls at bottom. They are only found on the bottom row of the plate (20 positions). For some reason, they were usually trimmed at bottom when they were separated, leaving a dearth of quality copies. This example, with its enormous margins, is an extreme exception to the rule.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,475.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED PAIR OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I.
The 10c Type I stamps are defined as having complete scrolls at bottom. They are only found on the bottom row of the plate (20 positions). For some reason, they were usually trimmed at bottom when they were separated, leaving a dearth of quality copies. This pair, with its enormous margins, is one of the finest multiples we have encountered.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; multiples are unpriced in SMQ)
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II.
The color and impression of this stamp are unusually intense.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE IMPRINT COPY OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II. THE NUMBER OF IMPRINT SINGLES CAN PROBABLY BE COUNTED ON ONE HAND.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $375.00 as 90, $650.00 as 95). The graders at P.S.E. traditionally do not add points for the rarity of stamps with imprints or plate numbers, and sometimes take off points because the margins do not appear balanced. Grading should be tossed out when considering the rarity of this stamp with imprint.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE TYPE IV 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE FROM THE MISPLACED RELIEF POSITION -- THE ONLY RECUT POSITION ON THE RIGHT PANE OF THE PLATE.
The first 10c plate of 200 (left and right panes of 100) was laid down using a three-subject transfer roll with relief types A, B and C. The C Relief was used only for the bottom row (all Type I design). The A Relief (Type II design) was used to enter the entire second row, and the B Relief (Type III design) was used for the third row. This A/B alternating relief pattern was followed consistently for the fourth through ninth rows. The top row was entered with the A Relief, except for three positions: Positions 1 and 2 in the left pane, and Position 3 in the right pane. These “misplaced reliefs” are B Reliefs, and Positions 1L and 2L are Type III designs, while Position 3R was recut (Type IV).
Position 3R1, one of the three misplaced relief positions on the plate, is also one of eight recut (Type IV) positions and the only recut position on the entire right pane of the plate.
With 1991 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF 90)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE AND SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH PROOF-LIKE IMPRESSION, SHOWING EVERY MINUTE DETAIL OF THE LATHEWORK ENGRAVING THAT DISTINGUISHES TOPPAN, CARPENTER'S WORK IN SECURITY PRINTING.
The 12c issue was printed from a plate that provided little space between stamps. Copies such as this one with extra wide margins are rare, especially in sound original-gum condition.
With 2005 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90).