VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE UNUSED VERTICAL PAIR OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED, WITH THE TOP STAMP TYPE III AND THE BOTTOM STAMP TYPE Ia.
Type Ia, imperforate and perforated, only comes from 18 positions in the bottom rows of the right and left panes of Plate 4.
In Neinken's layout of Plate 4 (p. 263), Positions 81-82L are identified as Type IIIa's with Position 82L4 being a "swing position" that became Type III after the plate wore. So-called swing positions began as Type IIIa with the outer line at bottom complete, but as the plate was used, the bottom line wore and a portion disappeared, thus becoming Type III. Therefore, this pair, a late impression including one swing position -- 81L4 -- is correctly identified as a Type III/Ia combination.
With 1977 P.F. certificate signed by Neinken. Scott Retail as pair with gum $65,000.00. Scott Retail as no gum singles does not adequately convey its rarity, especially with the intact bottom selvage.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 12.
With 1976 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT LIGHTLY-CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED.
The 5c Brick Red stamps are usually cancelled at New Orleans and have scissors-trimmed perforations. This stamp is remarkably well-centered and lightly cancelled, and it has intact perforations without any trimming.
VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE.
With 1989 and 2014 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ORANGE BROWN SHADE.
From an old-time collection and offered to the market for the first time in half a century
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
Scarce with such choice centering.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USED EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
The 90c stamp was issued in 1860, along with the 24c and 30c values, all of which were needed to prepay high international letter rates established by various postal treaties. The basic 24c and 30c rates to England, France and Germany created a volume of mail franked with those values. However, the 90c saw much more limited use, partly due to the rates in effect, but more because of the American Civil War. When supplies of current postage stamps were declared invalid in the South and ultimately demonetized by the Federal government, the 90c had been in use for only one year. For this reason, genuinely cancelled copies are scarce, and covers bearing the 90c are extremely rare.
Approximately 180 used examples have been certified by The Philatelic Foundation, of which one-quarter are sound. With 1970 and 1977 P.F. certificates, the former stating "defective" and the latter stating reperfed.