Sale 1090 — United States, Possessions and Confederate States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday-Friday, 17-19 December, 2014
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia SHOWING THE COMPLETE DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS.
The rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom and truncated design at top, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic). We have only offered approximately ten original-gum singles and a pair as part of a block of four in all of our Rarities sales and during the past 20 years of auctions. Of these, only the block and four singles, including the one offered here, have margins completely clear of the design.
With 2014 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING AND SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III.
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, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. This stamp is notable for its wide breaks at both top and bottom.
With 1987 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $8,250.00).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE TWO FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT FACE-DIFFERENT DESIGNS TO OBTAIN IN SUCH SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.
The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.
With the exception of some rare types of the 1c and 10c, such as Scott Nos. 5 and 16, the 5c stamp is the most difficult denomination to obtain with four margins in sound original-gum condition. The spacing between stamps was very narrow, leaving little margin for error when separating the stamps, which explains why so few examples are known with four margins. When other factors such as gum, color and impression are taken into consideration, the rarity and beauty of the stamp offered here may be fully appreciated. The only stamp that rivals this example was in our sale of the Scarsdale collection (Sale 918, lot 9, realized $57,500 hammer).
Ex Seymour and Whitman. With 1985, 1990, 2000 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $60,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and the only original-gum example to achieve this grade (the next highest is VF 80 and the P.S.E. Population Report lists only four original-gum stamps in any condition).