EXTREMELY FINE. THIS SUPERB STAMP IS THE FIRST ORIGINAL-GUM, PREVIOUSLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa TO BE GRADED EXTREMELY FINE 90 BY P.S.E., AND IT IS VERY LIKELY TO REMAIN AT THE TOP OF THE P.S.E. POPULATION REPORT FOR A LONG TIME.
Type IIIa is defined as having a break in the outer line at either top or bottom. The stamp offered here, with huge margins, is an outstanding example of the type, as it clearly shows the bottom line complete and the top line with a wide break. The P.S.E. Population Report shows nothing in OG condition above 50, except for this new addition at XF 90. In the NG/RG/D-POG category there are stamps graded 85 and 95, but we have no idea what the gum condition is for those stamps. Therefore, after years of grading, this OGph XF 90 stamp lands at the top of the Population Report, and we cannot imagine any stamp displacing it, or even matching it, unless something unexpected turns up.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (OGph XF 90; SMQ $15,000.00, but it cannot be based on any actual transaction).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV WITH THE SUPREME P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO.
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $2,400.00 for Gem 100, unpriced as 100J).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV WITH THE HIGHLY-COVETED P.S.E. GRADE OF GEM 100.
Apart from the extraordinary Gem 100 quality of this stamp, it is also of particular interest to specialists in the 1c 1851 Issue. Position 30L on Plate 1 Late is one of six positions that show the Scott-listed "bottom frameline broken" variety in later impressions from the worn plate. The bottom line on this stamp is very weak and shows a tiny break just under the "C" of "Cent" that possibly qualifies it as the variety (Scott value $250.00).
With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,400.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A VERY RARE STRIP OF ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMPS, CONTAINING TWO OF THE INVERTED TRANSFER POSITIONS ON PLATE ONE LATE.
The inverted transfers on Positions 71L, 81L and 91L were made after the top row of the right pane of Plate 1 Early was entered from the Type I single-relief transfer roll. According to Richard Celler's theory, the three inverted transfers were made from a Type I design 3-relief transfer roll as a sort of trial after the top row entries had been made and the plate was turned around 180 degrees. When another plate ("Plate 0") had to be discarded, the siderographer returned to Plate 1 and erased the three inverted transfers before completing the plate with entries surrounding 3R to 10R. On Plate 1 Early, Positions 71L and 81L are double transfers. Position 91L was entered a total of three times, so it is a triple transfer, one inverted. When the plate was reworked in 1852, 71L and 81L were re-entered (but not 91L), making them all triple transfers, one inverted.
A strip of Positions 71/81/91L1L was sold in our Wagshal sale for $1,500 hammer. This strip has superior margins and quality.
Ex Newbury. Acquired by the European Connoisseur in a 1964 H. R. Harmer sale for $380.