Sale 1093 — The Curtis Collection: U.S. 20th Century and Air Post
Sale Date — Monday-Tuesday, 23-24 February, 2015
Category — 1918-21 Offset, Rotary and Bi-Colored Issues (Scott 525-547)
EXTREMELY FINE PAIR OF THE IMPERFORATE 2-CENT TYPE VII.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED SHEET-MARGIN BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT TYPE VII OFFSET IMPERFORATE ISSUE.
According to Armstrong, the imperforates were issued to satisfy the needs of the last remaining private coil manufacturer. The Mail-O-Meter Company merged with the Schermack Company and so these issues are also known with the Schermack Type III perforations, such as are also seen on Scott 314A and 482A. However, a small supply of the imperforate 2c Type VII stamps without Schermack perfs did reach the public.
Our informal review of auction catalogues and the records of the Philatelic Foundation found four blocks of four and nine pairs, of which only four are sound. This is the first block we have offered since our 2001 Twigg-Smith sale.
The Scott Catalogue pricing is in error as it values two used pairs higher than a used block -- which is considerably rarer. Scott Retail as two used pairs
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1919 2-CENT TYPE II ROTARY PRESS WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 539.
The rotary waste sheets were rarely perforated in a uniform manner. Centered examples such as this are extremely rare.
Ex North Fork. With 1987 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE II ROTARY PERF 11 x 10. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST COIL WASTE STAMPS IN USED CONDITION. ONLY THIRTEEN USED SINGLES ARE KNOWN.
At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was left over that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised an economical plan to salvage this waste by converting the leftovers from coil stamps into sheet stamps. This was accomplished by cutting the sheets into panes and running them through the flat-plate perforator for the horizontal perforations, giving the stamps perforations on all sides. The Type III design was far more plentiful (producing Scott 540) but a small number of Type II (Scott 539) was also produced.
Since Scott 539 was put through two different perforating machines (perforated 10 vertically on the rotary perforator during the coil part of production and then perforated 11 on the flat plate perforator), most of the stamps are off-center. The rotary press sheets also had a natural tendency to curl, making perforating on the flat plate perforator especially difficult.
Our census of Scott 539, and available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/539/539.pdf , records only thirteen used singles, one used block of four and one on cover. Most are off-center -- only two have decent centering and are confirmed as sound.
Census No. 539-CAN-11. Small purple backstamp. With copy of 1987 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
FINE APPEARING AND RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1923 ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11, SCOTT 544. PROBABLY FEWER THAN TEN EXIST IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
A small quantity of 1c Rotary Press stamps was perforated 11 at the end of 1922, using remainder sheets from the earlier experimental printings that were normally perforated in 10 gauge or 10/11 compound gauge. Its existence as a Perf 11 variety was discovered in 1936, and the stamp received its Scott Catalogue listing in 1938.
Most of the recorded copies of Scott 544 are off-center or have been damaged -- the result of poor production standards and mis-handling.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE ONE-CENT PERF 11 ROTARY WASTE ISSUE, SCOTT 544. THIS IS ALSO A VERY EARLY USE.
The earliest reported use of Scott 544 is December 17, 1922. Unfortunately the day of the cancel used on this pair is not known, but it would be in the first few weeks of use.
With 1974 and 1999 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as singles.
A REMARKABLE FRANKING WITH TWO PAIRS OF THE RARE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 544. VERY FEW COVERS OR CARDS ARE KNOWN, AND THIS IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE USE.
Ex Martin. With 2005 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as off-cover singles $15,000.00