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Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 4, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 99R4, huge margins all around, including traces of adjoining stamp at left, deep rich Plate 4 color, light strike of town datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE Ia. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

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 (all bottom row positions except two which are sub-type Ic).

Ex Kantor, Sheriff and Drucker. With 1963, 1986 and 2002 P.F. certificates. A comparable gem-quality stamp from this same position (99R4) realized $35,000 in our 2010 Wagshal sale (Sale 994, lot 1081).

11,000
24,000
5
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 5, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)1c Blue, Ty. III (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III (8)1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Plate 4, huge margins all around showing wide breaks in lines at top and bottom (the defining characteristic of Type III, deep rich color and proof-like impression, neat strike of blue circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

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, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2, which has the widest breaks of any Type III position, due to the short transfer during plate entry.

The example of the 1c 1851 Type III offered here is significant for several reasons. The breaks at top and bottom are so wide that it actually approaches those of Position 99R2. The large margins at top and bottom and light cancellation also allow for easy identification of the type. All factors considered -- design, impression, margins and cancel -- this stamp is easily one of the finest in existence.

Ex Sheriff. With 1971 and 1994 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $21,000.00). Only two have graded higher (at 98J) and one other shares this desirable grade.

2,325
11,000
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6
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 6, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E, huge margins showing bits of three other adjoining stamps, rich color on bright paper, blue circular datestamp, recent certificates note "tiny surface scuff" (P.F.) and "tiny internal paper break" (P.S.E.) which were not noted in 1998 because they probably are not there, still Extremely Fine and a huge stamp, ex Levi and Zoellner, with 1998 and 2008 P.F. certificates, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $280.00)

150
200
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7
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 7, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 4, large to huge margins including significant portion of adjoining stamp at left, showing wide break at top, deep rich color, unobtrusive cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE.

Ex Amonette. With 1978 and 1996 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $3,500.00)

900
2,100
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8
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 8, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Plate 1L, recut once at top and bottom, huge margins all around, rich color, light strike of red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, small Jakubek backstamp, with 1996 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $1,850.00)

95
1,300
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9
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 9, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Plate 0, large to huge margins including parts of adjoining stamps at right and bottom, gorgeous color, neat strike of Dec. 9 New York town circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, ex Koppersmith, with 1985 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates as No. 10 (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,200.00 as 10A), only five have graded higher

160
900
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10
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 10, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11). Position 83L7, huge margins including part of five adjoining stamps, rich color on bright paper, bold strike of circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1997 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $350.00)

18
200
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11
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 11, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large and even margins all around, deep rich color on crisp paper, neat strikes of New Orleans circular datestamp, Very and choice, small backstamp, with 1990 P.F. certificate

700
450
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12
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 12, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Position 100R1, huge margins all around, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of New York Ocean Mail circular datestamp with trace of integral grid at upper left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE I WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

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 1993 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,000.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98J) and four others share this grade.

925
4,750
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13
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 13, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Huge margins, rich color and proof-like impression, neat grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp, with 1981 and 1996 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $650.00)

160
550
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14
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 14, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Large to huge margins, warm shade nicely complemented by blue town circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a gorgeous stamp whose beauty far surpasses its numerical grade, with 1993 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $350.00)

170
375
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15
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 15, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 74L1, recut at top, huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamps at sides, rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, bold strikes of circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE TYPE IV 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

10c 1855 Type IV stamps are defined by the recut of one or both outer lines at the top or bottom of the design. Type IV stamps come from only seven scattered positions on the left pane and one position on the right pane of Plate 1. Therefore, only 4% of the stamps from Plate 1 are Type IV.

With 1985 and 1995 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). Only three have graded higher (two at 98 and one at 95J).

1,650
4,000
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16
 
Sale Number 1108, Lot Number 16, 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, bright shade and crisp impression, neat strike of circular datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, with 1990 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00)

250
650
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