Sale 1108 — The Robert Bowman Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday, 29 September, 2015
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 6-17)
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).
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.
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)
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.
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).