Now for our commentary: This pair was the basis of the Scott Catalogue listing for Scott 22b, which has now been de-listed because of the P.F. certificate. It was owned by two outstanding 1c 1851-57 authorities, Mortimer L. Neinken and Jerome S. Wagshal. Frankly, we consider the 2015 P.F. opinion to be an appalling act of expertizing revisionism, and entirely unjustified, not because the physical evidence isn't there, but because they have totally misunderstood the nature of the variety and misinterpreted the significance of the physical characteristics.
The imperforate-between varieties were obviously created when the perforating pins on a wheel suffered a mechanical deficit, and not because the pins "vanished" or the operator failed to apply a single row of perforations. The entire concept of "missing perforations" on 1857 stamps means they failed to punch the paper and the holes cannot be seen. In this example, not one complete perforation hole can be seen. There are three, possibly four, faint half-circle shallow indentations in the surface of the paper at the top and nothing else. For the P.F. or any expert to say this pair has "blind" perforations and is not imperforate-between, because of these barely impressed half-circles, is a misguided attempt to suggest that the row of perforating pins had to be "missing" when the sheet was perforated, or that the operator somehow "skipped" the "true" imperforate-between pair. Neither of those concepts is correct.
Expertizing decisions such as this cause us great frustration. We have faith that it will not stop intelligent philatelists from recognizing the rarity and significance of this 1857 perforating variety/error. Perhaps the P.F. can be persuaded to correct this wrong on a reconsideration, and the Scott Catalogue listing will be restored. Should that occur, whoever buys this pair will be financially rewarded for following his convictions and ignoring a paper certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE V ON LAID PAPER. OUR CENSUS OF THIS ISSUE RECORDS ONLY THREE COPIES, INCLUDING A PAIR AND THE SINGLE OFFERED HERE. NONE IS KNOWN UNUSED. THIS IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY SINGLE IN EXISTENCE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE.
Our census of Scott 24b, encompasses the records of Mortimer Neinken, Jerome S. Wagshal, auctions and the records of the Philatelic Foundation, and is available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/24b/24b.pdf. We record this single and a horizontal pair.
Ex Chapin, Natalee Grace and Bakwin. With 1992 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $7,500.00
FINE APPEARANCE. THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE IMPERFORATE BETWEEN IS ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE ISSUE. ONLY TWO OTHERS ARE KNOWN TO US.
We record only three examples of this rarity: 1) lightly stained, perf flaws, two tiny tears, ex Wagshal (Siegel Sale 993, lot 343, realized $6,750 hammer); 2) light cancel, clipped perfs at right, closed tear and tiny pinholes, 1991 Rarities sale (Siegel Sale 737, lot 331); and 3) the example offered here, ex Ishikawa and Bakwin.
With 2007 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2015 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)