VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE II ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUE FROM PLATE 3.
Ex Neinken and Wagshal as a pair. Signed Ashbrook and small "W.E.H." handstamp on back. With 2010 P.F. certificate (as a pair)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III STAMP WITH WIDE BREAKS IN LINES AT TOP AND BOTTOM AND A DISTINCTIVE "PAID" CANCEL.
Ex Caspary and "European". 2015 P.S.E. certificate no longer accompanies (VF-XF 85; SMQ $4,250.00). With 2016 P.F. certificate (XF 90). Considering the large margins and exceptional eye appeal of this stamp, as well as the fact that the 1956 Caspary catalogue described it as "Extremely Fine," we feel the P.F. was more on target with its XF 90 grade than was P.S.E.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III FROM PLATE FOUR.
Type III is defined as having 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, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line.
Ex Golden Oak. With 1992 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $6,000.00)
FINE. AN ELUSIVE CLARET SHADE VARIETY OF THE 1851 3-CENT WITH CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.
Ex Simpson and Wagshal. With copy of 1978 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as normal shade
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERF AND ONE OF ONLY FOUR KNOWN EXAMPLES TO ORIGINATE FROM OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO.
The origin of the Chicago perforation was revealed in an article published by Jerome S. Wagshal in the Chronicle 130 (May 1986). To briefly summarize Mr. Wagshal's revelations, the inventor of the machine used to create the Chicago Perf stamps was Dr. Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist. He probably constructed the machine in 1854. Over a two-year period, beginning in November 1854, Dr. Hadley's device was offered for sale to the Post Office Department thru R. K. Swift, a prominent Chicago banker and businessman. The distinctive 12-1/2 gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1c and 3c 1851 Issue.
Four examples are recorded of the 3c Chicago perf used from outside of Chicago. Two are on cover, from Rosedale Wis. and New York City, respectively, and were offered in Part 3 of our Jerome S. Wagshal sale in 2010 (sale 996, lots 3185-3186). This stamp also comes from the Wagshal collection. The fourth example, from Boston, resides in an important West Coast collection.
Ex Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A HUGE AND STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE FOR THE PERFECTIONIST.
With 1999 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,850.00). We cannot explain why this was not graded Superb 98J.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
Dealer backstamps. With 1981 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE.
With 1986 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $2,800.00)