Sale 1145 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 14 December, 2016
Category — 1894-98 Bureau Issues
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SETS OF IMPERFORATE PAIRS OF BOTH THE 1894 UNWATERMARKED AND 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUES.
Full sheets of 400 of the 3c, 4c, 5c and 10c unwatermarked values were removed from the Bureau and became available to collectors. They were not gummed when they came from the Bureau, but were later unofficially gummed. These are the only four denominations that exist imperforate for the 1894 Issue. In Brookman Volume III, pages 128-129, a complete account of the origin of the 1895 Imperforates is quoted from a column by George B. Sloane. Although the Scott Catalogue at first did not recognize the imperforates, from 1916 they inserted a statement "All denominations of this issue exist imperforate but they were not regularly issued in that condition".
$2.00 and $5.00 with P.F. certificates
VERY FINE AND CHOICE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1894 5-CENT UNWATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE IMPERFORATE HORIZONTALLY.
It is believed that most examples of this error originate from a part sheet purchased by a collector at the Richmond Va. post office. Most tend to be off center.