Sale 1120 — Outstanding United States Stamps
Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 March, 2016
Category — 1c 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-9)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS ON PLATE ONE EARLY THAT FURNISHED THE BEST EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE. UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were burnished away. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.
Ex Koppersmith, Joyce and Dr. Hinrichs. With 1988 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL HUGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib IMPERFORATE.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms of 3-6R and 8-9R were ironed out when the entries were made below them.
Ex Collier and Curtis. With 1993 A.P.S., 1994 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85 Jumbo; SMQ $15,000.00). This no doubt would have graded 5-10 points higher if it were completely sound.
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE TYPE Ia STAMP.
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).
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
The extremely rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2010 P.S.E. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (F-VF 75; SMQ $8,500.00)
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 GEM. THIS PHENOMENAL STAMP HAS ACHIEVED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 FROM P.S.E. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE II 1851 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.
This example will appeal to the most fastidious collector looking for huge margins, an attractive cancel and overall brilliance.
With 2011 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100; SMQ $4,000.00). The P.S.E. Population Report lists two Gem 100J and five Gem 100 used stamps for Scott 7.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED JUMBO EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH FACE-FREE BLUE CANCEL.
With 1986 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III IMPERFORATE ISSUE.
The wide breaks at the top and bottom of Position 54L4 create an excellent example of Type III.
With 1998 P.F. and 2016 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $6,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IIIA FROM PLATE 4. AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT STAMP TO FIND WITH SUCH HUGE MARGINS.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April-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.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00)
VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL 1851 ONE-CENT PLATE ONE EARLY MULTIPLE WITH A SCARCE COMBINATION OF TYPES AND CAPTURING THE COVETED BALLS OF POSITION 7R1E.
The reason that Position 7R1E retained its Type I elements at the bottom is because 17R1E was short transferred at the top, thus reducing the "ironing out" effect on 7R1E. If one cannot afford an example of Scott 5, Position 7R1E, this provides an alternative; after all, having the balls of 7R1E is nearly as important as having the whole stamp.
Ex Wagshal and Merlin. Scott Retail as pair of Scott 8A and single Scott 7.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV. A STAMP OF REMARKABLE FRESHNESS AND EYE APPEAL.
Ex Dr. Morris and Odeneal. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGh, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). The SMQ for XF-Superb 95 cannot possibly factor in the left guideline margin on this stamp.
FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IV FROM PLATE ONE LATE, CONTAINING TWO SIGNIFICANT POSITIONS AT TOP. IN THE EARLY STATE OF PLATE ONE, THE TOP RIGHT POSITION 7R PRODUCED THE RARE TYPE I AND THE TOP LEFT POSITION 6R PRODUCED TYPE Ib. THIS BLOCK IS AN EARLY IMPRESSION FROM THE REWORKED PLATE AND SHOWS MANY OF THE ENGRAVING DETAILS THAT MAKE TYPES I AND Ib SO SIGNIFICANT.
This rare block from the top two rows of the right pane of Plate 1 Late contains Positions 6R and 7R, the same positions that produced Types Ib and I (respectively) on Plate 1 in its early state, before it was reworked and recut. This block shows one of the earliest and clearest impressions known from Plate 1 Late. Position 7R1L at top right has mostly complete plumes at bottom and the pronounced double transfer, details that disappeared as the plate wore from extensive use.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate. Light position pencil notations on gum
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IV, WHICH HAS BEEN AWARDED THE PERFECT GRADE OF GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
Ex Vogel. With 2002 P.F. and 2011 P.S.E. certificates (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 100, SMQ $2,250.00 as 100).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FINER OF THE APPROXIMATELY 19 KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE ONE-CENT WITH CHICAGO PERFORATIONS -- OF THESE ONLY THREE SINGLES AND THE UNIQUE STRIP OF THREE ARE TYPE IV.
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 (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 3c 1851 Issue, the former being considerably rarer. According to the census of Chicago Perf items compiled by W. Wilson Hulme II (Chronicle 175, Aug. 1997), a total of 19 examples of the 1c Chicago Perf have been recorded, comprising 2 unused, 5 used on covers and 12 used off cover (including a strip of three). Of these only the unique strip of three and three singles are Type IV.
Ex Lake Shore and Hulme. With 1973 and 2005 P.F. certificates