Sale 1134 — The Alan Collection of United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)
FINE. A SCARCE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. Although Plate 4 was designed with sufficient space to accommodate perforations, the height of the top row and bottom row positions resulted in the perforations often cutting into the design at either top or bottom.
Ex Geisler. With 1986 P.F. certificate for vertical pair of Nos. 19 and 21. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate as this single
FRESH AND FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III PERFORATED.
Ex Max L. Simon (1965 Siegel sale). With 1960 and 1981 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 TYPE IV PERFORATED ISSUE.
With 2008 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE TYPE V.
Ex Hall. With 1991 and 2004 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1858 5-CENT BRICK RED.
Many collectors know this issue by type and shade, but few are aware of the order of production (or release). This state of confusion is partly due to the Scott Catalogue. The distinctive Brick Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue comes first in the series of Scott-listed perforated 5c issues, but its true release date comes later in the sequence.
Based on dated covers, the 5c Type I shades were released in the following order: 1) Red Brown, Scott 28, EDU 8/23/1857; 2) Indian Red, Scott 28A, EDU 3/31/1858; 3) Brick Red, Scott 27, EDU 10/6/1858; and 4) Brown, Scott 29, EDU 3/21/1859, almost certainly the last printing from the first 5c plate. The second 5c plate was made from a new six-relief transfer roll with the design projections cut away at top and bottom, to varying degrees. The Type II Brown was issued first (Scott 30A, EDU 5/4/1860), and the Orange Brown printing from the same plate followed about one year later (Scott 30, EDU 5/8/1861).
After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately twenty examples of Scott 27 with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching on two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults.
With 1972 and 2006 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN.
The perforated 5c "1856" Red Brown (Scott 28) stamps were made from the stock of imperforate stamps on hand in 1857 when perforations were introduced. Since these were the first 5c stamps to be put through the perforating machine, they were the first to be used. As such, very few are known with original gum -- we have offered only two singles and a block since 1998. This is only the seventh unused (no gum) example we have offered since keeping computerized records. Most have flaws or are off-center. The example offered here, with superior centering and a negligible flaw, should be considered highly desirable.
Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2011 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND, WELL-CENTERED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT BROWN TYPE I, SCOTT 29.
With 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90). This is the highest grade awarded by the Philatelic Foundation to an unused Scott No. 29, with no other examples equal. By way of comparison, P.S.E. has not graded an unused example above VF 80
VERY FINE. A RARE SOUND UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
With 1994 P.S.E. and 1995 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE 10-CENT 1857 PERFORATED STAMPS FROM PLATE 1 ARE NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO FIND WELL-CENTERED. THIS TYPE III STAMP -- FRAMED BY WIDE BALANCED MARGINS ON ALL FOUR SIDES -- IS ONE OF THE CHOICEST WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE SOUND AND CENTERED UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1 that have the top, bottom or both lines recut. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage was issued with perforations.
Ex Grunin, Weisman and Geisler. With 1966, 1992 P.F. and 1992 P.S.E. certificates.