EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. PARTICULARLY EYE-APPEALING WITH THE RED NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DATESTAMP.
The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with bright color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.
Ex Dr. Hinrichs. With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE LIGHTLY-HINGED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 TYPE II.
With copy of 1980 P.F. (for a block) and 2017 P.S.E. certificates (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $4,250.00)
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III.
This stamp was printed from Plate 4, which originally produced imperforate stamps and was used only briefly after the introduction of perforations in 1857 before being discontinued. Original-gum examples of stamps from Plate 4 are extremely scarce.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.
Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type.
With 2001 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III.
Ex Dr. Morris. With 1999 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A PHENOMENAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES TO OBTAIN WITH SUCH WIDE MARGINS AND IN SUCH PRISTINE CONDITION. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.
Due to the narrow spacing between stamps on the plate, the perforations often touch or go into the outer portion of the design on one or more sides. The intact perforations at top and bottom beautifully demonstrate this lack of spacing. The example offered here, with perfect centering and unusually wide margins, is a true condition rarity.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,850.00). Only two have graded higher (both 98, one of which brought $17,000 hammer in our 2012 Kirke sale). Only four others share this grade, and we have offered only one of them in our past sales
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN, WHICH IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- ONLY TWO HAVE GRADED HIGHER.
With 2001 P.F. certificate as on cover (the cover accompanies this lot). With 2015 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00). Only two have graded higher (both at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT BROWN TYPE II IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE STAMP, ESPECIALLY WITH THE CAPTURED IMPRINT.
Unlike its Orange Brown counterpart, the 5c Type II in Brown was not on hand in post offices when the 1861 demonetization order took effect. Therefore, original-gum examples of Scott 30A are far scarcer than Scott 30. The narrow spacing between subjects on the plate, as well as Toppan Carpenter's imprecise perforating, leaves collectors with very few well-centered original-gum examples. This remarkable stamp, with the captured imprint at left, is among the finest we have located among auction sales of the past 65 years. It would make an excellent companion to the example we offered in our 2017 Rarities sale, with captured imprint at right, which was graded XF 90 by P.S.E.
With 2017 P.F. certificate (XF 90 XQ), the "XQ" designation is bestowed on stamps of Extraordinary Quality
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAY WELL HAVE THE WIDEST MARGINS AND MOST PRECISE CENTERING OF ANY EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED IN ANY CATEGORY AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE TO ACHIEVE IT.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 95, SMQ $3,250.00 as 95). This is the only example to achieve the grade of Superb 98 in any category (used, no gum, OG and NH). The next-highest grade in any category is a 95. As another indication of rarity, we have offered only two copies graded higher than a 90 in any of our auctions (a 90J with gum, and a 95 without gum).