FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND EXTREMELY RARE MISPLACED PLATE NUMBER BOOKLET PANE OF THE 1902 ONE-CENT ISSUE. FEWER THAN FIVE ARE KNOWN.
As discussed in an article in the U.S. Specialist (March 1998, pp. 129-130), this error came about from the plate number being entered in the top margin over the fifth stamp to the right of the central guide line rather than over the fourth stamp, as was normally the case. The proof sheet in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for plate no. 3472 vividly demonstrates the error. We have offered only one other example since keeping computerized records, from the Philip R. Beutel collection in 2010
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED BOOKLET PANE OF THE ONE-CENT 1902 ISSUE. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
The normal 1c stamp of the 1902 series (Scott 300) was issued in early 1903. However, the booklets were not issued until March 6, 1907. Little interest in them was shown by collectors at the time. This was the first 1c booklet pane issued by the U.S and it was quickly superseded by the 1c 1908 series booklet, Scott 331a, in December of 1908.
Our census of Scott 300b in used condition is available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/300b/300b.pdf and includes only three intact panes with tabs plus three others without tab (including the example offered here and one on cover).
Census No. 300b-CAN-04.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1902 WASHINGTON FLAGS ISSUE IMPERFORATE.
There are four recorded examples of this rarity. While it is believed that these originate as printers waste and were not sold over the post office counter, they are highly sought after by error and early Bureau collectors.
With 1961 P.F. certificate. Footnoted in Scott under No. 301 with a value of
FINE-VERY FINE AND RARE USED BOOKLET PANE OF THE 2-CENT 1902 WASHINGTON -- OF EVEN GREATER RARITY WITH THE PLATE NUMBER SELVAGE.
According to Johl, the proofs of this stamp were considered masterpieces, but when the stamp was issued in red using the wet paper printing method it was widely criticized. Washington's nose was excessively red and the details of the design were lost. The New York Times wrote that "if not labelled Washington it could be taken for Adams, Madison or Monroe". Faced with such criticism the Post Office Department rushed a replacement stamp into use -- the 2c Shield issue (Scott 319 and 320) -- less than nine months later.
Our census of used Scott 301c, available at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/301c/301c.pdf , includes six with full tabs and an additional four without tabs (three are on cover, including one offered in the following lot). Of the examples with tabs, four have the plate no.
Census No. 301c-CAN-05.