FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE IMPRINT BLOCK OF THE 1909 10-CENT BLUISH PAPER ISSUE.
Bottom right stamp has "Economist" (Stamp Co.) handstamp. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott value without premium for the imprint
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1909 10-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL WASHINGTONFRANKLIN ISSUE PLATE BLOCKS. ONLY FIVE ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING ONE IN THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM.
We record five different 10c Bluish Paper plate blocks, including one bottom position in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum collection (4943 bottom), three bottom (4944, 4943 and this block from 4940) and one right (4944). We offered one of the bottom position plate blocks (4944) in our “MLG” sale in 2009. It was not as well-centered as the block offered here, but the imprint was complete (it realized $35,000 hammer versus $33,500 Scott value at the time). In addition to the plate blocks, a pane of 100 (4944 UR) was reported by Boggs to be in the Post Office Department files.
This plate block was probably acquired by W. Parsons Todd from one of the original dispersals, circa 1910-14, and was owned by him for more than 60 years, thus explaining its extraordinary freshness.
Ex Todd. With 2017 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1909 10-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. ONLY 13 OFF-COVER EXAMPLES RECORDED IN OUR CENSUS.
Our census of Scott 364 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/364/364.pdf , records 13 genuine off-cover examples, plus three others used on covers. Virtually all are either faulty or off-center to some degree. This stamp has only a light corner crease.
Census No. 364-CAN-10. With 2017 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 1909 10-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. AN IMPORTANT AND RARE ITEM FOR THE 20TH CENTURY SPECIALIST.
Our census of Scott 364 used, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/364/364.pdf , records thirteen genuine off-cover examples and three others used on covers.
Census No. 364-COV-03. With 1995 and 2007 P.F. certificates