Sale 1163 — The Clipper City Collection of Superb U.S. Stamps
Sale Date — Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
Category — 1857-60 Issue (Scott 19-39)
VERY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.
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. This stamp shows nearly complete bottom scrolls and plumes.
Ex Gilbart. With 1976 and 2015 P.F. certificates (VF 80)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE II. THE RARITY OF THIS TYPE IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY COLLECTORS OF HIGH-QUALITY STAMPS. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY NO OTHER ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $6,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded to any unused Scott 20, and it is the only original-gum example graded 95. That said, we think this stamp deserves an even higher grade -- either 95 Jumbo or Superb 98 -- to reflect its extraordinary margin width and centering
EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT BLUE TYPE III FROM PLATE 4.
Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on some portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $4,850.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE.
Ex Kirke. With 2001 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade, which was offered in our sale of the "Natalee Grace" collection (Sale 1024, lot 58)
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE PERFORATED TYPE IV ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE AND A RARE POSITION 7 RIGHT, WHICH FURNISHED TYPE I BEFORE PLATE ONE WAS REWORKED.
From our 2009 Rarities sale. With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,150.00 as a normal Type IV position)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 3-CENT ROSE TYPE I.
Ex Wagshal and Merlin. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00). Remarkably, the P.S.E. Population Report lists only two XF-Superb 95 and one Superb 98 for the 3c Type I perforated.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED WITH OUTSTANDING COLOR, CENTERING AND LIGHT CANCELLATION.
Ex Kirke. With 2006 P.F., 2005 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $5,100.00)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN. THIS ISSUE IS RARE WITH SUCH CHOICE CENTERING.
With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $3,300.00). Only seven have been graded higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND BEAUTIFULLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,500.00). Two have graded higher, at 98, though we believe it would be difficult to improve upon this example with the red French transit datestamp. We sold one of the two 98's in the Kirke and Curtis collections and it has a normal black cancel
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN TYPE II.
With 1976 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, XF 90; SMQ $3,500.00). Only three have graded higher in the P.S.E. Population Report
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I.
With 1995 P.F. and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $4,750.00). Only seven have graded higher (the highest is a 95)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT PERFORATED TYPE II.
With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,050.00). Only two stamps have been graded higher (at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE IV 1857 ISSUE.
With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; SMQ $3,750.00), conservatively graded in our opinion
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE 3.
The most recent scholarship regarding the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. plates used to print the 12c 1851-57 Issue is clearly articulated by James A. Allen in "The 1851 Imperforate (Scott U.S. #17): Plating Updated and Additional New Findings" (The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society). Traditionally, the 12c plates are identified as Plate 1 (from which all imperforate and some perforated stamps were printed), Plate 2 (evidently never used) and Plate 3 (which produced stamps that were only regularly issued with perforations). It is highly probable that Plate "3" was the first one made in 1851, but it was put aside and not used until 1859.
Plate 3 stamps (Scott 36b) are characterized primarily by uneven or broken outer framelines of the design. The subjects on Plate 1, which produced Scott Nos. 17 and 36, have even framelines that were extensively recut. Original-gum Plate 3 stamps with the centering and wide margins evident in this example are very scarce.
Ex Hansen. 2000 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,250.00). Only one has graded higher (at 98)
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $3,250.00)
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1860 ISSUE. THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN IN PRISTINE ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION AND WITH SUCH PRECISE CENTERING.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (OGph, XF 90; SMQ $7,000.00). Only five have been graded higher (highest is 95).