FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib. THIS WAS ORIGINALLY PART OF A STRIP WITH SCOTT NUMBER 5, POSITION 7R1E.
A thorough search of past auctions and our own extensive records produced a result that surprised us. The unique block of eight from Plate 1E contains Position 7R1E (Scott 5) and five Type Ib stamps (with faults). The famous ex-Waterhouse copy of Position 7R1E is joined with a pair of Type Ib stamps (this unused unit is currently owned by William H. Gross). The multiples, containing a total of seven Type Ib stamps, really do not fit the needs of collectors who want a single unused example of Scott 5A. We located only four other unused singles, and we were surprised at the conspicuous absence of unused Scott 5A stamps in major name sales.
This was the left stamp in a strip of three with Scott No. 5 -- Census No. 5-CAN-006. The certificate notes the left stamp (offered here) is uncancelled. The strip was broken into singles some time after 1989, and this stamp was offered as a single in our 1991 Rarities sale, along with the barely cancelled Position 6R1E. Position 7R1E was sold in our 2008 auction of the Perry Hansen Collection.
With 1989 P.F. certificate for strip of three.
FRESH AND FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE Ib.
Type Ib comes from only six positions on Plate 1E: Positions 3-6, 8 and 9R1E. 2013 P.F. certificate mentioning the faint toned spots no longer accompanies. With clear 2014 P.S.A.G. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE.
The rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished by only 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
With 2010 P.S.E. certificate for a stripe of three, this the middle stamp. Scott Retail for pen cancel.
FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE, SHOWING THE CURL ON SHOULDER PLATE VARIETY.
Stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued in April, May and briefly in June 1857 before perforations were introduced. The relatively small number of imperforate Plate 4 stamps issued during this period explains the rarity and desirability of any of the imperforate stamp types produced from this plate (Ia, Ic, II, III and IIIa). The rare Type Ia, showing the full design at bottom, was furnished only by 18 of the 200 subjects on Plate 4 (the remaining two bottom-row positions were sub-type Ic).
The Curl on Shoulder variety resulted from a tiny thread adhering to the relief on the transfer roll.
With 1996 and 2008 P.S.E. certificates
VERY FINE UNUSED BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II.
With 1992 and 2005 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as block of four with original gum is $9,500.00. Scott Retail as four no-gum singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF SCOTT 9, GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E., FROM A DESIRABLE CORNER MARGIN PLATE POSITION SHOWING THE CENTERLINE.
The P.S.E. Population Report lists ten used examples of Scott 9 in the grade of Gem 100 Jumbo. We have sold six of them in our auctions before this example -- none of which show any portion of the centerline. That leaves two others from positions unknown to us.
With 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; SMQ $2,750.00 as 100, unpriced in the Jumbo grade). This is the highest grade possible and it is shared by only nine others
VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
With copy of 1987 P.F. certificate for a pair
VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.
The spacing between stamps was very narrow, leaving little margin for error when separating the stamps, which explains why so few examples are known with four margins.
With 1980, 1997 and 2018 P.F. certificates stating "previously hinged". With 2017 P.S.E. certificate stating regummed. Scott Retail as no gum