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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 2

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
54
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 54, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 61-66/71-76/81-86/91-96L2, block of 24 with huge bottom left corner sheet margins and part of imprint at upper left, shows outline of steel plate along edge of margin, part original gum with some adherences, margins to slightly in at top and ample to large at right, dark shade on bright fresh paper, beautiful impression, vertical crease in center row, slight thins in sheet margin at left and small thin at top, small tears in two other stamps at top

FINE-VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE FROM PLATE 2. ONE OF THE LARGEST SURVIVING MULTIPLES OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE II.

Since the Plate 2 right pane of 100 (ex Hind, Neinken and Ishikawa) was divided into smaller units shortly after its last appearance in 1980, this block of 24 becomes one of the largest intact multiples of the 1c 1851 Type II Imperforate. The unique complete pane of 100 of the 1c Type IV (Scott 9) from Plate 1 Late is offered in lot 39.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate. Scott value for six blocks of four with original gum is $57,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
8,000
55
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 55, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 59-60R2, horizontal pair, huge margins to full including part of three adjoining stamps and “nter, Casilear & Co. BANK NOTE EN” portion of imprint with full plate number “No. 2”, neat strike of blue circular datestamp, bright color, right stamp inconsequential light diagonal crease at bottom

VERY-FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPORTANT ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE MULTIPLE SHOWING THE COMPLETE PLATE NUMBER FROM PLATE 2.

As an indication of rarity, the entire Wagshal collection (which included the Neinken collection) did not contain an example of the 1c 1851 Imperforate with the plate number from Plate 2. This example and the single offered in our “Natalee Grace” sale both realized $8,000 hammer the last time they were offered.

Ex Newbury, Vogel and Sharrer. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
6,000
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56
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 56, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Reconstruction of the full left imprint and “No. 2” plate number, consisting of four horizontal strips of three, the bottom strip also with sheet margin for row above with plate number, the second row from bottom with part imprint but no plate number, top row unused (no gum), few small flaws to be expected, Fine-Very Fine, a rare and desirable reconstruction from Plate 2

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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57
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 57, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Type II, Major Plate Crack (7 var), 1c Blue, Type II, Major Plate Crack (7 var)1c Blue, Type II, Major Plate Crack (7 var). Positions 2/12L2, vertical pair with the “Big Crack” appearing as a lightning bolt through the top stamp and partly into the bottom stamp, large to ample margins, cleaned manuscript cancel, top stamp with very trivial corner creases, Very Fine appearing pair of this striking variety, with 2011 PF certificate

E. 400-500
1,600
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58
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 58, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 68-69R2, two singles, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by “New Orleans La. Mar. 24, 1857” circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Bordeaux, France, neat strike of “GB/1F60c” Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, “8” decimes due handstamp, Boston, London and Bordeaux backstamps, some light spots of toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Very Fine, a choice “Three Months” cover to France, ex Judd and Vogel, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
700
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59
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 59, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var)1c Blue, Ty. II, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (7 var). Position 41L2, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of Chicago circular datestamp, small corner crease at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE WITH CHICAGO PERFORATIONS. APPROXIMATELY 19 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.

The origin of the Chicago perforation was revealed in an article published by Jerome S. Wagshal in Chronicle 130 (May 1986). To briefly summarize Mr. Wagshal’s revelations, the inventor of the machine used to create the Chicago Perf stamps was Dr. Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist. He probably constructed the machine in 1854. Over a two-year period, beginning in November 1854, Dr. Hadley’s device was offered for sale to the Post Office Department thru R. K. Swift, a prominent Chicago banker and businessman. The distinctive 12-1/2 gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1c (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 3c 1851 Issue, the former being considerably rarer. According to the census of Chicago Perf items compiled by W. Wilson Hulme II (Chronicle 175, Aug. 1997), a total of 19 examples of the 1c Chicago Perf have been recorded, comprising 2 unused, 5 used on covers and 12 used off cover (including a strip of three).

Ex Wagshal. With 1991 P.F. certificate

8,000
4,000
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60
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 60, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Large margins all around with the type characteristics clearly visible, rich color, pen cancels

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION PRODUCED THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, “The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines.” (p. 184).

With 1984 P.F. certificate.

5,750
2,200
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61
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 61, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 21c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8), 1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8)1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Large margins to just touched at bottom, clearly showing the double transfer that is one of the defining characteristics of the position, tied by “No. Swansee Mass. Nov. 1” circular datestamp on Prospect Hill Family School for Boys printed circular to Newburyport Mass., 1856 docketing above address, cover with trivial toned speck, the stamp is sound

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.

Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, “The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines.” (p. 184).

With 1951 P.F. certificate. Signed and plated by Ashbrook

15,000
3,250
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