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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 3

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
62
og
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 62, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 84/94L3, vertical pair from the 9th and 10th rows, original gum, large even margins, marvelous intense Prussian Blue shade, early impression showing numerous fine cracks and other plate marks for these two positions, bright and fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR. THIS MAGNIFICENT PAIR IS ONE OF THE FINEST PIECES EXTANT FROM THE SHORT-LIVED 1851 ONE-CENT PLATE 3. HOWEVER, FOR MANY YEARS THIS PAIR WAS MISATTRIBUTED TO PLATE 2. IN 1998 JEROME S. WAGSHAL CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE PLATE POSITIONS AS 84L AND 94L ON PLATE 3.

According to Ashbrook and Neinken, Plate 3 is believed to have been made in March or April 1856, possibly to replace the defective Plate 2 and/or to meet the increased demand for stamps concurrent with the April 1855 change in postal regulations requiring prepayment of postage. For an unknown reason--possibly a severe defect that arose in the plate--very few stamps were printed from the new Plate 3 before it was retired. All positions on Plate 3 are Type II and were entered from the same T-A-B Relief roller used for Plates 1 and 2. Plate 3 stamps bear a close resemblance to those from Plate 2. Surviving Plate 3 examples are rare, and unused examples or multiples of any kind are exceedingly rare.

This superb pair was described as a Plate 2 impression in auctions of the collections formed by Caspary, Hetherington and Klein, and it was certified as a Plate 2 pair by The Philatelic Foundation in 1957. It was offered in a 1998 Shreve sale, described again as a Plate 2 printing, and was acquired by Mr. Wagshal, who successfully plated the pair to Positions 84/94L3. Thus, after four decades of misidentification, the true identity of this pair was revealed.

Ex Caspary, Hetherington, Klein and Wagshal. With 1957 and 1988 P.F. certificates (as Plate 2). With 2010 P.F. certificate (as Plate 3). Listed but unpriced in Scott as a pair

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
63
ng
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 63, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 63/73/83L3, vertical strip of three, unused (no gum), large to huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps at right, clear at bottom, deep rich Plate 3 color, top stamp tiny toned spot (utterly inconsequential), center stamp light horizontal crease

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 3.

According to Ashbrook and Neinken, Plate 3 is believed to have been made in March or April 1856, possibly to replace the defective Plate 2 and/or to meet the increased demand for stamps concurrent with the April 1855 change in postal regulations requiring prepayment of postage. For an unknown reason--possibly a severe defect that arose in the plate--very few stamps were printed from the new Plate 3 before it was retired. All positions on Plate 3 are Type II and were entered from the same T-A-B Relief roller used for Plates 1 and 2. Plate 3 stamps bear a close resemblance to those from Plate 2. Surviving Plate 3 examples are rare, and unused examples or multiples of any kind are exceedingly rare.

Ex Vogel. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Unpriced in Scott as a pair or strip

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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64
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 64, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 19-20/29-30R3, block of four with right sheet margin, right two stamps (Positions 20R and 30R) major double transfers, large part original gum which is slightly disturbed, beautiful deep shade and impression, bottom left stamp with small chunk out at left and a tear, vertical crease mostly between stamps just touches design of top right stamp, the bottom right and top left stamps are fresh and sound

OVERALL FINE APPEARANCE WITH TWO SOUND VERY FINE STAMPS. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED UNUSED BLOCKS FROM THE SHORT-LIVED ONE-CENT PLATE 3.

There are four unused Plate 3 blocks confirmed by photo or mentioned in various sources: 1) Positions 17-20/27-30R3, block of eight with original gum, the “Armitage” block and also ex Lilly and Neinken, last offered in our 2010 sale of the Wagshal collection; 2) Positions 39-40/49-50R3, block of four originally joined with the block of eight, part original gum, ex Armitage, West, Ishikawa, Beals and Rogers and from our 1978 and 1989 Rarities sales; 3) Positions 19-20/29-30R3, block of four with part original gum, ex Hollowbush and Cipolla, the block offered here; and 4) Positions 77-78/87-88R3, block of four, condition unknown, ex West. We can confirm that numbers 1-3 on this list remain intact. In addition, there are two recorded used Plate 3 blocks.

Ex Hollowbush and Cipolla. Discussed in Neinken book on page 231. Listed but unpriced in Scott as a block. Scott Retail as singles $8,000.00, which does not remotely convey the rarity of this block

E. 4,000-5,000
2,200
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65
ng
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 65, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 82L3, unused (no gum), large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE 3.

Ex Vogel. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as original gum

2,000
5,500
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66
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 66, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 51L3, large margins to just into plumes at bottom including left sheet margin with “ENGRAVERS, Phila. New York. Bo(ston)” portion of imprint, deep luxuriant color distinctive to stamps from Plate 3, tied by blue “Montpelier Vt. Sep. 14, 1857” circular datestamp on buff cover to Ripton Vt.

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ONE-CENT 1851 STAMP FROM PLATE 3 SHOWING A PORTION OF THE IMPRINT. ONLY ONE OTHER ON-COVER EXAMPLE IS RECORDED.

Any example of a 1c stamp from Plate 3 showing a portion of the imprint is rare. The Neinken book states that only one stamp is known showing any portion of the actual “3” plate number (ex Wagshal, offered in this sale as lot 67). This on-cover part imprint example is especially rare, and is reportedly one of only two recorded.

Ex Cipolla

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300
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67
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 67, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 50R3 with (E)NGRAVERS, Phila. New York. Boston” portion of imprint and top of plate number “3” in right margin, others sides ample to slightly cut in, intense shade and impression, blue grid cancel, ink stain on back is barely evident on front at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A ONE-CENT 1851 STAMP FROM PLATE 3 SHOWING ANY PART OF THE ACTUAL “3” PLATE NUMBER. AN IMPORTANT RARITY OF THE ISSUE.

The Neinken book illustrates this stamp (Fig. 14-C, page 222) and describes it as the “only copy known from Plate 3 which shows any part of the actual plate number”.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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68
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 68, 1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 31c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7)1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 60/70/80L3, vertical strip of three with right interpane margin, irregular but mostly large margins all around, neat manuscript cancel and part of town datestamp, bright color, thin spot in bottom pair, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare interpane margin strip from the left pane of Plate 3, signed Ashbrook, ex Neinken and Wagshal, with 2010 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

1,050
1,100
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