EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN EXTREMELY RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE I, POSITION 7R1E, WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE 1,000 POSITIONS USED TO PRINT IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STAMPS THAT SHOWS THE COMPLETE DESIGN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED COLORED CANCEL. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE. IT IS ONE OF TWO GRADED XF 90 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED -- AND ONLY THIS STAMP IS CANCELLED IN RED.
The published census compiled by Jerome S. Wagshal (available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/5 ) contains at least 98 unduplicated records of Scott 5. There are probably no more than ten examples existing outside of the Wagshal census population. Therefore, the 1c 1851 Type I is the rarest of all United States stamps regularly issued prior to the 1868 Grills.
Because of the significance attached to the outer portions of the 1c 1851 design, rare types that have been carefully cut apart, so as not to impinge on any part of the design, are extremely desirable. The narrow spacing between stamps in the sheet and the users' indifference to the outlying ornamentation during separation are factors that contributed to the great rarity of four-margin copies. The example offered here comes from a strip of three of Positions 6-8R1E, offered in our 2007 Rarities sale, which was cut apart with a view towards preserving the margins of this stamp. Examples of Position 7R1E (Scott 5) with large right and bottom margins, where there was very little space between it and the adjoining stamps, are true rarities. In fact, using the census data, it is clear that this stamp is among the two or three finest sound off-cover examples known. The ex-Newbury strip on cover and the ex-Vogel single on cover are among the finest examples of Position 7R1E on cover.
Wagshal Census No. 5-MUL-66. Ex Merlin. With 2007 (as strip of three) and 2017 P.F. certificates. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90 Jumbo; SMQ $525,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and one other shares it, which is cancelled in black (see Sale 1209, lot 1094). The Scott Catalogue notes "Values for No. 5 are for examples with margins touching or cutting slightly into the design, or for examples with four margins and minor faults. Very few examples with the design untouched exist, and these sell for much more than the values shown."
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, FROM ONE OF THE TWO POSITIONS THAT FURNISHED THE BEST TYPE Ib EXAMPLES.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp from Plate 1 Early. Six positions on Plate 1E furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 6R and 8R had less of the bottom erased than the other Type Ib positions, and for this reason they are more desirable examples of the type.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $32,500.00). For Positions 6R1E and 8R1E (the better positions, which catalogue more than 50% higher than other positions in both Scott and SMQ), none grade higher. This is the highest grade awarded to this position.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL LARGE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia, GRADED XF 90 BY P.S.E.
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 extremely 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).
From our 1978 Rarities sale and ex Dr. Amonette and Collier. With 1970, 1981, 1996 and 2011 P.F. certificates. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $24,000.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE III. THIS STAMP'S ENORMOUS MARGINS AND LIGHT CANCEL HAVE EARNED IT THE COVETED P.S.E. GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO -- ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES TO ACHIEVE THIS GRADE.
Type III stamps have breaks in both the top and bottom outer lines (the break is usually wider at the top). This used single stands out among the examples of Scott 8 we have sold over many years. Using Power Search on our website, the extraordinary character of this stamp is demonstrable, with only a couple others comparing favorably, including the other Superb 98 Jumbo (ex Merlin, Sale 1034, lot 28) and a stamp graded 98 with part imprint (ex Curtis, Sale 1084, lot 3040).
With 2012 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $32,500.00). This and the aforementioned Merlin stamp are the only two used examples to achieve the grade of Superb 98 Jumbo, with none higher
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
Type IIIa is defined as having a break in outer lines at either top or bottom. The example offered here, which clearly shows the bottom line complete and top line with wide break, is a superb example of the type.
With 1998 P.F. and 2010 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). Only two grade higher (at 98J) and only four others share this grade.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IV IMPERFORATE WITH AN ORANGE-RED RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S CANCEL -- AND GRADED GEM 100 BY P.S.E.
The P.S.E. Population Report lists 15 used examples of Scott No. 9 at the grade of Gem 100 or Gem 100 Jumbo. We have offered 12 unduplicated examples from this population and not a single one has a colored cancel, much less a railroad route agent's cancel. This stamp is a true condition rarity and is one of the finest 1c Type IV's extant.
Ex Neinken, Wagshal and "Golden Oak" as a vertical pair (this the bottom stamp). With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $2,750.00), calling the cancel "red" -- it is at least orange-red and we would go so far as to call it orange if that did not contradict the certificate and risk a return