Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020
Category — 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 4
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE USE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia ON A LETTER TRANSPORTED OUTSIDE THE MAILS FROM FRANCE TO NEW YORK CITY AND DELIVERED BY CARRIER.
Type Ia was produced by only 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. This folded letter was carried privately aboard the Havre Line’s Arago, which left Le Havre on May 4, 1859, and arrived in New York on May 17. It was put into the mails and postmarked the next day at the New York City carrier department.
With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail on cover $9,500.00
VERY FINE. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT STAMP SHOWING PART OF THE PLATE 4 NUMBER AT LEFT. A GREAT RARITY.
The Neinken book (p. 277) states that “No stamp, imperforate or perforated, showing the imprint and the plate number ‘4’ from the left pane has ever been recorded.” He also notes that apart from this stamp there are only two other perforated examples known from this same position, but that both show only a small part of the imprint. This is, therefore, the only perforated example which shows any part of the left plate number.
Illustrated in Neinken book (p. 278). Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. certificate
FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED PERFORATED STAMP FROM THIS POSITION SHOWING THE END OF THE LEFT IMPRINT. A GREAT RARITY.
Parts of the left imprint can be seen on Positions 31, 41, 51 and 61L. No copies are known showing the full plate number--the closest one can get is the stamp offered in lot 105. This is the only recorded perforated example which shows the bottom of the imprint at left.
Ex Wagshal. With 1980 and 2011 P.F. certificates.
FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED VERTICAL STRIP OF FOUR COMBINING TYPES III AND IIIa FROM PLATE 4.
Ex Wagshal. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four singles without gum is $13,650.00 (a pair of Type III with original gum catalogues $40,000.00)