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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 4

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
103
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 103, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. Ia (19), 1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19)1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Plate 4, F Relief, bright color, tied by red “U.S. Mail/City Delivery/1/ May 18” carrier department circular datestamp on folded letter carried privately across the Atlantic from Marseille, France, to New York City and mailed through carrier department, sender’s blue oval handstamp and manuscript routing directive “per Steamer ‘Arago’ via Havre”, minor ink erosion

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

E. 3,000-4,000
1,800
104
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 104, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. IIIa/IIIa/Ic (22/22/19b), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa/IIIa/Ic (22/22/19b)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa/IIIa/Ic (22/22/19b). Positions 69/79/89R4, Position 89R4 is Type Ic from E Relief, top stamp with scratch on shoulder, bright color, tied by “Water Town N.Y. Dec. 8” circular datestamps on cover to Philadelphia Pa., top stamp has tiny nick at top, cover slightly reduced at left, fresh and Very Fine, a rare and desirable combination strip of three of Type IIIa and Ic, ex Wagshal, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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105
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 105, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Position 41L4 with “(Carp)enter, Casilear & Co. BANK NOTE” part imprint and “N” of plate number in left selvage, crisp impression, neat manuscript “X” cancel, completely sound

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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106
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 106, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. III (21), 1c Blue, Ty. III (21)1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Positions 61-62L4, horizontal pair with “(Bo)ston & Cincinnati” portion of imprint at left, deep color, unobtrusive circular datestamp cancels

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.

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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107
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 107, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Position 9R4, with wide-spaced horizontal perforations, bold strike of New York circular datestamp, small repair at upper left, Fine appearance, the exceptions to the normal cut-into condition of top-row and bottom-row Plate 4 stamps are those with wide-spaced perforations, the Scott Catalogue footnote after No. 19 (Ty. Ia) describes this characteristic, but it is not noted after No. 20 from Plate 4, ex Wagshal, with 2011 P.F. certificate

1,250
170
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108
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 108, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Positions 1-3R4, horizontal strip of three with perforated interpane margin at left, left stamp with curl in hair, intense shade, manuscript cancels and also part of circular datestamp at center, minor toned spots caused by pen cancel not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine and very rare Top Row Plate 4 perforated strip, ex Chase, Neinken and Wagshal, with 2011 P.F. certificate, listed but unpriced in Scott as a strip of three, Scott Retail as pair and single

4,000
500
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109
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 109, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. II (20), 1c Blue, Ty. II (20)1c Blue, Ty. II (20). Position 9L4, intense shade, tied by “Washington D.C. May 3” circular datestamp on buff circular-rate cover to Richmond Va., trivial edgewear, Fine and scarce Top Row Plate 4 stamp on cover, ex Wagshal, with 2011 P.F. certificate

1,500
750
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110
ng
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 110, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 41c Blue, Ty. III/III/IIIa/IIIa (21/21/22/22), 1c Blue, Ty. III/III/IIIa/IIIa (21/21/22/22)1c Blue, Ty. III/III/IIIa/IIIa (21/21/22/22). Positions 59/69/79/89L4, vertical strip of four, top two stamps Type III (F/C Reliefs), bottom two Type IIIa (D/E Reliefs), unused (no gum), bright color, two toned spots straddling perfs at center, Position 69L4 also with horizontal crease

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)

E. 3,000-4,000
1,600
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