FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPORTANT PLATE 5 MULTIPLE, SHOWING A LARGE PORTION OF THE IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER FROM THE LEFT PANE.
This pair is illustrated in the Neinken book on page 332 and is regarded as one of the most significant imprint and plate number examples from Plate 5. Only one example of a right pane imprint copy from Plate 5 is known with any part of the plate number (see Wagshal Sale 1006, lot 1219). At this point in time the plates were produced with the imprint omitting “Casilear” from the firm name, but traces of it can still be seen in the “&”.
Illustrated in Neinken book (p. 332). Ex Neinken and Wagshal
FINE-VERY FINE. THE CELEBRATED “ROSETTA STONE” BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM THE LEFT PANE OF PLATE 5. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FROM PLATE 5, AND ITS DISCOVERY BY MORTIMER L. NEINKEN BROUGHT ABOUT THE REVELATION THAT TYPES V AND Va ORIGINATED FROM THE SAME PLATE. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PERFORATED ONE-CENT 1857-60 ISSUE ITEMS.
The Neinken book describes the importance of this block in great detail on pages 326-329. Prior to the discovery of this block of 21 from the left pane of Plate 5, it was believed that Plate 5 produced Type V stamps and Plate 6 produced Type Va stamps. By matching certain positions in this block to known Plate 5 positions, the earlier Plate 6 reconstruction was reassigned to Plate 5. This advanced the reconstruction of Plate 5, revealing the unusual nature of its creation from two different transfer rolls (or one drastically transformed roll). However, it also created a void for Plate 6, which remains today.
Illustrated and described in Morris Fortgang’s article “The One Cent Stamp of 1857: Types–Varieties–Rarities” (1957 Congress Book, pp. 130-133). Ex Neinken (who acquired the block in 1955) and Wagshal.