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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 5

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
111
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 111, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 51c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Positions 31/41L5, vertical pair with “Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE E(NGRAVERS)” portion of imprint and “No. 5” plate number in selvage at left, rich color and fine impression, cancelled by two strikes of “Dec. 19” town datestamp, few faults including tear in selvage and creases in stamps and selvage

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

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
112
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 112, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 51c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Irregular-shaped block of 21, Positions 22/32/42/52-53/62-65/72-75/82-85/92-95L5, original gum which is slightly disturbed, h.r. primarily where some perf separations sensibly reinforced (top two stamps rejoined), few light toned spots

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.

E. 15,000-20,000
22,000
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113
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 113, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 51c Blue, Ty. Va (24), 1c Blue, Ty. Va (24)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24). Position 60R5 with part of selvage at right showing “(Carpent)er & Co. BANK NOTE” portion of imprint, light cancel, couple small flaws including light corner crease and small thin spot in imprint, otherwise Very Good, a collectible and rare Type Va imprint example from the right pane of Plate 5, illustrated in Neinken book (p. 332), ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 400-500
225
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114
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 114, 1c 1857 Perforated Issue: Plate 51c Blue, Ty. Va (24), 1c Blue, Ty. Va (24)1c Blue, Ty. Va (24). Positions 61-62R5, horizontal pair with left straddle-pane margin and centerline, tied by “New Orleans La. Oct. 18” (1858) circular datestamp on blue folded circular to Marseille, France, sender’s directive “per first steamer for Liverpool” at top, stamps also tied by red “15c” due handstamp and French arrival datestamps, light cover creases including one that slightly affects right stamp, stamps with some light toning, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce Type Va pair on circular to France paying the 2c printed matter rate, illustrated in Ashbrook, ex Alexander and Wagshal, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
350
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