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Sale 1217 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

Category — 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
513
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 513, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 70R1E with large right sheet margin showing the absence of imprint, other margins large at bottom with portion of adjoining stamp to just in at top left, rich color, light grid cancel, Very Fine and quite rare, the early state of Plate 1 was printed without the Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. imprint or plate number; after a short time the imprint was added to the plate, starting at the fourth horizontal row from the top and ending at the 7th row -- this stamp, Position 70R1E, in its later state would show a portion of the imprint in the sheet margin -- this is the only example we have offered at auction in at least 25 years

E. 750-1,000
2,000
514
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 514, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Position 41L5E, huge sheet margin at left with part imprint but no plate number, other margins full to barely in, rich color, tied by small "PAID" grid cancel, red "Boston 16 Aug. 3cts" (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Saybrook Conn., Very Fine, on-cover examples of this position showing the absence of a plate number in the early state of Plate 5 are very rare, ex Dr. Chase, Dr. Amonette, Dr. Morris and Rose

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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515
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 515, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c 1851 Issue, Complete Plate Numbers 1 through 8 (11, 11A), 3c 1851 Issue, Complete Plate Numbers 1 through 8 (11, 11A)3c 1851 Issue, Complete Plate Numbers 1 through 8 (11, 11A). Eight singles, from Plates 1 Late, 2 Late, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, each with sheet margin showing the complete plate number and part imprint, all are right margin examples except for Plate No. 7, all with full to gigantic margins except No. 7 which is cutting in at bottom right (but still the finest of the few known), most in choice Brownish Carmine or Rose Red shades, Plate No. 5 with tiny scissors-cut, Plate No. 7 with corner margin crease and No. 8 with trivial toning on back only

A SPECTACULAR COMPLETE SET OF 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE PLATE NUMBERS. HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE.

This set was built by Dr. Wilbur F. Amonette and we believe it to be the finest showing of plate number copies ever assembled, with all the numerals complete. Since the plate number portion of the imprint -- "No. X" -- straddled two stamps, some singles show plate numbers that are only partially complete. This set shows complete numbers and two stamps with complete "No." as well (Plates 1 and 7). Plate 7 is very rare by itself, with only a few known, so any attempt to duplicate or improve upon this set would be extremely difficult, if not futile.

Ex Dr. Amonette and accompanied by a letter from him about the set

E. 5,000-7,500
12,500
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516
og
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 516, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Original gum, large margins to full including trace of adjoining stamp at left, deep rich color, crisp impression, small thin spot at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, 2002 P.F. certificate for pair no longer accompanies

3,250
850
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517
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 517, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var). Position 84R1E, large margins to touched at top right, beautiful vibrant color noted as Yellowish Orange Brown in pencil note on back, tied by small "PAID" grid cancel, red "Boston 3cts 29 Aug." (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Providence R.I., docketing confirms 1851 yeardate, stamp lifted to confirm the paper and hinged back, Very Fine and scarce variety, ex Grunin and Piller, with 1991 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as off-cover

1,250
425
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518
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 518, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var), 3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II, Part India Paper (10A var). Position 5L5E noted on back, dramatic pre-print paper fold, margins to in at bottom, deep rich color, tied by small "PAID" grid cancel, red "Boston 3cts 9 Oct." (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Petersburg Va., docketing confirms 1851 yeardate, Very Fine and scarce, very desirable with the striking paper fold -- a printing variety on a paper variety -- Scott Retail as off-cover

1,250
450
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519
ogbl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 519, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A). Positions 66-69/76-79/86-89L3, block of twelve, original gum, couple small h.r. at top, some of the stamps below top row are Mint N.H., bright color, the block of six at right vividly demonstrates the "Three Rows" recutting adjustments including the triple frameline recutting on Position 89, vertical crease between the right two rows

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF TWELVE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE, SHOWING THE PLATE 3 "THREE ROWS" RECUTTING ADJUSTMENTS.

The "Three Rows" variety is the result of recutting that was required due to the unintentionally wide spacing between the eighth and ninth vertical rows and the narrow spacing between the ninth and tenth vertical rows of the left pane of Plate 3. The frameline recutting was executed in a way that attempted to minimize the visual spacing anomalies, by adding framelines where the spacing was too wide and using the inner framelines in lieu of outer framelines where the spacing was too narrow. This block vividly demonstrates this, with normal stamps in the left block of six, extra frameline recuts between the vertical rows in the right block and lack of outer framelines at right. This is the first unused multiple of this variety we have offered since keeping computerized records

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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520
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 520, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Plate 3 "Three Rows" (11A). Reconstruction of the right three vertical rows of the left pane of Plate 3, 30 singles plus an additional strip of three, nicely demonstrating the "Three Rows" recutting adjustments that were required due to the unintentionally wide spacing between the eighth and ninth vertical rows and the narrow spacing between the ninth and tenth vertical rows of the left pane of Plate 3, the frameline recutting done in a way that attempted to minimize the visual spacing anomalies, neat cancels, a few minor flaws to be expected in a plating, Fine reconstruction

E. 500-750
425
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521
bl
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 521, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Claret (11 var), 3c Claret (11 var)3c Claret (11 var). Block of four, large margins, bold "Mendon Vt. Jun. 26, 1857" circular datestamp, faint crease and small paper flaw at bottom left only visible in fluid, appears Very Fine, remarkably choice quality for a used block of the 3c 1851 Issue, 2002 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies

1,000
350
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522
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 522, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A var), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A var)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A var). Positions 91-92L1L, bottom sheet margin pair with exceptionally narrow spacing between the subjects, right stamp with dramatic line thru "Three Cents" and rosettes doubled, deep rich color which Mr. Granzow considered to be Experimental Orange Brown -- we respectfully disagree, but it is not important, since the "squeezed" plate variety and double transfer are of far greater significance -- other margins to barely in at left, tied by indistinct circular datestamp on cover to Louisville Ky., letter enclosure datelined 1854 but may not belong with the cover, lightly cleaned, still Very Fine example of this dramatic double transfer

E. 500-750
550
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523
 
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 523, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c 1851 Issue, Cracked Plate Reconstruction (11A), 3c 1851 Issue, Cracked Plate Reconstruction (11A)3c 1851 Issue, Cracked Plate Reconstruction (11A). Three singles, Positions 74L5L, 84L5L and 94L5L showing the major crack on Plate 5 Late, each stamp with large margins, neat cancels, shades are Brownish Carmine, Claret and Pale Yellowish Rose Red, Extremely Fine reconstruction, ex Dr. Amonette

E. 400-500
550
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524
c
Sale Number 1217, Lot Number 524, 3c 1851-57 Issues - Imprint Positions3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (11A). Position 94L5L, vivid color clearly showing the major plate crack, margins to in, tied by "New York Jan. 8" circular datestamp on buff booksellers corner card cover to Lewistown Pa., small tear at top of cover, Fine and scarce on-cover example of this plate crack

E. 200-300
375
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