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
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