Sale 1221 — United States Stamps
Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 27-28 May, 2020
Category — 1851-56 Issue (Scott 5-17)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS POSITION PRODUCED THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, “The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines.” (p. 184).
With 2020 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL USED EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE III FROM PLATE FOUR.
With 1999 and 2013 P.F. certificates (VF-XF 85)
VERY FINE. ONE OF 33 RECORDED EXAMPLES FROM THE "SAMPLE A" SHEET WITH THE HADLEY 11-GAUGE CHICAGO PERFORATIONS.
This stamp was originally part of the Chase block of 21 and subsequently part of a pair. The other stamp in the pair (Position 98R2L) was offered in our 2010 sale of the Wagshal collection (Sale 996, lot 3178). A total of 33 "Sample A" Chicago Perf stamps are recorded, including a block of nine, two blocks of six and a block of four. There are four contiguous stamps from the Chase piece that have not been accounted for and may or may not still exist as a block. The examples from the Sample "A" sheet are the only known unused 3c stamps with Chicago perforations. There are no known unused examples with the gauge 12.5 perforations.
From our 1980 Rarities sale and ex "Lake Shore". With 2005 P.F. certificate