Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021
Category — One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)
AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLE--THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 FROM PLATE ONE EARLY.
This block was discovered in the early 1990s inside a file of old records. It is the largest known block from Plate 1 Early, followed in size by the irregular unused block of eight containing Position 7R1E, an unused and defective block of six (Pos. 51-53/61-63L1E) and seven or eight unused blocks of four (one used block is also known).
Ex Zoellner and Curtis. With 1994 A.P.S. certificate.
AN IMPORTANT ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER, POSTED IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 2, 1851, THE SECOND DAY OF ISSUE. ONLY TWO JULY 1, 1851, FIRST DAY COVERS AND TWO JULY 2 SECOND DAY COVERS WITH THE ONE-CENT ARE RECORDED.
The addressee, Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows, was a prominent Unitarian minister and anti-slavery advocate. In this letter, his wife describes "luxuriating" at a seaside hotel in the company of Dr. Bellows's father. She wrote the letter on Tuesday, July 1, 1851, and mailed it upon arriving at Union Square on Wednesday morning, July 2.
Ex Neinken and Wagshal.
VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUE ON A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER.
By the time the Civil War began in 1861, the 1857 Perforated Issue had been in service for approximately four years. Supplies of the imperforate 1851 Issue were largely depleted by then. Its use on a Patriotic cover is therefore extremely rare.
Ex Stephen D. Brown
VERY FINE. A RARE TRANSCONTINENTAL COVER WITH THE 6-CENT RATE PREPAID BY A STRIP OF SIX OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. VERY FEW COVERS EXIST WITH THIS FRANKING.
The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to April 1, 1855. Approximately seven such West Coast multiples are known to us.
Ex Neinken and Wagshal
FINE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE FRANKING TO PAY THE 10-CENT RATE TO CANADA.
Ex Baker, Ishikawa (illustrated in his book) and Dr. Kapiloff.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE WITH THE CENTERLINE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. POSITION 51R1E IS ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE IIIa ON PLATE ONE EARLY.
Plate 1 Early stamps showing the centerline are rare. According to the Neinken chart, only three of the centerline positions on Plate 1 Early are Type IIIa--40L, 51R and 71R--and this position (51R) shows a wide break in the outer line at top.
On Plate 1 Early there are strong Type IIIa positions with well-defined breaks in the top line, and there are weak positions that show a slight break. The Neinken book discusses the variation in Type IIIa positions on Plate 1 Early (page 73) and lists the following as the "best" examples of Type IIIa with the line broken at top: 40L, 53L, 33R, 35R, 51R, 55R, 72R and 75R1E.
Ex Vogel. With 1987 P.F. certificate
AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE MULTIPLE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, COMBINING FOUR ELEMENTS OF RARITY INTO A VISUALLY STUNNING PIECE.
The confluence of rare elements in this one strip is astounding. Sheet-margin multiples are rare. Those showing part of the centerline are rarer. Those with unusual cancellations are even rarer. Finally, any example of Position 100R from Plate 1 Early that has the break in the outer line at top is exceedingly rare (see Neinken book, page 73). To have a strip that combines all four elements into one defies the odds.
Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL 1851 ONE-CENT PLATE ONE EARLY MULTIPLE WITH A SCARCE COMBINATION OF TYPES AND CAPTURING THE COVETED BALLS OF POSITION 7R1E.
The reason that Position 7R1E retained its Type I elements at the bottom is because 17R1E was short transferred at the top, thus reducing the "ironing out" effect on 7R1E. If one cannot afford an example of Scott 5, Position 7R1E, this provides an alternative; after all, having the balls of 7R1E is nearly as important as having the whole stamp.
Ex Wagshal and Merlin. Scott value $2,385.00 as pair of Scott 8A and single Scott 7.
VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL STRIP OF SIX OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT FROM PLATE ONE EARLY CONTAINING THREE TYPE IIIa AND THREE TYPE II STAMPS, USED TO PAY THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE FROM CALIFORNIA. THIS 1852 USE IS EARLY AND RARE.
The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to March 31, 1855. This use of the 1c stamp from Plate 1 Early probably dates to 1852. Approximately seven such West Coast Plate 1 Early multiples are known to us, this being among the most attractive.
The Neinken book notes (p. 81) "I have a very incomplete record of early uses of the one cent stamps in California, but I have observed very few uses in 1851. Supplies of the three cents were not received at the San Francisco Post Office until late in September of 1851, and it is doubtful if any one cents were sent out there so early. Covers from California to Eastern states showing the single 6c rate paid by a block of six, or a strip of six Plate IE stamps are scarce items." This cover is illustrated on the same page in the Neinken book, where he notes this is an 1852 use.
Illustrated in the Neinken book (p. 81). Ex Dr. Chase, Caspary, Fortgang, Dr. Kapiloff and Bailar.
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY ON A PREPAID "WAY" FEE LETTER CARRIED BY MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT INTO NEW ORLEANS.
This letter was carried on the steamer Princess No. 3, which was destroyed by fire on October 8, 1854, two miles from Fort Adams, which resulted in fourteen fatalities and the loss of 3,039 bales of cotton, according to The New York Times report (Oct. 18, 1854). The 4c postage on this 1852 letter paid the 3c rate plus 1c way fee.
Ex Grunin (who bought the cover from an original find) and Bailar.