Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022
Category — "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Bisects (Scott 11-11A var.)
EXTREMELY FINE. REGARDED BY MANY TO BE THE FINEST OF THE SIXTEEN KNOWN 3-CENT 1851 BISECTED USES.
The census of 3c 1851 bisects, published by David Beals in Chronicle 76 and updated by Stanley M. Piller in Chronicle 136 and 137, contains a total of 16 covers. Of these, one is the strip of four bisects used from Milton, Massachusetts, seven were bisected for use as 1c stamps to pay part of the 10c transcontinental rate, and eight were bisected to pay the 1c circular rate. The census does not identify which are Type I (Scott 11c) and which are Type II (11Ac), and the older photos make identification impossible. We have offered only three others since 1996, and this is the only one with confirmed Type I characteristics.
Ex Dr. Chase (illustrated in his book on p. 214), West and Grunin. Offered to the market for the first time since 1996. Backstamped Scott Stamp & Coin and Raymond H. Weill Company. With 1976 P.F. certificate
FINE. A FASCINATING AND PROBABLY UNIQUE USE. EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM CANADA ARE FAR RARER THAN THE 1847 ISSUE SIMILARLY USED AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE WITH STAMPS PAYING ALL POSTAGE IS TRULY AMAZING.
Ex Bilden, Dr. Robertson, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Boggs, The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada (p. 85)