Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022
Category — "Houdon" 3c 1851-57: Type III-IV Perforated (Scott 26, 26A)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL TEXAS INDEPENDENT STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 STAMP AND STAR DIE ENTIRE.
The Texas Ordinance of Secession was adopted February 1, 1861, with a popular vote on February 23, effective March 2. Texas was admitted to the Confederacy on March 5, 1861. Covers mailed from February 1 through March 1 are technically called "Transitional Texas uses," but have historically been considered Independent State uses. If you walked into any Texas saloon during that month and declared yourself for the Union, chances are you would not walk out.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP, WHICH IS RARELY FOUND TYING THE STAMP.
Philadelphia was one of the first post offices to receive the new 1861 stamps, and so the 1857 Issue and old-style embossed envelopes were demonetized by that post office earlier than at many others. The new 1861 Issue embossed envelopes were announced as available on August 8, with a five-day exchange period expiring on August 13. The new 1861 Issue adhesive stamps were announced as available on August 19, with a six-day exchange period expiring on August 25. (Source: Elliott Perry, Pat Paragraphs reprint, pp. 97, 140-141).
With 1990 P.S.E. and 1993 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE IV IN FULLY IMPERFORATE STATE. A GREAT RARITY, WHICH IS KNOWN TO SPECIALISTS BUT IS NOT YET LISTED IN THE SCOTT CATALOGUE.
Dr. Chase's note on back reads, "8R10E. This appears to be an imperforate stamp. It is not from the left margin of the pane. C.C." The second sentence recognizes that a top left corner position stamp might have large enough margins to trim, but that this stamp comes from an interior position on the top row, which would make the huge side margins more indicative of a completely imperforate stamp.
Ex Beals, Piller and Hulme. With 1988 P.F. certificate as "fully imperforate"