Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

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Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)

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Sale 1265, Lot 759, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on India (36BP3). Positions 26-27R3, horizontal pair, large margins to just in at top left, intense shade and impression, tiny scuff at upper right

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PLATE PROOF OF THE 12-CENT 1851 DESIGN FROM PLATE 3, WHICH WAS PRODUCED BY TOPPAN CARPENTER IN 1860 AND USED TO PRINT PERFORATED STAMPS SHORTLY BEFORE THE ISSUE WAS DEMONETIZED IN 1861.

Proofs from the 12c Plate 3 are extremely rare and were made on India paper (36BP3) and stamp paper (36BP5). Jim Allen records only two pairs on India paper.

Ex Finkelburg. Scott value $2,500.00 as two singles -- the pair is unlisted.

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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760
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Sale 1265, Lot 760, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on India, Card Mounted (36BP3). Position 61R3 with interpane margin and centerline at left, full to large margins, sharp impression showing incomplete framelines, Very Fine, an extremely rare proof from Plate 3 and very desirable from this centerline position, possibly the only one on card (unlisted in Scott)

Bid on this lot

1,250
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761
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Sale 1265, Lot 761, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on India (36BP3). Position unknown but left pane according to Jim Allen, full to large margins, sharp impression showing incomplete frameline at left which is the signature trait of Plate 3, two small thin spots typical of India paper proofs, appears Very Fine, extremely rare proof

Bid on this lot

1,250
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762
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Sale 1265, Lot 762, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (36BP5). Position 3L3 with double frameline at right, three huge margins including top sheet margin, ample to clear at bottom, deep shade, clear impression shows frameline characteristics of Plate 3, Very Fine, the imperforate 12c Plate 3 on regular stamp paper is akin to the 24c, 30c and 90c imperforates made at the same time, examples are rare and this position with the double frameline at one side is extremely rare, it comes from the 20 positions in columns 3 and 4 of the left pane, where extra framelines were engraved stamp by stamp between the two vertical columns (a similar ruled line was engraved between columns 7 and 8), with 1993 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 1,000-1,500
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763
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Sale 1265, Lot 763, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (36BP5). Position 43L3 with double frameline at right, two huge margins including part of adjoining stamp below, others full to large at bottom, deep shade, clear impression shows frameline characteristics of Plate 3, horizontal crease at bottom note on certificate but this only affects the adjoining position, Very Fine, the imperforate 12c Plate 3 on regular stamp paper is akin to the 24c, 30c and 90c imperforates made at the same time, examples are rare and this position with the double frameline at side is extremely rare, it comes from the 20 positions in columns 3 and 4 of the left pane, where extra framelines were engraved stamp by stamp between the two vertical columns (a similar ruled line was engraved between columns 7 and 8), with 2001 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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764
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Sale 1265, Lot 764, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (36BP5). Unknown position in left pane, guide dot at bottom right, right frameline mostly missing, full to large margins, deep shade, faint horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, the rare imperforate 12c Plate 3 on regular stamp paper is akin to the 24c, 30c and 90c imperforates made at the same time, ex Finkelburg

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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765
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Sale 1265, Lot 765, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (36BP5). Position 93L3 with double frameline at right, three huge margins including bottom sheet margin, clear to touching at top, deep shade, clear impression shows frameline characteristics of Plate 3, thin spot and faint stain, otherwise Fine, the imperforate 12c Plate 3 on regular stamp paper is akin to the 24c, 30c and 90c imperforates made at the same time, examples are rare and this position with the double frameline at side is extremely rare, it comes from the 20 positions in columns 3 and 4 of the left pane, where extra framelines were engraved stamp by stamp between the two vertical columns (a similar ruled line was engraved between columns 7 and 8), with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 400-500
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766
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Sale 1265, Lot 766, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Plate Proof on Stamp Paper (36BP5). Position 77L3 with extra ruled line at right, margins mostly clear and large at right capturing the extra ruled frameline, deep shade, clear impression shows frameline characteristics of Plate 3, Fine, the imperforate 12c Plate 3 on regular stamp paper is akin to the 24c, 30c and 90c imperforates made at the same time, examples are rare and this position with the extra ruled line at side is extremely rare, it comes from the 20 positions in columns 7 and 8 of the left pane, where a line was engraved between the two vertical columns (similar extra framelines were engraved between columns 3 and 4)

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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767
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Sale 1265, Lot 767, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. A (36BS-A). Position 54L3 with double frameline at left, unused (no gum), intense shade, few short perfs at left, still Fine, the Toppan Carpenter 12c 1851 Washington with "Specimen" is known only on Scott 36B (Plate 3), handstamped (Type A) and in manuscript, only a few are known and this position with the double frameline at one side is very desirable, it comes from the 20 positions in columns 3 and 4 of the left pane, where extra framelines were engraved stamp by stamp between the two vertical columns (a similar ruled line was engraved between columns 7 and 8), ex Lewenthal, with 1978 P.F. certificate

Bid on this lot

3,500
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768
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Sale 1265, Lot 768, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3, Manuscript "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. I (36BS-I var). Position 75R3, large part original gum, clearly written manuscript "Specimen" overprint similar to Type I but in a different hand, intense shade and impression, Very Fine, signed in pencil "JAK" (John A. Klemann) which points to Henry Mandel and/or the Earl of Crawford as the provenance, ex "Lake Shore", with 1982 P.F. certificate -- this manuscript "Specimen" is well-documented and certified, but has not been listed in Scott alongside the other 1857 Type I oveprint (on Scott 26), the Scott editors should correct this omission

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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769
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Sale 1265, Lot 769, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 3 Perforated, Plate Proofs, Specimen Ovpts. (Scott 36BP)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Horizontal pair (left pane, positions undetermined), original gum, magenta manuscript crossed-lines control mark, choice centering, each stamp has tiny thin speck, Very Fine appearance, the crossed-line marks are found on various 1857 Issue values and were probably applied as a specimen mark, multiples are very rare

Bid on this lot

E. 400-500
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