Sale 1253 — The Melvin Getlan Collection of U.S. Vending & Affixing Machine Perfs Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 5 April, 2022

Category — The Schermack Company Type II Perforations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
255
og
Sale 1253, Lot 255, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. II (314). Guide line strip of four, original gum, minor h.r., deep rich color, well-centered, pos. 2 light vertical crease, still Extremely Fine, ex Howard, one stamp Mekeel backstamp, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

1,200
1,200
256
c
Sale 1253, Lot 256, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations1c Blue Green, Schermack Ty. II (314). Pair, tied by partly clear strike of Minnesota duplex datestamp on 2c entire (U385) to Fresno Cal., right stamp with small tear at bottom, cover reduced at left and with small edge tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, a very rare cover, the Belasco book states this issue is unknown on commercial covers, though this cover has no obvious signs of a philatelic creation, with 1991 P.F. certificate, Scott value $2,250.00

E. 750-1,000
800
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257
og
Sale 1253, Lot 257, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations5c Blue, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. II (315). Guide line pair, original gum, extraordinarily choice centering, deep shade on bright fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO GUIDE LINE PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT 1908 WITH SCHERMACK TYPE II PERFORATIONS REPORTED IN THE BELASCO BOOK. A MAJOR RARITY OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.

The 5c Blue (315) with Schermack Type II perforations, produced at the request of collectors, is one of the rarest of all vending and affixing machine varieties. A review of The Philatelic Foundation records and auction catalogue listings located approximately six ordinary pairs. There is one ordinary pair in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. The Belasco book (p. 23) reports two guide line pairs -- we believe the other line pair is the one offered in Sale 28 of the Col. Green collection (Costales, 10/28-11/1/1946, lot 1307).

"CHM" (Charles H. Mekeel) initials in ink on back. With 1994 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco). Guide line pair listed but unpriced in Scott -- value for a pair is $9,000.00).

E. 10,000-15,000
16,000
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258
og
Sale 1253, Lot 258, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations5c Blue, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. II (315). Pair, original gum, well-centered, perfs either trimmed at left or a natural straight edge, deep shade on bright fresh paper

VERY FINE. ONE OF APPROXIMATELY SIX AVAILABLE PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT 1908 WITH SCHERMACK TYPE II PERFORATIONS.

The 5c Blue (315) with Schermack Type II perforations, produced at the request of collectors, is one of the rarest of all vending and affixing machine varieties. A review of The Philatelic Foundation records and auction catalogue listings located approximately six ordinary pairs. There is one ordinary pair in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. The Belasco book (p. 23) reports two guide line pairs, one of which is offered in lot 257.

"CHM" (Charles H. Mekeel) initials in ink on back. With 1982 P.F. certificate.

9,000
10,000
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259
 
Sale 1253, Lot 259, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations5c Blue, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. II (315). Well-centered, deep shade, tied by Saint Louis Mo. double-oval cancel on small piece, tiny brown inclusion in top margin

VERY FINE. POSSIBLY THE ONLY USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1908 WITH SCHERMACK TYPE II PERFORATIONS IN EXISTENCE.

The 5c Blue (315) with Schermack Type II perforations, produced at the request of collectors, is one of the rarest of all vending and affixing machine varieties. A review of The Philatelic Foundation records and auction catalogue listings located approximately six ordinary pairs. There is one ordinary pair in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. The Belasco book (p. 23) reports two guide line pairs (one offered in lot 257). This is the only used example of this rarity we have been able to locate (Belasco stated that no covers are known). The Saint Louis cancel points to Charles H. Mekeel as the likely source of this stamp.

Hinge attached with pencil note "May 51 25.00 G. P. Howard #315 Sh II Only Known Used Copy". With 1977 P.F. certificate. Scott value $1,900.00 for a used pair is evidently not based on any actual item or sale record.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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260
og
Sale 1253, Lot 260, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. II (320). Guide line strip of four, original gum, one stamp light pencil notation, brilliant color, Very Fine

750
800
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261
og
Sale 1253, Lot 261, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. II (320A). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r., tiny nick in margin at top left, appears Very Fine, backstamp of undetermined origin

525
550
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262
og
Sale 1253, Lot 262, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. II (343). Two pairs showing 3mm and 2mm spacing, 3mm original gum, lightly hinged, wide margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, 2mm original gum with slight disturbance not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,700
3,500
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263
og
Sale 1253, Lot 263, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. II (344). Pair with 3mm spacing, original gum, rich color and nicely centered, fresh and Very Fine, ex Belasco, with 1981 P.F. certificate

1,100
2,200
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264
og
Sale 1253, Lot 264, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations3c Deep Violet, Schermack Ty. II (345). Pair with 2mm spacing, original gum, rich color, left stamp small thin spot, appears Very Fine

875
1,000
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265
og
Sale 1253, Lot 265, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. II (346). Pair with 2mm spacing, original gum, h.r., slight gum toning spot on right stamp, appears Very Fine, a scarce pair, ex Belasco, with 1999 P.F. certificate not mentioning the gum toning

1,500
2,200
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266
og
Sale 1253, Lot 266, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations5c Blue, Schermack Ty. II (347). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r. and with large pencil notations on gum of right stamp, rich color, Very Fine and very scarce guide line pair, this is the only example we have offered in at least 30 years, with 1976 P.F. certificate

2,000
2,500
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267
og
Sale 1253, Lot 267, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. II (368). Guide line strip of four, original gum, couple h.r., bright color and attractive centering, left stamp gum wrinkle, Very Fine, each stamp with Mekeel backstamp

750
850
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268
c
Sale 1253, Lot 268, The Schermack Company Type II Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. II (368). Clear perfs at left, trimmed or cut at right, used with four additional 1c-2c stamps with Schermack Ty. I or Ty. II perforations, including Ty. I eight holes (314, 320A) and Ty. II (314, 320A), tied by "Pine Lawn Mo. Registered Jul. 27, 1909 P.M." circular datestamps on registered 2c buff entire to St. Paul Minn., C. H. Mekeel return handstamp, Saint Paul receiving backstamp, some minor edgewear, 2c Lincoln with small margin scuff at top

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXCEPTIONAL FRANKING WITH THE 1909 2-CENT LINCOLN SCHERMACK TYPE II, ALONG WITH FOUR OTHER TYPE I OR TYPE II STAMPS.

The Belasco book states that no covers are known with the 2c Lincoln Schermack Ty. II -- only a piece of a Mekeel cover with a pair dated Oct. 11, 1909, which Belasco called the earliest known use (the piece is in the Getlan collection). We presume Belasco was not aware of this cover, which pre-dates the piece by more than three months and which may well be unique.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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