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 III Perforations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
269
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Sale 1253, Lot 269, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. III (314). Block of four with plate no. 4498 sheet margin at left, original gum, h.r., large margins, manuscript writing in margin, Very Fine

800
1,900
270
c
Sale 1253, Lot 270, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. III (314). Pair, right stamp with pulled perf at lower right, used with 2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. III (344) as well as two pairs No. 332 and sheet margin single of No. 371, tied by "Phillipsburg N.J. Mar. 9, 1910" duplex datestamps on foundry business corner card registered cover to Proctorsville Vt., purple "Phillipsburg N.J. Registered Mar. 9, 1910" double-circle datestamp, Very Fine and colorful use, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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271
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Sale 1253, Lot 271, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Guide line pair, original gum, each stamp with small hinge remnant, deep rich color, full and intact Schermack perforations

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO EXTANT GUIDE LINE PAIRS OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE -- ONLY FOUR PAIRS, TWO LINE PAIRS AND NINE SINGLES ARE KNOWN IN UNUSED CONDITION.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A , records four intact pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. There are only 32 used singles (two on piece), two used strips of three (one in NYPL collection), a used pair and four covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 46 used stamps.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates--either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles) and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and 32 used single stamps.

The two recorded guide line pairs have both been sold by the Siegel firm in their last auction appearances. The other pair was sold for $400,000 hammer in our sale of the Alan B. Whitman collection (Sale 968B, Sep. 22-25, 2009, lot 388). The pair offered here was acquired by Mr. Getlan in our sale of the Drucker Family collection (Sale 851, Oct. 9, 2002, lot 1291, realized $200,000 hammer).

Census no. 314A-OG-LP-07. Ex Karl Koslowski, William Wyer and Drucker Family. With 1978 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

375,000
165,000
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272
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Sale 1253, Lot 272, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Brown, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (314A). Unused (no gum), deep rich color, full Schermack perfs at right just barely in, two visible notched perfs at left, beautifully centered top to bottom

FINE. ONE OF NINE RECORDED UNUSED SINGLES OF THE RARE 4-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE.

Our census of unused Scott 314A, available at https://siegelauctions.com/census/us/scott/314A , records four intact pairs, two guide line pairs and nine singles, for a total of 21 unused stamps. One of the singles is in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library. There are only 32 used singles (two on piece), two used strips of three (one in NYPL collection), a used pair and four covers (one of which bears a strip of three), for a total of 46 used stamps.

With the rising popularity of vending and affixing machines, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing received numerous requests from manufacturers for supplies of imperforate stamps, which could then be privately perforated to conform to each firm's machine. In May 1908, a supply of 25 sheets (400 stamps per sheet) of the 4c 1902 Issue, without perforations, was delivered to the Schermack Mailing Machine Co. in Detroit. The entire supply was cut into coils with Schermack Type III perforations designed for the firm's patented affixing machine and delivered to the Winfield Printing Co. for use on mass mailings of advertising material. Approximately 6,000 were used on a mailing for Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, and almost all of the 4,000 balance were used on a mailing for Burroughs Adding Machine Co.

All of the Scott 314A stamps that exist in unused condition originate from a local Detroit stamp collector, Karl Koslowski, who was the only one to purchase some of the 4c Imperforates--either from the Winfield Printing Company or from the Schermack firm. His earliest account of the event appeared two years later in the Philadelphia Stamp News and is considered to be the most reliable of several conflicting stories told by Koslowski (and interpreted by others) at later dates. In the 1910 article, Koslowski explains that he purchased 50 stamps and expected to be able to buy more, but the supply was destroyed when he returned. We can account for 32 of the 50 stamps Koslowski claims he acquired. There are 21 unused stamps currently in our census, all of which must have come from him, and he used at least 11 stamps on mail to friends, including the strip of three on a Koslowski cover, two used strips of three off cover (the mass mailings were all singles) and two singles on separate Koslowski covers. The earliest known cover is dated at Detroit on May 27, 1908, from Koslowski to a friend in Austria, and the latest is dated April 8, 1909, which was mailed to him using a sheet-margin single from Sicklerville, New Jersey. Apart from the stamps Koslowski used, there is one recorded commercial cover (June 2, 1908) and 32 used single stamps.

Census no. 314A-UNC-09. Ex Koslowski. With 1975 P.F. certificate. Scott value $100,000.00 with original gum.

E. 30,000-40,000
50,000
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273
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Sale 1253, Lot 273, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations5c Blue, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (315). Mint N.H. horizontal strip of four with "Bureau, Engraving & Printing" imprint and plate no. 4073 in wide top sheet margin, centered slightly to right but large bottom margin, fresh and bright color

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS. A MAGNIFICENT 20TH CENTURY PHILATELIC RARITY.

This phenomenal imprint and plate number strip of the 5c 1908 Imperforate with Schermack Type III perforations was offered at auction in a Suburban Stamp Co. sale (November 24, 1984). According to the firm's principal, Larry Bustillo, it came from a collection in Evanston, Illinois, but he has no other information concerning its provenance. We searched the run of Colonel Green sales and did not locate it among his private perforation items.

With 1984 P.F. certificate (issued to Suburban/Bustillo). Scott value as a strip of four is $17,000.00 (presumably for an ordinary strip).

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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274
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Sale 1253, Lot 274, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations5c Blue, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. II (315). Horizontal strip of five, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and very fresh, centered slightly to left but top and bottom margins are balanced, vertical crease between two stamps at left, which leaves the Scott-listed strip of four completely untouched

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

With 1983 P.F. certificate. Scott value for strip of four is $17,000.00.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,500
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275
 
Sale 1253, Lot 275, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III, 6-Hole Control Perfin (320A). Full Ty. III perfs on both sides, Howard perfin pattern 137 (meaning holes 1, 3 and 7 are unpunched in the grid of 9), deep rich color, New York machine cancel, certificate mentions a tiny perf crease at right which is all but invisible

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1908 2-CENT LAKE TYPE II WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS AND 6-HOLE CONTROL PERFINS. ONLY TWO OR THREE ARE KNOWN.

The table in the Belasco book lists the no. 137 control perfin as being used by only three entities -- Cosmopolitan Magazine, Motor Boating and National Magazine of Motor Boating -- all from New York.

With 2002 A.P.S. certificate.

3,500
2,200
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276
 
Sale 1253, Lot 276, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Lake, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320A). Two guide line pairs, first with Pine Lawn Mo. grid cancel, deep rich color, trimmed perf at left, Very Fine appearance and scarce used, second original gum, barely hinged, large margins to full with portion of adjoining stamp at right, Very Fine

552
200
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277
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Sale 1253, Lot 277, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320Ad, formerly 320d). Guide line strip of four, complete Ty. III perfs on both ends, original gum, lightly hinged in middle, end stamps Mint N.H., bright color

VERY FINE AND RARE GUIDE LINE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1908 2-CENT CARMINE TYPE II. THIS ISSUE IS ONLY KNOWN WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

The Scott Catalogue notes that "No. 320Ad was issued imperforate, but all examples were privately perforated with large oblong perforations at the sides (Schermack Type III)." In this respect it is similar to its more famous and expensive counterparts, Scott 314A and 482A.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco).

2,000
2,700
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278
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Sale 1253, Lot 278, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320Ad, formerly 320d). Mint N.H. strip of four with paste-up in middle, full perfs at left and trimmed at right, rich colors with the two pairs showing very slightly different shades of Carmine, fresh and Extremely Fine, the 2c 1908 Ty. II in the Carmine color is only known with Schermack Type III perforations, with 2004 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,400
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279
 
Sale 1253, Lot 279, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320Ad, formerly 320d). Guide line pair, large margins all around with full Ty. III perfs and portion of adjoining stamp at right, light Pine Lawn Mo. grid cancel, thin spot at bottom right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 1908 2-CENT CARMINE TYPE II. THIS ISSUE IS ONLY KNOWN WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS AND VERY FEW USED GUIDE LINE PAIRS ARE KNOWN.

The Scott Catalogue notes that "No. 320Ad was issued imperforate, but all examples were privately perforated with large oblong perforations at the sides (Schermack Type III)." In this respect it is similar to its more famous and expensive counterparts, Scott 314A and 482A.

With 2013 P.F. certificate.

6,000
2,300
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280
c
Sale 1253, Lot 280, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320Ad, formerly 320d). Full Ty. III perfs on both sides, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 2, 1908 1-45A" wavy-line machine cancel on John V. Farwell Co. corner card cover to New London Conn., receiving backstamp, small cover scuff to left of datestamp, Very Fine and scarce on-cover use, the 2c 1908 Ty. II in the Carmine color is only known with Schermack Type III perforations, we have encountered only approximately six covers, the Farwell Company used Schermack affixing machines and at first Schermack coils, before creating their own coils in a cost-saving effort, Scott value $2,500.00

E. 750-1,000
800
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281
c
Sale 1253, Lot 281, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III (320Ad, formerly 320d). Pair, full Ty. III perfs, left stamp with nick at upper left and small perf tear, tied by Seattle Wash. slogan machine cancel dated Sep. 21, 1920, encouraging joining the (rapidly shrinking post-World War I) U.S. Army, on cover with printed address to Covell Manufacturing Co. in Benton Harbor Mich., Very Fine and scarce on-cover use, the 2c 1908 Ty. II in the Carmine color, which is only known with Schermack Type III perforations, we have encountered only approximately six covers, with 2011 P.F. certificate, Scott value $2,500.00

E. 500-750
800
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282
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Sale 1253, Lot 282, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations3c Deep Violet, Schermack Ty. III (345). Block of ten in 2 x 5 format with horizontal guide line, 2.5mm spacing, original gum, Mint N.H. except where a small sealed tear is present at upper right, deep rich color, appears Very Fine-Extremely Fine, ex Dr. Agris

E. 150-200
180
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283
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 283, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations3c Deep Violet, Schermack Ty. III (345). Wide top imprint and plate no. 4927 block of six, original gum, top center stamp h.r., others Mint N.H., Very Fine and rare, only a handful of plate blocks exist and this is a particularly choice example, ex Belasco, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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284
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 284, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346). Top arrow block of four, original gum, large h.r., rich color, Very Fine

500
275
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285
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 285, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346). Bottom imprint, plate no. 5212 and star block of six, original gum, side pairs Mint N.H., Fine-Very Fine and rare, only a handful of plate blocks exist, ex Belasco, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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286
c
Sale 1253, Lot 286, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346). Two singles, used with normal 2c (375) and 1c Green Panama-Pacific (397), tied by "Keswick Va. Oct. 14, 1916" duplex datestamps on registered 1c Blue on blue entire to Volant Pa., Albermarle Stamp Co. handstamped corner card, purple "Registered No." boxed handstamp with manuscript "261", matching "Return Receipt Required" handstamp, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE AND SCARCE ON-COVER USE OF THE 1908 4-CENT ORANGE BROWN WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

This correctly pays the 2c domestic letter rate plus 10c registration fee, with no fee for return receipt service. Ex Belasco. Scott value $3,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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287
 
Sale 1253, Lot 287, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346). Guide line strip of three with pair to left which was torn from the original strip of five (perhaps at application or during transit), also a single, used with normal 2c Washington (332) and tied by multiple strikes of Chicago Ill. oval cancels on back of shipping tag addressed to Shreveport La., printed Orr & Lockett hardware dealer return address, stamps with faults apart from the torn strip, otherwise Fine, a very rare and unusual use, with 1996 A.P.S. certificate, Scott value for cover is $3,000.00

E. 750-1,000
950
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288
c
Sale 1253, Lot 288, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346). Full perfs on both sides, used with 6c Red Orange (379), wildly misperfed, tied by "Chicago Ill." oval cancels on Hugh M. Clark stamp dealer corner card registered 2c entire (U406) to Aurora Ill., magenta "Registered No. 802127" boxed handstamp, purple "Registered/ Return Receipt Demanded" handstamp, matching "Chicago Ill. Registered Nov. 14, '11" double-circle datestamps tie "Clark's Auctions Chicago" label to back, receiving backstamp

VERY FINE AND SCARCE ON-COVER USE OF THE 4-CENT 1908 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

This correctly pays the 2c domestic letter rate plus 10c registration fee, with no fee for return receipt service. Scott value $3,000.00.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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289
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Sale 1253, Lot 289, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations5c Blue, Schermack Ty. III (347). Block of 25 with vertical guide line between second and third rows, original gum, most are Mint N.H., second row was stuck down to something in the past and removing it disturbed the gum in that row and caused thin spots, also small faults at upper right, overall Very Fine appearance and an impressive block which is the largest recorded multiple, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value as four guide line strips of four, without premium for the other five stamps or the block format

2,000
900
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290
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Sale 1253, Lot 290, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations5c Blue, Schermack Ty. III (347). Wide top imprint and plate no. 4931 block of six, original gum, side pairs Mint N.H., center pair h.r., Fine-Very Fine and rare plate block, only a handful are believed to exist, and as a bonus, this plate block has a multitude of fine plate cracks in and around the imprint and plate number, ex Belasco, Scott lists plate crack but does not give a value and this Schermack Ty. III plate block is unlisted

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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291
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Sale 1253, Lot 291, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Lincoln, Schermack Ty. III (368). Top imprint, plate no. 4982 and small solid star block of six, perfs extend into the sheet margin, original gum, four stamps are Mint N.H., pos. 1-2 were stuck down to something in the past and removing it disturbed the gum in that pair and caused a thin and a perf tear, perfs also trimmed at left, otherwise Very Fine and very scarce plate block, unlisted in Scott

E. 500-750
750
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292
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Sale 1253, Lot 292, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, Schermack Ty. III (371). Mint N.H. guide line strip of six, brilliant color and choice centering, Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value for guide line strip of four without premium for the two additional stamps

475
800
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293
c
Sale 1253, Lot 293, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, Schermack Ty. III (371). Full Ty. III perfs, tied by partly clear strike of Brooklyn N.Y. 1911 duplex datestamp on legal-size cover to 5th Ave. Manhattan N.Y. street address, "W. Peters" Brooklyn return address handstamp, stamp with small tear at top right, cover with file fold at left and missing backflap

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ON-COVER USE OF THE 2-CENT 1909 ALASKA-YUKON ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

The size of the 2c Alaska-Yukon stamp made it impossible to apply from a Schermack affixing machine. Therefore, examples of this stamp with Schermack Ty. III perforations are request items for collectors. There are no demonstrably commercial uses known of this stamp and philatelic uses are also extremely rare. This is the only example we have encountered.

With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value $4,000.00.

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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294
 
Sale 1253, Lot 294, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. III, Compound Perfs 11.25 (409). Guide line pair, normal Schermack Ty. III perfs with additional perfs measuring approximately 11.25, "Madison (Square Sta.") double-oval cancel, Fine and rare, these varieties are discussed in the Belasco book (pp. 52-53), there are varying theories as to why or how they were produced, but whatever the correct explanation they are rare

E. 500-750
1,000
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295
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Sale 1253, Lot 295, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, Schermack Ty. III, Paste-Up with Brown "Mail-Om-Eter" Test Stamp (482, TD14). Coil leader strip of four of the test stamp No. TD14 with 2c No. 482 paste-up at right, Schermack Ty. III perforations on the stamp and at the end of the test strip, original gum, h.r. on test strip which also has a small margin thin at top left, Very Fine and a wonderful exhibit item, see the Belasco book (pp. 50-51) for a discussion of these test coils, which were attached as leaders to rolls of 3,000 Ty. III stamps, they allowed the roll to be started through the affixing machine and tested without wasting actual (and valuable) stamps

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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296
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Sale 1253, Lot 296, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, 2c Carmine, Ty. IV, Schermack Ty. III, Paste-Up Combination (482/532). Paste-up strip of four, right pair is the 1916 2c Ty. I (482), left pair is the 1920 2c Offset Ty. IV (532), creating a combination pair in the middle, original gum with small pencil notations, Very Fine and an outstanding variety, Scott value for combination listed under No. 532

2,250
2,200
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297
 
Sale 1253, Lot 297, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (482A). Horizontal pair, with Schermack Ty. III perfs as all of the imperforate 2c Type Ia stamps must have, bold strike of "Chicago Ill. Apr. 20" duplex datestamp cancel, rich color, centered to left as are most examples, showing full Schermack Type III perfs all around, small break in paper at the top of the upper left hyphen hole, but this is outside the boundary of this pair and not considered a flaw

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE PAIR AND THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Scott 482A, like its slightly more famous predecessor, Scott 314A, was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Mailometer Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines with the Schermack Type III perforations. The Schermack “Sealer and Stamper” machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the Type III hyphen-hole perfs would be cut off on one side. Unlike Scott 314A, the release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, and, therefore, Scott 482A has a very small survival rate.

Our census of Scott 482A, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/Scott/482A , records this only known used multiple, three singles on separate covers and 42 used singles, for a total of 47 genuine stamps. A single with original gum and apparently imperforate has been certified as Scott 482A with perforations trimmed off, but most specialists agree it is a trimmed copy of Scott 500 (see Belasco book, p. 35).

Schermack Type III stamps are often cut into the design by the oblong perforations or miscut with one side of the perforated margin missing. This problem for collectors, which meant very little to contemporary users of the stamps, resulted from two consecutive events. First, the sheets were perforated with the Schermack holes, creating an opportunity for misalignment between the stamps. Second, when the strip of stamps was fed through the Schermack affixing machine, the cutting blade did not always align with the space between stamps.

Census no. 482A-CAN-PR-04. Ex Clifford C. Cole and Robert Zoellner. With 1958 P.F. certificate

140,000
125,000
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298
 
Sale 1253, Lot 298, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations

2c Deep Rose, Ty. Ia, Imperforate, Schermack Ty. III (482A). With Schermack Ty. III perfs as all of the imperforate 2c Type Ia stamps must have, lightly applied wavy-line machine cancel, rich color, centered to one side as usual, showing guideline and full Schermack perfs at right, ample margin at left

VERY FINE. A SOUND AND LIGHTLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT TYPE Ia IMPERFORATE. A MAJOR RARITY OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Scott 482A, like its slightly more famous predecessor, Scott 314A, was issued imperforate by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and sold to the Mailometer Company for use in its patented stamp-affixing machines with the Schermack Type III perforations. The Schermack “Sealer and Stamper” machine typically applied stamps one at a time, and, in most cases, the Type III hyphen-hole perfs would be cut off on one side. Unlike Scott 314A, the release of imperforate sheets printed from the experimental Type Ia plates escaped the notice of contemporary collectors, and, therefore, Scott 482A has a very small survival rate.

Our census of Scott 482A, available at our website at https://siegelauctions.com/census/US/Scott/482A , records this only known used multiple, three singles on separate covers and 42 used singles, for a total of 47 genuine stamps. A single with original gum and apparently imperforate has been certified as Scott 482A with perforations trimmed off, but most specialists agree it is a trimmed copy of Scott 500 (see Belasco book, p. 35).

Schermack Type III stamps are often cut into the design by the oblong perforations or miscut with one side of the perforated margin missing. This problem for collectors, which meant very little to contemporary users of the stamps, resulted from two consecutive events. First, the sheets were perforated with the Schermack holes, creating an opportunity for misalignment between the stamps. Second, when the strip of stamps was fed through the Schermack affixing machine, the cutting blade did not always align with the space between stamps.

Census no. 482A-CAN-47. With 1989 P.F. certificate.

65,000
18,500
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299
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Sale 1253, Lot 299, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations3c Violet, Ty. II, Schermack Ty. III, Control Perfins (484). Paste-up strip of four, original gum, lightly hinged, left stamp the paste-up with an unpunched Schermack Ty. III perf, "$" symbol perfins between the margins of each stamp associated with the Southern Pacific Steamship Line, Galveston Tex., Very Fine and nice combination of elements

E. 400-500
700
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300
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Sale 1253, Lot 300, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. V, Schermack Ty. III (533). Mint N.H. guide line pair, huge margins including portions of adjoining stamps at sides, which nicely show the complete Ty. III perfs, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem guide line pair, with 2006 P.F. certificate, Scott value as hinged

1,000
1,700
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301
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Sale 1253, Lot 301, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. V, Schermack Ty. III (533). Mint N.H. guide line strip of four, margins show complete Ty. III perfs throughout, brilliant color, fresh and Extremely Fine, a scarce Mint N.H. guide line strip of four, particularly in this quality, Scott value as hinged

2,500
2,400
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302
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Sale 1253, Lot 302, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. V, Schermack Ty. III (533). Mint N.H. pair with plate no. 11260 right sheet margin, bright color, large margins showing the complete Ty. III perfs, Extremely Fine, Scott value as hinged

425
1,400
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303
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Sale 1253, Lot 303, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. I, 2c Carmine, Ty. VI, Schermack Ty. III, Paste-Up Combination (482/534A). Paste-up strip of six, left strip of three is the 1916 2c Ty. I (482), right strip of three is the 1920 2c Offset Ty. VI (534A), creating a combination pair in the middle, original gum with small pencil notations, Very Fine, an outstanding and rare variety, unlisted in Scott, which does list the similar combination with Nos. 482/532 (priced at $2,250.00, see lot 296 for an example)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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304
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Sale 1253, Lot 304, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Schermack Ty. III (534B). Guide line pair, original gum, single h.r. at top, brilliant color, centered to top, fresh and Fine, this is a very rare guide line pair and the only example we have offered since keeping computerized records 30 years ago, with 1986 P.F. certificate

2,300
2,900
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305
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Sale 1253, Lot 305, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Ty. VII, Schermack Ty. III (534B). Strip of four, original gum, few h.r., fresh and brilliant color

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 2-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE VII WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.

The Belasco book lists a strip of four as the largest recorded multiple of this issue. Apart from offering this strip in one of our 2004 sales, we have not offered another since keeping computerized records 30 years ago. With 2004 A.P.S. certificate.

3,000
2,700
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306
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Sale 1253, Lot 306, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations1c Green, Schermack Ty. III (575). Guide line strip of four, original gum, outer stamps Mint N.H., deep rich color, Very Fine and choice

1,000
1,700
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Sale 1253, Lot 307, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations1c Deep Green, Schermack Ty. III (575). Wide top plate no. F14159 block of six, original gum, lightly hinged, deep rich color in a distinctly darker shade than the guide line strip offered in lot 306, top left stamp tiny toned spot in margin, light thinning around two perf holes at top (natural production flaw?), appears Very Fine, a rare plate block with only two or three known, ex Belasco, with 1992 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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308
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Sale 1253, Lot 308, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Carmine, Schermack Ty. III (577). Wide top plate no. F14197 block of six, original gum, hinged only on bottom center stamp, beautiful margins and centering, some natural gum wrinkles or creasing, still Extremely Fine and rare with only two or three plate blocks known, ex Belasco, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
3,750
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Sale 1253, Lot 309, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Black, Harding, Schermack Ty. III (611). Mint N.H. centerline block of four, huge margins all around showing full Ty. III perfs throughout, Extremely Fine Gem position block, with 2014 P.F. certificate, Scott value as hinged

1,750
2,000
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Sale 1253, Lot 310, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Black, Harding, Schermack Ty. III (611). Mint N.H., bottom plate no. 15025 block of six, light gum creasing along center vertical row and small toned spots on gum of pos. 4, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare plate block of the 2c Harding with Schermack Ty. III perforations, this is the only example we have encountered, ex Dr. Agris, with 1992 P.F. certificate, unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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Sale 1253, Lot 311, The Schermack Company Type III Perforations2c Black, Harding, Schermack Ty. III (611). Horizontal pair, tied by "Detroit, Mich. Aug. 22 10:30PM 1924" machine slogan cancel on cover to Michigan Stamp & Coin Co. in Detroit, addressed in the hand of Karl Koslowski, famed philatelist and discoverer of Scott 314A, about one-third of cover at left reduced, small tear at top

VERY FINE PAIR. ONE OF TWO MULTIPLES AMONG THE SEVEN OR EIGHT REPORTED COVERS WITH THE 2-CENT HARDING TYPE III SCHERMACK PRIVATE AFFIXING MACHINE PERFORATIONS.

Used examples of the 2c Harding with Schermack Type III perforations are extremely rare, with seven or eight covers reported by Belasco. The Schermack stamps were intended to be used in affixing machines, which applied a single stamp to each envelope. However, all of the known 2c Harding covers were prepared by manually attaching the stamps. This cover was addressed by Karl Koslowski, who gained fame for his discovery and acquisition of the 4c 1908 Imperforate with Schermack Type III perforations (Scott 314A), one of the great rarities of United States philately.

With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott value for a single on cover is $6,000.00.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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