Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
696
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Sale 1265, Lot 696, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 67-68/77-78R1, block of four, top left stamp has double transfer (Position 67R1), original gum, small hinge remnants, intense shade, top right stamp tiny thin speck, bottom right small scuff

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1857 12-CENT FROM PLATE 1, SCOTT 36. A BLOCK OF FOUR IS THE LARGEST MULTIPLE KNOWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

Used multiples of the 12c 1857 Issue from Plate 1 (Scott 36) are larger and more numerous than unused multiples. The reason for this is that, unlike stamps printed from Plate 3 (Scott 36B), few if any unused remainders of Plate 1 were in post offices when the issue was demonetized in 1861. The unused blocks of the 12c 1857 larger than four stamps are all from Plate 3, including some referenced by past writers who failed to differentiate the two plates (Plate 3 was a sub-listing for many years). Blocks of four of Scott 36 are rare, and all have faults, most to a serious degree. The block offered here, with choice centering and minor flaws, is certainly one of the finest known, and possibly the finest.

Ex Frelinghuysen. Scott value $10,000.00.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
697
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Sale 1265, Lot 697, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 84-85/94-95L1, block of four, original gum, hinge remnant and some disturbance from hinge removal, few flaws including perf separations, small thin spot at top, top left stamp diagonal crease, ink spot on bottom right stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a rare original-gum block from Plate 1, Scott value $10,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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698
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Sale 1265, Lot 698, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 35-36/45-46L1, block of four with double rows of vertical perfs, slightly disturbed original gum, slight thins in top pair, Fine-Very Fine appearance, exhibit-worthy perf variety and a rare original-gum block from Plate 1, Scott value $10,000.00

E. 750-1,000
550
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699
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Sale 1265, Lot 699, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 21-24/31-34R1, block of eight, intense shade and proof-like impression, multiple strikes of green "PAID" in circle cancel, top left stamp small thin spot, bottom left stamp few short perfs, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. A UNIQUE BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE WITH A TRUE GREEN CANCELLATION.

Used blocks of the 12c 1857 Issue are very scarce, and singles cancelled in green ink are rare, but the coincidence of a green cancel on a block is nothing less than miraculous. This is one of the greatest 1857 Issue used multiples extant.

Ex Waterhouse (1924 sale) and Moody.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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700
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Sale 1265, Lot 700, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Reconstruction formed from original franking removed from package wrapper to Wallingford, England -- a total of 50 stamps, comprising reconstructed block of 26 (2 blocks of 8, 2 blocks of 4, and one pair), reconstructed block of 20 (2 blocks of 6 and 2 blocks of 4), and reconstructed block of 4 (two pairs, adjacent plate positions affixed separately), black grid cancels, all positions from the left pane (noted on exhibit page, see PDF) -- the original wrapper accompanies, "Pontiac Mic. Jun. 23" (1859) circular datestamp, weight notation "7-1/2oz", purple manuscript "48/14" and "Paid $6.72" rate notations which suggest the Pontiac post office rated this at 28 times the 24c treaty rate ($6.72), red crayon "$3.84" notation applied in Boston, which is the correct total postage required for a 7-1/2 ounce package (8 x 48c =$3.84 with credit of $3.04 to England) since there was no triple rate permitted under the US-GB postal convention, carried on Cunarder Europa, departing Boston Jun. 30, red London Paid receiving datestamp (Jul. 9), part of wrapper missing and six stamps presumed missing based on $6.00 present (50 stamps) and an additional 72c paid, some with trimmed perfs and other faults to be expected but overall the mounted multiples are attractive and impressive

THE LARGEST 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FRANKING RECORDED AND ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE RECONSTRUCTED MULTIPLES OF THE CLASSIC ERA.

Ex Richey (Ashbrook notes at P.F. website) and Neinken (noted in 12c pamphlet, p. 64). Scott value $31,000.00 as 10 blocks of four and 5 pairs.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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701
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Sale 1265, Lot 701, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 1-3/41-43R1, vertical block of 15 (3 by 5), Position 3R1 with double transfer in "Twelve", detailed impression, small strip of interpane selvage at upper left, segmented grid cancels, few faults including small tears and perf separations

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE LARGE USED BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

Ex Jack Dick and "J & J". Scott value $7,850.00 as two blocks of four, two pairs, two singles and the double transfer.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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702
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Sale 1265, Lot 702, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 9-10/19-20R1, block of four, bright shade, grid cancels, scissors separated at top and right outside the boundary of perfs, slight crease in bottom pair, faint manuscript offset on back, Fine appearance, Scott value $2,750.00

E. 500-750
550
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703
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Sale 1265, Lot 703, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 12-13/22-23R1, block of four, centered strongly to left, cancelled by single clear strike of "Crainville Ill." circular datestamp, corner creases top left and bottom left, otherwise Very Good

2,750
500
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704
 
Sale 1265, Lot 704, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 92-95L1, horizontal strip of four, remarkably well-centered but shows the narrow spacing between subjects which made perforating so difficult, cancelled lightly in blue with full clear strike of red "London Paid BZ MR19 53" rimless datestamp, short perf at top left, the back has brownish gum stains, but they do not show on face, Very Fine appearance, a scarce and choice strip of four, Scott value $1,570.00 as two pairs with red "Paid" and blue cancels

E. 400-500
400
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705
 
Sale 1265, Lot 705, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 40/50/60/70L1, vertical strip of four, well-centered for this issue, cancelled by circular datestamp, top stamp has shallow thin, otherwise Very Fine, Scott value $1,400.00 as two pairs

E. 400-500
325
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706
 
Sale 1265, Lot 706, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Positions 74/84/94L1, vertical strip of three, red grid cancels, sharp impression, middle stamp faint toned spot, bottom slight crease and tiny tear, otherwise Fine, attractive and scarce vertical strip

1,080
250
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707
 
Sale 1265, Lot 707, Allen 12c 1851-57: Plate 1 Perforated, Unused and Used Multiples (Scott 36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Two vertical pairs, Positions 75/85L1 and 29/39R1, each with lightly struck circular datestamp, well-centered for this issue, 29/39R1 with small thin in bottom stamp, otherwise Very Fine

1,400
160
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