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)
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.
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.
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.
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.