FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIP OF THREE FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE ONE EARLY, CONTAINING TWO TYPE Ib STAMPS AND A TYPE II STAMP. THIS IS THE FIRST STRIP OF THREE FROM THESE POSITIONS WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
Type Ib was produced only as an imperforate stamp. Six positions on Plate 1 Early furnished stamps qualifying as Type Ib -- Positions 3-6R and 8-9R -- distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. When first entered on the plate, these six positions (as well as 7R1E) had the complete design at top and bottom. However, unlike 7R, small portions of the bottoms were ironed out when the entries were made below them.
Only three positions from the top row of the right pane furnish Type II stamps, which are noticeably more complete at top. There are only two possible places that will yield combination pairs -- Positions 2-3R1E and 9-10R1E.
Scott Retail as combination pair and single of Scott 5A.