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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

Category — 1922-23 Issues (Scott 485-550)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
258°
nhbl
Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 258, 1922-23 Issues (Scott 485-550), Mint Never-Hinged top plate blocks of the 1¢ and 2¢ Rotary Perf 11 x 10 Issue, Imperforate Horizontally

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Green, 2¢ Carmine Rose, Rotary Perf 11 x 10, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (538a, 540a), Mint N.H. top plate nos. 13611 and 13740 blocks of six, vivid colors, wide margins and well-centered

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

1¢ Extremely Fine; 2¢ Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$2,625.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

In 1919 a plan was launched to salvage the leading or trailing scraps left over from rotary press printings by turning them into sheet stamps for distribution. Coil waste was perforated 10 in one direction on the rotary press perforator. It was then perforated 11 in the other direction, using the line perforator normally used for flat-plate printings, producing Scott 538, 539 and 540. The unfinished horizontally imperforate sheets (Scott Nos. 538a and 540a) were acquired by Edward C. Worden, who sold them through J. M. Bartels in 1922.

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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