Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021
Category — One-Cent: Essays and Proofs
VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE REPORTED PROOF IMPRESSIONS FROM THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE DIE (TWO IN BLUE). THIS DIE WITH THE CANCELLATION DOT IN OVAL WAS PROBABLY USED DURING THE PRODUCTION PHASE OF THE 1875 REPRINT AND DISTRIBUTED CIRCA 1910.
This die impression shows the so-called cancellation dot in the oval at left, which was applied to the die in 1860 and reproduced on all subjects in Plates 11 and 12. It also shows two small dots below "C" of "Cents" and a strong horizontal layout line at upper left, which are not found on Plates 1 through 12, but are found on the 1875 Reprint plate. Neinken opined that this impression and the few others like it were pulled from a die prepared for the 1875 Reprint (see Neinken, page 19).
One of the two proofs in Blue is offered in the following lot. The other two examples in Black were offered in our Wagshal sale (Sale 994, lot 602) and in our 2015 sale of Essays and Proofs (Sale 1113, lot 2093). On one of the Black proofs there is further evidence of provenance, a pencil note on back "From J. E. Ralph. [signed] J. M. Bartels". J. E. Ralph of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is known to have distributed die proofs in 1910.
Ex Ashbrook and illustrated in his 1c book (Vol. 1, p. 53) and in Neinken revision (p. 19). Listed but unpriced in Scott.