Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — One-Cent: Plate One Early (Scott 5-5A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
11
c
Sale 1242, Lot 11, One-Cent: Plate One Early (Scott 5-5A)1c Blue, Types II-II-Ib (7-7-5A). Positions 1-3R1E, horizontal strip of three, left two stamps Type II, right stamp Type Ib, large to enormous margins including top left corner interpane sheet margins, brilliant Plate 1 Early shade and impression, each stamp cancelled by bright red grid, the left strike tying the strip, matching "Newburgh N. Y. Aug. 4" (1851) circular datestamp on buff cover to Detroit Mich., three faint gum stain spots in sheet margin at top which are insignificant and not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE CORNER-MARGIN STRIP OF THREE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM THE TOP ROW OF THE RIGHT PANE OF PLATE ONE EARLY, WITH THE RARE TYPE Ib AT THE RIGHT. THE STRIP IS OF BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT BLUE COLOR AND CANCELLED BY VIVID RED GRIDS.

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 of 3-6R and 8-9R were ironed out when the entries were made below them. Positions 1R and 2R (the two left stamps in this strip) were entered from the T Relief on the trimmed-relief transfer roll and have shortened ornaments at top.

By a remarkable coincidence, another cover is known from Newburgh, N.Y., from a different correspondence and dated exactly one month earlier, which bears an identical strip of three from the same positions with similar sheet margins (ex Mason, Newbury, Ishikawa, Grunin, Hackmey and Gross, see Sale 1211, lot 170). The datestamp on this cover is struck more clearly.

Ex Emerson, Knapp, Rust (sold in our 1981 Rarities sale on his behalf) and Dr. Kapiloff. With 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
30,000