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The Whitpain Collection of United States 1894-98 Bureau Issues continued...

1895 Issue Imperforate (Scott 264a-278a)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
491 ogbl 1c-$5.00 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-278a).> Complete set of 1895 Imperforates in blocks of four ($1.00 Type I only, as it exists), original gum, h.r., large margins all around, bright colors, a few tiny and
trivial thin specks affecting one or two1c-$5.00 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-278a). Complete set of 1895 Imperforates in blocks of four ($1.00 Type I only, as it exists), original gum, h.r., large margins all around, bright colors, a few tiny and trivial thin specks affecting one or two stamps in the 4c, 5c, 10c, 50c, $1.00 and $2.00 blocks, 2c tiny corner crease

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF BLOCKS OF THE IMPERFORATE 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE.

In Brookman Volume III, pages 128-129, a complete account of the origin of the 1895 Imperforates is quoted from a column by George B. Sloane. We provide excerpts:

"At the time they appeared, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had, but a short time previously, taken over the stamp printing contract from the American Bank Note Co. and were unfamiliar with and inexperienced in quantity production of postage stamps. Gilbert E. Jones, one of the owners of the New York Times, had rendered the Bureau invaluable technical advice and assistance in the organization of their facilities, and the Bureau desired to reward him in some way for his services. Mr. Jones was well-known collector, interested only in stamps in imperforate pairs, and when the subject was broached he suggested that, while he desired no recompense, if the Bureau could give him an imperforate pair or block of each of the stamps then in current use, for his collection, he would feel more than amply repaid."

Sloane then explains that the Bureau was restricted from presenting him with stamps from stock, but did allow him to buy regular perforated stamps on sale at the post office and exchange them for imperforates. Although the Scott Catalogue at first did not recognize the imperforates as regularly-issued stamps, from 1916 they inserted a statement "All denominations of this issue exist imperforate but they were not regularly issued in that condition".

In recent years, the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue moved the 1895 Imperforates to the Proof section. We feel strongly that these stamps belong with their regular-issue counterparts. Our reasoning is that the Bureau itself was responsible for releasing the stamps. The Scott Catalogue should not classify these stamps any differently than they classify other stamps released through official channels, but not regularly issued at a post office. For example, the 4c Pan-American Invert, which was never sold at the post office, but traded by the government for stamps they needed for the National Stamp Collection. As another example, the rare 4c and 8c Bluish Paper stamps were "released" at the post office in an illegal conspiracy between Joseph A. Steinmetz and Arthur M. Travers, an official with the Post Office Department, both of whom were indicted and convicted for their crimes. We see no difference in the historical circumstances behind the release of the 1895 Imperforates and the other examples cited.

The Sloane article also provides the original quantities of 1895 Imperforates released: 1c--900, 2c--500, 3c to 8c--300 each, 10c--400, 15c to $5.00--100 each. The vast majority of stamps have been divided into pairs over the years. This offering is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a set of blocks of these major 19th Century rarities, which we believe will eventually earn their way back to the front of the Scott Catalogue, where they belong. (Image)

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33,650.00

SOLD for $16,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
492 og 1c-$5.00 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-278a).> Complete set of 1895 Imperforates in <imprint and plate no. strips of three,> 19 total and <complete for every plate number used to print the imperforates,> incl.
three 1c (one a strip of four), two each1c-$5.00 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a-278a). Complete set of 1895 Imperforates in imprint and plate no. strips of three, 19 total and complete for every plate number used to print the imperforates, incl. three 1c (one a strip of four), two each of 2c, 3c, 4c and 5c, all have original gum, for the higher denominations the 15c, 50c and $5.00 from top position, $1.00 and $2.00 from bottom position, large margins all around, bright colors, 50c light horizontal crease, few with small thin spots incl. one 1c and one 2c

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF IMPRINT AND PLATE NUMBER STRIPS OF THREE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1895 WATERMARKED BUREAU ISSUE. THIS SET, SHOWING EVERY PLATE NUMBER USED TO PRINT THE IMPERFORATES, IS UNIQUE. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WHITPAIN COLLECTION.

In Brookman Volume III, pages 128-129, a complete account of the origin of the 1895 Imperforates is quoted from a column by George B. Sloane. We provide excerpts:

"At the time they appeared, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had, but a short time previously, taken over the stamp printing contract from the American Bank Note Co. and were unfamiliar with and inexperienced in quantity production of postage stamps. Gilbert E. Jones, one of the owners of the New York Times, had rendered the Bureau invaluable technical advice and assistance in the organization of their facilities, and the Bureau desired to reward him in some way for his services. Mr. Jones was well-known collector, interested only in stamps in imperforate pairs, and when the subject was broached he suggested that, while he desired no recompense, if the Bureau could give him an imperforate pair or block of each of the stamps then in current use, for his collection, he would feel more than amply repaid."

Sloane then explains that the Bureau was restricted from presenting him with stamps from stock, but did allow him to buy regular perforated stamps on sale at the post office and exchange them for imperforates. Although the Scott Catalogue at first did not recognize the imperforates as regularly-issued stamps, from 1916 they inserted a statement "All denominations of this issue exist imperforate but they were not regularly issued in that condition".

In recent years, the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue moved the 1895 Imperforates to the Proof section. We feel strongly that these stamps belong with their regular-issue counterparts. Our reasoning is that the Bureau itself was responsible for releasing the stamps. The Scott Catalogue should not classify these stamps any differently than they classify other stamps released through official channels, but not regularly issued at a post office. For example, the 4c Pan-American Invert, which was never sold at the post office, but traded by the government for stamps they needed for the National Stamp Collection. As another example, the rare 4c and 8c Bluish Paper stamps were "released" at the post office in an illegal conspiracy between Joseph A. Steinmetz and Arthur M. Travers, an official with the Post Office Department, both of whom were indicted and convicted for their crimes. We see no difference in the historical circumstances behind the release of the 1895 Imperforates and the other examples cited.

The Sloane article also provides the original quantities of 1895 Imperforates released: 1c--900, 2c--500, 3c to 8c--300 each, 10c--400, 15c to $5.00--100 each. The vast majority of stamps have been divided into pairs over the years. This offering is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a complete set of imprint and plate number strips of these major 19th Century rarities, which we believe will eventually earn their way back to the front of the Scott Catalogue, where they belong. (Image)

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E. 30,000-40,000

SOLD for $42,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
493 og 1c Blue, Imperforate (264a).> Plate no. 334 single with plate no. at top, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins, Very Fine and choice, especially desirable with the plate no., Scott Retail as pair
$275.001c Blue, Imperforate (264a). Plate no. 334 single with plate no. at top, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins, Very Fine and choice, especially desirable with the plate no., Scott Retail as pair $275.00 (Image)

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E. 150-200

SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
494 ogbl 1c Blue, Imperforate (264a).> Left imprint and plate no. 314 block of six, original gum, rich color, large margins, small thin at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, a rare plate block, unpriced as a plate block
in Scott, Scott Retail as three pairs1c Blue, Imperforate (264a). Left imprint and plate no. 314 block of six, original gum, rich color, large margins, small thin at bottom right, Very Fine appearance, a rare plate block, unpriced as a plate block in Scott, Scott Retail as three pairs $825.00 (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
495 c 1c Blue, Imperforate (264a).> Horizontal pair, large and even margins, tied by Boston Mass. Back Bay Station Apr. 18, 1902 machine cancel on cover to Washington D.C., receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a
rare usage of the 1c imperforate on c1c Blue, Imperforate (264a). Horizontal pair, large and even margins, tied by "Boston Mass. Back Bay Station Apr. 18, 1902" machine cancel on cover to Washington D.C., receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a rare usage of the 1c imperforate on cover, ex Gibson (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
496 c 1c Blue, Imperforate (264a).> Horizontal pair, large margins all around, tied by New York N.Y. May 12, 1909 machine cancel on cover with typewritten address to the Third Assistant Postmaster General in
Washington D.C., Nassau Stamp Co. corner card,1c Blue, Imperforate (264a). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, tied by "New York N.Y. May 12, 1909" machine cancel on cover with typewritten address to the Third Assistant Postmaster General in Washington D.C., Nassau Stamp Co. corner card, with copies of two letters from the correspondence which enclosed a full set of the imperforate pairs and inquiring whether they are proofs or stamps, and including a response dated May 8 confirming that they are genuine stamps, some edge tears, pair with small corner crease at top right, Very Fine appearance, given the contents of the letters and their use as postage these issues should be listed in the front of the catalogue (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
497 c 1c Blue, 2c Carmine, Ty. III, 3c Purple, 5c Chocolate, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 270a).> Large margins, 3c with sheet margin at top, tied by Washington D.C. registry ovals, purple Washington D.C.
Registered, Apr. 26, 1902 double-circle datesta1c Blue, 2c Carmine, Ty. III, 3c Purple, 5c Chocolate, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 270a). Large margins, 3c with sheet margin at top, tied by Washington D.C. registry ovals, purple "Washington D.C. Registered, Apr. 26, 1902" double-circle datestamp on cover to Boston, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a colorful and scarce usage (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
498 og 1c-10c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a, 271a, 273a).> Horizontal pairs with <selvage at top with part arrows at right,> original gum, 6c and 10c left stamps h.r., radiant colors, 6c natural paper wrinkle in sheet
margin only, Very Fine and choice posit1c-10c 1895 Issue, Imperforate (264a, 271a, 273a). Horizontal pairs with selvage at top with part arrows at right, original gum, 6c and 10c left stamps h.r., radiant colors, 6c natural paper wrinkle in sheet margin only, Very Fine and choice position pieces (Image)

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925.00

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
499   1c-10c 1895 Bureau Issue, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 269a, 273a).> Right sheet margin block of four of 2c, pairs of others (3c vertical), large margins, each cancelled, few with dubious cancels, few flaws,
overall Fine-Very Fine1c-10c 1895 Bureau Issue, Imperforate (264a, 267a, 268a, 269a, 273a). Right sheet margin block of four of 2c, pairs of others (3c vertical), large margins, each cancelled, few with dubious cancels, few flaws, overall Fine-Very Fine (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
500 ogbl 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Imperforate (267a).> Left sheet margin block of four with part arrow, large margins all around, original gum, radiant color, top right stamp small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, a scarce
block2c Carmine, Ty. III, Imperforate (267a). Left sheet margin block of four with part arrow, large margins all around, original gum, radiant color, top right stamp small thin spot, Very Fine appearance, a scarce block (Image)

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600.00

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
501 ogbl 2c Carmine, Ty. III, Imperforate (267a).> Top imprint and plate no. 319 block of six, large margins all around, original gum, small h.r. at bottom left, few glazed spots from adherence to mount, brilliant color,
Very Fine and choice, we have sold bot2c Carmine, Ty. III, Imperforate (267a). Top imprint and plate no. 319 block of six, large margins all around, original gum, small h.r. at bottom left, few glazed spots from adherence to mount, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, we have sold bottom, left and right plate blocks before but never one from the desirable top position, only two are recorded from this position, Scott Retail as three pairs $675.00 (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction

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