1c Blue, Ty. III, Position 99R2 (8). Center stamp in strip of three, Positions 98-100R2, the 99R2 has large margins and is completely sound, the end stamps are just touched, slight corner crease at
top left, intense shade and impression, two neat manuscript lines leave 99R2 characteristics free and clear, "New Liberty Ky. Nov. 13th" manuscript postmark on cover to Perry N.Y. with sender's instructions to "Mail Direct", forwarded
to New York City with 3c Claret, Ty. II, Major Plate Crack (11A var), Position 84L5L, ample margins to slightly in, crack clearly visible along right side, cancelled by manuscript postmark "Perry Dec 12", reduced at right, faint
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER BEARING A ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE STRIP CONTAINING POSITION 99R2 -- THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM -- AND ANOTHER RARE 1851 ISSUE PLATE VARIETY, THE 3-CENT WITH
MAJOR PLATE CRACK.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, a majority of stamps of this
type (both unused and used) have small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original
entry that had been erased... The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).
Signed Ashbrook. Ex Neinken (Image)
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