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The Wagshal Collection, Part 2: One-Cent 1851-56 Imperforate continued...

Cracks in Plate Three
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1005 ng 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Positions 24L, 33L and 34L3 mounted on cards from the Neinken collection, showing the <major Forked Lightning plate crack,> 24L cancelled by bold New York town datestamp (Oct. 5,
1857), full to large margins, 33L and1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 24L, 33L and 34L3 mounted on cards from the Neinken collection, showing the major "Forked Lightning" plate crack, 24L cancelled by bold New York town datestamp (Oct. 5, 1857), full to large margins, 33L and 34L are unused (no gum), ample margins to just touched, 33L small thin spot, 34L sound, gorgeous intense shades

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING RECONSTRUCTION OF THE "FORKED LIGHTNING" CRACK OF PLATE 3, ASSEMBLED BY MORTIMER L. NEINKEN USING CHOICE EXAMPLES, INCLUDING TWO RARE UNUSED COPIES.

The exceptional nature of the "Forked Lightning" crack is discussed in the Neinken book (pages 228-229), and the great rarity of examples is underscored in that passage (as observed by Ashbrook and updated by Neinken).

Ex Neinken (Image)

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E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1006   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Positions 24L3, 33L3 and 34L3, three singles, each showing <Forked Lightning plate crack,> large margins to just in, each with circular datestamp, few small flaws, Fine-Very Fine,
a wonderful group reconstructing this1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 24L3, 33L3 and 34L3, three singles, each showing "Forked Lightning" plate crack, large margins to just in, each with circular datestamp, few small flaws, Fine-Very Fine, a wonderful group reconstructing this significant plate crack (Image)

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2,850.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1007 c 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3, New York Unofficial Roulette (7 var).> Positions 41424L3, vertical strip of three, bottom stamp (24L) shows the top of the <major Forked Lightning plate crack,> clear roulettes at
left, right and between stamps (sheet ma1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3, New York Unofficial Roulette (7 var). Positions 4/14/24L3, vertical strip of three, bottom stamp (24L) shows the top of the major "Forked Lightning" plate crack, clear roulettes at left, right and between stamps (sheet margin at top is imperforate), rouletted approximately 17, tied by "New-York Jul. 16, 1857" circular datestamp on folded cover to Philadelphia, receipt docketing "1857, New York July 16th, R. E. Jenks", pressed file crease thru top stamp

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER, BEARING A STRIP OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT FROM PLATE 3, WHICH NOT ONLY CONTAINS A RARE AND DESIRABLE CRACKED PLATE POSITION (24L3) BUT WAS PRIVATELY ROULETTED JUST AS THE FIRST REGULAR SUPPLY OF THE NEWLY-PERFORATED 1857 ISSUE REACHED NEW YORK CITY.

Little is known about this unofficial roulette. In the 1851 Issue Sesquicentennial book, Wilson Hulme postulated that the 3c stamps with this roulette were done by hand and not by a machine. New York received its supply of perforated stamps (under the new contract) in the third week of July 1857. Therefore, the window for use of these roulettes would have been extremely narrow -- all are known used in July of that year. He also mentions the possibility that one may exist on a 1c stamp, which was probably based on the cover offered here. This cover is specifically cited by Ashbrook (see Neinken book, page 232), who acquired it in the 1917 Morgenthau sale of the George H. Worthington collection.

Ex Worthington, Ashbrook and Oakley. (Image)

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E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1008   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Position 24L3 with <Forked Lightning plate crack> at lower left, large to full margins, light strike of large Boston Paid grid, Extremely Fine1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 24L3 with "Forked Lightning" plate crack at lower left, large to full margins, light strike of large Boston "Paid" grid, Extremely Fine (Image)

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600.00

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1009 c 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Positions 24-26L3, horizontal strip of three, left stamp (24L) shows the top of the <major Forked Lightning plate crack,> large margins to just touched, incredibly intense
Prussian Blue shade, creased between stamps b1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 24-26L3, horizontal strip of three, left stamp (24L) shows the top of the major "Forked Lightning" plate crack, large margins to just touched, incredibly intense Prussian Blue shade, creased between stamps before use, tied by blue "Elmira N.Y. Apr. 1, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Newark N.J., crease and small tear at bottom of cover, Very Fine appearing strip and attractive cover, the "Forked Lightning" crack is one of the most striking varieties of Plate 3 (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1010   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Positions 31-35L3, horizontal strip of five, third and fourth stamps from left (33-34L) have <Forked Lightning plate crack> across both positions, large margins to slightly in
(clipped at top left), lightly cancelled1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 31-35L3, horizontal strip of five, third and fourth stamps from left (33-34L) have "Forked Lightning" plate crack across both positions, large margins to slightly in (clipped at top left), lightly cancelled by town datestamp, rich color with characteristic ink film, creases and small tears, otherwise Fine, a rare Plate 3 multiple containing two of the "Forked Lightning" crack positions, ex Neinken (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1011 c 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Position 21L3 showing <plate cracks,> large margins to in, intense shade, tied by light strike of Boston Mass. Jan. 1 circular datestamp on 1857 folded printed notice from Boston
to Farmington Falls Me., fresh and Fin1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 21L3 showing plate cracks, large margins to in, intense shade, tied by light strike of "Boston Mass. Jan. 1" circular datestamp on 1857 folded printed notice from Boston to Farmington Falls Me., fresh and Fine (Image)

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850.00

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1012   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Position 73L3 showing <plate cracks,> unused (no gum), rich color, slightly dry print, light crease at top left not noted on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, rare
in unused condition, with 1981 P.F. certi1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 73L3 showing plate cracks, unused (no gum), rich color, slightly dry print, light crease at top left not noted on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, rare in unused condition, with 1981 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as with original gum $9,000.00 (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1013   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Position 98L3 with <plate cracks> at bottom, three huge margins including part of <sheet margin> at bottom, clear to just in at top, bold grid cancel, small thin spot at center,
Fine appearance, Scott Retail with no pre1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 98L3 with plate cracks at bottom, three huge margins including part of sheet margin at bottom, clear to just in at top, bold grid cancel, small thin spot at center, Fine appearance, Scott Retail with no premium for the plate cracks, ex Neinken (Image)

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600.00

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1014 c 1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Position 98L3 showing <plate cracks> at bottom, huge margins to just in including part of <sheet margin> at bottom, tied by New-York Apr. 1 circular datestamp on folded printed
prices current to Rochester N.H., vertic1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Position 98L3 showing plate cracks at bottom, huge margins to just in including part of sheet margin at bottom, tied by "New-York Apr. 1" circular datestamp on folded printed prices current to Rochester N.H., vertical file fold well away from stamp, some uniform soiling at left, still Fine (Image)

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850.00

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1015   1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7).> Positions 7-8R3, horizontal pair, right stamp (8R) with <major plate crack> across Franklins head, large margins to clear at bottom right, intense shade and impression, town
datestamp clear of crack, corner creases, ot1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 3 (7). Positions 7-8R3, horizontal pair, right stamp (8R) with major plate crack across Franklin's head, large margins to clear at bottom right, intense shade and impression, town datestamp clear of crack, corner creases, otherwise Very Fine, a rare example of the Plate 3 crack, ex Neinken (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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