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

Plate Four - Type Ic
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1086 bl 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, III, Ic (6b, 8, 8A).> Positions 76-8086-90R4, horizontal block of ten with a fantastic array of types -- the top row (D Relief) comprises <Types IIIa-IIIa*-III-IIIa-IIIa> (*77R4 is listed in
Neinken as Type III, but this impressio1c Blue, Ty. IIIa, III, Ic (6b, 8, 8A). Positions 76-80/86-90R4, horizontal block of ten with a fantastic array of types -- the top row (D Relief) comprises Types IIIa-IIIa*-III-IIIa-IIIa (*77R4 is listed in Neinken as Type III, but this impression definitely has an intact bottom outer line), and the bottom row (E Relief) comprises Types IIIa*-IIIa-IIIa-Ic-IIIa (*86R4 is listed in Neinken as Type IIIa, but we see a distinct break in the bottom outer line, which should qualify it as Type III) -- large margins to just in, dark Plate 4 shade, four strikes of "New-York May 26" circular datestamp, top left stamp also with blue cancel, small tears at right, bottom row light horizontal crease, top row horizontal crease ending in tear at left

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT MULTIPLE FROM PLATE 4, UNUSED OR USED. A REMARKABLE COMBINATION OF TYPES Ic, III AND IIIa FROM THE D AND E RELIEFS. ONE OF THE GREAT 1851 ISSUE PIECES.

This block is photographed on an entire page in the Neinken book (page 282) and described as the largest known imperforate block. Neinken also mentions the existence of unused imperforate blocks of four and six, but notes that he "does not recall seeing any other used imperforate blocks, although they probably exist."

This block is also desirable because it contains an example of an E Relief Type Ic. The 5th and 9th rows of Plate 4 were entered from the E Relief on the six-relief transfer roll. The E Relief was a Type Ic design, but most of the E Relief transfers were shortened at bottom or burnished during the platemaking process, thus eliminating the Type Ic features. A few have enough of the original detail to qualify them as Type Ic, including Position 89R4 in this block.

Ex Neinken (acquired by him in the John A. Fox sale, Apr. 15, 1954, lot 140) (Image)

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E. 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $17,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1087   1c Blue, Ty. III-III-Ic (8-8-6b).> Positions 81-83L4 (E Relief), large margins all around including <huge left sheet margin> and significant portion of adjoining stamp at right, the left stamp with wide breaks
in top and bottom outer lines (a strong1c Blue, Ty. III-III-Ic (8-8-6b). Positions 81-83L4 (E Relief), large margins all around including huge left sheet margin and significant portion of adjoining stamp at right, the left stamp with wide breaks in top and bottom outer lines (a strong Type III position), the center stamp has a wide break at top and small bottom break from wear under the "C" of "Cents" (Type III), the right stamp is Type Ic, neat strike of "Rock Island Ill. Jun. 25, 1857" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT STRIP OF THREE WITH A COMBINATION OF TYPES III AND Ic. THIS SOUND SHEET-MARGIN STRIP IS ONE OF THE FINEST USED MULTIPLES KNOWN FROM PLATE 4.

This strip from the 9th row of Plate 4 contains an example of an E Relief Type Ic. The 5th and 9th rows of Plate 4 were entered from the E Relief on the six-relief transfer roll. The E Relief was a Type Ic design, but most of the E Relief transfers were shortened at bottom or burnished during the platemaking process, thus eliminating the Type Ic features. A few have enough of the original detail to qualify them as Type Ic, including Position 83L4 in this strip. This is apparently one of two Type Ic combination strips listed in the Levi census (see Bakers' U.S. Classics, p. 188), but he misclassified it as a Type IIIa-IIIa-Ic combination. The lefthand stamp (81L4) is a strong Type III. The center stamp (82L4) is a "swing position", which started as Type IIIa, but developed a break in the bottom outer line as the plate wore, thus becoming Type III. This impression has a small but distinct break in the bottom line.

Ex Emerson and Neinken (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $10,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1088   1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b).> Position 43R4 (E Relief), three large margins, slightly in at bottom but the left plume is visible (the defining element of Type Ic), bold strike of June 19, 1857 circular datestamp,
fresh and Very Fine, ex Neinken1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 43R4 (E Relief), three large margins, slightly in at bottom but the left plume is visible (the defining element of Type Ic), bold strike of June 19, 1857 circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, ex Neinken (Image)

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3,000.00

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1089   1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b).> Position 82R4 (E Relief), full margins to just barely in at bottom, intense shade and impression, single penstroke cancel, Very Fine, a pretty stamp, Scott value for pen cancel is half of
handstamped cancel, but in our opinion1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 82R4 (E Relief), full margins to just barely in at bottom, intense shade and impression, single penstroke cancel, Very Fine, a pretty stamp, Scott value for pen cancel is half of handstamped cancel, but in our opinion this peculiar bias should not apply to 1c 1851-57 stamps, because a pen line leaves so much more of the design unobscured (Image)

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1,600.00

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1090   1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b).> Position 81R4 (E Relief), large margins all around, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp, expertly repaired at right, looks Extremely Fine, ex Neinken1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 81R4 (E Relief), large margins all around, rich color on bright paper, neat strike of circular datestamp, expertly repaired at right, looks Extremely Fine, ex Neinken (Image)

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3,000.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
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1091 c 1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b).> Position 89R4 (E Relief), large margins to just in, used with <horizontal pair of perforated 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) from top row of Plate 4,> Positions 4-5R4, left stamp with curl in hair,
tied by Bradford Iowa Sep. 15 circular1c Blue, Ty. Ic (6b). Position 89R4 (E Relief), large margins to just in, used with horizontal pair of perforated 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) from top row of Plate 4, Positions 4-5R4, left stamp with curl in hair, tied by "Bradford Iowa Sep. 15" circular datestamps on cover to Benson Vt., 1857 docketing on back, perforated stamps barely affected from placement at top edge of cover, small cover tear, still Very Fine, a very unusual cover combining imperforate and perforated stamps from Plate 4, the perforated stamps are the desirable top row Type II's which have the complete design at top, ex Neinken (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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