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Gem-Quality United States Stamps continued...

1c-3c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-26)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1054   Image1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color, bold strike of grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 PERFORATED ONE-CENT TYPE I. A RARE STAMP IN SUCH SUPERB CONDITION.

The defining characteristic of Type I is that the entire design is printed, including the scrolls and plumes at bottom. Among the plates used to print imperforate stamps, only one position out of 1,000 can claim that honor (Position 7R1E, Scott No. 5). Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12. Due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations. The example offered here, with rich color, a clear cancel and with the design characteristics clearly visible, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $7,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and seven others share it. (Image)

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$ 500.00

SOLD for $3,750.00
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1055   Image1c Blue, Ty. I (18). Plate 12, C Relief, deep rich color with strong characteristic plate mottling, barely cancelled, Extremely Fine, Type I perforated stamps are only known from certain positions on Plate 12, and due to the narrow spacing between perforations and difficulties of production, this issue is usually found with part of the design cut off by the perforations -- the stamp offered here is superb and lightly cancelled -- with 1989 and 2003 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 500.00

SOLD for $850.00
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1056   Image1c Blue, Ty. Ia (19). Position 92L4, deep rich color and proof-like impression on bright paper, unusually choice centering with wide and balanced margins, clearly showing the type characteristics, neat strike of circular datestamp at right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE Ia PERFORATED. THIS REMARKABLE STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- APART FROM THE FAMOUS WIDE-SPACED EXAMPLE, THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Type Ia stamps were produced from 18 of the 20 bottom-row positions on Plate 4. After perforations were introduced in mid-1857, sheets on hand printed from Plates 1 Late and 2 were fed through the new perforating machine, but the narrow spaces between stamps made perforating difficult to accomplish without cutting into the designs. Plate 4 was produced in early 1857 when the introduction of perforations was anticipated; thus, it was entered from a new six-relief transfer roll, and the spaces between stamps were enlarged to allow for perforations. Some Plate 4 sheets were issued in imperforate form (April to June 1857), while the greater portion was issued perforated beginning in July 1857, along with perforated sheets from Plates 1L and 2.

Plate 4's most distinctive feature is that the top row (Positions 1-10L and 1-10R) was entered with the designs complete at top (Type II) and the bottom row (Positions 91-100L and 91-100R) was entered with designs complete or nearly complete at bottom (Types Ia and Ic). Although the plate layout provided sufficient space for perforations, the height of the top-row and bottom-row designs was larger than others in the sheet, which resulted in perforations cutting into either the top or bottom rows, depending on which direction the sheet was fed into the perforator. Type Ia and Ic stamps from the bottom row are almost always cut into at bottom, an unfortunate situation for collectors because the bottom part of the design is what makes Type Ia and Ic stamps desirable.

The example offered here, with perforations completely clear of the design and showing the full type characteristics at bottom, is a true condition rarity.

Ex Bowman. With 1990 and 1999 P.F. certificates, the former as on cover with two Scott 24 (cover with other stamps accompanies). With 2008 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $92,500.00). Only one has graded higher (the wide-setting copy, ex Eno, Zoellner, Hinrichs and "Tahoe", graded 98J) and one other shares this desirable grade. (Image)

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9,000.00

SOLD for $45,000.00
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1057   Image1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, beautifully balanced margins, intense shade and proof-like impression on fresh paper, nicely complemented by red New York City "U.S. Mail" carrier datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE III, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED CARRIER DATESTAMP.

Due to the narrow vertical spacing on this plate, stamps are most typically found with the perforations impinging on a portion of the design. The example offered here is centered so that the type characteristics are clearly visible.

With 2011 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,750.00). None have graded higher. (Image)

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$ 1,690.00

SOLD for $7,500.00
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1058   Image1c Blue, Ty. III (21). Plate 4, wide margins to clear of design except barely touching plume at upper left, rich color, light face-free cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE LIGHTLY CANCELLED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE III, CLEARLY SHOWING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TYPE.

Due to narrow spacing on the plate, examples of this type often have the perforations cutting into the outer lines at either top or bottom or both. The example offered here clearly presents the characteristics of the type, with broken lines at both top and bottom.

With 1998 and 2003 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 1,600.00

SOLD for $1,900.00
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1059   Image1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 11, brilliant color and paper, gorgeous centering with well-proportioned margins, light cancel leaves entire design clearly visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE PERFORATED 1857 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

Plates 11 and 12 were probably made in June 1860, with less than six months left in Toppan, Carpenter's contract. The earliest known use from either plate is January 1861, a relatively short time before the stamps were demonetized. As illustrations of stamps from Plates 11 and 12 in the Neinken book show, the centering and impressions of stamps from these plates were rather poor ("Poor perforating was the rule rather than the exception" -- Neinken book, p. 473). The stamp offered here, with bright color, balanced margins and a light cancel, is truly remarkable.

Ex Merlin. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,550.00). Only two have graded higher (both 95J). (Image)

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$ 475.00

SOLD for $3,250.00
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1060   Image1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Plate 4, wide break at top, rich color, attractive margins and centering, neat circular datestamp cancel, Very Fine, with 1999 and 2002 P.F. certificates (Image)

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$ 450.00

SOLD for $425.00
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1061   Image1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and twice at bottom, deep rich color and proof-like impression, choice centering with well-proportioned margins which clearly show the characteristics of the type, neat strike of Syracuse N.Y. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED TYPE IV. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

Most examples of this issue have perforations either touching or into the recut lines. The example offered here, with intact recut lines at top and bottom, is exceedingly rare. It also has uncharacteristically deep color and detailed impression for a Plate 1 Late printing.

Ex "Natalee Grace" and Curtis. With 1997 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $3,150.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 95). (Image)

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$ 900.00

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1062   Image1c Blue, Ty. IV (23). Recut once at top and bottom, rich color, well-centered for this difficult issue with recuts and design elements fully visible, face-free strike of town datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, scarce this well-centered and in such fresh condition, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 900.00

SOLD for $950.00
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1063   Image1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, rich color nicely complemented by blue segmented grid of squares cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a very unusual cancel on a superb stamp, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 40.00

SOLD for $500.00
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1064   Image1c Blue, Ty. Va (24 var). Position 16R5, essentially perfect centering with choice balanced margins, unusually bright shade, town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of this better type which comes only from Plate 5, on most Type V stamps there are very noticeable scratch marks in the margins at the right, which were present on the transfer roll, however, the first transfer roll had the design more complete at sides and did not have the scratches at sides, Brookman notes that "While I can give no estimate of the number of stamps printed from this plate I believe it was not many because of the scarcity of Type Va stamps.", ex Kirke, with 2005 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ as Ty. Va, SMQ $825.00 as normal and much more common Ty. V) (Image)

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$ 300.00

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction

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