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The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection: Classic United States and Hawaii continued...

1c 1851 Imperforate Issue: Plate 4
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
69   Image1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 51L4, clear break at top and complete outer line at bottom, with ENGRAVERS, Phila. New York. Bos(ton)” portion of imprint in left sheet margin, other margins full to just touching the design, deep rich Plate 4 color and detailed impression, circular datestamp cancel, small shallow thin spot at top is barely detectable

VERY FINE APPEARING ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IIIa FROM PLATE 4. ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES FROM THIS PLATE SHOWING A PORTION OF THE IMPRINT, AND ALSO THE MOST COMPLETE PORTION OF THE IMPRINT IN ANY SINGLE STAMP WE HAVE OFFERED.

The Neinken book states Stamps from Plate 4 showing part of the imprint are very rare.” A Power Search review reveals that we have offered a handful of unused and used Plate 4 singles with part of the imprint (both Scott 8 and 8A), but these stamps have invariably been cut from the sheet with a portion of the imprint trimmed away in the vertical direction.

This stamp, with a wide sheet margin, shows the largest portion of the imprint possible on a single stamp and is matched in our sale records only by the on-cover example offered in lot 70.

Illustrated in Neinken book on p. 278. Ex Cowitt. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
70 c Image1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Position 60L4, large margins to clear with (Carpen)ter, Casilear & Co., ANK NOTE EN(GRAVERS)” portion of imprint in right sheet margin, deep rich Plate 4 color and crisp impression, tied by red Paid/U.S. Mail/City Delivery” carrier department double-circle datestamp on June 16, 1857 docketed folded cover to Nassau Street address in New York City, cover with surface rub in address which is inconsequential but mentioned for accuracy

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR ONE-CENT 1851 TYPE IIIa FROM PLATE 4, WITH A LARGE AND UNTRIMMED PORTION OF THE IMPRINT, TIED ON COVER BY A RED NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT DATESTAMP. ALONG WITH THE OFF-COVER SINGLE OFFERED IN THIS SALE, THIS IS THE MOST COMPLETE PORTION OF THE PLATE 4 IMPRINT IN ANY SINGLE STAMP WE HAVE OFFERED.

The Neinken book states Stamps from Plate 4 showing part of the imprint are very rare.” A Power Search review reveals that we have offered a handful of unused and used Plate 4 singles with part of the imprint (both Scott 8 and 8A), but these stamps have invariably been cut from the sheet with a portion of the imprint trimmed away in the vertical direction.

This stamp, along with the single offered in lot 69, shows the largest portion of the imprint possible on a single stamp. This is also the only cover we have offered with a Plate 4 imprint, though there is reportedly one more in existence.

Ex Cipolla. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $8,000.00
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71   Image1c Blue, Ty. Ia (6). Position 98L4, margins virtually all around, faintly cancelled at top and at a glance appears unused, pressed diagonal crease, couple small edge tears and small corner repairs with bit of the plume painted in at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, a rare 1c 1851 Issue type from Plate 4, with 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 9,500.00

SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
72   Image1c Blue, Ty. Ic-III (6b-8). Positions 47-48L4, horizontal pair, left stamp Type Ic, right stamp Type III, left stamp with huge margins all around, right stamp with three huge margins and just in at bottom, brilliant color, light strike of circular datestamp, right stamp natural fiber inclusion causing a tiny surface rub, the left Type 1c is completely sound

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION PAIR OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT COMBINING TYPES Ic AND III. THE LEFT STAMP -- THE RARE TYPE Ic -- IS A SUPERB GEM AND EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST IN EXISTENCE.

Type Ic occurs on only ten of the 200 positions from Plate 4 and does not occur on any other plate. Two of these ten are swing positions” (41R4 and 49R4), which can be Type IIIa stamps, depending on the impression. As is well known, most stamps printed from Plate 4 were issued with perforations. Imperforate stamps from Plate 4 are much rarer.

Ex Geary and Vogel. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as singles. (Image)

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$ 4,600.00

SOLD for $9,500.00
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73 ng Image1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 4 (7). Positions 2-3L4, horizontal pair, unused (no gum), both stamps have a significant break in the bottom outer line, which meets the definition of Type IIIa, large margins all around, rich color, small tear at bottom right corner, otherwise Extremely Fine, an attractive and very rare unused multiple from the top row of Plate 4 showing the complete design at top and the breaks in bottom lines, ex Wagshal, with 1980 and 2010 P.F. certificates, the latter states that the stamps are Types II-IIIa (7-8A), but we feel both qualify as Type IIIa, the Scott footnote somewhat illogically states Regardless of the strength or weakness of the design at bottom, all stamps originating from the top row of Plate 4 are classified as Type II”, Scott Retail as original-gum singles (Image)

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$ 6,500.00

SOLD for $2,900.00
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74 og Image1c Blue, Ty. II/IIIa/IIIa, Plate 4 (7/8A/8A). Positions 7/17/27L4, vertical strip of three with Type II at top and two Type IIIa stamps below, disturbed brownish original gum, sheet margin at top, generously cut from sheet at left showing substantial portions of adjoining positions, large to huge at right for the top pair, clear to ever so slightly in on bottom stamp, few remnants on back including small part of another 1c Blue stamp, few faults including couple light creases and small thin spot, slight soiling at bottom of bottom stamp

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND IMPORTANT PLATE 4 MULTIPLE FOR THE ONE-CENT 1851-57 ISSUE SPECIALIST.

The top stamp in this strip is the rare top-row Type II from Plate 4, showing complete ornaments at top. This is the only plate where this occurs and is essentially the equivalent of the extremely rare Type Ia from the bottom row of Plate 4, but the top-row Type II positions are not given a major listing in Scott. This strip was found by us in an old-time collection, and this offering is the second time it has made an appearance at auction.

Scott Retail as Type II Plate 4 top-row single and Plate 4 Type IIIa vertical pair. The Type II/IIIa combination is listed but unpriced (Image)

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$ 15,750.00

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
75   Image1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 4 (7). Positions 8-9L4, horizontal pair, large margins to full, pretty shade, unobtrusive strikes of circular datestamp, left stamp small thin spot and corner crease at top left, Very Fine appearance, an attractive and scarce pair from the top row of Plate 4, showing the complete design at top, ex Neinken and Wagshal, with 2010 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 2,100.00

SOLD for $800.00
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76 c Image1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 4 (7). Position 10L4, full to large margins, dark Plate 4 shade, tied by West Waterville Me. Aug. 29” balloon-style circular datestamp on buff cover to Barton Vt., Extremely Fine, a gorgeous cover with the scarce Type II from the top row of Plate 4, ex Vogel, with 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $1,100.00
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77 c Image1c Blue, Ty. II, Plate 4 (7). Positions 3-5L4, horizontal strip of three, Position 3L4 with clear break in outer line at bottom, which meets the definition of Type IIIa, large margins including part of top sheet margin which highlights the complete designs at top, barely in at sides, deep rich Plate 4 color and proof-like impression, tied by light strikes of Springfield Mass. Jun. 30” (1850) circular datestamps on blue part-printed notice to Hartford Conn., small scissors-cut between right stamps

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING STRIP OF THREE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM THE TOP ROW OF PLATE 4.

Imperforate 1c 1851 multiples from the top row of Plate 4 are extremely rare--probably just as rare as the bottom-row multiples (Type Ia, Scott 6). This strip not only contains three of the desirable Type II complete design” positions, it also has one of the break in bottom line” positions (3L4), which most specialists consider to be Type IIIa (Scott footnote illogically states Regardless of the strength or weakness of the design at bottom, all stamps originating from the top row of Plate 4 are classified as Type II”).

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
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78 c Image1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Position 18L4, B Relief, small but definite break in outer line at bottom between C” and E” of Cent” (due to plate wear), huge margins to just touched at sides, tied by large Paid” grid, red Boston Jun. 18” circular datestamp on locally-addressed orange cover with William Read & Son, Hardware and Gun Importer’s illustrated cameo return card on flap, depicts a pistol and crossed rifles, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful 1c 1851 Type III illustrated cover, ex Neinken and Wagshal, signed Ashbrook, with 1967, 1987 and 2010 P.F. certificates (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
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79 c Image1c Blue, Ty. III (8). Position 67R4, C Relief, large margins to just in, tied by Albany N.Y. Paid” handstamp on printed Astronomical Journal, Comet Circular” dated July 29, 1857, to Boston, contents describe the observance of a comet in the Constellation Camelopardalis, with coordinates and parabolic elements for the advanced astronomer, small tears at top and bottom not noted on accompanying certificate, otherwise Fine, early use of Type III on a fascinating circular, with 2004 A.P.S. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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