Lot 1543 ()1851, 1¢ blue, type II, Unofficial "Chicago" Perf 12½, without gum, fresh color, full perforations all around, small lightened stain spot at left and some ink on reverse which barely shows through, Fine appearance, This Being One of Only Two Recorded Unused Examples of the 1¢ Chicago Perforation. One of the Great Rarities of the 1851-57 1¢ Issue.; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7 $22,500.
The origin of the Chicago perforation was revealed in an article published by Jerome S. Wagshal in the Chronicle 130 (May 1986). To briefly summarize Mr. Wagshal's revelations, the inventor of the machine used to create the Chicago Perf stamps was Dr. Elijah W. Hadley, a Chicago dentist. He probably constructed the machine in 1854. Over a two-year period, beginning in November 1854, Dr. Hadley's device was offered for sale to the Post Office Department thru R. K. Swift, a prominent Chicago banker and businessman. The distinctive 12-1/2 gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1c (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 3c 1851 Issue, the former being considerably rarer. According to the census of Chicago Perf items compiled by W. Wilson Hulme II (Chronicle 175, Aug. 1997), a total of 17 examples of the 1c Chicago Perf have been recorded, comprising 2 unused, 3 used on covers, 12 used off cover (including a strip of three). The P.F. certificate states "small lightened stain spot at top left, and manuscript ink on the reverse bleeding through to the face at bottom right". The other unused example also has a stain.
Lot 15441851, 1¢ blue, type II, double transfer, o.g. (pencil mark on gum), in at top with margins around and half of adjacent stamp at left, Fine; with 2009 W. Weiss certificate.
Scott No. 7 $1,100.
Lot 1545 o1851, 1¢ blue, type II. Position 98L3, red carrier cancel, margins ample to just touching at upper left, rich color and sharp impression, Very Fine; with 1992 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7 $445.
Lot 1546 o1851, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, large "Paid" in grid and red town cancels, large margins showing break in outer frameline at top to in at bottom, deep color, Fine; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 8A $1,100.
Lot 1547 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV, Unofficial "Chicago" Perf 12½. Position 49L1L, light Chicago town cancel, rich color, natural inclusion at left and negligible corner margin crease at top right, Very Fine appearance, with 1973 and 2005 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 9 $12,500.
The distinctive 12½ gauge Chicago Perf was applied to sheets of the 1¢ (Plates 1 Late and 2) and 1851, 3¢ issue, the former being considerably rarer. According to the updated census of Chicago Perf items compiled by W. Wilson Hulme II (Chronicle 175, Aug. 1997), approximately 18 examples of the 1¢ Chicago Perf have been recorded, including four used on covers. This Type IV with only a tiny corner crease is one of the finest of all known 1¢ Chicago Perf stamps (Type II or IV).
Lot 1548 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV, very light town cancel, ample to huge margins all around including small parts of three other stamps, rich vibrant color, Extremely Fine to Superb, an outstandingly choice gem; with 2011 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $850).
Scott No. 9 $150.
Lot 1549 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV. Position 26R1L, recut once at top and twice at bottom, town cancel, clear to mostly large margins, strong color, Extremely Fine; with 1986 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 $130.
Lot 1550 o1852, 1¢ blue, type IV, red town and "Paid" in grid cancels, clear to ample margins, rich color, minute cut in lower right corner of no consequence, Very Fine to Extremely Fine; with 2011 P.S.E. Graded certificate (VF-XF 85, SMQ $200).
Scott No. 9 $110.
Lot 1551 o1856, 5¢ red brown, town cancel, ample to large margins, strong color, Very Fine; with 1991 P.F. certificate and 2008 P.S.E. Graded certificate (VF 80, SMQ $750).
Scott No. 12 $750.
Lot 1552 o1856, 5¢ red brown. Light nearly face free cancel, 4 ample to generous margins, crisp color and impression, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 12 $750.