Lot 21391¢ green, A.W. Dunning Private Perforations, perforated with large holes horizontally and vertically perhaps by a sewing machine, tied by "Coolidge Corner Mass. Feb 20 1919" duplex on cover to Quincy Mass., A.W. Dunning corner card, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Stamp dealer A.W. Dunning applied various perforations to imperforate stamps and used them on his company mail. They were not applied by machine.
Lot 21401¢ green, A.W. Dunning Private Perforations, perforated vertically perhaps by a sewing machine, imperf between, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Sep 19 1931" machine cancel on A.W. Dunning corner card cover to Riverside, Cal., Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 21411908, 1¢ green, H. Wesley Legg Private Perforations, horizontal pair with large two-slot perforations, tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Jul 19 1909" wavy flag Station V cancel on light yellow cover to H. Wesley Legg in Pepperell, Very Fine.
Scott No. 343 var. Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Legg's perforator was made from a notary-public seal with the seal replaced by two brass lugs which punched the slots. The stampers were not applied by machine and were used on philatelic mail.
Lot 21421910-16, 1¢ green, Wilson Roulette Private Perforations, three vertical pairs and single of #383 and three singles of #481, used with 1915, 2¢ carmine single, all tied by "Pittsburgh Pa." registry ovals on cover with "J. Hull Wilson" corner card addressed to Fred Schmalzriedt in Detroit Mich., purple "Pittsburgh Pa. Registered Nov 10, 1922" backstamps; Very Fine; with 1991 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 383 var., 481 var. Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 2143 o1910, 1¢ green, Singer Private Perforations, vertical pair with perf. 12 perforations that match the Covel perforations, imperforate between, cancelled by duplex, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. 385 var. Estimate $100 - 150.
Singer was an old-time New York stamp dealer who claimed to have found an entire coil of the perf. 12 vertical with every other stamp perforated. He also had several on cover to show that they were genuine. Eustace Power was interested in buying the whole lot but he in turn sold it to the Economist Stamp Co. They were then advertised at very fancy prices and a good many were sold. When it later appeared that they were fakes, Economist advertised that fact and offered a fill refund on every pair bought from them; and many were returned. This postally used pair is probably one of those used by Singer to prove their validity.
Lot 21441912, 1¢ green, Covel Private Perforations, horizontal pair, tied by partial wavy machine cancel and "New Orleans La. Feb 19 1914" valentines's day duplex on cover with illustrated The Grunewald hotel corner card and addressed to Covel Mfg. Co. in Benton Harbor, Mich., 2¢ postage due tied by "Benton Harbor Mich." oval cancellation as letter was apparently double weight, Very Fine.
Scott No. 408 var. Estimate $200 - 300.
The Covel Manufacturing Company of Benton Harbor, Michigan privately perforated imperforate stamps, for use on their advertising mailers. These perforations were created by A.W. Filstrup, the head of Covel, probably with a Rosback perforator. The perforations were very similar to the government perf. 12. Filtrup was a philatelist and produced these for personal and company use.
Lot 21451916, 1¢ green, Wilson Roulette Private Perforations, horizontal pair, o.g., never hinged, fresh and Very Fine; each pencil signed "Wilson Roulette, H. Herst Jr." on reverse.
Scott No. 481 var. Estimate $100 - 150.
In the early 1920s, Mr. J. Hull Wilson bought sheets of imperforate stamps and cut out blocks for resale. He then perforated the leftover scrap and remaining sheets with a sewing machine. Most of the stamps were used for his own correspondence. In the late 1920s, Wilson borrowed money from a Pittsburgh bank and put up his bulk of perforated stamps as collateral. When he defaulted on the loan, the bank sold the entire remaining lot to Nassau Stamp Co. Later Herman Herst Jr. acquired a large lot, authenticated these stamps by signing on the backs in pencil.
Lot 2146 o1916, 1¢ green, "Boy Scout" Coil, New York, NY precancel, thinned, Fine and very rare; with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 481 var. Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
This stamp was used by the Boy Scouts of America executive council for a mailing in 1922. The stamps are from the 1916 issue and were probably from an imperforate sheet privately perforated 14, rolled and applied by an unknown machine.