Lot 531861, 1¢ blue, types I, II & IIIa, block of 4 (positions 67-68/77-78L12), top right and bottom left stamps type I, bottom right type II & top left type IIIa, full o.g., rich deep color, some hinge reinforcements, Fine, ex-Wagshal; with 2011 Weiss certificate for block of 16.
Scott No. 18,20,22 $10,500.
A RARE MINT MULTIPLE OF THE 1857 1¢ ISSUE FROM PLATE 12 CONTAINING THREE DIFFERENT TYPES.
Lot 54 o1861, 1¢ blue, type I, red grid cancel, choice centering clearly showing full scrolls at bottom, strong bright color, Extremely Fine and choice, a lovely used stamp bearing a complimentary color cancellation; with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 18 $620.
Lot 551857, 1¢ blue, type Ia, position 99R4, rich deep color, neatly tied by "Troy, N.Y., Paid, Nov 1, 1858" cds on fresh locally addressed cover, Very Fine and choice; with 1989 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 19 $9,500.
AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1857 1¢ TYPE IA PERFORATED ISSUE.
Lot 561857, 1¢ blue, type III, position 99R2, perfs to just in at top, wide break evident at bottom, large part o.g., margins at left & bottom slightly abraded from removal of toning, F.-V.F.; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 21 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE PERFORATED 1857 1¢ TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED SINGLE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
Plate 2 was made in late 1855, and consists of 198 stamps that are Type II, one position that is Type III (99R2) and one that is Type IIIA (100R2). The only other recorded unused perforate 1857 1¢ type III from position 99R2 is contained in a block of nine (ex-Caspary, Lilly, Grunin, Ishikawa, Zoellner, currently in Gross collection). This is the only recorded unused single recorded.
The original entry of position 99 was out of place due to a misplaced guide dot used to lay out position 89R, with the original transfer of 99R extending a full ¾ of a millimeter below the other nine stamps in this bottom row. To correct this error, the original entry was erased. A fresh entry was made, but a full transfer of the B relief was not possible at the top, without running into the misplaced 89R entry. As a result, the fresh entry of 99R was short transferred at top in order to position the transfer correctly. For some reason, the bottom was also short transferred. The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because the very short transfer at top and at bottom yields wide breaks (see pages 183-184 of Neinken).
Lot 57 o1857, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, position 87R4, "E" relief, light town cancel, perfectly centered with wide break at top frameline clearly visible, stunning rich deep color, Extremely Fine to Superb, one of the finest extant; with 2000 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $5,550), only two graded higher at 95J.
Scott No. 22 $500.
A MAGNIFICENT GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 1¢ TYPE IIIA ISSUE.
Lot 581857, 1¢ blue, type V, vertical pair, used with 3¢ dull red (26), tied by "Paid" cancels and "Terre Haute Ind Nov 7" cds on cover with preprinted address to Lieut. R.L. Law on the USS Hartford at Hong Kong, China, bold red "New-York Br. Pkt. Nov 13" exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Boston Nov. 14th to Queenstown arriving Nov. 25th, red London (11.27) transit backstamp and manuscript "1/1" 1s1d due rating, Hong Kong (1.23) arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-Richardson.
Scott No. 24 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A CHOICE USE AT THE 5¢ BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE TO HONG KONG.
Lot 591857, 3¢ rose, type I, some perf flaws, tied by printed "Cumberland, / Me. Nov. 6." two-line precancel with day crossed out in manuscript and updated to "Nov 10", on orange cover with part-printed address to the Postmaster of Summer Me.; minor corner mend top left, Very Fine and choice, Simpson No. 92.
Scott No. 25 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
THE FINEST OF ONLY TWO RECORDED ON COVER EXAMPLES OF THIS TYPE 3 CUMBERLAND MAINE PRECANCEL. A GREAT RARITY OF CLASSIC PRECANCEL COLLECTING OFFERED AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME.
There are only four total strikes of the type 3 cancel known, two off-cover and two on-cover. The two recorded 3¢ 1857 Cumberland precancel covers are:
1) Nov. 6, precancel ties #25 on faulty cover to Postmaster at Acton Me. (Illustrated by Milgram in Chronicle 206, p. 93, fig. 5)
2) Nov. 6, updated to Nov. 10, precancel ties #25 on cover to Postmaster at Summer Me. The cover offered here.
Horace I. Gray was a "Card and Job Printer" located in Cumberland, Maine offering a variety of stationery merchandise. All of the known Cumberland precancels are on cover from only two firms, that of Gray himself and the Portland firm of Sanborn & Carter. It is suggested that Gray did the printing for Sanborn & Carter, together with the mailing, thus accounting for the Cumberland precancel on the Portland firm's mail. Five distinct types of the Cumberland precancel are known and are detailed in an article by Dr. James W. Milgram in Chronincle 206, May 2005, pages 90-96.
Lot 60 o1857, 3¢ claret, type II, neat town cancel, remarkably wide margins with framelines virtually clear of perfs on three sides, vibrant claret color, Extremely Fine, a gem example in the scarce claret shade, this being one of seven examples to receive this grade with none higher; with 2009 P.F. and 2012 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (VF-XF 85, SMQ $1,400).
Scott No. 25A $1,050.
Lot 611857, 3¢ dull red, type III, tied by clear strike of "Rockford Ill., Sep 14, 1857" cds on cover to Rockport Mass., Very Fine and choice; with 1993 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 1857 3¢ TYPE III ON COVER.
Wilson Hulme had a cover front used on September 14, 1857. This is the only recorded full cover used on September 14th with a year dated postmark.
Lot 621857, 3¢ dull red, type III, tied by octagon "Philadelphia Pa., Oct 2" datestamp on orange cover with beautiful "Commercial Hotel illustrated embossed cameo design to Upper Strasburg Pa., Philadelphia "Due 1 Ct" handstamp possibly for unpaid carrier fee, Extremely Fine; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $400 - 600.