Lot 4089 o1861, 1¢ blue, type I, New York town cancel, wide margins, deep rich color, Very Fine; with 1984 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 18 $475.
Lot 4090 o1857, 1¢ blue, type II, faint trace of cancellation, fresh with rich bold color, wide margins, Very Fine; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 20 $275.
Lot 4091 o1857, 1¢ blue, type III, position 99R2, exceptionally well centered within large margins clearly showing design characteristics at top and bottom, tiny tear at top right, rare and Extremely Fine appearance; with 2010 P.F. & P.S.E. certificates.
Scott No. 21 $8,000.
IN OUR OPINION, THIS IS THE FINEST APPEARING EXAMPLE WITH SUPERB CENTERING OF ONLY APPROXIMATELY 20 KNOWN PERFORATED 1857 1¢ TYPE III STAMPS FROM POSITION 99R2.
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). Plate 2 stamps are rarer perforated than in imperforate form. Most perforated examples of position 99R2 have perforations cutting into the design on at least one side. The example offered here remarkably shows all design characteristics perfectly.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased… The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).
Lot 40921857, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, showing wide outer line break at top, o.g., very lightly hinged, bright and fresh with strong bold color, wide margins and choice centering, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful lightly hinged mint example of the 1857 1¢ type IIIa; with 1986 & 2007 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 22 $2,200.
Lot 4093 o1857, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, neat grid cancel, attractively centered amid exceptionally wide margins, strong bold color, Very Fine and choice; with 2002 & 2008 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 22 $475.
Lot 4094 o1857, 1¢ blue, type IV, showing recuts at top and bottom, neat face-free town cancel, precision centering amid well balanced margins, rich bold color, an Extremely Fine gem, a lovely used 1857 1¢ type IV; with 1992 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 23 $900.
Lot 4095 S1857, 3¢ dull red, type II, overprinted "Specimen", exceptional centering with perfs well clear of design, bright color, tiny margin thin at left, otherwise Extremely Fine; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26SI $4,000.
ONE OF TWO KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 1857 3¢ PERFORATED TYPE II ISSUE MANUSCRIPT SPECIMEN OVERPRINT.
Lot 4096 o1857, 3¢ dull red, type III, block of 4, four sharp strikes of the fancy Small Lyre cancel of Canton, Miss. well centered and strong color, top stamps with some hinge reinforced perf separations, Very Fine; with 2014 P.F. certificate. Skinner-Eno No. PO-Lh 3.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
AN EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE BEARING FOUR STRIKES OF THE SMALL LYRE PICTORIAL CANCEL OF CANTON, MISS.
Lot 40971857, 3¢ pale etruscan red, type III, position 56L15, showing double frame line at right, well centered amid wide margins with portion of adjacent stamp at top, rich true color, canceled by light grid handstamp on cover to Clinton, Mass., with matching "Granby, Mas., Apr 30" balloon type cds; cover reduced at left, Very Fine, signed "pale Etruscan red" by W.F. Amonette on reverse; with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26 var. Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
BELIEVED TO BE THE FINEST KNOWN ON COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 3¢ ETRUSCAN RED SHADE.
In the 2008 W. Wilson Hulme II Collection sale (R.A. Siegel), a untied manuscript canceled example on an advertising cover brought $4,250.
Lot 40981857, 3¢ dull red, type III, corner flaw, tied by circular grid cancel, matching sharp "Saratoga Springs N.Y., Jul 27" cds on dark green Smith's Hotel, J & D Smith Proprietors embossed oval cameo corner card cover to Keene N.H.; trivial 3¢ corner flaw, an Extremely Fine gem.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $500 - 750.