Lot 1524 oNew York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, papermaker's watermark, Position 31, large margins to touched, clear portions of two letters of double-line watermark along left side of the stamp, cancelled by New York red "Paid" straightline; small faults, F.-V.F. appearance; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9X1 var. Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A RARE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON PAPER SHOWING PART OF THE PAPERMAKER'S WATERMARK.
In his Chronicle series Philip T. Wall recorded watermarks with portions of an "E" or an "F". In the 1936 MacGuffin article in the American Philatelist, it was reported that of 2,000 stamps examined six copies were found to have a watermark, with the letter "J" identified. The stamp offered here clearly has an "E", and the second letter could certainly be a "J".