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Two Very Rare Revenue Imperfs

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Posted 08/02/2014   9:21 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
One just arrived yesterday and the other came back from the Philatelic Foundation yesterday, so it seemed like a good time to write about these. Full-sized images below.

Scott does not list any second issue imperforates, but logically speaking, since sewing machine perforated varieties are known for R112 (25 cents), R115 (50 cents), and R120 ($1.50), as well as a privately perforated gauge 8 of the R112, by extension imperforates must therefore exist.

The Philatelic Foundation has certified VERY few examples. As far as I can tell from their certificate search, the R115 I own is the second one certified, and my R112 is the first one certified. Searches of online auction archives (Stamp Auction Network, Siegel, Harmer, Schuyler Rumsey, Kelleher) as well as searches of the major revenue auction catalogs I have turn up only a single example at auction, a pair of R115 imperforate singles on document fragment that was part of both the Tolman and Cunliffe collections.

Populations of these are difficult to determine, but I would speculate that both are in or close to single digits. Were these front-of-book stamps, their values would be well into 5 figures.

My inquiry on the revenue stamp mailing list at Yahoo produced reports of a few other examples extant.

Here is my fledgling attempt at establishing a census of the R112 and R115 imperforates. If you either have an example or know of the existence of any examples not listed, please contact me.

R112, 25-cents

  1. Single stamp on a stock certificate from the Southwestern Market Company. Chronicled on page 55 of A Catalogue of United States Revenue-Stamped Documents of the Civil War Era by Type and Tax Rate by Michael Mahler, published 1999.



  2. Single stamp on a stock certificate from the Woodruff Sleeping & Parlor Coach Company. Chronicled on page 56 of A Catalogue of United States Revenue-Stamped Documents of the Civil War Era by Type and Tax Rate by Michael Mahler, published 1999. Note that the company is the same one as the example from my collection.



  3. Single stamp, in the collection of Art Monagan.



  4. My example, a single stamp on portion of a stock certificate from the Woodruff Sleeping & Parlor Coach Company. 2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Ex-Morrissey.


R115, 50 cents

  1. Two single stamps on a document fragment. 1991 Philatelic Foundation Certificate. Ex-Tolman, Ex-Cunliffe.



  2. Single stamp on a Phildelphia vellum deed, in the collection of Michael Mahler.





  3. My example, a single stamp. 2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate.



My Examples


First, the R112. I saw it at CHICAGOPEX last November, as part of Mike Morrissey's 2nd Issue exhibit and collection that was being liquidated by Richard Friedberg. I asked Riched to get it certed, which he did in April, and I've been paying it off over the last several months.






Next, the R115. I bought this on eBay back in 2008. It was being sold as a sewing machine perf, but there were no telltale signs of actual perforations, and the margins looked far too large to be a perforated example. I thought it might be an imperf, or at the very least some sort of EFO.

Fast forward to this year. After making arrangements to acquire the R112, I decided that I should get this expertized, as it would be nice to have a matched certed pair.




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I am new here so I've been lurking around getting a feel for the place. I love BOB but have much to learn still. I am not familiar with sewing machine perf. Is it different from rouletted or hyphened?
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Posted 08/02/2014   10:51 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some examples of sewing machine perfs from my collection:





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Posted 08/02/2014   11:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JesseL to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have anything like this but I have seen it before & didn't know what it was. Thank you for showing me!
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Posted 08/03/2014   09:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lackemacher to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Dan, Great stamps!
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Beautiful presentation, Dan.
Thanks,
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Posted 08/03/2014   1:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add eligies to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
were these perfs produced by the Post Office or by the company applying to the stock certificate?? What I'm trying to understand is that were these issued as imperfs originally, bought by a brokerage house and for easier(?) application, someone ran them through a mechanical device to provide a 'perf' for separation. [um]
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Stunning examples of how knowledge really is power. If I saw that 3 cent telegraph stamp I wouldn't have touched it with a 10 foot pole, lovely examples.
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WOW Dan! Thanks for sharing these! Thanks to your influence here I've been concentrating more and more on my BOB. I appreciate it!
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The post office had nothing to do with revenues, which were sold by revenue offices in the large cities, and authorized locations in the small towns(a general store, a bank, etc).
Some agent received one or more sheets of imperforate stamps. He/she probably had had them perforated with whatever machine was handy, from a local manufacturer or perhaps even their personal sewing machine. If whoever was issueing the stock needed a whole sheet, it is possible that they took the imperf sheet and did it themselves. It's one of these almost certainly never to be known details.
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Very impressive. This is the sort of entry that should make every stamp collector want to become a philatelist.

Thanks for the post.

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thanks revcollector
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Hello Dan,

There are two other rare perforation varieties that you might not know about. One is R107 (5 cent) with sewing machine perforations, and R115 (50 cent) with perforation 8.

Images are attached. Both are certified.

I also have a single R115 apparently imperf. vertically, uncertified.

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Posted 08/09/2014   2:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Who certified these, and what year?
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Posted 08/09/2014   4:39 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Jim,

I too would like to see the certs on these.

Also, what do you mean by an R115 that is imperf vertically?

To my knowledge there are no 2nd issue part perfs, although perforation variance creates abnormally tall singles that are ripe for fakery, as in the following examples.



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Even though I am a Newbie, I can readily see why you deserve the title: "Pillar of the Community" !
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