item 962598 Scott 11 var Bergen NY Zoom

Scott 11 var used Bergen NY unofficial sawtooth perforations, rare! E$2,500+

Scott 11 var used Bergen NY unofficial sawtooth perforations, rare! E$2,500+

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Regular Price: $1,300.00

Now only: $850.00

Product Description


Scott 11 var, 3c type I 1856.  Used single with gash on shoulder variety and unofficial Bergen NY sawtooth perforations.  Clear "Bergen N.Y." circular datestamp cancel (June 9.)  Rare top-margin item (probably position 4R6.)  Pulled perf resulting in light thin at upper left.

Wilson Hulme recorded only 9 examples of this rare unofficial perforation (and this not included in that census so now 10.)  Only about half of the known examples have perfs on all 4 sides and only 4 examples are recorded off cover (making this easily one of the nicest off-cover examples available to specialists.)  In the Sesquicentennial book, Wilson opines that these were created in either 1856 or 1857, and he reproduces an account from a later postmaster of Bergen, who had noted "About 1856, a shoemaker was postmaster of Bergen. Sheets of stamps then were not perforated and had to be cut apart with shears. He took the little wheel with a handle that cobblers and dressmakers used to make patterns, placed a stick across a sheet of stamps and drew his tool across, thus providing the first perforated stamp sheets."

An extremely scarce item and a very important piece for the 3c 1851-1857 specialist.  Siegel has only offered only one off-cover example (actually on a piece, ex-Hulme) and it realized $1,725, but had perfs clipped at bottom.  This example, despite the pulled perf and thin, is a more desirable copy, being perforated on all 4 sides, showing the "gash on the shoulder" variety, and being from the top row.

2014 Scott Specialized catalog value: unlisted
Estimated cash value: $2,000-$2,500+

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Item 962598

Additional Information

Additional Information

Item Number 962598
Condition Used
Centering F
Certificate Uncertified
Characteristic EFO (error, freak, oddity)

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Any uncertified (single) stamp that I sell may be placed on "extension" while a certificate of expertization is obtained. In addition, stamps with existing certificates issued prior to January 1, 2015 may be placed on extension for a new certificate. Individual stamps from a larger lot may not be placed on extension, unless prior approval has been obtained. The following procedure must be followed for all extensions:

  • All lots must be paid for in advance and the lot will ship once payment clears. Upon receipt, please examine the item. If you agree with my description but want a certificate, then...
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