1840 Penny Black (GB) Plate 3 SUPERB four margin Tiny Envelope Contrary to Regulations. Tiny Envelope posted on Monday the 31st of August 1840 in Liverpool to Regents Park London. Penny Black Plate 3 placed on the bottom left of the entire Post Office regulations says the stamp must be on the top right corner. This envelope written by Edwin Atherstones to his daughter Mary Elizabeth who went on to publish and edit a distinguished book named "The Dramatic works of Edwin Atherstone". Edwin Atherstone was a poet but also supported his family by dealing in Art. He was born in Nottingham in 1788 and was one of 15 children. He is described by his daughter Mary as a man of most honourable noble mind and heart. Atherstone was friend to the great John Martin who has been referred to as the most popular painter of his day. Martin supplied art for Atherstones work such as the fall of the Nineveh of which is now part of the British Museum's collection and the famous poem "A Midsummers Day Dream". Atherstone was in the same literary circle as the likes of Charles Dickens, John Hunt and William Godwin (the father of Mary Shelley). Thus, subsequently their work was part of the Romantic Movement which marked an era of change for England. A stunning piece of philatelic history.
A mint block of 12 1840 1d. Penny Blacks from Plate 3
Largest known multiple from Plate 3 in private hands
Accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate
Provenance from the esteemed Chartwell Collection
One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately.
1840 1d Black Pl.3. The magnificent unused original gum, bottom marginal block of twelve. Lettered SD-TI, with full deckle edge selvedge and sheet inscription.
Vertical creasing in "D" and "I" columns does not detract from this being one of the great mint multiples of this issue - the largest surviving multiple of this rare plate in private hands. Showing four good margins, with rare full selvedge and sheet inscription.
A magnificent showpiece accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity. Provenance from the prestigious Chartwell Collection.
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a sizable, mint condition multiple from the original stamp issue, which continues to be one of the most widely collected in the world,.
Plate 3 was the first to be hardened before being put into press, resulting in stamps that were notably stable in printing, even in colour and showing the deepest shades of black.
Providing some of the finest stamps of the issue, it soon became worn and was the first plate of the issue to be destroyed. As such, good quality stamps from this plate are a rarity.