Plating The 3¢ U.S. Imperforate Stamp of 1851 - 1857


Resources:

Throughout this study, I do not believe I have added ANY new knowledge; however, I have certainly encountered an amazing amount of existing information. Gathered here are important items that helped me understand this stamp. Please note there is some duplication of information from other sections of this study:

Data Tables:

This link provides you a downloadable Excel Workbook with multiple worksheets providing Plating Details For All 2,600 Positions and detailing the evolution of Chase to McDaniel version 1 and McDaniel version 2 plating information. Some of the more important worksheets included within the workbook are described below:

1. "Chase", which presents both the Summary Tables of Plating Characteristics and line detail for each of the 2,600 stamps and the 3,311 related recuts published by Chase;

2. "McDv1", which presents both the Summary Tables of Plating Characteristics and line detail for each of 2,600 stamps and the 3,431 net related recuts published in the first series of Condensed Plating Information between 1973 and 1977;

3. "CURRRENT PLATING - McDv2", which presents both the Summary Tables of Plating Characteristics and line detail for the current (to my knowledge) state of the 3,486 recuts published in the second series of Condensed Plating Information articles between 1992 and 2006;

4. "Detailed Changes to Chase", which presents both the Summary Tables of Plating Characteristics and line detail for each of the 2,600 stamps with only the changes to Chase from both McDv1 and McDv2 identified; and,

5. "Condensed Changes to Chase"; which presents only those stamp positions that changed during from Chase's original work and today.

This workbook is downloadable in a protected file. If your really want an unprotected Excel workbook, please contact me directly to discuss.

Finally, this table is the most concise representation of each of the 2,600 positions, and works just fine as a quick and simple data source for the plating. It has a small fraction of the information included in the workbook: Download this pdf     

The 3c Stamp of the United States 1851-1857 Issue, by Dr. Carroll Chase:

Dr. Chase's bible of the 3¢ stamp is now Public Domain digitized by Google and downloadable at Hathitrust.org     

Color Samples: Download this pdf

    

Amonette and Hulme article regarding Color:

This article appeared in USPCS Chronicle 206, published in May 2005. The public may directly research and access all USPCS Chronicle articles that are more than five years old. Members may access all material. The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society is the most important and vital organization for classic United States stamp collecting. If you are not yet a member, Please Join! at https://www.uspcs.org All rights and credits go to the USPCS. Download this pdf     

Timeline of printing by each plate and colors used:

This chart visually presents major colors, printings, plates, and catalog numbers in a monthly timeline. It is best printed in 11" x 17". Download this pdf     

The Toppan Carpenter Plates and the Guide Reliefing Method:

The following two articles are included in the superb out of print book, The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective, editors Skinner and Peterson, published in 2006 by the USPCS and available for download online via the APRL (American Philatelic research library). Available at - https://archive.org/details/The1851IssueOfUnitedStatesStampsASesquicentennialRetrospective . All rights and credits go to the USPCS. Download this pdf     

A Detailed Study of the 3¢ 1851 Relief Characteristics:

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Platers' Signatures:

Below is a work in process collection of Platers' signatures. A goal over the next month or two is to show each plater's handwriting for the numerals 0 through 9, and the letters R, L, I, and E.

DeVere A. Card Plating System:

The APRL is a wonderful research library. I found the following two items of information regarding DeVere Card's personal plating system when searching through APRL. When I asked to be able to distribute them to our 3¢ study group, they said if my purpose was non-commercial, I was good to go. So, here they are: Download this pdf     

DeVere A. Card Correspondence with Tom Alexander re his Plating System:

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Reference Books and Articles:

The following books and articles were of particular interest in building this study:

  1. Carroll Chase M.D., The Three Cent United States Stamp of the Issue of 1851, Revised (Springfield MA: Tatham Stamp & Coin Company, 1942), 1-374.
  2. Carroll Chase M.D., "Additional Notes Applying to Dr. Carroll Chase's Book," 3c '51-'57 Chronicle, no. 2 (November 15, 1948): 6-7.
  3. Carroll Chase M.D., "Additional Notes Applying to Dr. Carroll Chase's Book," 3c '51-'57 Chronicle, no. 3 (February 26, 1949): 9.
  4. Tracy W. Simpson, "Reconstructed Plates at CENEX," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 4, no. 3, Whole No. 12 (December 1951): 4.
  5. Tracy W. Simpson, "3ct Reconstructed Plates," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 5, no. 1, Whole No. 13 (March 1952): 7.
  6. Tracy W. Simpson, "Plate Reconstructions," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 12, no. 4, Whole No. 72 (November 1971): 198-199.
  7. William K. McDaniel, "The Three Cent Issue of 1851-1861: Condensed Plating Information," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 25, no. 1, Whole No. 77 (February 1973): 13-22.
  8. Wilbur F. Amonette, M.D., "Color Study of the Three - Cent Stamp of the United States 1851-57 Issue," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 25, no. 2, Whole No. 78 (May 1973): 85-91.
  9. William K. McDaniel, "Condensed Plating Information-Additions & Corrections," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 25, no. 4, Whole No. 80 (November 1973): 205-206.
  10. David T. Beals III, Thomas J. Alexander, "Where Have All The Platers Gone?," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 28, no. 4, Whole No. 92 (November 1976): 249.
  11. William K. McDaniel, "The Three Cent Issue of 1851-1857, Condensed Plating Information-Revisions," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 29, no. 3, Whole No. 95 (August 1977): 162-163.
  12. William K. McDaniel, "PART 1: The U.S. Three Cent Postage Stamps of 1851-57: A Compilation of Recut and Plate Varieties (Revised Edition)," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 44, no. 3, Whole No. 155 (August 1992): 168-180.
  13. William K. McDaniel, "PART 2: The U.S. Three Cent Postage Stamps of 1851-57: A Compilation of Recut and Plate Varieties (Revised Edition)," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 44, no. 4, Whole No. 156 (November 1992): 244-249.
  14. William K. McDaniel, "PART 3: The U.S. Three Cent Postage Stamps of 1851-57: A Compilation of Recut and Plate Varieties (Revised Edition)," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 45, no. 1, Whole No. 157 (February 1993): 31-39.
  15. William K. McDaniel, "The Type I 3¢ 1851-57 Stamps: A Previously Unlisted Recut Variety," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 52, no. 1, Whole No. 185 (February 2000): 30-31.
  16. William K. McDaniel, "The Type I 3¢ 1851-57 Stamps: A Previously Unlisted Recut Variety," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 52, no. 4, Whole No. 188 (November 2000): 252-253.
  17. Wilbur F. Amonette, M.D. and Wilson Hulme, "Color Study of the 3¢ Stamp of the United States 1851-57 Issue: An Update," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 57, no. 2, Whole No. 206 (May 2005): 103-107.
  18. Wilbur F. Amonette, M.D. and Wilson Hulme, "Color Study of the 3¢ Stamp of the United States 1851-57 Issue: Corrigenda," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 57, no. 3, Whole No. 207 (August 2005): 184-185.
  19. William K. McDaniel, "The Three Cent 1857-57 Recut Varieties: A Newly Listed Variety," The Chronicle of the U.S. Classic Postal Issues 58, no. 3, Whole No. 211 (August 2006): 184-185.
  20. Richard Celler and Elliot Omiya, "The Toppan Carpenter Plates and the Guide Reliefing Method," in The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial, eds., Hubert C. Skinner and Charles J. Peterson (New Orleans): The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, 2006
  21. Richard Celler and Elliot Omiya, "A Detailed Study of the 3¢ 1851 Relief Characteristics," in The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial, eds., Hubert C. Skinner and Charles J. Peterson (New Orlenad: The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, 2006
  22. Thomas Alexander Papers, "D.A. Card Plating Charts," American Philatelic research Library (Bellefonte, PA): Box 124.
  23. Thomas Alexander Papers, "D.A. Card Plating System," American Philatelic research Library (Bellefonte, PA): Box 161.