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Census of 1c Blue, Type I (Scott 5)

5-CAN-026

5-CAN-026

Notes:
  • Corner crease at upper left. SBA wrote, “small tear or more likely a small scissors cut at right side... I failed to discover any evidence of repair with the exception that someone may have added the black smudge marks to cover up the cut. I failed to discover anything wrong with the copy under my Hanovia lamp... The copy is a very pale blue shade, hence does not show up to advantage but the cancelation [sic] is very light and in my opinion this is quite a fine copy.”
Provenance:
  • Referred to by SBA as “Maj. Harris copy”.
  • Harmer Rooke sale 5/23/1950, lot 15, realized $225 vs. $1,000 Scott value.
  • Siegel 1977 Rarities, Sale 510 3/23/1977, lot 34, realized $13,000 vs. $8,750 Scott value, described “negligible crease entirely in sheet margin, tiny cut almost clear of design at bottom right corner”.
  • Kelleher sale 5/2/1995, lot 386, realized $18,000 vs. $15,500 Scott value.
  • Offered in June 1995 by Richard Champagne for $29,000.
  • McCree Collection, SPG 12/10/2004, lot 14 - $52,500 hammer
  • Hall Collection, Siegel Sale 1096, 4/28/2016, lot 9 - $45,000 hammer
Certificates:
  • PFC 2499 (1950), no mention of defects.
  • PFC 89920 (1980) with “Caution” handstamp, stating “genuine with small faults and a repaired lower right [sic].” Submitted by Sotheby Parke Bernet.
  • PFC 294769 (1995), stating genuine with a small corner crease entirely in the margin. No mention of the “small faults” or of “repair” at lower right.
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