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

5-COV-079

5-COV-079

5-COV-079

5-COV-079

Notes:
  • None for the 7R1E. See notes below regarding cover and repair in other two stamps.
  • Pair (6-7R1E) and single Type II arranged as a strip of three ascending vertically along the left side of the cover, which is addressed to Concord N.H. The stamps are cancelled by black grids. There is a red “Plattsburgh N.Y. Apr. 18” cds and at one time a pencil note at upper right indicated the year date was “1853”. There is a dark round sealing wax stain in the middle of the cover, and spotting/staining along the bottom edge.
  • Repaired stamps: An irregular oval piece was scraped away about halfway up invading both the 6R1E and the Type II single, which created serious damage in the form of missing areas in both stamps. This area was filled in at one point between its auction appearance on 5/6/1953 and P.F. certification on 9/13/1954. The repair is so skillful that the P.F. was fooled into issuing a clean “Genuine” certificate. The 1954 certificate was issued to John A. Fox, who may have been the person who repaired the stamps or ordered the repair.
Provenance:
  • Acquired by Dr. Erwin Terwilliger of South Haven, Mich., circa 1939.
  • Heiman sale 5/6/1953, lot 26, realized $220 vs. $1,500 Scott value. description notes “hole between” 6R1E and Ty. II stamp. It appears that the deceptive repair was made after this auction appearance, possibly by John A. Fox
  • Edson Fifield sale 5/31/1961, lot 8, realized $____ vs. estimated Scott value of $2,500.
  • John W. Kaufmann sale 3/29/1975, lot 21, realized $6,200 vs. $12,500 Scott value.
  • Robert Kaufmann sale 3/11/1982, lot 724, realized $5,500 vs. $27,500+ Scott value.
  • Peter Kenedi sale 4/2/1985, lot 157, realized $7,250 vs. $30,000+ Scott value.
  • Kelleher sale 3/17/1992, lot 451, realized $11,500 (possibly not sold) vs. $25,000?Scott value for single on cover.
  • Bennett sale 9/5/1993, lot 35, unsold with Scott value stated as $25,000 for single on cover or $25,000 for Scott 5-5A pair off cover.
  • "Lake Shore" Collection, Siegel Sale 888, 12/7/2004, lot 8 - $21,000 hammer
  • Curtis Collection, Siegel Sale 1084, 11/5/2014, lot 3029 - $21,000 hammer
Certificates:
  • PFC 5126 (1954) stating “Genuine” issued to John A. Fox.
  • PFC 258603 (1992) stating “Genuine, righthand stamp position 7R1E”.
  • PFC 524288 "IT IS A GENUINE USAGE, THE SCOTT 5 (RIGHT STAMP IN PAIR) WITH A SMALL CLOSED TEAR AT BOTTOM AND A SMALL CORNER CREASE AT TOP RIGHT; THE SCOTT 5A (LEFT STAMP IN PAIR) WITH A REPAIR AT UPPER LEFT; THE PAIR LIFTED AND HINGED BACK IN PLACE."
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