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

5-COV-085

5-COV-085

Notes:
  • This cover is rightfully considered to be the finest 7R1E piece known to philately. It is the earliest recorded 7R1E usage, four days after the July 1st issue date.
  • The strip is cancelled by three strikes of the bright red grid with matching “Richmond Va. Jul. 5”?(1851) cds on a light blue folded letter headed “Richmond July 5th 1851” and addressed to Messr. Blow &?March, New York. The strip is not tied, but there is no doubt it originates on the cover. There is a light file fold far from the stamps.
Provenance:
  • Acquired by Judge Robert S. Emerson, circa late 1936, but not included in any of the Kelleher sales of the Emerson collection.
  • Ex Saul Newbury, Siegel #264 10/13/1963 (Newbury Part VI), lot 82, realized $12,000 vs. estimate “over $1,000”, sold to the Weills of New Orleans.
  • Sold privately to Ryohei Ishikawa for his 1c 1851-57 collection, then retained by him for his 1847-69 collection.
  • Ex Ishikawa, Christie’s sale 9/28/1993, lot 85, realized $150,000 vs. estimate $50,000-75,000, acquired for John R. Boker Jr. by Andrew Levitt.
  • Traded by Boker to an unidentified collector as part of an exchange for a collection of Waterbury Conn. fancy cancellations.
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