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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2020-10-27
The William H. Gross Collection: United States 1847 First Issue
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 36, Examples with Original Gum, A remarkable 5¢ 1847 original-gum block of four--the only known block with the recut left frameline variety

5¢ Red Brown (1), block of four, original gum, mostly full to large margins, clear at top right, dark shade and sharp early impression, top right stamp with recut left frameline, small repair at top left causing some light staining, light horizontal creases

Very Fine appearance. A rare original-gum block of four of the 5¢ 1847 Issue and an important plate variety.

As this block shows, the left frameline was weakly transferred in a number of entries (level with Franklin's eyes) and, as the plate wore, a break formed in the line. One or more subjects on the plate--in this case, the stamp at upper right--were recut along the left frameline. This recut position stands in contrast with the upper left stamp, which has a broken line, and the two stamps at bottom, which have well-defined lines.

Ex Jerome S. Wagshal. With 1989 and 2010 P.F. certificates. Scott value $50,000.00 as a normal block with original gum.

E. 10,000-15,000
17,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1512, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of six, original gum, huge margins to just in at top right and bottom right, fresh and bright color, bottom left stamp small natural paper inclusion, some slight creasing which is naturally caused by gum (typical of this issue)

FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. THIS REMARKABLE BLOCK WAS DISCOVERED IN THE RIVES FAMILY BIBLE, ALONG WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE BLOCK OF SIX OFFERED IN OUR 2018 AUCTION OF THE WILLIAM H. GROSS COLLECTION. A REMARKABLE RARITY.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors in a hobby that did not yet exist.

According to information uncovered during our research of the 10c 1847 Issue block of six, the block offered here was discovered, with the 10c block of six, in the Rives family bible, sometime between 1909 and 1912. It was first sold at auction by Philadelphia Stamp Co. on June 28, 1912, where it realized $190, or three times catalogue value. For a full description of the discovery, go to https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/14.pdf .

With 1977 P.F. certificate.

Scott Retail as a block of four and a pair

65,000
22,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2018-10-03
United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 13, 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties, The famous Lord Crawford block of sixteen of the 5¢ 1847 Issue--the largest multiple seen and one of the most renowned items in United States philately

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (1), Positions 21-24/31-34/41-44/51-54R--block of sixteen (four by four) from the first four columns of the third through sixth rows of the right pane--original gum, mostly full to large margins except slightly in at places, bright shade on fresh paper

PROVENANCE

* James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford (bought privately; estate sold to Nassau Stamp Co. in 1915)

* Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman (bought from Nassau Stamp Co. and sold privately to Ward in 1931)

* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought privately, estate sold to Weills in 1963)

* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Ryohei Ishikawa (bought privately from Weills, circa 1977), Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 4, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Dr. Stanley M. Bierman, “Philip H. Ward, Jr.: An Aristocrat of Philately,” Chronicle 124, November 1984

* Lester G. Brookman, The 1847 Issue of United States Stamps, 1942, fig. 23-24, pp. 24-25

* --United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, fig. 28-29, pp. 30-31

* William H. Gross, “Plating the 5¢ 1847 Block of 16,” Chronicle 210, May 2006

* David Lidman, Treasury of Stamps, fig. 64, p. 52

* John N. Luff, The Postage Stamps of the United States, reprint, p. 49

* Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, p. 9

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, 1935, Vol. 69, p. 265

* --“United States Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869,” 1960 Congress Book, p. 51

* National Philatelic Museum, 1956, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 106, 111

* London International Stamp Exhibition 1923 (Ackerman)

* TIPEX 1936 exhibition (Ward)

* ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* INTERPHIL 1976 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Gross)

* Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of United States Philately” exhibit, December 2000 (Gross)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

* Fine-Very Fine appearance; light creases, one stamp small sealed internal tear, two others thins

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/13.pdf

E. 200,000-300,000
220,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2018-04-11
The David Wingate Collection of United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1180, Lot Number 18, 1847 Issue (Scott 1-2)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of six, original gum, huge margins to just in at top right and bottom right, fresh and bright color, bottom left stamp small natural paper inclusion, some slight creasing which is naturally caused by gum (typical of this issue)

FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors in a hobby that did not yet exist.

A census of 5c 1847 multiples -- proofs, unused and used -- was published in 1996 by Mal Brown in Chronicle 171. The census lists five unused blocks of six, including one which is rejoined and one which is in a museum. There are only seven larger unused multiples, including blocks of 30, 16, 11, 10 and three multiples of eight (one is a strip).

With 1977 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a block of four and a pair

65,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2015-02-19
Outstanding United States Stamps
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Sale Number 1092, Lot Number 1001, 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction (Scott 1-4)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, original gum, large margins to just in at upper right with portion of adjoining frameline at top left, top left stamp huge margins, rich color, horizontal crease at top frame line of bottom pair, tiny scissors-cut between stamps at bottom, few light toned spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate

FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors.

We have identified 17 unused blocks of the 5c 1847 Issue. Excluded from this tally is what might be an unused block in the Webster Knight collection at Brown University and a block of 30 which has been rumored to exist for years.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate

50,000
0
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2014-11-05
The Curtis Collection: 1847-1901 Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1084, Lot Number 3001, 5c-10c 1847 Issue Stamps (Scott 1-2)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, original gum, large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamps at left, somewhat heavily creased and defective, slightly oxidized

VERY FINE OVERALL APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors.

We have identified 17 unused blocks of the 5c 1847 Issue. Excluded from this tally is what might be an unused block in the Webster Knight collection at Brown University and a block of 30 which has been rumored to exist for years (if it does exist, then it becomes the largest recorded multiple).

With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $50,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2012-04-24
The Harvey Mirsky Collection of the United States 1847 Issue
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Sale Number 1023, Lot Number 2029, Unused Stamps including Blocks5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Top left corner margin block of ten, Positions 1-5/11-15L1, huge margins to clear including 2mm of sheet margin at left and 10-1/2mm at top, part original gum, bright shade, top stamps light horizontal crease, bottom left and bottom right stamps small repairs

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LARGEST MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN EXISTENCE AND MOST DESIRABLE WITH THE CORNER SHEET MARGINS.

The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of five or ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors.

A census of 5c 1847 multiples -- proofs, unused and used -- was published in 1996 by Mal Brown in Chronicle 171. This block of ten is listed in Brown's census. The unused blocks preceding it in size are: a block of 30 (reported but not yet documented); the well-known block of 16, Positions 21-24/51-54R1, original gum, ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman, Ward, Ishikawa, currently in the William H. Gross collection; and an irregular block of of eleven reported to have been in the Senator Ackerman collection. This last block (ex Ackerman) does not appear in any of the auction catalogues or records we have surveyed. If, in fact, it once existed, it is possible that it was cut down to a smaller, more uniform size.

If the unconfirmed block of 30 and the ex-Ackerman block of eleven are removed from the census, this block of ten becomes the second largest block of the 5c 1847 Issue, and it is the only block of its size in unused condition.

Ex Kapiloff. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks of four and a pair.

116,000
75,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2010-09-29
The Wagshal Collection, Part 1: 1845-69 Issues
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Sale Number 993, Lot Number 143, 5c 1847 Issue - Recut Left Frameline5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, original gum, mostly full to large margins, clear at top right, intense dark color, top right stamp with recut left frameline, small repair at top left causing some light staining, light horizontal creases

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE RECUT LEFT FRAMELINE ON TOP RIGHT STAMP.

As this block shows, the left frameline was weakly transferred in a number of entries (level with Franklin's eyes) and, as the plate wore, a break formed in the line. One or more subjects on the plate -- in this case, the stamp at upper right -- were recut along the left frameline. This recut position stands in contrast with the upper left stamp, which has a broken line, and the two stamps at bottom, which have well-defined lines.

With 1989 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $50,000.00 as a normal block with original gum.

E. 15,000-20,000
24,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2009-01-27
The Alan B. Whitman Collection of Outstanding U.S. Stamps
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Sale Number 968, Lot Number 3, 1847 Issue (Scott 1-2)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, original gum, full to large margins all around, gorgeous bright shade with very strong hue, exceptionally fresh, accompanying certificate notes light vertical creases, these are caused by the naturally crackly gum that is typical of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson's work

EXTREMELY FINE FOR AN ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1847 ISSUE. IN FACT, THIS BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF FOUR, WITH ITS RICH COLOR AND SOUNDNESS, IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE RECORDED 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE MULTIPLES.

It is surprising that so little reliable information has been published about the precise number of 5c 1847 Issue blocks in existence. Philip H. Ward, Jr., in his article on classic unused blocks ("Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869", 1960 Congress Book), simply said that the 5c was "not difficult to obtain in block form for some few exist in blocks of four and larger." Lester G. Brookman estimated "about a dozen blocks are known" in unused condition.

To bring the record further along and to give better perspective to the block offered here, we conducted our own review of auction records. We identified 17 unused blocks of the 5c 1847 Issue. Excluded from this tally is what might be an unused block in the Webster Knight collection at Brown University and a block of 30 which has been rumored to exist for years (if it does exist, then it becomes the largest recorded multiple). The list of 17 confirmed unused 5c 1847 multiples follows (some ownership information is provided).

1) block of 16 (4 x 4; Pos. 21-24/51-54R), OG, ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman, Ward, Ishikawa, currently in the W. H. Gross collection; 2) block of 10 (5 x 2; Pos. 1-5/11-15L with sheet margin at top), POG, crease, small repairs, ex Kapiloff, Siegel 2002 Rarities sale; 3) block of 8 (4 x 2), 3rd and 7th stamp with dot in "S", OG, slight creases, ex Caspary, Lilly, Grunin; 4) block of 8 (3 x 3 less TR stamp), Dark Brown shade, OG, ex Slater, Caspary, Lehman, Klein; 5) block of 6 (3 x 2), OG, BL stamp NH, light creasing from gum shrinkage, Siegel 2001 Rarities sale; 6) block of 4, OG, light vertical creases, ex Sevenoaks as a block of six, since reduced to a block of four and offered here; 7) block of 6 (3 x 2), traces of gum, toned, repaired tear, Siegel 1993 Rarities sale; 8) block of 6 (2 x 3 with sheet margin at top), no gum, creased, Siegel 1992 Rarities sale; 9) block of 4, OG, offset on back, ex Hind and Hansen, realized $42,500 hammer in Siegel Sale 963; 10) block of 4, OG, described as "pale reddish-brown, 1849 impression" in Crocker sale and "Orange Brown" in E. B. Martin and later sales, possibly the same shade as block #9; 11) block of 4, bottom sheet margin, Dark Brown shade, OG, creases, Siegel Sale 902, lot 1002; 12) block of 4, no gum, right stamps vertical creases, lightened stains; 13) block of 4, OG, creases, small tear BR, Siegel 1992 Rarities sale; 14) block of 4, OG, creased and defective, Siegel 1988 Rarities sale; 15) block of 4, OG, creases, minor faults, ex Hessel, possibly ex Worthington; 16) block of 4, OG, Dark Brown shade, faults and small repair TL, ex Picher, Siegel 1993 Rarities sale; and 17) block of 4 (Pos. 89-90/99-100R incl. DT Pos. 90R), OG, vertical crease, ex West.

Among the larger blocks, only #1, 4 and 5 are essentially sound. Of the ten blocks of four, only two are free of faults: #9 offered recently in our Hansen sale and #10, which has not been examined in years (its present location is unknown). The example offered here (#6 on list), with light vertical creases but with four large margins, is a rare opportunity for the collector who wishes to own one of the finest multiples of the United States First Issue.

Ex Sevenoaks as a block of six. With 2002 P.F. certificate.

42,500
80,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2008-10-28
The Perry Hansen Collection of U.S. Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 963, Lot Number 14, 5c 1847 Issue Unused (Scott 1)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, original gum, full to large margins all around, gorgeous bright shade with very strong reddish hue on deeply blued paper, exceptionally fresh, the naturally crackly gum has caused some vertical wrinkles (typical of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson gum and not noted on certificate), at one point this block was apparently kept between the pages of a book, resulting in faint offset of printed letters on the gum (described as "foreign matter" on certificate)

EXTREMELY FINE FOR AN ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE OF THE 1847 ISSUE. IN FACT, THIS BEAUTIFUL BLOCK OF FOUR, WITH ITS RICH COLOR AND SOUNDNESS, IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE RECORDED 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE MULTIPLES IN EXISTENCE.

It is surprising that so little reliable information has been published about the precise number of 5c 1847 Issue blocks in existence. Philip H. Ward, Jr., in his article on classic unused blocks ("Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869", 1960 Congress Book), simply said that the 5c was "not difficult to obtain in block form for some few exist in blocks of four and larger." Lester G. Brookman estimated "about a dozen blocks are known" in unused condition. More recently, the Bennett November 2002 sale catalogue description of the block offered here (lot 1164) included an "exhaustive review" of the Philatelic Foundation records, which tallied eight unused blocks of four or larger. However, the Bennett list only included certified blocks. It omitted the block of sixteen now in the William H. Gross collection, along with eight other blocks we were able to locate.

To bring the record further along and to give better perspective to the block offered here, we conducted our own review of auction records. We identified 17 unused blocks of the 5c 1847 Issue. Excluded from this tally is what might be an unused block in the Webster Knight collection at Brown University and a block of 30 which has been rumored to exist for years (if it does exist, then it becomes the largest recorded multiple). The list of 17 confirmed unused 5c 1847 multiples follows (some ownership information is provided).

1) block of 16 (4 x 4; Pos. 21-24/51-54R), OG, ex Earl of Crawford, Ackerman, Ward, Ishikawa, currently in the W. H. Gross collection; 2) block of 10 (5 x 2; Pos. 1-5/11-15L with sheet margin at top), POG, crease, small repairs, ex Kapiloff, Siegel 2002 Rarities sale; 3) block of 8 (4 x 2), 3rd and 7th stamp with dot in "S", OG, slight creases, ex Caspary, Lilly, Grunin; 4) block of 8 (3 x 3 less TR stamp), Dark Brown shade, OG, ex Slater, Caspary, Lehman, Klein; 5) block of 6 (3 x 2), OG, BL stamp NH, light creasing from gum shrinkage, Siegel 2001 Rarities sale; 6) block of 6 (3 x 2), OG, vertical creases, thin bottom center, ex Sevenoaks; 7) block of 6 (3 x 2), traces of gum, toned, repaired tear, Siegel 1993 Rarities sale; 8) block of 6 (2 x 3 with sheet margin at top), no gum, creased, Siegel 1992 Rarities sale; 9) block of 4, OG, offset on back, ex Hind, the block offered here; 10) block of 4, OG, described as "pale reddish-brown, 1849 impression" in Crocker sale and "Orange Brown" in E. B. Martin sale, possibly the same shade as block #9 offered in this sale; 11) block of 4, bottom sheet margin, Dark Brown shade, OG, creases, Siegel Sale 902, lot 1002; 12) block of 4, no gum, right stamps vertical creases, lightened stains; 13) block of 4, OG, creases, small tear BR, Siegel 1992 Rarities sale; 14) block of 4, OG, creased and defective, Siegel 1988 Rarities sale; 15) block of 4, OG, creases, minor faults, ex Hessel, possibly ex Worthington; 16) block of 4, OG, Dark Brown shade, faults and small repair TL, ex Picher, Siegel 1993 Rarities sale; and 17) block of 4 (Pos. 89-90/99-100R incl. DT Pos. 90R), OG, vertical crease, ex West.

Among the larger blocks, only #1, 4 and 5 are essentially sound. Of the nine blocks of four, only two are free of faults: #9 offered here and #10, which has not been examined in years (its present location is unknown). For the collector who wishes to own one of the finest multiples of the United States First Issue, this block represents a rare opportunity.

Another distinctive feature of this block is its remarkable vibrant color. We placed it side by side with a range of 5c 1847 stamps certified as Orange Brown (Scott 1b), and the color of this block certainly matches several of the certified Orange Browns. The block listed as #10 above was once described as "Orange Brown," and we wonder if its color matches the color of this block.

Ex Hind. With 1990 and 2003 P.F. certificates as Red Brown (Scott 1).

42,500
45,000
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