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2020-10-27
The William H. Gross Collection: United States 1847 First Issue
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 54, Plate Varieties, 5¢ Dark Brown, Dot in "S" (1a var), large margins, detailed early impression and dark rich color complemented by double-struck red square grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp and very choice quality example of the Dot in "S" variety, ex Dr. Hinrichs, with 1979 and 1996 P.F. certificates, Scott value $400.00

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 57, Plate Varieties, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), deep dark shade and proof-like early impression showing plate bruises in right margin, large margins to full, corner strike of blue circular datestamp (Philadelphia), Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, Scott value $525.00

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 91, Used Blocks and Multiples, The magnificent Caspary block--the finest recorded used block of the 5¢ 1847 Issue

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Dark Brown (1a), block of four, full margins to clear, dark shade and sharp early impression, each stamp cancelled by neat strike of red grid cancel, completely sound

PROVENANCE

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 86

Edward A. Ring, H. R. Harmer sale, 12/3/1968, lot 2101

Wade E. Saadi (sold privately to William H. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1991)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and completely sound

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2020)

The regular Red Brown shade is listed as a used block at $27,500.00. The Dark Brown (1a) is unpriced. The Scott value basis for a used block is probably based on the sales of blocks with faults.

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Finest Used 5¢ 1847 Block in Dark Brown Shade

One day before James K. Polk's inauguration as the nation's eleventh President, Congress passed the Post Office Reform Act of March 3, 1845, which greatly simplified and reduced postal rates, effective July 1, 1845. The Act was signed by President John Tyler on his last day in office, which left the task of implementing the reform measures in the hands of Polk's new postmaster general, Cave Johnson (1793-1866). Johnson, a Democratic congressman from Tennessee since 1829, had been among the opponents of the Cheap Postage movement, arguing that such a drastic reduction in postage rates would financially cripple the postal system and increase the risk of privatization. Now, as postmaster general in President Polk's cabinet, Johnson was responsible for making sure the nation's postal system provided the same level of service, despite the reduction of rates and the significant curtailment of franking privileges and transportation subsidies.

The profound changes in the nation's postal system effected by the 1845 Post Office Reform Act set the stage for the introduction of adhesive stamps to prepay postage. The concept had been successfully implemented by Great Britain in 1840 and proposed in Congress by Senator Daniel Webster in the same year, but authorization to issue stamps was withheld by Congress until March 3, 1847.

The 1847 Issue--the first stamps authorized by Congress for general use--demonstrated the public's acceptance of adhesive stamps on a national scale. They also helped to encourage the prepayment of postage, a practice that brought greater efficiency and economy to the postal system.

This superb block, once part of the renowned collection formed by Alfred H. Caspary, is by far the finest used block of the 5¢ 1847 in any shade. A review of 5¢ 1847 blocks in the Dark Brown shade using Power Search and the records of The Philatelic Foundation located an unused block of eight, three used blocks of four (one repaired with part of design added) and a reconstructed used block of ten made up of five pairs (offered as lot 96 in this sale).

E. 20,000-30,000
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 96, Used Blocks and Multiples, The largest reconstructed multiple of the 5¢ 1847 in the Dark Brown shade

5¢ Dark Brown (1a), block of ten reconstructed from five horizontal pairs originating from the right pane of the sheet, generally clear to large margins except in on two stamps at bottom and at top left, intense shade and proof-like early impression, neat black grid cancels, stamps rejoined with hinges, few stamps towards bottom with small indentations

One of the largest known reconstructions of the 5¢ 1847 Issue.

Apparently each pair in this reconstruction came from a separate cover from the same correspondence mailed through the New Orleans post office, which used black ink for its datestamp and cancels during the 1847 period. It is the largest reconstruction of the Dark Brown shade. Another pair with right sheet margin is from the same group, but is not contiguous with this reconstruction.

Ex Saadi, who acquired this in a 1993 Christie's sale. Scott value as pairs $10,750.00.

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 97, Used Blocks and Multiples, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), block of three, top left stamp Dot in "S" variety from the ninth column on the plate, dark grayish shade and sharp early impression, large margins to full including part of right sheet margin, bold strikes of red grid cancel, showing trace of plate layout line at right, showing the impressions on the plate are slightly rotated in relation to the layout line, top right stamp small corner crease at top right, bottom stamp light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance, very unusual showing the plate layout line, ex Stollnitz and Saadi

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 120, Corner and Sheet Margin Examples, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), Position 30R, with 7mm right sheet margin, other margins large to full, showing scratch in right frameline variety, dark shade and early impression, blue Troy N.Y. circular datestamp cancel, light creases, appears Extremely Fine, ex Stollnitz and Saadi

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 138, Early Impressions-Dark Brown Shades, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), horizontal pair, large margins, deep dark shade and early impression from First Printing, nicely contrasted by two perfect strikes of Philadelphia blue "PAID" in oval cancel, tiny scissors-cut at top of left stamp just into frameline, tiny faint toned spot at bottom right, otherwise Extremely Fine and attractive pair, ex Grunin and Wall, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 139, Early Impressions-Dark Brown Shades, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), huge margins to full including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and top sheet margin, intense dark shade and proof-like impression from First Printing, neat manuscript "X" cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1992 P.F. certificate describing the shade as "Scott 1a, Dark Brown, Ridgway's Chestnut Brown, 11'm"

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 140, Early Impressions-Dark Brown Shades, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), large to full margins, early impression and beautiful dark shade described by Mr. Saadi in his exhibit as "Dark Pecan Brown", bold blue "PAID" in oval cancel of Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1984 and 1990 P.F. certificates as Dark Brown, Scott value $450.00

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 141, Early Impressions-Dark Brown Shades, 5¢ Dark Brown (1a), large margins, intense shade and early impression, nicely complemented by blue "PAID" in oval cancel and part of matching Philadelphia datestamp at right, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1981 and 1991 P.F. certificates, Scott value $450.00

E. 400-500
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