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2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 21, 1847 Issue—Sheet-Margin Positions, A magnificent 5¢ Orange Brown (1851 shade) from the bottom left corner of the sheet, showing spectacular 8-millimeter full sheet margins

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), Position 91L with huge bottom left corner sheet margins, both measure approximately 8mm, ample margins at top and right, unusual dry print at left where the sheet of paper likely began to dry before printing (drying from the outside in) and therefore failed to pick up all the ink, deeply blued paper, tied by neat red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Mar. 19" (1851) circular datestamp on envelope to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, docketing at left "Cousin Nellie New York March 12, 1851"

Extremely Fine; some tears on backflap barely nick the edges of the cover.

This is an exceedingly rare on-cover example of the 5¢ 1847 Issue with huge corner sheet margins. For a variety of reasons, very few examples of the 5¢ 1847 Issue with corner sheet margins exist. To begin, only four outer corner positions on the full plate of 200 and four additional positions from the interior columns (separated by a gutter) could produce stamps with corner sheet margins. When the stamps were affixed to letters or envelopes, the sheet margins were often trimmed off, presumably to make the stamp fit on the envelope without covering up the address. Corner-margin stamps surviving from this small original supply are very rare, regardless of condition. Of the handful of truly full-size sheet-margin copies we have located, this is one of only two on cover--the other is the superb bottom left corner-margin example currently in the Gordon Eubanks collection.

Ward backstamp. Ex Paul C. Rohloff, Marc Haas and John R. Boker, Jr.

E. 2,000-3,000
Future Sale
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 22, 1847 Issue—Sheet-Margin Positions, 5¢ Orange Brown (1851 shade) with enormous top left corner sheet margins

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), with huge top left corner sheet margins, left measures 5.5mm and top measures 6.5mm, bottom and right both with large margins, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 24" (1851) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter addressed in blue to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, manuscript "Paid 5", heavy file folds, one of which falls near but does not touch stamp which has a few pinpoint raised indents, Extremely Fine Gem corner-margin stamp on cover and one of the largest on-cover examples in existence, ex Knapp, Gibson, Rohloff and Boker, and from our 1974 Rarities of the World sale

E. 1,500-2,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 90, 1847 Issue—Corner Card Envelopes, 5¢ 1847 in brilliant Orange Brown shade on an insurance corner card envelope

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), large margins to ample at top, brilliant color and First Printing impression, tied by blue "Philada. Pa. 5 cts Feb. 17" (1848) integral-rate circular datestamp on buff envelope with "Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 91 Walnut Street, Philadelphia" corner card, to Leesburg, Virginia, Very Fine, a scarce corner card use of the 5¢ 1847 Issue, this is the only example listed in the USPCS census with this style corner card from Penn Mutual (a 10¢ is known with a cameo design on the flap), ex Emerson, West, Starr, Hart and Boker, illustrated in Bakers' U.S. Classics (p. 175)

E. 500-750
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 112, 1847 Issue with Local Posts, The only recorded cover with a combination of the 1847 Issue and the Hall & Mills' Despatch Post local stamp

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), brilliant deep color, ample margins to just in at left, used with Hall & Mills' Despatch Post, New York, N.Y., (2¢) Black on Green (76L1), full margins to just in at lower right, both tied together by red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Oct. 5" (ca. 1847) circular datestamp on buff envelope to Newburyport, Massachusetts

Very Fine; 5¢ stamp with a faint margin crease from placement at edge of cover.

A beautiful cover and the only recorded combination of the 1847 Issue and the Hall & Mills' Despatch Post local stamp.

Ex Henry L. C. Wenk III (1985 Rarities of the World sale) and John R. Boker, Jr. With 1979 Robson Lowe certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
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2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 126, 1847 Issue to and from British North America, Superb pair of the 5¢ Orange Brown on a double-rate cover from Cleveland to Canada

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), horizontal pair, radiant color, large and even margins, tied by five strikes of red grid cancel, matching "Cleveland O. Dec. 5" (1850) circular datestamp on light gray folded cover to St. Catharines, Canada West, sender's routing instruction "via Lewiston" at lower left, light strike of "Queenston U.C. Dec. ?, 1850" circular datestamp, manuscript "9" pence due, Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover to Canada with a choice pair of the Orange Brown shade, Cleveland was less than 300 miles from the exchange point so this was charged 10¢ postage for weight and not distance, ex Hart, Dr. Robertson and Hackmey, signed Ashbrook and with his note on back

E. 1,500-2,000
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1847 Issue
2019-07-23
United States Stamps and Confederate States
 
Sale Number 1206, Lot Number 65, 1847 Issue (Scott 1-2)5c Orange Brown, Stitch Watermark (1b), 5c Orange Brown, Stitch Watermark (1b)5c Orange Brown, Stitch Watermark (1b). Deep rich color, large to clear margins including right sheet margin, clear stitch watermark, bold strikes of blue grid cancel, Very Fine, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

765
225
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 3, 5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Issue (Scott 1-2), This remarkable strip of eight with original gum is the largest recorded multiple of the 1847 5¢ Orange Brown shade

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), horizontal strip of eight--nearly a complete row--original gum, stamps 2, 4, 5 and 7 are Mint N.H., others lightly hinged, bright shade, clear impression from reworked plate, large margins at top and sides, mostly clear at bottom except just touching on two stamps

PROVENANCE

Discovered shortly before its first auction appearance in 1970

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1970 Rarities of the World, 3/24/1970, Sale 371, lot 22, described as "From a new Original Find"

Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/19/1976, Sale 500, lot 21

Richard Wolffers, 10/31/1984 sale, lot 272

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 3, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

Malcolm L. Brown census (Chronicle 171, August 1996, page 156), where described as "Positions 91-98L (?)"

Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, page 9

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1976)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine appearance; couple gum toned spots (one shows faintly on face), slight horizontal crease, vertical creases mostly between stamps, slightly oxidized color far left and right

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$80,000.00 as singles (multiples of Orange Brown are unpriced)

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

5¢ 1847 Shades

The 5¢ 1847 Issue printings and the myriad colors they produced have vexed specialists attempting to classify them, as far back as the early 20th century when Dr. Carroll Chase described shade varieties in words, without the benefit of full-color publishing. In more recent times, Calvet M. Hahn and Wade Saadi have tried to describe the shades and illustrate them with color images. They have also attempted, with mixed results, to attribute shades (and impressions) to specific deliveries and/or printings.

The 5¢ stamps in a distinct orange hue are assigned Scott numbers 1b (Orange Brown), 1c (Red Orange) and 1d (Brown Orange). Philatelists have been left to decide which listed shade applies to a stamp at hand. Complicating matters, there is no clear consensus on the spectrum range for each shade, which results in great differences between two stamps presented or certified as the same Scott number.

The strip offered here is an unequivocal Orange Brown. It is a brightly tinted shade, and the impression is pronounced, but the lines of engraving show wear and fuzziness, which is most evident in the lines of the oval background surrounding Franklin's portrait and in the fine lines along the outside portions of the rectangular design within the framelines. The overall impression indicates that this was probably a late printing, circa 1850-51, made from the cleaned and reworked plate, a process used by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson to improve the quality of prints made from the well-worn plate after years of use.

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. Multiples of any of the orange-hue stamps are very rare, and multiples larger than a unit of three of any 5¢ shade are also rare. This is the largest unused multiple of the Orange Brown, Scott 1b.

E. 30,000-40,000
23,000
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1008
PSE 95
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1008, 1847 Issue and Reproductions (Scott 1-4)5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large even margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at top, radiant color nicely complemented by red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ORANGE BROWN SHADE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E..

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded to this shade

725
1,900
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1530, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large margins all around with frameline of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied on piece by blue grid cancel, fresh color, Very Fine

765
200
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1847 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1531, 5c 1847 Issue (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large margin except a little close at lower left, blue Baltimore Railroad circular datestamp, Very Fine, ex Norcross

850
375
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