5¢ Indian Red (28A), three pairs and two singles, the two pairs at left arranged in block form, well-centered, rich color, three stamps with interpane margins and centerline, four stamps have negligible faults, used with 1¢ Blue, Type V (24) and tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 19, 1859" circular datestamp struck five times on folded letter to Brussels, Belgium, paying the 42¢ French mail rate for one ounce (a second 1¢ is missing to left), "Boston Am. Pkt. Jan. 28" circular datestamp on back--carried on the Inman Line City of Washington, departing New York January 29, 1859, and arriving at Liverpool February 11--French arrival datestamp (February 12) and framed "P.D." handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps
Very Fine appearance and unique. This wonderful artifact of the 1857 Perforated issue bears the largest number of 5¢ Indian Red stamps known on one cover.
Ex Alfred H. Caspary, Philip G. Rust, Dr. Leonard Kapiloff and from our 1987 Rarities of the World sale (consigned by Rust). Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook with his notes on back. Illustrated in Rose, The First United States Perforated Stamps--The 1857 Issue (p. 40). With 1992 P.F. certificate. The total Scott value of the 5¢ Indian Red stamps off cover is $29,500.00.
FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND VERTICAL STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1858 5-CENT INDIAN RED ON COVER TO FRANCE. RARE IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
This cover from the Garnier correspondence was carried on the Cunarder Niagara from Boston on August 25, 1858, arriving Liverpool September 4.
With 2017 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE SINGLE USE OF THE 5-CENT INDIAN RED IN AN ESPECIALLY DEEP SHADE.
Ex Grunin. Signed Ashbrook who notes "Singles of This Stamp on Cover are Very Rare". With 1988 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail on cover $5,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE STRIP OF THE RARE 5-CENT INDIAN RED ON A SMALL AND COLORFUL 1857 TREATY-RATE COVER TO FRANCE VIA AMERICAN PACKET DIRECT TO LE HAVRE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING "INDIAN RED" COVERS EXTANT.
This was carried on the Vanderbilt Line steamer North Star from New York on June 19, arriving Le Havre on Jul. 1. There are perhaps 20 to 30 covers known with the Indian Red in a strip of three (or two strips for double rate). This is easily among the finest three or four of the group and is even more desirable as an example of U.S.-French treaty mail carried direct by American Packet.
Ex West, Hill, Grunin and Zoellner, where it was acquired by Mr. Walske in 1998. With 1975 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE RARE 1857 5-CENT INDIAN RED SHADE KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER. ONLY ONE OTHER BLOCK, USED OFF COVER, IS RECORDED. ONE OF THE GREATEST COVERS OF THE PERFORATED TOPPAN, CARPENTER ISSUE IN EXISTENCE.
Ex Consul Klep, Henry W. Hill, Ishikawa and Sevenoaks. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (pp. 515-516) and Brookman, Vol. 1, p. 222.
With 1996 P.F. certificate. A block of four is listed but unpriced in Scott