5¢ Brown (29), vertical pair, rich color and attractive centering, bottom stamp couple short perfs at bottom, tied by "Hallowell Me. Oct. 3, 1859" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Nevada, California, barely reduced at left, Very Fine and attractive use of a pair of the 5¢ 1857 Type I in the Brown shade on a transcontinental cover to California, ex Gibson, Krug and Haas
"34" in Star, Hatfield, Massachusetts (Skinner-Eno ST-C5), bold strike with clear "34" at center cancels 5¢ Brown (29), single short perf at top right, Very Fine strike of this rare fancy cancel, Hatfield was founded in 1660 and is near Springfield, the "34" refers to the number of states in the Union, ex Jennings
5¢ Brown, Type I (29), Positions 12-13/22-23R1, block of four, bottom right stamp shows the transfer flaw (23R1), original gum, unusually choice centering, rich color and dark shade
Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 186, to Colson (for Caspary)
Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 683, to Weill
Order of U.S. Trust Company, H. R. Harmer sale, 5/27-28/1969, lot 207, to Klein
Walter C. Klein, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 3/15/1989, lot 185, to Zoellner
Robert Zoellner, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8-10/1998, Sale 804, lot 124, to William H. Gross
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Zoellner)
Very Fine except for tiny nicked perforation hole at bottom of top left stamp, small hinge marks and careful reinforcement of perforations
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
The Four Surviving Unused Blocks of the 5¢ Type I Brown
The Brown shade, which has no red or orange hue, was the last printed from the original 5¢ plate, which had the full Type I design. Beginning in 1860, the trimmed reliefs were used, producing Type II stamps (Scott 30A and 30).
There are only four unused blocks of the 5¢ Brown, Type I, Scott 29--all comprising four stamps. Three were owned by Walter C. Klein, and two of the blocks contain the defective transfer variety, Position 23R1. Details of the four recorded blocks are as follows:
1) Block of 4, positions unknown, sound, each stamp well-centered, ex Worthington, Sinkler, Ward, Klein and Whitman (Sale 968, lot 39)
2) Block of 4, Positions 12-13/22-23R1, bottom right stamp showing the transfer flaw, tiny nick in perf hole at top left, ex Caspary, Klein and Zoellner, offered in this sale
3) Block of 4, Positions 13-14/23-24R1, bottom left stamp showing the transfer flaw, ex Caspary, Lehman, Klein, Hall (Sale 1096, lot 65)
4) Block of 4, positions unknown, regummed, 1993 Rarities of the World, Sale 755, lot 76
This is one of three blocks with original gum, of which two have the Transfer Flaw position (numbers 2 and 3 in the list above).
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN OUTSTANDING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 5-CENT TYPE I BROWN IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE CONDITION. THIS STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.
Due to the narrow spacing, many examples have the outer projections touching or in to the perforations. The example offered here is a notable exception.
Ex Kirke and Curtis. With 2010 P.F. and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $11,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other has achieved this desirable grade