EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 5-CENT RED BROWN, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Brookman notes "I consider the used Red Brown to be more scarce than Buff but the Buff is more scarce unused".
With 2016 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,400.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only six others.
FINE CENTERING AND BRILLIANT COLOR. ONLY TWO UNUSED BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT RED BROWN ARE KNOWN, BOTH SIMILARLY CENTERED.
There is one other unused block of the 5c Red Brown, with original gum and similar centering, ex Klein and Zoellner and currently in a private collection. Scott Retail as a block of four with original gum
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED USED BLOCKS OF THE 1862 5-CENT RED BROWN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE AS THIS IS USED FROM UNION-OCCUPIED NEW ORLEANS.
As recently as 1993, the Ishikawa block was thought to be unique. The three recorded used blocks are: 1) block of four, grid cancels, one stamp with corner crease ending in small tear, ex Ishikawa; 2) the block offered here, used from Union-occupied New Orleans, from our 1996 Rarities sale; 3) extensively rejoined and bleached to remove cancels (no longer appears used), offered in our Sale 847.