5¢ Blue (185), block of twelve from top of left pane with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint, "No. 325" plate number and guide arrow, original gum, few small hinge remnants, one or two may be Mint N.H., phenomenal centering is especially evident on the bottom row, remarkably deep rich color
Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross through Shreves, 2002)
Chapin census no. 485 (illustrated on page 20). The 1984 supplement to the census notes this is ex Wunderlich, but we are unable to find any confirmation#
Very Fine-Extremely Fine; few small hinge slivers mostly added as preventive measure to stabilize the block, few trivial perf separations
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
Only two plate blocks of Scott 185 are known. The only recorded top position plate block is offered here. The other plate block, a bottom position from Plate 325, was offered in the 1998 Wampler sale held by Shreves Philatelic Galleries.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1879 5-CENT BLUE TAYLOR PRINTED BY THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2007 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (OGh, Superb 98; SMQ $3,250.00). This is the highest grade awarded to an original-gum Scott 185 and it is shared by only one other stamp. The highest grade for a Mint N.H. copy is 90J