VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. IT IS PRESENTED OFF COVER, BUT IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE COVER TO COLOMBIA FROM WHICH IT ORIGINATED. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.
Our census of used 5c Bluish Paper stamps, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/361/361.pdf , records five examples. One is an off-cover stamp with small faults (ex Twigg-Smith). The stamp offered here has been removed from its original cover, but the cover itself accompanies, and the two are shown together in a digital reconstruction. In addition there are three stamps still on their respective covers, one of which is offered in the following lot.
This cover and the cover listed as 361-COV-05 are addressed to the same person, Charles H. Small, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, who served as vice consul in Bogota, Colombia, beginning in 1909. The cover offered here was sent from Kansas City on November 9, 1910, in care of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The other cover to Charles Small also originated in Kansas City on May 18, 1910.
Census No. 361-CAN-02. Ex "Natalee Grace." Accompanied by the cover from which this stamp was removed. With 1993 P.F. certificate for the stamp on its cover. Scott value for a cover is $27,500.00. The value for an off-cover used stamp is
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.
Our census of used 5c on Bluish paper, illustrated below and available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/361/361.pdf , records two off-cover used examples plus three on cover. The other off-cover example has been off the market since our 2001 auction of the Twigg-Smith collection.
Census No. 361-CAN-02. Accompanied by cover on which this originated. It was used from Kansas City Mo. in Nov. 1910 to the same recipient as 361-COV-05. With 1993 P.F. certificate as on cover.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE USED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT BLUISH ARE RECORDED. ONE OF THE RAREST USED STAMPS IN 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
Our research, including a thorough search of auction catalogues, the Levi records and the records of the Philatelic Foundation, produced five used examples of the 5c Bluish: 1) duplex cancel with 1911 yeardate, reperforated at bottom and pressed-out corner crease, the example offered here; 2) stamp originally affixed upside down on Nov. 9, 1910 cover from Kansas City Mo. to Bogota, Colombia, two pulled perforations (removed from cover); 3) s.e. at left, used on Oct. 24, 1910 cover from Cambridge Mass. to Bangkok, Siam; 4) s.e. at left, used on June 20, 1910 cover from Detroit Mich. to American Express office in London; and 5) centered to bottom right, used on May 18, 1910 cover from Kansas City Mo. to Bogota, Colombia.
To summarize, three are known on cover (two with straight-edge, the third far off center), and one other is known off cover (choice centering, two pulled perforations).
With 1992 P.F. certificate