Sale 755 — 1993 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 20 November, 1993
Category — 1851-56 Issue
A REMARKABLE EXHIBITION QUALITY MULTIPLE OF THE SCARCE ORANGE BROWN. THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCK FROM PLATE O AND ONE OF THE LARGEST ORANGE BROWN BLOCKS EXTANT
Identified only recently as an Orange Brown
THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER AND THE ONLY INTACT BLOCK ON COVER PAYING THE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO GERMANY
Our records show nine blocks of the 5c 1856 stamp, including an original gum block, four off-cover blocks, and four blocks on cover. This block of six is the largest of all recorded multiples. The Rohloff collection contained a block of five (originally a block of six, from which one stamp was removed), and all others are blocks of four. When discovered by philatelists, this block of six was folded over the edge of the letter, and the lettersheet was stained along the fold. To improve its appearance, the block has been pressed to reduce creasing, and the lettersheet has been cut and mended.
An important classic United States cover, which has rarely appeared in the marketplace. Illustrated in the Hill book
ONE OF NINE RECORDED 5-CENT 1856 BLOCKS, OF WHICH ONLY FOUR ARE ON COVER
The correct Prussian Closed Mail rate was 30c, and there is evidence that this was originally a block of six, from which two stamps at top were cut. The block has small tears at bottom and a skilfully repaired scrape in the bottom right stamp. The cover is somewhat worn and creased.
An extremely rare and attractive multiple. Ex Gibson
THE REMARKABLE BLOCK OF SIXTEEN CONTAINING FIVE RECUT POSITIONS, INCLUDING THE ONLY POSSIBLE BLOCK OF TYPE IV
The recut stamps are positions 54-55/64-65/74, comprising a block of five beginning with the two righthand stamps in the second row and ending with the third stamp in the bottom row, large margins to just in at top left and along right side, grid cancels and faint pencil, dark shade, sealed tear at top right, horizontal crease at center between stamps, negligible wrinkling in bottom half and short sealed tear at lower left.
Few large multiples from the left pane of Plate 1 exist. This block is believed to be the largest containing the rare Type IV recut stamps