Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
10
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Sale 777, Lot 10, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1). Horizontal block of six, full original gum, h.r., bottom left stamp never hinged, large margins to slightly in, attractive color and fine impression, one stamp with small natural paper inclusion, block with light creasing from gum shrinkage

A VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

With 1977 P.F. certificate

43,500
0
11
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Sale 777, Lot 11, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Unused (no gum), full to mostly large margins, handsome deep shade, excellent impression, Extremely Fine, with 1996 certificate

5,000
0
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12
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Sale 777, Lot 12, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b). Ample even margins, full o.g., h.r., small faint thin at T.L., Very Fine appearance, this shade is very scarce unused, with 1996 P.F. certificate

6,000
0
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13
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Sale 777, Lot 13, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Reconstructed vertical block of six, Pos. 79-80/89-90/99-100R, showing Double Transfers A & B, mostly large margins all around, rich color and beautiful impression, each with vivid red grid, top two stamps faintly creased

THE UNIQUE "ASHBROOK RECONSTRUCTION", ORIGINALLY TWO VERTICAL STRIPS NOW FORMING ONE EXTREMELY FINE AND INCOMPARABLE SHOWPIECE.

The left strip was owned by Stanley Ashbrook. In 1918, while viewing the Emerson collection, he realized that a similiar strip owned by the judge had once adjoined his own.

Illustrated in Brookman, Vol. I (p. 43). With 1980 Friedl and 1983 P.F. certificates

E. 25,000-35,000
25,000
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14
 
Sale 777, Lot 14, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Bottom left corner margin single, large to gigantic margins showing 10mm selvage at left and 11mm at bottom, bold blue grid, affected vertically with a pre-print natural paper crease, Extremely Fine appearance, very rare

525
5,500
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15
 
Sale 777, Lot 15, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, attractive shade, clear nearly complete strike of Huntsville Ala. "5" in Negative Star, Very Fine, very rare with this marking cancelling the stamp, ex Newbury, Ring, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
10,000
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16
 
Sale 777, Lot 16, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1). Four margins, cancelled by strike of negative "Alexandria -Post Office -USA" seal in black, matching grid cancel, Very Fine, unique as a cancel on the 5c 1847 - this marking is recorded on a few stampless covers and is believed to have been used in a manner similar to the Annapolis Eagle seal during the same period

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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17
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Sale 777, Lot 17, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Mostly large to enormous margins including right sheet margin, beautiful rich color and prooflike impression from the earliest printing, tied by red square grid on buff cover to Saratoga Springs, matching "New York 5cts 13 Jul." cds, original July 1847 enclosure, stamp with small sealed tear at L., Very Fine, very rare second-week usage of the 5c 1847, with 1976 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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18
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Sale 777, Lot 18, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins, tied by blue grid, matching "Philada. Pa. 10cts Jul. 19" cds on part-printed July 1847 folded letter to Connorsville Md., Extremely Fine and rare third-week usage of the 10c 1847 Issue, ex Newbury, Haas, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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19
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Sale 777, Lot 19, 1847 Issue5c Blackish Brown (1a). Mostly large margins, unusual shade and fine impression, tied by incredibly intense red "East Bennington Vt. Jun. 15" cds on 1849 folded cover to Proctorsville Vt.

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR DOMESTIC 1847 ISSUE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

This extraordinary cover was acquired by the owner in a European auction for the equivalent of $17,500. Ex Sampson, Lehman, Dick, Haas, with 1981 and 1982 P.F. certificates

E. 10,000-15,000
27,000
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20
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Sale 777, Lot 20, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins, tied by bold red "Rochester N.Y. 5" cds on white envelope to Clifton Springs, Extremely Fine, ex Haas, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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21
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Sale 777, Lot 21, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, attractive late shade, Ridgeway's "Dark Russet" according to Ashbrook, cancelled by blue fancy open grid struck in criss-cross fashion and tied by matching "Taunton Ms. Dec. 23/5cts" cds, on 1850 folded letter to New Bedford, Extremely Fine, very attractive usage, ex Gore, Rohloff, Haas, signed Ashbrook, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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22
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Sale 777, Lot 22, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, bright rich color approaching Orange Brown, excellent impression, tied by red "5" hs on fine 1850 folded cover to Winchester Va., blue "Baltimore Md. May 19" cds, lettersheet with some light wear, stamp is an Extremely Fine Gem, colorful cover, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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23
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Sale 777, Lot 23, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b). Four margins, creased before use, bright rich color from the cleaned plate, tied by blue "Philada Pa. 5 cts Jul. 1" cds and orange Calais cds on 1850 folded letter to France, second strike of Philadelphia cds at left, oily red "Colonies &c. Art. 13" and "15" decimes due mark, Very Fine and handsome appearance, ex Ishikawa

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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24
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Sale 777, Lot 24, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1). Full to large margins, tied by bold ms. "X" on 1848 Quaker-dated folded letter to Liverpool, England, clear "Wilmington Del. May 9" cds in green, bold shilling mark, clear Liverpool backstamp, stamp with minute margin tear at top, still Very Fine, rare usage

E. 2,000-2,500
2,300
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25
c
Sale 777, Lot 25, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1). Horizontal pair, margins to cutting at T.R., beautiful dark color and early impression, canceled by bold ms. "X" cancels and additionally squiggles, one tying, on 1847 folded letter to Liverpool, England, bluish green "Wilmington Del. Nov. 13" cds, shilling hs, Liverpool backstamp, fresh and Fine

E. 2,000-2,500
2,300
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26
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Sale 777, Lot 26, 1847 Issue5c Brown (1). Vertical pair, large to gigantic margins including bottom sheet margin, beautiful rich color and sharp impression, tied by partial blue Baltimore cds on May 28, 1849 folded letter to Boston with matching "10" in oval at far right, Extremely Fine, ex Newbury, Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
4,250
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27
c
Sale 777, Lot 27, 1847 Issue5c Orange Brown (1b). Horizontal strip of four, full margins to barely in, beautiful bright shade (c. 1850 printing), tied by four strikes of red square grids on legal cover to Albany, paying four times the 5c rate for two ounces, red "New-York Apl. 8" cds at R., cover refolded to a more exhibitable size, faint internal crease affecting middle pair

A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ORANGE BROWN SHADE.

Multiples larger than a pair are exceedingly scarce. This strip of four is one of the largest multiples of the Orange Brown shade known on cover.

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
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28
 
Sale 777, Lot 28, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large to huge margins showing parts of two adjoining stamps, red square grid, Extremely Fine and choice

1,250
1,600
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29
 
Sale 777, Lot 29, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 79R, large margins, handsome shade, bright red square grid, Extremely Fine ex Grunin

1,250
1,300
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30
 
Sale 777, Lot 30, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 47R, large margins, bright shade with sharp impression, blue grids, Extremely Fine, very attractive

1,300
1,150
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Sale 777, Lot 31, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Pos. 29L, large margins, bright shade and fine impression, attractively struck red square grid, Extremely Fine, ex Garrett, with 1976 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,050
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32
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Sale 777, Lot 32, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large to huge margins, tied by paint-red grid, matching "Mobile Ala. Aug. 21" cds on folded letter (first page missing) to Canandaigua N.Y., stamp is an Extremely Fine Gem, ex Haas, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
3,500
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33
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Sale 777, Lot 33, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Full to large margins, tied by orange grid on small white envelope with matching "Mobile Ala. Aug. 26" cds struck twice, Very Fine, considerably scarcer than the "paint-red" color of Mobile, ex Haas, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-2,500
3,750
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34
c
Sale 777, Lot 34, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Mostly large margins, deep shade, tied by bold blue "Troy N.Y. Sep. 26" cds and ms. "4-1/2" rate on 1850 folded letter to Montreal, Canada East, red receiving cds on back, file fold at R., Very Fine, ex Sampson

E. 1,500-2,000
5,250
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35
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Sale 777, Lot 35, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at B., a bit close at top, tied by red square grid, matching "New-York Jun. 19" cds on 1850 folded letter to Darlington, Upper Canada, ms. "7" and black Queenston exchange cds, bold Darlington backstamp in blue, Very Fine, ex Sampson

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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36
c
Sale 777, Lot 36, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Three, Pos. 8R, 48R & 46R respectively, mostly large margins except left stamp just touched at T.R. corner, tied together on folded cover to New York by multiple strikes of red orange "10" rate handstamps, matching "Northampton Ms. Jun. 24" cds

A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE TRIPLE-RATE 10-CENT 1847 USAGE.

With the exception of covers emanating from the Ludlow Beebee correspondence, examples of the triple 10c rate paid by 1847 stamps are very rare. Many of the Ludlow Beebee covers are part of the Miller collection in the New York Public Library and unavailable to collectors.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,000
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37
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Sale 777, Lot 37, 1847 Issue10c Black, Diagonal Halves Used as 5c (2a). The lower left and upper right halves of the same stamp. Ample to large margins except first is just in at bottom, well-tied across cuts by red-orange grids, matching "Gardiner Me." Apr. 28 and May 2 circular datestamps on 1851 white envelopes to Brattleboro Vt., first stamp with small sealed tear at top, the second is superb

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED PAIRS OF MATCHING 1847 DIAGONAL BISECTS ON COVERS, AND THE ONLY PAIR CANCELLED IN RED.

This pair comes from the correspondence of Maine senator, George Evans, to his wife and was the subject of an article by the late Susan McDonald (The Chronicle, Nov. 1969, Feb. 1984). The covers yielded three pairs of matched bisects on cover, including two cancelled in blue. An example of the latter realized $45,000 in our June 1992 sale of the Kapiloff 1847 collection.

Ex Moody and Baker. Accompanied by original ALS from Senator Evans which was sent in the May 2nd cover. With 1978 P.F. certificates

E. 40,000-50,000
40,000
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Sale 777, Lot 38, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown, 10c Black (1, 2). Each has ample to large margins except 5c close at T.L., tied by red grids on small part of 1849 folded letter from New Orleans to Blackburn, England, shilling handstamp on face, most of blue Blackburn backstamp, Very Fine, rare piece showing combination of 5c and 10c 1847 Issue, with 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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39
c
Sale 777, Lot 39, 1847 Issue5c Brown, 10c Black (1, 2). First with full to large margins except corner nick at T.R., other with margins except touched at B.L., attractive shades, tied together by red square grids on folded letter to Millard Fillmore as Comptroller of the State, at Albany, paying three times the 5c rate for under 300 miles, matching "New-York May 13" cds, 1848 docketing on back, lettersheet with hinge reinforcement inside, vertical file crease passes between stamps

A VERY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1847 COMBINATION.

Only a handful of covers are known with both values of the 1847 Issue used together, and examples showing one of each are extremely rare.

E. 20,000-30,000
27,000
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