Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States

Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998

Category — Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
118
 
Sale 804, Lot 118, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brick Red (27). Perfectly centered with full intact perfs all around, beautiful bright shade and rich color, black and red datestamps, Extremely Fine Gem

950
2,200
119
c
Sale 804, Lot 119, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brick Red (27). Vertical strip of three, well-centered, perfs complete all around with three adjoining stamps showing at right, tied by two clear strikes of "New Orleans La. Mar. 14, 1859" circular datestamp on small blue cover to Chantelle, France, red "New York Paid 12" credit datestamp, red "P.D." in frame and French receiving datestamps, small sealed opening tear at upper right

EXTREMELY FINE STRIP ON A SMALL ATTRACTIVE TREATY-RATE COVER TO FRANCE. THE BRICK RED IS FAR RARER IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION THAN ITS COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER SHADES.

The availability of covers with strips of three of the earlier Red Brown and later Brown shades creates a false impression that the Brick Red is readily attainable. The reality is that the Brick Red, which came into use after the Red Brown and before the Brown, is extremely scarce, especially in choice condition. The centering is usually poor and the perfs are often trimmed off one or more sides from scissors-separation at New Orleans. A study of the Hill, Rohloff and Grunin collections will confirm our observation of relative rarity, establishing this cover as one of the three or four finest of its kind.

Ex West, Hill and Grunin (where it realized $14,300 in 1987). Scott Retail $3,400.00 for a strip of three off cover

E. 5,000-7,500
3,250
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120
 
Sale 804, Lot 120, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Red Brown (28). Perfectly centered, marvelous rich color in a shade we see as Bright Red Brown (identified as Red Brown on P.F. certificate), lightly cancelled by datestamps, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Klein, with 1988 P.F. certificate

425
2,600
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121
bl
Sale 804, Lot 121, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Red Brown (28). Block of four, well-centered with bottom perfs only slightly into projections, rich color, full bold strike of "Fort Smith Ark. Sep. 7" circular datestamp, small corner creases, really very trivial but noted on certificate

FINE-VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF THE RED BROWN--PROBABLY THE ONLY BLOCK IN EXISTENCE WITH THE FORT SMITH DATESTAMP.

Ex Chase and Newbury. With 1985 P.F. certificate

4,250
8,000
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122
 
Sale 804, Lot 122, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A). Absolutely perfect centering, fiery rich color with strong orange hue--an unmistakable Indian Red--cancelled by New Orleans datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE INDIAN RED IN ITS MOST INTENSE SHADE.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

2,500
4,750
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123
c
Sale 804, Lot 123, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Indian Red (28A). Vertical strip of three, scissors-trimmed entirely outside of perfs all around, showing parts of adjoining stamps at sides, beautiful bright shade and fine impression, tied by light strikes of "New Orleans Jun. 12, 1858" circular datestamp on small blue cover to Chantelle, France, from the same correspondence as lot 119

EXTREMELY FINE STRIP OF THE RARE INDIAN RED USED ON A SMALL COLORFUL TREATY-RATE COVER TO FRANCE. THE MOST ELUSIVE OF THE 5-CENT 1857 SHADES.

There are perhaps 20 to 30 covers known with the Indian Red in a strip of three (or two strips for double rate), this being among the finest three or four of the group.

Ex West, Hill and Grunin (where it realized $11,550 in 1987). With 1975 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $8,000.00 for a strip of three off cover

E. 7,500-10,000
14,500
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124
ogbl
Sale 804, Lot 124, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brown (29). Positions 12-13/22-23R1, block of four, bottom right stamp shows transfer flaw in vignette, full original gum, small hinge marks and careful slight reinforcement, unusual dark shade and exceptionally well-centered, tiny nick in perf hole of top left stamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT BROWN WITH ORIGINAL GUM. ONLY THREE UNUSED BLOCKS RECORDED, TWO OF WHICH CONTAIN THE TRANSFER FLAW (POSITION 23R1).

Ex Caspary and Klein

17,500
14,000
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125
 
Sale 804, Lot 125, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brown (29). Perfect centering with perfs well clear of projections on all sides, warm shade and rich color, town datestamp lightly applied to upper left corner completely away from portrait, Extremely Fine Gem, truly extraordinary quality for this difficult issue, with 1988 P.F. certificate

275
1,900
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126
c
Sale 804, Lot 126, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brown (29). Positions 51/61/71L1, vertical strip of three with perfs intact and part of sheet margin at left showing large part of "(Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co.) BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila, New York, Boston & Cincinnati" imprint from Plate 1, well-centered, fresh, tied by "New Orleans La." double-circle datestamps on Dec. 1860 folded letter to France, red "Boston Paid 6" credit datestamp, French transits

EXTREMELY FINE STRIP AND COVER. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH A 5-CENT 1857 MULTIPLE SHOWING THE IMPRINT.

Our Levi records of the 5c 1857 contain numerous covers with strips in all shades, but only the strip on this cover shows any part of the imprint.

Ex Consul Klep and Grunin

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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127
 
Sale 804, Lot 127, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Perfectly centered, rich color, cancelled by clearly struck New York circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, the Ornage Brown was available briefly before demonetization in late 1861--choice used examples are rare--with 1992 P.F. certificate

1,100
2,600
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128
c
Sale 804, Lot 128, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Vertical strip of three, exceptionally well-centered, intense shade and impression, bottom stamp has one pulled perf, tied by vivid red grids, matching "New York Paid 6 Sep. 7" credit datestamp on 1861 blue folded cover to Bordeaux, France, red "P.D." in frame, ms. "Pr. Teutonia", small faint waterstain along bottom edge of cover

VERY FINE STRIP AND COLORFUL ATTRACTIVE COVER. A STRIP OF THREE IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN USED ON COVER. FOUR STRIPS ON COVERS ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING TWO IN VERTICAL FORMAT. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE CLASSIC PERIOD.

The last published update of the census of 5c Orange Brown covers by Dr. Richard M. Searing showed a total of 38 covers, including four strips of three (two vertical, two horizontal).

Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service No. 29; in the Hill book (p. 73) where described as "one of the rarest pieces known to collectors"; and in Brookman Vol. I (p. 221). Ex Hill, Haas and Ishikawa. Signed Ashbrook

E. 12,000-15,000
8,500
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129
 
Sale 804, Lot 129, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Extraordinarily well-centered, rich color, attractively cancelled by blue Baltimore datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine Gem, very scarce in this quality, with 1986 P.F. certificate

265
750
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130
c
Sale 804, Lot 130, Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Vertical strip of three, bottom stamp Relief F (10th row) with projections at top and bottom only partially removed, well-centered, minor gum toning, tied by large "New Orleans La. 14 Jan." (1861) circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Gironde, France, red "New York Paid 6" credit datestamp, red "P.D." in frame, French transit datestamps front and back, some minor bleaching along file fold, Very Fine, an extremely choice strip showing combination of Type II reliefs, late Federal usage from New Orleans--Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1861--ex Grunin

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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