Sale 804 — The Robert Zoellner Collection of United States
Sale Date — Thursday-Saturday, 8-10 October, 1998
Category — Five-Cent 1857-60 Issue
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
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
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE RARE INDIAN RED IN ITS MOST INTENSE SHADE.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
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
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
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
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