Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006
Category — 1847 Issue
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 1985 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE FULL-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DARK BROWN SHADE. A TRUE CONDITION RARITY.
A search of our computerized records shows that the last sound four-margined original-gum example of the 5c Dark Brown we offered was a pair in our 1993 Rarities sale.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ORANGE BROWN SHADE.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FAMED NEWBURY CORNER SHEET-MARGIN COPY OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP IN EXISTENCE.
Ex Newbury and Grunin.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS STAMP HAS THE LARGEST MARGINS OF ALL KNOWN USED CORNER-MARGIN COPIES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. A TRULY REMARKABLE STAMP.
In Philip Wall's census of the 10c 1847, which encompasses both the Levi records and decades of searching through auction catalogues, he records fourteen used stamps, one unused stamp and one on cover with self-evident corner sheet margins. Another three or four covers can be added to this count (the recently-discovered cover is offered in lot 514). Other stamps can be plated to the position but do not show significant sheet margins. This example has the widest sheet margins of all.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION THE FINEST CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON COVER. FROM A NEW DISCOVERY AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.
In his extensive census of the 10c 1847 issue with corner sheet margins, Philip T. Wall records a total of sixteen used stamps on or off cover (another three or four covers have since been recorded). Others can be plated as corner margin positions but do not show significant sheet margins. Many of these have faults, the most common being creases in the selvage.
This cover comes from a new find of eleven 5c and 10c 1847 covers, which were discovered in 2004 in Geneva N.Y. Nine of the eleven are addressed to Samuel Baldwin (one cover with 5c Orange Brown stamps is shown here, but not included in the lot).
With 2006 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS THE FAMOUS "NORCROSS" PAIR -- WIDELY CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST PAIR IN EXISTENCE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Emerson, Norcross and Klein. With 1975 P.F. certificate. Last offered in our 2002 Rarities sale, where it realized $32,500 hammer
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Newbury. With 1982 P.F. certificate. Last offered in our 2002 Rarities sale, where it realized $6,250 hammer.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. VERTICAL PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE SCARCE, AND THIS PAIR IS AMONG THE FINEST EXTANT.
With copy of P.F. certificate for cover from which this pair was removed. Last offered in our 2002 Rarities sale, where it realized $6,250 hammer
EXTREMELY FINE A PRETTY USED PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE GRAYISH BROWN COLOR.
With 1979 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A STUNNING USED PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DISTINCTIVE ORANGE BROWN COLOR.
With 1988 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE DOUBLE TRANSFER TYPE B.
In addition to the doubling of the top and bottom framelines, this stamp also shows a very prominent plate bruise in the margin at bottom left.
VERY FINE. A NEW DISCOVERY. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE LITTLE MIAMI RAILROAD "SUNBURST" FANCY CANCELLATION ON THE 1847 ISSUE.
According to the Alexander census, two Little Miami R.R. route agents received 1,000 5c and 200 10c 1847 stamps. The Brown Orange shade of the pair on this cover indicates 1851 usage. There are four other Little Miami R.R. cover with 1847 stamps in the Alexander census, including two 5c covers (8/7/1850 and 5/3/18??), a strip of five and single 10c on legal-size cover (6/1/1851, ex Wyer) and a single 10c (3/16/18??). None of these has the Sunburst fancy cancel. According to Remele, the Little Miami R.R. was chartered in 1836 and completed between Cincinnati and Xenia in 1845. It was eventually incorporated into the Philadelphia railroad system.
Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's. Fancy "killer" cancels on 1847's, such as the St. Johnsbury Vt. Scarab, Trenton N.J. Star and Binghampton N.Y. Herringbone, have been known to collectors and highly prized for years. This Little Miami R.R. Sunburst, to the best of our knowledge, has not been recorded before the recent emergence of this cover in an estate.
With 2006 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT STAMPS TO OBTAIN IN SOUND, ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION WITH FOUR LARGE MARGINS. A SPECTACULAR STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.
The early imperforate issues are often found with margins close or cutting into the design, because of the difficulty in manually cutting along the narrow gap between stamps. This stamp was part of a pair that was divided in 1990 (this being the sound stamp). It is difficult to remember the last time a sound, four-margin 10c 1847 with original gum was offered in the marketplace.
With 1981 and 1990 P.F. certificates and pair. With 1990 P.F. certificate as single.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE FOUR-MARGINED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 1969 and 1994 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, COMBINING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WIDE MARGINS, DETAILED IMPRESSION AND AN ATTRACTIVE "PAID" CANCEL.
With 1984 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A BLUE CANCEL.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 1993 P.F. certificate