Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
513
og
Sale 958, Lot 513, 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a). Original gum, lightly hinged, intense shade in the distinctive Dark Brown shade, large margins to full

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL FOUR-MARGIN AND SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DARK BROWN SHADE.

With 1977 P.F. certificate

6,750
0
514
 
Sale 958, Lot 514, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamp at top and significant portion of adjoining stamp at right, brilliant color nicely complemented by red New York square grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,350.00).

600
5,000
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515
 
Sale 958, Lot 515, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins all around, deep rich color and proof-like impression nicely complemented by red cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. THIS STAMP WILL CERTAINLY ACHIEVE A VERY HIGH NUMERICAL GRADE.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

600
3,750
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516
c
Sale 958, Lot 516, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Large margins except at left where the slightly irregular margin clears frameline, tiny corner crease at bottom left, clear strike of Wheeling, Virginia, red 7-bar grid precancel at upper right corner, no other cancellation, blue "Wheeling Va. Oct. 1" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter Kanawha C.H. Va., trivial cover soiling and light vertical file folds well away from stamp

VERY FINE. THIS IS A NEWLY-DISCOVERED 5-CENT 1847 COVER WITH THE WHEELING GRID. IT IS THE EARLIEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED 5-CENT WHEELING GRID COVERS, AND, SINCE NO OTHER CANCELLATION WAS APPLIED TO THE STAMP, THIS COVER DEMONSTRATES THAT THE WHEELING GRID SERVED AS A PRECANCEL.

This cover is offered to the market for the first time. It is consigned by a long-established Virginia family and was found in a family member's correspondence.

The red grid of Wheeling, Virginia, was applied to sheets of the 5c and 10c 1847 Issue, precisely at the center of each block of four. Some have argued that the Wheeling grid is a control mark, not a precancel, because almost all examples were additionally cancelled by the customary "Paid" or grid in blue. However, the example offered here, an early use, has no other cancel on the stamp, indicating that the Wheeling postmaster considered the stamp cancelled. This use meets every criteria for a precancel.

The Alexander census lists three 5c and four 10c covers with the Wheeling grid. This cover, held by the addressee's descendants since 1847, now becomes the fourth 5c cover. The earliest 10c cover is dated October 1, 1847. Only two others are cancelled solely by the Wheeling control marking.

E. 20,000-30,000
18,000
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517
c
Sale 958, Lot 517, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in, deep rich color, cancelled by ms. "X" penstrokes, clear strike of "Key-West, Florida Apr. 8" oval datestamp on cover to East Haddam Conn., stamps with small faults incl. light creases, some slight cover soiling not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine appearance, a scarce 1847 usage from Key West, only five covers are listed in the Alexander census, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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518
c
Sale 958, Lot 518, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, large even margins, tied by multiple strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 10 May 5" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to Hopkinsville Ky., faint vertical file folds well away from stamps, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover bearing a superb vertical pair of the 5c 1847 (much scarcer than horizontal pairs), ex Klein

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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519
c
Sale 958, Lot 519, 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, huge margins to full, right stamp tear at top, tied by red grids, blue "Baltimore Md. Sep. 15" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Halifax, Nova Scotia, endorsed "pr Hibernia via Boston", ms "4-1/2" rate, receiving backstamp, vertical file fold well clear of stamps, Very Fine appearing use of the 1847 Issue to a scarce B.N.A. destination and an excellent companion to lot 525, ex Craveri

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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520°
og
Sale 958, Lot 520, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large part original gum, large to huge margins all around, intense shade and impression, P.S.E. capsule notes "light gum crease" which is natural and typical of 1847's with original gum

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE FOUR-MARGIN ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. THIS STAMP HAS THE HIGHEST P.S.E. GRADE AWARDED TO A 10-CENT 1847 WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

P.S.E. encapsulated (VF-XF 85; SMQ $70,000.00). It is important to note that this stamp still graded very highly despite the light natural gum crease. This is the highest grade awarded to date and the only example to achieve this grade.

35,000
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521
og
Sale 958, Lot 521, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Original gum, large margins to full, bright shade and detailed impression, usual light natural gum bend which is barely noticeable and is mentioned only for complete accuracy

FRESH AND FINE. A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. SCARCE WITH SUCH FRESHNESS.

With 1972 P.F. certificate

35,000
13,500
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522
ng
Sale 958, Lot 522, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Unused (no gum), large margins to full, intense shade and detailed impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (VF 80; SMQ $13,800.00)

16,000
9,500
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523
c
Sale 958, Lot 523, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Position 94R, large margins to clear, tied by ms. "X", blue "Minden La. Apr. 23" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to New Orleans, light horizontal file fold well clear of stamp and markings, Very Fine, scarce usage, only three 1847 covers are recorded from Minden in the Alexander census (all with 10c), ex Sampson and Knapp

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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524
c
Sale 958, Lot 524, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Large margins to clear, cancelled by ms. "X", blue "Monroe La. Sep. 7" circular datestamp on 1847 folded letter to Athens Ga., some slight wear incl. faint horizontal bend affecting stamp, Very Fine, only two 1847 covers are recorded in the Alexander book from Monroe (both 10c)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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525
c
Sale 958, Lot 525, 1847 Issue10c Black (2). Huge margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by blue grid, matching "Baltimore Md. Oct. 13" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, endorsed "pr. steamer Hibernia via Boston", 1847 receiving backstamp, ms. "1/-" due marking, light vertical file fold well clear of stamp, Very Fine, attractive and scarce usage to Nova Scotia, the perfect companion to lot 519

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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