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Sale 1032 — The Nick Kirke Collection of Gem-Quality Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 October, 2012

Category — 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3002
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3002, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Position 10R1 with enormous top right corner sheet margins, huge margins at left and bottom including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, rich color (P.F. classified shade as Orange Brown), neat strikes of blue grid and part of circular datestamp cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SPECTACULAR USED CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE HAS BEEN GRADED GEM 100 JUMBO BY P.S.E. WITHOUT QUESTION THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMP.

The Act of March 3, 1847, signed by President Polk, specified that Postmaster General Cave Johnson "be authorized to prepare postage stamps, which when attached to any letter or packet, shall be evidence of the payment of the postage..." The law's effective date was July 1, and the Post Office acted immediately to secure a contract with Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and (the new partner) Edson, so that stamps could be distributed by that date. The Franklin vignette is reported to have been based on a portrait by John B. Longacre, and it also closely resembles a painting by Joseph S. Duplessis.

With 1992 P.F. certificate as Orange Brown. With 2007 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, $3,500.00 SMQ value for a 98 grade has little relevance to this stamp). This is the only example to achieve this ultimate grade in the P.S.E. Population Report. The next highest grade for a used 5c 1847 in any shade is 98J.

535
8,500
3003
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3003, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var), 5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var)5c Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var). Large to huge margins all around including parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, deep rich color, full clear strike of red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a lovely example of this plate variety which is present in the ninth vertical row of the left pane and varies in intensity from top to bottom (the upper positions are more pronounced, as in this example), with 1999 and 2006 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95), with 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00 for normal position)

550
1,200
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3004
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3004, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Large even margins all around, dark shade and clear impression, light strike of red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a beautiful stamp, with 2001 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,300.00)

525
850
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3005
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3005, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins, beautiful intense color and proof-like impression, light and mostly face-free strike of blue town cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2005 P.F. (XF 90) and 2007 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,950.00), only three used examples of the Dark Brown shade have graded higher (at 98)

860
2,600
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3006
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3006, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large to huge margins including parts or traces of four adjoining stamps, beautiful warm rich color on deeply blued paper, vivid red grid cancel (probably St. Louis or Mobile)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ORANGE BROWN SHADE, WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

With 1982, 2005 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded. While seven others share this grade, we doubt that any of the others possess the same combination of extra wide margin width, rich color and vivid red cancel.

1,000
1,500
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3007
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3007, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Rich color in this scarce shade, large to huge margins including parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, bold blue grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE ELUSIVE BROWN ORANGE SHADE.

The P.F. and P.S.E. disagree on the identification of the shade for this stamp. Both have issued two certificates each, the P.F. as Brown Orange in both cases and P.S.E. as Orange Brown in both cases. We agree with the P.F.'s assessment of the shade.

With 2002 and 2005 P.F. certificates as No. 1d (XF-Superb 95). With 2005 and 2007 P.S.E. certificates as No. 1b (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,500.00 as Orange Brown and $4,500.00 as Brown Orange). For either shade, this is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report

1,285
2,100
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3008
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3008, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Red Orange (1c), 5c Red Orange (1c)5c Red Orange (1c). Large to huge margins all around, radiant color in the true Red Orange shade which is nicely complemented by blue grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DISTINCTIVE AND DESIRABLE RED ORANGE SHADE. THIS SPECTACULAR STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

According to a series of articles by the late Calvet M. Hahn in the Collectors Club Philatelist, the Red Orange shade was printed some time during the fourth and last printing, which took place in December 1850. Research by Wade Saadi indicates the Red Orange shade was produced exclusively during the last printing, stamps from which were part of the Fifth Delivery (December 7, 1850).

The stamp offered here was part of an important West Coast collection built before World War II. It was acquired privately by "Argentum" (Dr. J. A. Graves) through Raymond Weill and later sold by the Siegel firm as part of the Argentum collection (Sale 807) to John C. Chapin. Because this stamp was hidden in an album for nearly 50 years, its color is much stronger than that of most Red Orange examples seen today.

Ex Argentum and Chapin. With 1994 and 2005 P.F. certificates. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $25,000.00). Only one other shares this grade, which is the highest awarded. The other example was offered in our sale of the Natalee Grace collection (Sale 1024, lot 16).

9,500
11,000
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3009
 
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3009, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Jumbo margins all around including sheet margin at right, proof-like impression on crisp paper, nicely contrasted by red grid cancel which leaves all the details of the engraving fully visible

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SPECTACULAR USED SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE FINEST CONDITION ATTAINABLE. THIS BEAUTIFUL STAMP HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E., WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARDED.

Ex Renne. With 1989, 2001 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $6,400.00 as 98). This is one of only three to achieve this grade, which is the highest awarded.

1,150
9,500
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3010
og
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3010, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)5c Red Brown, Reproduction (3), 5c Red Brown, Reproduction (3)5c Red Brown, Reproduction (3). Without gum as issued, stitch watermark, huge margins including bottom right corner sheet margins, brilliant color

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS MAGNIFICENT STAMP HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GRADE OF SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- ONLY ONE HAS GRADED HIGHER.

With 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $3,000.00 as 98, unpriced in higher grade). Only one has graded higher and only one other shares this grade (the ex-Whitman copy offered in our Sale 968).

800
3,250
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3011
og
Sale Number 1032, Lot Number 3011, 5c-10c 1847 Issue and 1875 Reproduction of 1847 Issue (Scott 1-4)10c Black, Reproduction (4), 10c Black, Reproduction (4)10c Black, Reproduction (4). Without gum as issued, large to huge margins including top left corner sheet margins, bright shade and detailed impression on fresh paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE 10-CENT REPRODUCTION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

With 2003 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95 Jumbo; SMQ $2,950.00 as 95, $4,750.00 as 98). Only two have graded higher (at 98 and the ex-Whitman copy at 98J) and no other examples share this grade.

1,000
1,900
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