Sale 1075 — 2014 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Thursday, 26 June, 2014
Category — 1847 Issue
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 1966, 1996 and 2007 P.F. certificates
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 $3,500.00)
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE AND DESIRABLE FANCY CANCELLATION ON THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
A comparable example of the Trenton Star on a 5c 1847 (also with small crease) realized $5,000 in our 2012 Mirsky sale (that example is ex Caspary, Haas, Grunin, Garrett and Wall). This stamp realized $5,750 in Christie's 1993 Ishikawa sale.
Ex Ishikawa, Saadi and Gross. Illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 27). With 1993 and 2013 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A TRULY SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DARK BROWN SHADE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only two others.
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, Chapin and Kirke. With 1994, 2005 and 2013 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95). 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
EXTREMELY FINE IN EVERY RESPECT. THE RED ORANGE IS THE RAREST OF ALL 5-CENT 1847 SHADES AND IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND ON COVER. IN FACT, OF THE 14,817 ENTRIES IN THE CENSUS OF 1847 COVERS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED BY MARK SCHEUER FOR THE U.S. CLASSICS SOCIETY, ONLY SIX ARE RECORDED FRANKED WITH A 5-CENT STAMP IN THE RED ORANGE SHADE. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THIS COVER IS THE FINEST OF THE SIX. A HIGHLY IMPORTANT 1847 COVER IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
According to a series of articles by the late Calvet M. Hahn in the Collector's 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).
Ex Chase, Emerson and Hart. With 1955, 2001 and 2011 P.F. certificates (the 1955 certificate referring to the color as “Orange”, while the 2001 and 2011 describe the color as “Red Orange”, the contemporary description now used by Scott). Also described and signed on the reverse by Stanley B. Ashbrook as “the rare Orange”.
FINE. AN IMMENSELY RARE FIRST ISSUE STAMP STILL RETAINING ITS ORIGINAL GUM. THIS IS THE SOLE RECORDED NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BROWN ORANGE 1847 ISSUE.
Of the five major listed shade varieties of the 5c 1847 Issue, other than the enormously rare Red Orange shade, the Brown Orange shade is the most challenging to find with original gum. This is underscored by the fact that the Scott Catalogue does not even price an example with original gum, plus a Power Search of our database reveals that we have never offered an original-gum example of the Brown Orange shade since we have been keeping computerized records. And to top it all off, this remarkable stamp is never hinged -- in itself a rarity among any and all shades of the 5c 1847 Issue. In fact, this is only the fourth never-hinged example of this stamp, in any shade, we have ever offered in our auctions.
With 2011 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE TRIAL COLOR IN ORANGE.
Ex Hackett and Rust. Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
The 1847 Issue is much scarcer in unused condition than other issues, because the stamps were demonetized in 1851. They could be exchanged for the new issue, but once the exchange period ended, the stamps would have no postage value. Considering the purchasing power of ten cents in 1851, it is not surprising that the stamps were either used or exchanged, rather than left for future generations of collectors
With 2014 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A CLEAR GREEN GRID CANCEL.
Ex Rose. With 1988 and 2007 P.F. certificates