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Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — 1847 Issue and Reproduction

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3012°
og
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3012, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Original gum, large margins, bright color, diagonal crease at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2015 P.F. certificate

6,750
1,500
3013
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3013, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, large to huge margins all around, bright shade, cancelled by neat strikes of red New York square grid

EXTREMELY FINE VERTICAL PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Mirsky. With 1999 P.S.E. and 2012 P.F. certificates

900
1,800
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3014°
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3014, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c 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 RECENTLY-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.

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 from 1847 until 2008 when offered in our Rarities sale, is the fourth 5c cover. The earliest 10c cover is dated October 1, 1847. Only two others are cancelled solely by the Wheeling control marking.

With 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
22,000
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3015°
c
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3015, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Orange Brown, Double Transfer Ty. E (1b-E), 5c Orange Brown, Double Transfer Ty. E (1b-E)5c Orange Brown, Double Transfer Ty. E (1b-E). Radiant color in the distinctive Orange Brown shade, showing clear double transfer of "U", "Post Office" and left numeral "5", large even margins all around, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Philada Pa. 5cts. Jan. 27" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Princeton N.J., trivial age spotting

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 "MOWER SHIFT" IN THE ORANGE BROWN SHADE ON COVER. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

The so-called "Mower Shift" is named after its discoverer, the San Francisco dealer R. H. Mower. In an article discussing this rare position in the November 1976 Chronicle, Duane Garrett quotes a letter from Stanley B. Ashbrook, which states "this 'E' variety is quite scarce, much more than either the 'A' or 'B', probably due to the fact that the extra lines were not cut very deep on the plate and soon wore away. I believe that we can only find the 'E' among the very earliest prints from the plate."

Ex Gibson, Rust, Wagshal and Bakwin. With 1990 P.F. certificate. This shade with the Double Transfer Type E is not listed in Scott..

E. 3,000-4,000
1,900
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3016
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3016, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Red Orange (1c), 5c Red Orange (1c)5c Red Orange (1c). Large margins to ample at bottom, brilliant color, bold strike of red New York square grid cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE RED ORANGE SHADE.

According to Wade Saadi, the Red Orange shade was produced exclusively during the last printing, stamps from which were part of the Fifth Delivery (December 7, 1850).

With 2011 P.F. certificate

9,500
2,100
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3017
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3017, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Huge margins all around, gorgeous unmistakable brown orange color on deeply blued paper, light unobtrusive red grid cancel

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

With 2013 P.F. and P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $5,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares this grade. As an indication of the rarity of the 5-cent 1847 in the Brown Orange shade in gem quality, it is revealing to note that the much higher cataloguing Red Orange shade (No. 1c) has two examples recorded in the P.S.E. Population Report in the grade of 95, exactly equal the number of 95's of the Brown Orange shade.

1,000
8,000
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3018
ng
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3018, 1847 Issue and Reproduction10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Unused (no gum), large margins to full, intense shade and proof-like impression, accompanying certificate notes "faint paper discoloration at right" which we have difficulty seeing even under magnification

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE 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 1991 P.F. certificate

15,000
4,750
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3019
 
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3019, 1847 Issue and Reproduction10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Huge margins to full, showing unusual recutting in frameline at right, intense shade and detailed impression, neat strike of red integral-rate circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 1999 and 2008 P.F. certificates

925
1,200
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3020°
Pbl
Sale Number 1106, Lot Number 3020, 1847 Issue and Reproduction5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4). Complete sheets of 50, each with huge outer margins, 5c shows edges of the plate on three sides, 10c shows edges of plate on all four sides, 10c lacking the plate scratches seen on the complete sheet on India paper offered in our 2013 William Gross sale, 5c shows plate scratches between Positions 31 and 41, which are also present on the India paper sheet, 5c minor corner bend at bottom right, few adherences on back of little consequence

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF SHEETS OF 50 OF THE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1875 REPRODUCTION PLATE PROOFS ON CARD.

Clarence Brazer discussed the 1847 Issue essays and proofs in a 1947 Essay-Proof Journal article, which was reprinted as a monograph. The extensive plate scratches found on the 10c India sheet offered in our 2013 Gross sale (Siegel Sale 1041, lot 23, realized $62,500 hammer) are not found on the stamps printed in 1875 nor on the cardboard proofs produced between 1879 and 1893.

Brazer estimated in his 1947 article that "probably five or six pairs of sheets of 50 plate proofs on cardboard are known." We do not know the basis for Brazer's estimate, but we have been able to locate only one other set, offered in our 1983 and 1987 Rarities sales.

From a Nov. 20, 1978 Sotheby's sale and ex Creighton Hart. Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles.

27,000
26,000
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