VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ST. LOUIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL FIRST PRINTING ON GREENISH PAPER, CANCELLED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE RED DATESTAMP.
There are approximately a half-dozen pieces known to us with the 5c stamp tied by the red St. Louis datestamp and without any pen cancellation.
Scott Retail for normally pen-cancelled stamp off cover (footnote states: "Values for used off-cover stamps are for pen-cancelled copies. Handstamp cancelled copies sell for much more.")
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 1973 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (G 30)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A FRESH AND SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A BLUE CANCEL.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $3,900.00)
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 two other sets, offered in our 1983, 1987 and 2015 Rarities sales.
Scott Retail as blocks of four and singles without premium for the complete sheet format