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Sale 1148 — The Barry K. Schwartz Collection of The U.S. 1909 Bluish Paper Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Category — Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
125
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Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 125, Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)5c Blue, Bluish (361), 5c Blue, Bluish (361)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Position 1 (upper left corner in the full sheet of 400, possibly plate 4931) with wide corner sheet selvage showing string of plate printers’ initials “SM--MF--” and manuscript “X” which was applied to the sheets ordered by Third Assistant Postmaster General Arthur M. Travers, barest trace of previous hinge at bottom right along one or two perfs visible only when cross-lighting the stamp, rich color on deeply blued paper, perfect centering with wide and well-balanced margins

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE IN EXISTENCE. A REMARKABLE STAMP, NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF MARGINS, COLOR, CENTERING AND GUM, BUT ALSO AS THE ONLY RECORDED FULL CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLE.

This unique corner-margin example was part of a block of four in the Colonel Edward H. R. Green collection (Part 27, Fifield sale, Apr. 23-25, 1946, lot 635), the Amos Eno collection (Harmer, Rooke sale, May 18, 1954, lot 184) and the B. D. Phillips collection. Sometime after it was sold in the 1978 Rarities of the World auction and certified by The Philatelic Foundation (June 5, 1978), it was divided into singles, one of which was subsequently sold to Robert Drucker.

This stamp shows part of the string of plate printers’ initials, each of which was entered by the BEP employee when the plate was put on the press. The position below continues the string, which is its entirety reads “SM--MF--TB--GD”. Another left-margin single of the 5c Bluish Paper is recorded with the same string of letters on this stamp (“SM-MF-T”) but in different positions, so it must be from a different plate.

Ex Col. Edward H. R. Green, Eno and B. D. Phillips as a block, ex Drucker as a single. With 1978 P.F. certificate for the block and 2002 P.F. certificate for the single. Scott value without any premium for the selvage or imprint letters

5,750
6,000
126
ogbl
Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 126, Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)5c Blue, Bluish (361), 5c Blue, Bluish (361)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Block of four with natural s.e. at right, well-centered, brilliant color on deeply blued paper, fresh gum with small hinge marks

FINE-VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF THE 5-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE AND POSSIBLY ONE OF THE LAST THREE OR FOUR STILL INTACT.

Blue Stanley Gibbons Inc. backstamps. With 1976 P.F. certificate

25,000
11,500
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127
ogbl
Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 127, Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)5c Blue, Bluish (361), 5c Blue, Bluish (361)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Top imprint and plate no. 4930 block of six, two stamps are Mint N.H. (positions 1 and 4), rich color on deeply blued paper, interesting small streak of printer's ink straddling positions 5 and 6, tiny nick at top right of selvage is utterly trivial

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1909 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER IN PRIVATE HANDS. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLATE BLOCKS OF 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Four different plates were used to print the 5c Bluish Paper on the Hoe & Company four-plate press: 4928, 4929, 4930 and 4931. Plate number examples are recorded for all but plate 4929, listed below.

Plate 4928: top-margin block of four with plate number only, Col. Green sale, Part 18, Fifield, Jan. 24-30, 1945, lot 266 -- since divided into singles;

Plate 4930: plate block of six with full top-margin imprint, ex Todd, offered here;

Plate 4931: left-margin imprint and plate number strip of three, Col. Green sale, Part 17, Harmer Rooke, Nov. 13-18, 1944, lot 147 -- since divided into singles -- and pane of 100 UR reported by Boggs to be in the Post Office Department files.

Apart from the pane in the Post Office Department files, the location of which is currently unknown, this is the only recorded complete imprint and plate number block of six.

While other Bluish Paper multiples were offered in the series of Colonel Green auctions, this was not. Presumably it was acquired by W. Parsons Todd from one of the original dispersals, circa 1910-14, and owned by him for more than 60 years, which explains its extraordinary freshness.

Ex Todd. Each stamp with light blue “E” backstamp, probably applied by Economist Stamp Company. With 2017 P.F. certificate

100,000
120,000
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128
 
Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 128, Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)5c Blue, Bluish (361), 5c Blue, Bluish (361)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Deep rich color on nicely blued paper, choice centering for this difficult issue, neat machine cancel, two pulled perfs at upper right have been expertly reattached

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT ON BLUISH PAPER. IT IS PRESENTED OFF COVER, BUT IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE COVER TO COLOMBIA FROM WHICH IT ORIGINATED. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.

Our census of used 5c Bluish Paper stamps, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/361/361.pdf , records five examples. One is an off-cover stamp with small faults (ex Twigg-Smith). The stamp offered here has been removed from its original cover, but the cover itself accompanies, and the two are shown together in a digital reconstruction. In addition there are three stamps still on their respective covers, one of which is offered in the following lot.

This cover and the cover listed as 361-COV-05 are addressed to the same person, Charles H. Small, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri, who served as vice consul in Bogota, Colombia, beginning in 1909. The cover offered here was sent from Kansas City on November 9, 1910, in care of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. The other cover to Charles Small also originated in Kansas City on May 18, 1910.

Census No. 361-CAN-02. Ex "Natalee Grace." Accompanied by the cover from which this stamp was removed. With 1993 P.F. certificate for the stamp on its cover. Scott value for a cover is $27,500.00. The value for an off-cover used stamp is

17,500
19,000
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129
c
Sale Number 1148, Lot Number 129, Five-Cent Blue (Scott 361)5c Blue, Bluish (361), 5c Blue, Bluish (361)5c Blue, Bluish (361). Deep rich color, natural s.e. at left, well-centered for this difficult issue, tied by "Cambridge Mass Oct. 24 12-M 1910" machine cancel on cover to Bangkok, Siam, addressed to Jens Iverson Westendard, Bangkok receiving backstamp, missing backflap

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1909 BLUISH PAPER ISSUE, FOUR OF WHICH ARE ON COVER (ONE REMOVED). A RARITY AND VERY UNUSUAL USE OF THE STAMP TO AN IMPORTANT FIGURE IN THE HISTORY OF SIAM.

Our census of used 5c Bluish Paper stamps, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/361/361.pdf , records five examples. One is an off-cover stamp with small faults (ex Twigg-Smith). Another off-cover stamp (offered in lot 128) has been removed from its original cover, but the cover itself accompanies. In addition there are three stamps still on their respective covers, one of which is offered here.

This cover is addressed to Jens Iverson Westengard, a professor of law at Harvard University who resigned in 1903 to travel to Siam to serve as an assistant advisor to the King of Siam. He succeeded Edward Strobel as advisor in 1908 and was in turn succeeded by Wolcott Pitkin in 1915. The three General Advisors were known as the "Great Modernizers" of Thailand and the "Three American Kings of Siam" (http://www.siamese-heritage.org/jsspdf/1971/JSS_062_2f_ThamsookNumnonda_FirstAmericanAdvisersInThaiHistory.pdf ).

Census No. 361-COV-03. With 1980 P.F. certificate

27,500
26,000
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