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Sale 1188 — United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 5c 1856 Issue, including Block of Four and Cover to Scotland

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
35°
ogbl
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 35, 5c 1856 Issue, including Block of Four and Cover to Scotland, This block of the 5¢ 1856 Imperforate, with original gum, is the only unused block in private hands--an iconic multiple of a classic issue that is instantly identifiable by the design and its imperforate form, as opposed to shade, type, grill, error or a subtle variation

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (12), block of four, Reliefs D/B (guide dots indicate it originated in either rows 4/5 or rows 7/8), full to large margins, large part original gum, deep rich color and sharp impression, top pair has stitch watermark

PROVENANCE

* Frederick Wellington Ayer (sold privately to Duveen through Phillips)

* Henry J. Duveen (sold privately to Hind through Phillips)

* Arthur Hind, Phillips-Kennett sale, 11/20-24/1933, lot 130

* Wharton Sinkler, Eugene Klein sale, 5/17/1940, Sale 117, lot 32, to Ward

* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (estate sold privately to Weills, 1963)

* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964;

* Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1969 Rarities of the World, 3/25/1969, Sale 350, lot 30

* Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 131, to Keith Harmer for Mayer

* Frederick R. Mayer, Bennett sale, 10/21/2005, lot 113, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES * Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, p. 151

* Richard C. Frajola and Frederick R. Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856, fig. 3-1, p. 16

* David Lidman, Treasury of Stamps, fig. 75, p.55

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., “United States Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869,” 1960 Congress Book

* ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Mayer)

* Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of United States Philately” exhibit, December 2000 (Gross)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine despite trivial imperfections: small triangular nick at bottom (small patch), creases including one vertical ending in slight separation

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E. 200,000-300,000
260,000
36°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 36, 5c 1856 Issue, including Block of Four and Cover to Scotland, The spectacular and only known intact cover to Great Britain with the 5¢ 1856 Imperforate Issue--a wonderful combination of elements

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (12), two horizontal pairs, both Relief B and thus probably from the same row but not contiguous, right pair has enormous margins showing parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom and at right, left pair has huge top margin showing parts of adjoining stamps and full margins on other sides except just touched at left, used with 1¢ Blue, Type IV (9) and 3¢ Dull Red, Type II (11A), each slightly cut in on two sides, tied by three strikes of “Albany N.Y. Apr. 9” (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Aberdeen, Scotland, addressed to Alex Chivas of the whiskey-distilling family, red “3” credit handstamp applied in New York, red “America Liverpool Paid AP 24 57” transit datestamp, green “Aberdeen AP 26 1857” receiving backstamp, envelope flap with embossed return address of Peter Smith & Sons, Coopersmiths & Plumbers, Albany, New York

PROVENANCE

* Philip G. Rust, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1980 Rarities of the World, 4/5/1980, Sale 560, lot 67, to Klein

* Walter C. Klein, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/27/1988, lot 85, to Mayer

* Frederick R. Mayer, Bennett sale, 10/21/2005, lot 185, to Hackmey

* Joseph Hackmey (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 2010)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Richard C. Frajola and Frederick R. Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856, fig. 13-1, p. 138

* ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Mayer)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2005)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine cover with vertical and horizontal folds not affecting stamps and not mentioned on accompanying certificate

* Signed on back by Stanley B. Ashbrook and by Herbert A. Bloch in pencil on front at right (Bloch’s signature is present in a 1957 photograph taken by Ashbrook for Ezra D. Cole)

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E. 75,000-100,000
110,000
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