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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — 5c-10c 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
32
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 32, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Reconstructed block of six from vertical strips of Positions 79/89/99R1 and 80/90/100R1, containing Double Transfer Types A (Position 80) and B (Position 90), mostly large margins all around, rich Deep Red Brown color and impression from the first printing, each with vivid red grid cancel, top two stamps faintly creased

THE UNIQUE “ASHBROOK RECONSTRUCTION”--A BLOCK OF SIX DIVIDED INTO TWO VERTICAL STRIPS AND REJOINED TO FORM ONE EXTREMELY FINE AND INCOMPARABLE SHOWPIECE.

The left strip was owned by Stanley B. Ashbrook. In 1918, while viewing the Judge Robert S. Emerson collection, he realized that a similar strip owned by the judge had once adjoined his own. The reconstructed block is illustrated in the Brookman book (Volume 1, page 43).

Vertical 5c 1847 strips are very rare, on or off cover. It is reported that only one other 5c multiple exists with both double transfers--a pair from Positions 80 and 90R--but the pair is cut into at bottom and right.

Ex Emerson, Ashbrook, Newbury, Dr. Morris and Mirsky. With 1980 Freidl and 1983 P.F. certificates. 1996 Calvet M. Hahn analysis accompanies.

E. 20,000-30,000
35,000
33
bl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 33, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Block of five, deep shade approaching Grayish Brown, ample to large margins all around except in at bottom, red New York square grid cancels, bottom left stamp tear at bottom, few creases and slight soiling do not detract from its appearance

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EXHIBITABLE BLOCK OF FIVE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

This is the ninth largest recorded multiple of the 5c 1847.

Ex Stollnitz, Rose and Curtis. Scott Retail $27,850.00 as a block of four and a single

E. 5,000-7,500
5,750
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34
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 34, 5c-10c 1847 Issue5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, deep rich color, large to huge margins including parts of three adjoining stamps, tied by two strikes of red “Albany N.Y. May 1” (1848) circular datestamp with fleurons on folded letter to Pontiac, Michigan

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN A BEAUTIFUL DARK BROWN SHADE, ATTRACTIVELY TIED BY THE RED ALBANY DATESTAMP ON COVER. WONDERFUL QUALITY IN EVERY RESPECT.

Ex Eubanks. With 1980 and 2017 P.F. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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35
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 35, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Positions 79-80L1, horizontal pair, original gum, huge margins to just touched at bottom left including right interpane margin and portion of Position 90L1 below, intense shade and impression, few small faults with creases and cuts in both stamps and trivial staining on right stamp

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE

10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SHEET MARGIN.

To underscore the rarity of any original-gum multiple of the 10c 1847, there are only three unused blocks recorded (two with original gum), one of which is contained in the Hirzel collection at the Swiss PTT Museum. Only four pairs and a strip of three could be located in our computerized sale records using Power Search.

With 1992 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail $90,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
14,000
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36
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 36, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Positions 85-89L1, horizontal strip of five, large margins to in at two small places, tied by red grid cancels on small piece, few flaws including creases, tears and scrapes

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE. VERY FEW LARGE MULTIPLES ARE KNOWN.

Very few intact multiples of this size are recorded. The famous Rush cover (in the William H. Gross Collection and last sold by Siegel in 2006) bears a horizontal strip of six, and there are five other covers containing intact strips of either five (four covers) or six (one other cover). Strips of four are known used, most of which probably paid the transcontinental rate.

Ex Rose. With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as strip of three and pair

12,350
3,500
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