VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED SHADE.
Many collectors know this issue by type and shade, but fewer are aware of the order of production (or release). This state of confusion is partly due to the Scott Catalogue. The distinctive Brick Red shade of the 5c 1857 Issue comes first in the series of Scott-listed perforated 5c issues, but its true release date comes later in the sequence.
Based on dated covers, the 5c Type I shades were released in the following order: 1) Red Brown, Scott 28, EDU 8/23/1857; 2) Indian Red, Scott 28A, EDU 3/31/1858; 3) Brick Red, Scott 27, EDU 10/6/1858; 4) Brown, Scott 29, EDU 3/21/1859, almost certainly the last printing from the first 5c plate. The second 5c plate was made from a new six-relief transfer roll with the design projections cut away at top and bottom, to varying degrees. The Type II Brown was issued first (Scott 30A, EDU 5/4/1860), and the Orange Brown printing from the same plate followed about one year later (Scott 30, EDU 5/8/1861).
After surveying dozens of classic United States sale catalogues, we found approximately twenty stamps with original gum, allowing for duplicate offerings and excluding the one known original-gum block. Of the stamps we counted, about half had perfs touching two sides or were deeply cut into on one side. Almost two-thirds had stains or small faults.
Ex Frelinghuysen. With 2011 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT RED BROWN.
The perforated 5c Type I stamps in any shade of Red Brown are very rare in unused or original-gum condition. The number of original-gum Scott 28 singles falls somewhere between the numbers for the Brick Red (Scott 27) and the Indian Red (Scott 28A), which catalogue $80,000.00 and $160,000.00, respectively.
Signed Bartels. With 1989 P.F. certificate
FINE-VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF THE 1860 5-CENT TYPE II BROWN. THE BOTTOM LEFT STAMP HAS UNUSUALLY WIDE MARGINS.
The 5c Brown Type II is far rarer in unused multiples than the Orange Brown. Unlike the 1861 Orange Brown, the earlier printing in Brown was not left in Southern post offices when the issue was demonetized in August 1861. Prior to the discovery of the block of 20 in the Frelinghuysen collection (also ex Gross, Sale 1200, lot 44), the largest recorded multiple was a block of nine. Approximately a half-dozen blocks of four are known.
Ex Klein, "Sevenoaks" and Wingate. With 2001 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I. PARTICULARLY RARE WITH FOUR MARGINS.
The scarcer types of the perforated 10c 1857 are rarely found with original gum, and many have perfs cutting into the design on at least one side. The example offered here, clearly showing the characteristics of the type, is quite desirable.
With 1988 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL TYPE II-III COMBINATION BLOCK OF THE PERFORATED 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE. VERY RARELY FOUND IN SOUND CONDITION WITH GOOD CENTERING, RICH COLOR AND A NEAT CANCEL.
A Power Search review found only one other sound block of this combination, irregardless of centering. That block, in a lighter shade, was the partner to this block in the Twigg-Smith collection and is also ex Hansen (Sale 963, lot 381).
Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1989 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE LIGHTLY-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE III.
The first perforated 10c stamps produced by Toppan Carpenter from sheets printed from Plate 1 are notorious among collectors for their poor centering. They are also very scarce in original-gum condition because, unlike 10c Plate 2 stamps (Scott 35), there were no supplies on hand in 1861 when the issue was demonetized due to the outbreak of the Civil War.
Ex McKinney and Odeneal. With 1999 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the former not mentioning the thin spot.
FINE APPEARANCE. THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE IV IS ONE OF THE RAREST CLASSIC UNITED STATES ISSUES IN UNUSED CONDITION.
The 1857 10c Type IV stamps come from only eight positions scattered throughout Plate 1, that have the top, bottom, or in the case of Position 64L (the stamp offered here), both lines recut. 64L1 is the only position to show both lines recut and as such it is the best example of the type. Only 4% of all 10c Plate 1 stamps produced were Type IV's, and an even smaller percentage were issued with perforations. We have only offered three others with any gum whatsoever in the past 20 years, and none of these were Position 64L1.
Ex Curtis. With 1996, 2011 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates. Scott value as no gum