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Sale 1228 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States 1847 First Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 27-29 October, 2020

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Category — Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
176°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 176, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Brown Orange (1d), two singles that originally formed a horizontal pair with blue grid cancels, described by Mr. Saadi in his exhibit as Deep Brown Orange--the color is a rich Brown Orange from the worn plate or possibly a late printing from cleaned plate, on deeply blued paper--left stamp has mostly large margins, Extremely Fine, right stamp large margins to ample at left, tiny tear at top, which is why it was separated, Very Fine appearance, ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate as pair (Brown Orange) and same year for left single, with 1995 P.F. certificate for right stamp, both certificates use the old Scott 1b number for Brown Orange, which has since been changed to Scott 1d, Scott value $2,080.00

E. 750-1,000
1,400
177°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 177, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Brown Orange (1d), horizontal pair, large margins, bright shade and worn-plate impression, described by Mr. Saadi in his exhibit as Pale Brown Orange--in our opinion, this might be more accurately described as an Orange Brown, Scott 1b--two strikes of blue grid cancel, certificate notes tiny tear in top margin of left stamp which is difficult to detect, Very Fine and a beautiful pair, ex Newbury, Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1988 P.F. certificate (as Brown Orange, which was then listed under Scott 1b), Scott value $2,080.00 as Scott 1d singles

E. 750-1,000
850
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178°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 178, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Brown Orange (1d), large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at right, bright shade and worn-plate impression--whether Brown Orange or Orange Brown (as we believe), this vibrant shade is extremely desirable and comes close to a Red Orange--neat strike of red circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Saadi, with 1989 P.F. certificate (as Brown Orange, under the old Scott 1b listing), Scott value $1,150.00

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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179°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 179, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), full to large margins, bright shade described by Mr. Saadi as Light Brown Orange, but in our opinion it is a worn-plate impression in Orange Brown, red "5" in circle cancel, few faults including expert repair at bottom left, Very Fine appearance, ex Saadi, Scott value $825.00

E. 200-300
325
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180°
c
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 180, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), large even margins, bright shade which Dr. Chase described on the back as the "True Orange"--this is a worn-plate impression and the shade is Orange Brown--tied by one of two strikes of blue "Troy N.Y. Apr. 2" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, no yeardate, stamp with light horizontal bend from file fold, Extremely Fine, ex Judd and Boker

E. 400-500
450
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181°
c
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 181, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), full to huge margins including right sheet margin, beautiful rich color described as Orange Brown on certificate--the impression is either from the worn plate or possibly a late impression from cleaned plate, and we think the color is Brown Orange--cancelled by greenish-blue grid with matching "Kennebunk Me. Mar. 13" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to South Berwick, Maine, stamp has light horizontal crease at top, still Very Fine and attractive use, the USPCS census lists only two 1847 covers from Kennebunk (both 5¢), which received no stamps of either denomination, ex Eno and Boker, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
750
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182°
c
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 182, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), horizontal pair, distinctive pale shade and worn-plate impression, huge margins to ample including top sheet margin, tied by red grid cancels, matching "Portsmouth N.H. Jun. 9" circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp on buff envelope to Columbia, Kentucky, slight cover wear does not affect stamps, Extremely Fine, a stunning top sheet-margin pair of the 5¢ 1847 Issue used from New Hampshire to Kentucky, ex Brigham, Matthies and Boker

E. 500-750
1,600
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183°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 183, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), huge margins to ample including top left corner sheet margins, dry impression from worn plate--1992 certificate describes shade as Brown Orange and 1994 certificate describes shade as Orange (Scott 1c var), but we believe at this point in the stamp's life it is neither of these shades and is therefore offered as Orange Brown--small sealed tear at bottom right, Extremely Fine appearance, ex West, Gore and Saadi, with 1992 and 1994 P.F. certificates, Scott value as 1b $725.00

E. 400-500
425
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184°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 184, Orange Brown and Brown Orange Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), remarkably bright shade and distinctive impression from the cleaned plate, showing "soft" background lines and restored detail in vignette, large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, neat strike of blue Troy N.Y. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of the 1850 Orange Brown shade from the cleaned plate, which is unlike the 1847 Orange Brown or impressions from worn plate, ex Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1986 and 1991 P.F. certificates, Scott value $850.00

E. 500-750
2,700
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