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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 — Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
185°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 185, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), large to full margins, two strikes of red "5" numeral cancel, remarkably bright shade and distinctive impression from the cleaned plate, showing "soft" background lines and restored detail in vignette--the 1850 Orange Brown shade from the cleaned plate is unlike the 1847 Orange Brown or impressions from worn plate--Very Fine and choice, ex Saadi, with 1989 P.F. certificate, Scott value $825.00

E. 400-500
1,900
186°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 186, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), large margins to full at bottom, vibrant shade and distinctive cleaned-plate impression, light strikes of blue circular datestamp and red cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Saadi, with 1983 P.F. certificate as Red Brown, but we guarantee this is Orange Brown, Scott value $850.00

E. 500-750
400
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187°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 187, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), large margins to clear, rich color, strong impression from cleaned plate, deep shade that possibly qualifies as Brown Orange, blue grid cancel, small thin spot at top, Fine appearance, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, Scott value $850.00

E. 300-400
225
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188°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 188, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins to ample, sharp impression from cleaned plate--the shade is described on certificate as "Pale Red Brown", but we think it is probably an Orange Brown that has lost a bit of its orange hue (see lots 184-185 for comparable shades)--two strikes of red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Saadi, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
350
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189°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 189, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, One of the finest condition 5¢ Orange Brown pairs in existence

5¢ Orange Brown (1b), horizontal pair with right sheet margin, large margins other sides, left stamp Dot in "S" variety, brilliant color and strong impression from the cleaned plate on blued paper, two neat strikes of red "PAID" straightline handstamp

Extremely Fine Gem sheet-margin pair of the 5¢ 1847 Issue in the Orange Brown shade. A true condition rarity of the 1847 Issue.

This pair presents an interesting contrast to the 1847 First Printing Orange Brown shade and impression of the pair offered in this sale as lot 136. Although both are listed under Scott 1b, they are very different looking colors. We can envision a striking side-by-side mounting of these two superb pairs, showing the difference between the Orange Brown from two different printings.

Ex "Connoisseur", Dr. Vernon R. Morris, Jr., Frederick R. Mayer and from our 1969 Rarities sale. With clear 1974, 1994 (copy) and 2005 P.F. certificates.

E. 5,000-7,500
35,000
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190°
 
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 190, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Orange Brown (1b), horizontal pair, large margins to full all around, rich color and strong impression--shows the softness of background lines indicative of clean plate, but the impression is exceptionally sharp--nicely complemented by double-struck blue circular grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1983 and 1991 P.F. certificates--the former as Red Brown and the latter as Orange Brown

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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191°
c
Sale Number 1228, Lot Number 191, Cleaned-Plate Impressions-Orange Brown Shades, 5¢ Red Brown (1), exceptionally rich color and strong impression--shows the softness of background lines indicative of cleaned plate, but the impression is exceptionally sharp, the shade is certified as belonging to Ridgway's "Cinnamon Brown" family--large even margins, faint red grid cancel with matching "Fredonia N.Y. Sep. 22" circular datestamp on buff envelope to Erie, Pennsylvania, inconsequential small sealing wax stain on front not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine stamp in an elusive and beautiful color, ex Saadi, with 1994 P.F. certificate stating "Cinnamon Brown" (Ridgway XV-15'-k), it was submitted as a shade variety of Scott 1b, so we place it after the other Orange Brown shades

E. 400-500
375
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