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Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
298
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 298, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins all around, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 24" (1856) circular datestamp on folded letter to Halifax, Nova Scotia, sender's ship-name directive "pr 'Arabia' via Boston" and carried on the Cunarder Arabia, departing Boston on March 26, bold "Boston Br. Pkt. Mar. 26" transit datestamp on back, "UD. STATES/HALIFAX/MR 27/1856" receiving backstamp, "5" pence due handstamp for Nova Scotia inland postage, internal dateline of letter is misdated March 26, light toning along vertical file fold does not affect stamp and is not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE. AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVER IN WONDERFUL CONDITION.

The 5c 1856 Issue was approved and ordered by the U.S. Post Office Department on October 24, 1855 (Travers papers). Secondary sources, using government records which apparently no longer exist, reported that sometime during the first week of January 1856 the 5c stamps were printed and in the hands of Jesse Johnson, the stamp agent in Philadelphia, where Toppan Carpenter was located. Despite this delivery date, the March 24, 1856, cover offered here has been the longstanding earliest documented date of use. The earliest documented use from the New Orleans post office, a high-volume distributor of 5c stamps, is July 20, 1856, which is further evidence of delayed release. We agree with the theory presented in the Frajola-Mayer book (pages 2-3) that because the new 5c issue was evidently never officially announced to postmasters, there was a months-long delay before the stamps were ordered by any post offices and sold to the public.

Ex Gore, Neinken, Grunin, Ishikawa, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service, #52, p. 406, photo 213; Hill, The United States Five Cent Stamps of 1856-1861 (p. 5); Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I (p. 153); and Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps (p. 68). With 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
13,000
299
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 299, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at top, used with 1c Blue, Type IV (9), large margins showing part of four adjoining stamps and 3c Brownish Carmine, Type I (11), large margins to just touched at bottom right and showing part of three adjoining stamps, tied by grid cancels, "Potsdam N.Y. Aug. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to Bangor Me., cover with sealed tears and refolded so slightly reduced at sides, still Very Fine and unusual triple-rate use, this is the only reported use of the 5c 1856 Issue from Potsdam N.Y., ex Haas and Mayer (book, p. 35), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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300
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 300, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three large margins including interpane margin and centerline at right, just in at top, used with 1c Blue, Type IV (9), three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and top sheet margin, just in at left, tied by "Columbia Tx. Jul. 9" circular datestamp on refolded cover to Commissioner of Pensions in Washington D.C., unusual offset of 5c stamp on cover at upper left, missing top flap, 1c with horizontal crease in sheet margin, otherwise Very Fine, rare use, this is the only recorded use from Columbia and one of three from Texas (two are known from Galveston)

E. 500-750
400
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301
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 301, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Huge margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at top, used with 10c Green, Type II (14), three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, in at right, tied by "New Orleans La. Aug. 22" (1856) circular datestamp on buff cover to Catahoula Parish La., docketed at left (includes yeardate), cover refolded and slightly reduced, still Very Fine and unusual 5-times rate use, ex Krug and Mayer (book, p. 35), signed Ashbrook

E. 750-1,000
550
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302
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 302, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, barely touched at top, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 8" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp on cover to West Goldsborough Me., endorsed "Ship Letter" at left, cover expertly restored at left, appears Very Fine, a very rare use, delivered to the captain of a ship headed to Baltimore where it entered the mails, the stamp paid the 2c ship fee plus 3c domestic postage, the payment of this rate on a cover to a domestic address is very rare, ex Gibson and Dr. Kapiloff

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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303
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 303, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Vertical pair, full margins at left and bottom, just in at top and right, tied by grid cancels, matching well-struck "Auburn N.Y. Apr. 16" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to the U.S. Mint at San Francisco, fresh and Fine, a rare use of the 5c 1856 Issue paying the 10c rate for distances over 3,000 miles, the U.S. Mint was opened in San Francisco in 1854 to help turn the newly discovered gold into coins, ex Mayer (book, p. 38), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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304
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 304, Five-Cent: EDU and Domestic Covers (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Two vertical pairs, each is a B/C Relief combination, it is possible they were originally a block of four, large to huge margins, beautiful deep rich color, tied by two neat strikes of "Albany N.Y. Apr. 18" circular datestamp with a third strike on cover to Stockton Cal., small sealed opening tear in cover at right not affecting the stamps and not mentioned on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING FRANKING FOR THE DOUBLE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE FROM ALBANY, NEW YORK, TO STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. THIS IS THE ONLY COVER WITH 5-CENT STAMPS PAYING DOUBLE THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE. ONE OF THE GREATEST DOMESTIC COVERS BEARING THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

The Mayer collection contained a cover paying double the 10c transcontinental rate, but it was franked with a single 5c stamp and five 3c stamps. The cover offered here, with four 5c stamps with huge margins, is truly remarkable.

Ex Caspary, where this cover sold in 1956 for $4,300 to Henry W. Hill (it was not, however, in our 1959 sale of the Hill collection). It then sat in an old-time collection until 2015, when it was offered in the Siegel sale of the "European Connoisseur's" collection (Sale 1115, lot 2107).

Signed Ashbrook. With 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
26,000
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