Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
16
 
Sale 1255, Lot 16, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown (1 var). With stitch watermark at bottom, exceptionally deep rich color and proof-like early impression, large to huge margins, red cancel with numeral "12" date

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DEEP RED BROWN SHADE FROM THE FIRST PRINTING.

With 2004 P.F. certificate (submitted as Ridgway Chestnut Brown).

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
17
 
Sale 1255, Lot 17, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown (1 var). Magnificent brilliant shade, beautifully detailed early impression, ample to large margins, red circular datestamp cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL 5-CENT 1847 STAMP WITH EARLY IMPRESSION AND DEEP RED BROWN COLOR.

Ex Koppersmith and Barwis. With 1995 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the latter identifying the color as "Ridgway's Roods Brown".

E. 1,500-2,000
3,000
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18
 
Sale 1255, Lot 18, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Deep Red Brown (1 var). Large margins, extraordinary depth of color, beautiful early impression, light red grid cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 WITH AN EARLY IMPRESSION AND DEEP RED BROWN COLOR.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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19
 
Sale 1255, Lot 19, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Red Brown, Dot in "S" (1 var). Full margins all around, remarkably deep and intense color from an early impression, light strike of red grid cancel

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE DEEP SHADE AND SHARP EARLY IMPRESSION OF THIS 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ARE SELDOM ENCOUNTERED.

With 1999 P.F. certificate (submitted as Ridgway Chestnut Brown)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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20
 
Sale 1255, Lot 20, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Brown (1). Huge margins all around, dark shade and detailed early impression, light strike of blue circular datestamp (probably Philadelphia)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH RICH COLOR AND A RAZOR-SHARP EARLY IMPRESSION.

Based on the color, impression and blue town datestamp, we classify this as an Early Impression Dark Brown from the First Printing, and it was probably used from Philadelphia.

Ex "Scarsdale". With 2003 P.F. certificate as "Brown".

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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21
 
Sale 1255, Lot 21, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Brown (1). Large to huge margins all around including portions of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, deep rich color and detailed early impression, bold blue grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH RICH COLOR AND A RAZOR-SHARP EARLY IMPRESSION.

Based on the color, impression and blue grid cancel, we classify this as an Early Impression Dark Brown from the First Printing, and it was probably used from Philadelphia.

With 1999 P.S.E. certificate as Dark Brown (1a) and 2002 and 2007 P.F. certificates as Brown (XF-Superb 95).

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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22
 
Sale 1255, Lot 22, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a var). Large margins to full, intense color in the distinctive Walnut Brown shade with certificate confirming "Walnut Brown shade by Ridgway color standards", detailed early impression, bold strike of black circular datestamp cancel

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE DISTINCTIVE DARK "WALNUT BROWN", WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF THE MYRIAD 5-CENT 1847 SHADES.

According to an article by Calvet M. Hahn in the May-June 1986 Collector's Club Philatelist (p. 209), this shade comes from the First Printing. It appears to be a more intense variation of the Dark Brown shade, and Hahn noted it is "quite distinctive".

Ex Grunin, Garrett ("Elite"), Saadi and Gross. With copies of 1977 and 1989 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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23
 
Sale 1255, Lot 23, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Blackish Brown (1a var). Extremely deep and dark color from an early impression, which is closer in appearance to the 10c Black 1847 Issue than the usual Red Brown of the 5c, large margins all around, nicely complemented by red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DISTINCTIVE BLACKISH BROWN SHADE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott value $1,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
5,250
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24
 
Sale 1255, Lot 24, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep intense shade and early impression, identified on accompanying certificate as "close to Bone Brown in Ridgway's Color Nomenclature", large to ample margins, complemented by blue grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a striking First Printing shade of the 5c 1847 Issue, with 2007 P.S.E. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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25
 
Sale 1255, Lot 25, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Rich color and early impression, huge to full margins including portion of adjoining stamp at right, clear strike of blue "PAID" handstamp, Extremely Fine, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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26
 
Sale 1255, Lot 26, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins, deep rich color and sharp early impression, perfectly struck blue "PAID" and grid cancels, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, ex Saadi (who classifies this as the Walnut Brown shade) and Gross, with 1992 and 2013 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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27
 
Sale 1255, Lot 27, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large to huge margins, early impression and intense dark shade, bold blue "PAID" in oval cancel of Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, with 1984 and 2002 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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28
 
Sale 1255, Lot 28, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Dark Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, huge to large margins all around including right sheet margin and part of adjoining stamp at top, deep rich color and early impression, bold strikes of red grid cancellations

EXTREMELY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE DARK BROWN SHADE.

Ex Haas (illustrated on the front cover of that catalogue), Wall and Hansen. With 2000 and 2008 P.F. certificates.

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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29
 
Sale 1255, Lot 29, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Deep Orange Brown (1b var). Huge margins all around including trace of adjoining stamp at top, incredibly intense color and sharp early impression, tied by perfectly struck blue grid cancel on small piece

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ORANGE BROWN WITH HUGE MARGINS AND A PERFECTLY STRUCK CANCEL.

Ex Jack Dick ("DeLuxe" Collection, Sale 189, April 19, 1956), Wall and "Natalee Grace". With 2000 and 2012 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,700
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30
 
Sale 1255, Lot 30, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Deep Orange Brown (1b var). Gorgeous Deep Orange Brown with proof-like early impression, full margins all around, blue "PAID" in oval cancel of Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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31
 
Sale 1255, Lot 31, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b). Vivid color and detailed early impression, large to full margins, bold blue "PAID" in oval cancel of Philadelphia struck twice, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, with 2000 P.F. certificate as Red Brown (inexplicably) and 2015 P.F. certificate as Orange Brown (correct)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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32
 
Sale 1255, Lot 32, 5c 1847 Issue, Early Impressions (Scott 1)5c Orange Brown (1b). Vivid color and early impression, called "Ridgway Auburn" on most recent certificate, full to ample margins, neat red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful First Printing Orange Brown which the P.F. has classified as "Auburn", ex Barwis, with 1987 and 2007 P.F. certificates, the latter stating "Ridgway Auburn shade from the First Printing of 1847".

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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