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 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
314
 
Sale 1255, Lot 314, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brick Red (27). Radiant color on bright paper, unusually choice centering with perforations clear of outer projections on all four sides, neat strike of circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT BRICK RED.

With 1996 and 2005 P.F. certificates

1,450
3,000
315
 
Sale 1255, Lot 315, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Red Brown (28). Rich 1856 shade, perfs scissors-separated but long and full, choice centering with perfs clear of outer projections on all sides, unobtrusive cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1999 P.S.E. and 1985 and 2002 P.F. certificates

1,100
2,300
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316
 
Sale 1255, Lot 316, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Red Brown (28). Deep color from the 1856 printing described as "Dark Red Brown" on most recent certificate, detailed impression, Sonora Cal. circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Grunin and Saadi, with 1980, 1991 and 2017 P.F. certificates, Scott value as normal shade

1,100
650
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317
 
Sale 1255, Lot 317, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Bright Red Brown (28b). A Relief from the top row of the plate, lovely warm 1858 printing shade, unusually wide and balanced margins with perfs well clear of outer projections on all sides, unobtrusive cancel (almost appears unused)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT TYPE I IN THE BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION.

With 2012 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). By way of comparison, the highest grade awarded by P.S.E. is also a 95 (a single example at that grade, last offered by us in our 2012 Kirke sale).

2,250
6,000
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318
 
Sale 1255, Lot 318, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Bright Red Brown, Defective Transfer (28b var). Positions 13/23R1, vertical pair, bottom stamp with defective transfer at right, warm 1858 printing shade, unusually choice centering, neat strike of blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 8" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE DEFECTIVE TRANSFER POSITION 23R IN THE BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE. WE DO NOT RECALL SEEING ANOTHER IN THIS SHADE.

Only two constant varieties are known from Plate 1, which was used to print Scott Nos. 12 and 27-29. One is a double transfer in Position 40R. The other is this defective transfer, which gives the appearance of a white cloud to the right of the portrait. The Bright Red Brown shade is as rare as its more famous counterpart, the Indian Red. They were likely printed in early 1858, and not many were produced. Reviewing Power Search, we have offered three examples of this variety in the Red Brown shade (Scott 28) and none in the Brick Red or Indian Red shades. For the Brown shade (Scott 29), two are contained in original-gum blocks, plus we have offered three others. This is the only example we have offered in the Bright Red Brown shade.

Ex Wagshal as on cover. With 2011 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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319
 
Sale 1255, Lot 319, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Indian Red (28A). Radiant color in the true Indian Red shade, perfectly centered with unusually wide margins at both top and bottom, neat New Orleans circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE INDIAN RED AT THE MOST EXTREME END OF THE SPECTRUM. A GREAT RARITY IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION AND ONE OF THE FINEST COPIES AVAILABLE.

With 1966 and 1994 P.F. certificates as part of a strip of three. With 2006 P.F. certificate as this single (XF 90). By way of comparison, P.S.E. has graded only one higher, at 95, and seven at this grade.

3,500
4,250
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320
 
Sale 1255, Lot 320, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Indian Red (28A). Brilliant color, with left interpane selvage with full centerline, wide margins, well-struck New Orleans circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL INTERPANE AND CENTERLINE SELVAGE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT INDIAN RED.

With 1977 and 2000 P.F. certificates

3,500
4,000
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321
 
Sale 1255, Lot 321, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown (29). A Relief from the top row of the plate, bright color, wide and balanced margins, red circular datestamp cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT TYPE I IN THE 1859 BROWN SHADE, CANCELLED SOLELY BY A RED CANCEL.

Ex Haas. With 1985 and 2001 P.F. certificates

400
2,100
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322
 
Sale 1255, Lot 322, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown (29). A Relief from the top row of the plate, superbly centered, rich color, neat Boston large "Paid" grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1985 and 2002 P.F. certificates

340
600
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323
 
Sale 1255, Lot 323, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Lovely color, well-centered with a face-free strike of grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1997 P.F. certificate

1,300
1,600
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324
 
Sale 1255, Lot 324, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Radiant color, beautifully centered, red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,375
1,000
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325
 
Sale 1255, Lot 325, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Superb centering with extraordinarily wide margins, deep shade, light strike of circular datestamp and red grid cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1980 and 2001 P.F. certificates

375
1,700
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326
 
Sale 1255, Lot 326, 5c 1857 Issue (Scott 27-30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Horizontal pair, fresh color nicely contrasted by blue Louisville Ky. duplex cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Kirke, with 2000 and 2005 P.F. certificates

725
550
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