Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue
Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021
Category — Five-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 12)
THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER, AND THE ONLY INTACT BLOCK ON COVER PAYING THE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO GERMANY.
Our records contain ten blocks of the 5c 1856 stamp, including an original-gum block of four, five off-cover blocks of four (two joined together to form a block of eight, lot 297 in this sale), and four blocks on cover. This block of six is the largest intact block on or off cover. The Rohloff and Mayer collections contained a cover with a block of five (originally a block of six, from which one stamp was removed). Apart from the on-cover blocks of six and five, all others are blocks of four. When discovered by philatelists, this block of six was folded over the edge of the letter, and the lettersheet was stained along the fold. To improve its appearance, the block has been pressed to reduce creasing, and the lettersheet has been cut and mended.
Illustrated in the Hill book (p. 13) and Mayer-Frajola book (p. 115)
Ex Clarence H. Eagle (Morgenthau sale, Apr. 4-10, 1923, lot 44), Stephen D. Bechtel, Frederick R. Mayer, Joseph Hackmey and William H. Gross.
With 1994 P.F. certificate.