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)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
314
c
Sale 1242, Lot 314, Five-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal block of six, B/C Reliefs, margins mostly clear at top and bottom, in at sides, rich color, tied by four strikes of "Richmond Va. Jul. 23, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Bremen, Germany, red "N. York 7 Am. Pkt. Jul. 25" 7c credit datestamp for Prussian Closed Mail, carried on New York & Havre Line Arago, departing New York July 25, 1857, and arriving Southampton Aug. 6, red "AACHEN 7/8 FRANCO" framed transit datestamp (Aug. 7), red crayon rate markings, redirected from Bremen with blue "Mundel" receiving backstamp, block folded over edge of cover resulting in creases and small internal tears, opened for display, expanded and patched with piece of original lettersheet, faint tape stains along vertical file fold

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.

E. 20,000-30,000
21,000