Sale Number: 1023
Sale Date:
The Harvey Mirsky Collection

Used Multiples
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
2038 bl 5c Red Brown (1). Reconstructed block of six from vertical strips of Pos. 79/89/99R1 and 80/90/100R1 showing Double Transfer Types A (Position 80) and B (Position 90), mostly large margins all around, rich Deep Brown color and impression from the first printing, each with vivid red grid cancel, top two stamps faintly creased

THE UNIQUE "ASHBROOK RECONSTRUCTION," ORIGINALLY TWO VERTICAL STRIPS AND NOW FORMING ONE EXTREMELY FINE AND INCOMPARABLE SHOWPIECE.

The left strip was owned by Stanley B. Ashbrook. In 1918, while viewing the Judge Emerson collection, he realized that a similar strip owned by the judge had once adjoined his own. The reconstructed block is illustrated in the Brookman book (Volume 1, page 43). Probably fewer than a half-dozen vertical strips are available on or off cover.

It is reported that only one other 5c multiple exists with both double transfers -- a pair from Positions 80 and 90R -- but the pair is cut into at bottom and right.

Ex Emerson, Ashbrook, Newbury and Dr. Morris. With 1980 Freidl and 1983 P.F. certificates. 1996 Calvet M. Hahn analysis accompanies. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 20,000-30,000 45,000
2039 bl 5c Red Brown (1). Block of four, large to huge margins including sheet margin at right, pen cancels removed (slightly affecting color and impression), two thin spots affecting three stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Newbury. With 1984 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as used block of four (Image Magnifier)

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27,500 3,250
2040   5c Brown (1). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to clear except slightly in at bottom right, dark shade and sharp impression, orange-red grid cancels, right stamp pressed vertical crease and a small rub in the middle of the center stamp, otherwise Fine, multiples of the 5c 1847 larger than a pair are very scarce, and strips of three are especially scarce since the triple 5c rate was only in effect from July 1847 to March 1849 (Image Magnifier)

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2,150 800
2041   10c Black (2). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to full, intense shade and impression nicely complemented by red New York square grid cancels, trace of manuscript at top, right stamp expertly sealed tear at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Pairs or two singles would often be used on double 10c rate covers, but strips of three, blocks of four or other large multiples were infrequently used. As an indication of the rarity of 10c 1847 multiples larger than a pair, Scott assigns a value of $2,800.00 for a pair, but $10,250.00 for a strip of three. (Image Magnifier)

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10,250 3,750
2042   10c Black (2). Positions 98-100R1, horizontal strip of three, huge margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at left, each with manuscript squiggle cancel, right stamp expert repair at bottom described on accompanying certificate as small tear and horizontal crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Pairs or two singles would often be used on double 10c rate covers, but strips of three, blocks of four or other large multiples were infrequently used. As an indication of the rarity of 10c 1847 multiples larger than a pair, Scott assigns a value of $2,800.00 for a pair, but $10,250.00 for a strip of three.

This strip undoubtedly originated on a 30c Via Panama rate cover. The same type of manuscript cancellation is found on the 10c strip of three on cover offered in this sale as lot 2259.

With 1976 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as a strip, disregarding pen cancel (Image Magnifier)

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10,250 2,000
2043   5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, enormous margins including sheet margin at top, significant portion of adjoining stamp at left and trace of adjoining stamp at right, gorgeous rich color, neat strikes of red grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Meyersburg. With 1987 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 3,250
2044   5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, full margins to clear, deep rich color nicely complemented by blue "Troy N.Y. Sep. 28" circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive datestamp-cancelled pair, light purple backstamp, with 1985 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,300 1,300
2045   5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear, detailed impression, bold strikes of vivid paint-red grids, thickly-applied ink, small age spot at upper right, Very Fine appearance (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 550
2046   5c Brown (1). Vertical pair, large margins all around, dark shade, tied by neat strikes of red grid on small piece

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED PAIR IN THE SCARCER VERTICAL CONFIGURATION.

Ex Caspary and Rust. With 1982 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 3,500
2047   5c Red Brown (1). Positions 89/99L1, vertical pair, large to huge margins all around, bright shade, cancelled by neat strikes of red New York square grid, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful used vertical pair, with 1999 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 1,800
2048   5c Brown (1). Vertical pair, large margins to full, pretty shade, well-struck red New York square grid cancels, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a scarce vertical pair, with 1995 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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1,100 1,700
2049   10c Black (2). Positions 62-63R1, horizontal pair, large margins to ample, crisp shade nicely complemented by red grid cancels, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive pair, with 1996 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,800 2,700
2050   10c Black (2). Positions 99-100R1, horizontal pair from the bottom right corner showing part of sheet margin, large margins to full, crisp impression, red grid cancels, fresh and Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,800 2,700
2051   10c Black (2). Positions 10/20R1, vertical pair, full to large margins all around, sharp impression, neat red grid cancels

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING VERTICAL PAIR OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE -- EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

Ex Hillmer. With 1996 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,800 8,000
2052   10c Black (2). Vertical pair, large margins to full, cancelled by numerous strikes of red grid, bottom stamp thinned, top stamp Very Fine and bottom has similar appearance (Image Magnifier)

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2,800 1,000
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