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    HB-151 EP-81 Scott-108 Reed-IH05 5¢ Irving House - Hunt & Nash Very Fine.
    Numerical grade: 60case.75stamp.75mica. = 210
    This piece, which is the rare plain frame Five Cent Irving House, is one of just seven or eight examples known. It was previously Lot 1027 from Stack's December 1969 sale of the Arnold Perl Collection. It was fussed over in that sale as being "The rare variety with right side up reverse... normally seen with an upside down reverse." They went on to say, "According to Mr. Perl's research on this encased stamp, this is the only example known so assembled." As Irving House was the earliest customer of John Gault, their encasements were produced somewhat randomly. They lack the beaded border around the rim of the back, the patent date and Gault's name appear far larger than on any other pieces, and they are fairly often found with inverted reverses. This ex-Perl piece, with its upright reverse, is simply not a big deal for its orientation. It is, however, a very rare piece, and one of the finest known of its type. We believe it to be second only to the Stack's 6/04 piece. The case shows a fair amount of wear on the back, but it is problem free on that side. The face shows some minor denting of the tabs. The stamp is quite fresh, and the mica has none of the normally seen problems, and it is crystal clear unless rotated under a light, when some minor separation between layers becomes visible.
    From The Frederick Mayer Collection

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2007
    26th-28th Wednesday-Friday
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