Not enough so-called "black" to qualify for the rare shade, although "rare" in its own right. The great rarity "black" is one of those once seen, never forgotten type items.josto wrote:Rod Perry wrote:The catalogued 5d "Intensely dark ("Black") brown", ACSC 123F, is an extreme case of overinking. There is no black in it: "Black" is there for effect, the same way as "Cyprus" was introduced (by me) in the above-mentioned ½d "Very yellow ("Cyprus") green" (ACSC 63H), to indicate in these two instances that the shade is something "special".starling wrote:Alex,
I'd go with more of an over-inked, deep shade.
There are only around ten of the very rare 'intensely dark' shade and I don't own one, they usually go for around $10,000 on the rare occasions they come up for auction.
On the couple of occasions I have had potential examples sent to me for a certificate, I have been lucky enough to be able to show them to the members of the Australian Commonwealth Collectors' Club that do actually own examples.
None that have been sent to me have ever been the very rare 'intense' shade when compared with the real-deal.
I found a mint example of the 5d (in a 1972 PJ Downie mixed lot - those were the days), and showed it to Stuart Hardy on one of his rare visits to Melbourne. He couldn't afford it, and I doubt there was one occasion on our many subsequent meetings that he did not express his regret at not having pulled out all stops to own that stamp.
I know who I sold it to; he may still have it. I note in the 2014 edition of ACSC that mint is not priced? I don't have access to earlier editions, but I'm sure I would have listed it when I owned the catalogue?
Actually, my observation of the 2014 edition (and to some extent Kangaroos 2013) is that a number of shade entries/deletions have to an extent been hijacked by one or two apparently well meaning contributors?
The "extreme" shades now listed, generally overinked "freaks", such as above-mentioned 4d "Very deep buff orange" (ACSC 110G), have been well known to specialists for decades, and have been excluded from catalogue recognition until now, for the very reason obvious from this thread: they are contentious!
More puzzling to me, is the deletion in 2014 of well-established and non-contentious shades, such as distinctive 1½d Reddish black-brown in Single wmk., and 1½d Salmon in Small Multiple wmk?
I was able to aquire a nice collection of Australian KGV heads from a smaller auction house. The former owner seems to have tried to put together all different shades in mint hinged or even mint unhinged. There were some nice 5d single wmk comb. perf. in different shades and one really jumped out of the page being very dark and intense! As Rod mentioned he once found a mint example of the "Intensely dark ("Black") brown", ACSC 123F, I really wonder if this one could be such a rare example!? I`ve put it on a hagner sheet together with some shades which have been certified.
The upper left stamp is a KGV 5d single-line in "deep bright chestnut", 122B!
The upper middle stamp is a KGV 5d comb. in "deep yellow brown", 123E!
The upper right stamp is a KGV 5d comb. in "chestnut", 123A!
The lower left stamp is a KGV 5d comb. in "deep bright chestnut", 123B!
The lower middle stamp is a KGV 5d comb. from the auction collection I aquired, which is even deeper and darker than the expertized "deep bright chestnut" on the left.
And the lower right stamp is the potential KGV 5d comb. "Intensely dark ("Black") brown", 123F, it is very deep and dark and strongly overinked, so that nearly all details of the stamp are coverd!
Any thoughts are welcome! Could it be a candidate for that rare shade worth being sent out for an expertize?
Thanks very much
Estimate: $10,000 Starting Price: $7,500
Lot 255: 5d Very Dark Chestnut Comb Perf block of 4, very fine with large part OG and mounted on upper units only. The colour of this block is somewhat lighter than the catalogued 'Intensely Dark Brown' (BW 123F), but is nevertheless a very rare (and uncatalogued) shade. With 2012 Ceremuga Certificate
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