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2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 39, 1847 Issue— 10¢ Bisected Usage, An outstanding 10¢ 1847 bisect cancelled in grayish blue, paying the 5¢ under-300 miles rate from Mineral Point, Wisconsin, to the postmaster of Hampton, Illinois

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), upper right diagonal half, large margins at top and right, tied across the cut by bold dark grayish blue grid cancel with matching double-struck "Mineral Point W.T. 27 May" (1851) circular datestamp and "PAID" straightline handstamp on folded letter to the postmaster of Hampton, Rock Island County, Illinois, the letter asks the postmaster to forward any letters he may be holding for Isaac Smith (himself) and two other names, the Mineral Point datestamp still has the "W.T." territorial initials, but Wisconsin became a state three years earlier on May 29, 1848

Extremely Fine--an unusually choice 10¢ 1847 bisect on cover from Wisconsin.

The USPCS census records three bisects used from Mineral Point, Wisconsin, which did receive 5¢ stamps, but apparently ran short during a brief period. This cover is easily the finest of the three--one of the others is a cover front only.

This cover was sold in a Hugh C. Barr sale on 12/19-20/1941 and then in an Irwin Heiman sale 11/21-22/1975, where acquired by Haas. Ex Marc Haas, Duane B. Garrett and John R. Boker, Jr. With 1986 P.F. certificate.

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7,000
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19th Century Issues
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2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 40, 1847 Issue— 10¢ Bisected Usage, One of six recorded matching pairs of covers with 10¢ 1847 bisects from the same stamp, five of which are in private hands--these covers from the Gardiner, Maine, find are the only matching pair of diagonal bisects cancelled in red

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), matching upper right and lower left halves of the same stamp on separate envelopes, addressed to Mrs. George Evans at Mrs. Hollister's in Brattleboro, Vermont, bisects have ample to large margins except lower left is just in at bottom, well-tied across the cuts by orange-red grid cancels (struck four times on lower left bisect), upper right with matching "Gardiner Me. Apr. 28" (1851) circular datestamp, and lower left with "Gardiner Me. May 2" (1851) circular datestamp, letter from Senator George Evans accompanies May 2 cover

PROVENANCE

William L. Moody III, H. R. Harmer sale, 10/23-25/1950, both covers together as lot 135A, to "ETW"

J. David Baker, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/4/1978, Sale 526, lots 63-64

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1996 Rarities of the World, 5/21/1996, Sale 777, lot 37, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

USPCS census nos. 1984 and 1985 https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

Hugh J. and J. David Baker, Bakers' U.S. Classics, p. 174

J. David Baker, "Additional 1847 Bisects," Chronicle 87, p. 8, with an account of original find by Ezra D. Cole

Susan M. McDonald, "The Gardiner, Maine, Bisect Puzzle," Chronicle 64, pp. 134-140

-- "Gardiner, Maine, Revisited," Chronicle 87, pp. 144-145

-- "Gardiner, Maine, Addenda," Chronicle 121, pp. 32-33

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1978)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine covers; upper right bisect used April 28 has trivial small sealed tear at top; May 2 envelope with erased pencil docketing

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Gardiner, Maine, 1847 Bisects

In April and May 1851, a former U.S. senator from Maine, George Evans, wrote a series of letters to his wife in Brattleboro, Vermont. The 54-year-old distinguished politician, whom John Quincy Adams described as "one of the ablest men and most eloquent orators in Congress," paid the 5¢ postage with diagonal halves of the 10¢ stamps on hand from the issue of 1847. Perhaps his knowledge of current legislative acts made him aware that the recently passed Act of March 3, 1851, would reduce postage rates, and his 10¢ stamps would not fit the new 3¢ domestic rate, starting July 1. The post office in Gardiner, Maine, did not object to the senator's thrifty half-stamps, and each letter traveled 225 miles to Brattleboro, where the postmaster was equally accommodating.

About 80 years later, the Evans 1847 bisect covers were bought by a stamp dealer, H. A. Robinette. Details of his fortuitous purchase were provided by Ezra D. Cole in a Chronicle article published by J. David Baker in 1968:

In the 1930s [Ezra Cole] rented a farm in West Brattleboro, Vermont... While there Ezra visited his friend Dana Stafford [who] invited him to attend several meetings of the Brattleboro Stamp Club. At one of them, who should appear but H. A. Robinette, the well-known Washington, D.C., dealer... Before [Robinette] left Vermont, he visited Ezra at his farm and showed him a package of covers, a package of twenty-eight 10¢ 1847 bisects postmarked Gardiner, Maine, addressed to Mrs. George Evans. As Ezra recalls, six or seven were damaged, torn or had parts of the bisected stamp missing, and he believes they were destroyed as they talked about destroying them. Ezra bought three matching pairs, six bisected covers for $600 a pair, and two other bisected covers for $250 each...

Working with the USPCS 1847 census, we have verified 12 Gardiner, Maine, 10¢ bisect covers. Four have bisects that cannot be matched. Eight covers have bisects from four stamps. The dates and census numbers are:

1) 4/28 and 5/2 (#1984/1986), red grids, lot 40

2) 5/12 and 5/14 (#989/1990), blue grids

3) 5/19 and 5/20 (#1991/1992), blue grids

4) 5/23 and 5/26 (#1993/1994), blue grids, Hirzel

Since one set of pairs is in the Hirzel collection at the Museum of Communications in Switzerland, only three are available to collectors. In addition to these, there is a pair of matching diagonal bisects on covers from the Stilphin correspondence, and a pair of vertical bisects sold in the Gross U.S. Treasures sale.

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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 81, 1847 Issue—Waterway Markings, The only recorded 10¢ 1847 bisect with the Lake Champlain Steamboat route agent's circular datestamp

10¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5¢ (2a), bottom right diagonal half, large margins other two sides, tied by large manuscript "X" cancel with blue "Lake Champlain S.B. Nov. 2" (ca. 1849) route agent's circular datestamp (Ryterband Type 2A, used by route agent Turner at this time), matching "PAID" and "5" handstamps on undated folded cover to New York City

Very Fine; some slight negligible toning.

This is an extremely rare use of a 10¢ 1847 bisect with a route agent's marking, and it is the only recorded example with the Lake Champlain Steamboat datestamp. The USPCS census lists only two 1847 covers with the Lake Champlain Steamboat circular datestamp--the other bearing a full 10¢ stamp, datelined Montreal in June 1850 (Sale 1041, lot 235). Among all route agent handstamped 1847 covers, the census lists only a handful of others with a 10¢ bisect, including railroad uses.

Pencil note indicating this was bought from Warren H. Colson in April 1926. Ex Dr. Ralph Poriss, Marc Haas, Guido Craveri, Joseph Hackmey, and from our 1992 Rarities of the World sale. Illustrated in The United States 1847 Issue: A Cover Census (p. 808). With 1971 P.F. Certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
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2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 31, 1847 Issue (Scott 1-2)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top left diagonal half, large margins, well tied across the cut by red grid cancel, matching "New-Haven Ct. 5 Jun." circular datestamp on 1851 City Bank of New Haven folded notice to Birmingham Conn., some internal splits not affecting the outside of the cover, fresh in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB DIAGONAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 5, 1851, less than a month prior to demonetization.

Ex Caspary

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2013-04-09
The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues
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Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 208, Bisects on Cover10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top right diagonal half, large margins to clear, crisp impression, tied by orange-red grid cancel, light strike of matching "Gardiner Me. Apr. 28" circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. George Evans in Brattleboro Vt., from the famous Evans correspondence

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A GORGEOUS EXAMPLE OF A DIAGONAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE FROM THE EVANS CORRESPONDENCE.

This bisect comes from the correspondence written by former U.S. Senator from Maine, George Evans, to his wife. The Evans correspondence was the subject of two articles by the late Susan M. McDonald (Chronicle Nov. 1969, Feb. 1984), who conjectured that Senator Evans was writing to his wife while she stayed at one of the medical spas existing in Brattleboro at the time. According to our records, the Evans correspondence yielded 16 bisects, all diagonal. They were all used between April 26 and May 26 of 1851. Eight are matched halves from four stamps.

Ex Sampson and Boker. With 1949 A.P.S. and 1964 P.F. certificates.

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Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 209, Bisects on Cover10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Bottom right diagonal half, large to ample margins, detailed impression, tied across the cut by clearly struck red grid cancel, matching "Bennington Vt. Jul. 15" (with "East" removed) circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded letter to Samuel Swift in Middlebury Vt., stamp has very slight bend from placement over a light stationery fold (it is not a filing crease)

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED FROM BENNINGTON, VERMONT. POSTMASTERS IN VERMONT HAD A COMMON TENDENCY TO APPLY POSTMARKS AND CANCELLATIONS VERY CAREFULLY, AS THIS SUPERB BISECT COVER DEMONSTRATES.

Illustrated in an article titled The United States 1847 Issue by Dr. Carroll Chase in The Philatelic Gazette, Vol. 6 of 1916, p. 258, fig. 36. Ex Ackerman, Gibson, Dale-Lichtenstein and Boker.

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2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 69, 5c-10c 1847 Issue10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top right diagonal half, Position 57L1 clearly showing harelip variety, large margins, tied across the cut by red grid cancel, matching "New-Haven Ct. 14 Jun." circular datestamp on 1851 folded cover to Birmingham Conn., horizontal file fold well away from stamp, cover tear in area of circular datestamp

VERY FINE. A RARE DIAGONAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 13, 1851, just prior to demonetization, and one day after the bisect offered in the following lot.

Unlisted in Alexander census.

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The Harvey Mirsky Collection of the United States 1847 Issue
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Sale Number 1023, Lot Number 2331, Bisected Stamp Uses10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Lower left diagonal half, large margins, tied across the cut by blue "5" numeral handstamp, matching "Concord N.H. Sep. 20" (1850) circular datestamp on cover addressed to "Miss Mary Stilphin, Manchester N.H.", trivial cover toning

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BISECTED USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, TIED ACROSS THE BISECT CUT BY THE BLUE NUMERAL "5" HANDSTAMP OF CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

The fascinating history of the discovery of the Stilphin correspondence is detailed in a six-page article by Susan M. McDonald (Chronicle 115). An elderly lady in Syracuse N.Y., the last of her family, decided to destroy her family's correspondence, which was in several trunks in her attic. When all but one trunkful was destroyed, she stopped to rest and noticed an advertisement to buy old stamps in a magazine. She eventually sold the contents of the trunk to a collector, Wallace MacLaren, who had placed the ad. The correspondence included several stampless and 1851 Issue covers, and also seven 5c 1847 covers and five 10c bisects. She almost destroyed the bisects, fearing the torn stamps were valueless. She later discovered another four bisects, and three others have subsequently been found, for a total of twelve from the Stilphin correspondence. Most were sent to Mary Stilphin by her future husband, Rev. John B. Foote.

Ex Alvin Good and Dr. Graves. 1980 P.F. certificate no. 87064 no longer accompanies. Signed Ashbrook. Accompanied by Chronicle article. Scott Retail $13,000.00

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8,000
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2007-12-13
The Corey Long Collection of United States
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Sale Number 948, Lot Number 150, 1847 Issue Covers10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top right diagonal half, blue "Northern R.R. Apr. 6" railroad route agent's circular datestamp, affixed to cover addressed in a neat hand to Newburyport Mass., ms. "Paid" at right with underline under stamp, with original contents datelined "Concord April 6th 1849", stamp with small tear at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 BISECT ON A RAILROAD COVER.

Only two are reported in the Alexander census used on this railroad. With 2005 P.F. certificate

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2005 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 895, Lot Number 62, 1847 Issue On Cover10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a), 10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a)10c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 5c (2a). Top right diagonal half, large margins, bright color, tied by multiple penstrokes, matching "Paid" and "Ballard Vale Ms. Apr. 7" ms. postmark on cover to Miss Mary Stilphin in Lower Bartlett N.H., few age spots, ms. slightly faded

VERY FINE APPEARING BISECT USAGE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

This cover and one used from Concord N.H. and addressed to the same recipient originally formed an entire stamp, and were the subject of an article in the Chronicle in February 1983. The writer of both covers was Rev. J. B. Foote.

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