10¢ Green, Type I (13), Position 91R1, bottom left corner position with interpane margin at left and sheet margin at bottom, rich color, detailed impression, tied by lightly struck "Milford Conn. Nov. 20" circular datestamp on buff cover to San Francisco
Extremely Fine Gem--an extraordinary full corner-margin stamp from the bottom left of the right pane of Plate 1, neatly tied on a transcontinental cover.
The 10¢ Type I stamps only come from the 20 bottom-row positions of Plate 1. One would expect to find more copies with the bottom sheet margin intact, but this is rarely the case. When the sheet margin is present, it usually has a corner crease or handling flaw. The example offered here, with large corner margins and in completely sound condition, is a spectacular exception to the rule.
Ex Marc Haas, Louis Grunin and Robert Zoellner. Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook.
10¢ Green, Types III/II/III/I (15/14/15/13), Positions 69/79/89/99R1, very rare vertical combination strip of four including bottom-row Type I, three huge margins, in at top, tied by neat strikes of "New Orleans La. Sep. 15, 1857" circular datestamps on blue folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, bold "5" reales due handstamp, some ink erosion in the address, three of the stamps are Extremely Fine, vertical strips containing the scarcer types, such as Type I, are rare, ex Koppersmith and Hackmey, with 1983 Alcuri and 1988 P.F. certificates
10¢ Green, Type I (13), horizontal pair, large margins to just in, used with 1¢ Blue, Type IIIa (22), tiny tear at top center, tied by blue "Memphis Ten. Sep. 7, 1857" circular datestamp on blue cover to Genoa, Italy, red "New York Paid 18 Sep. 16" 18¢ credit datestamp--carried on the Cunarder Asia, departing New York September 16, 1857, arriving Liverpool September 27--red "P.D." framed handstamp, light strike of red French transit datestamp, Paris (September 29) and Genoa (October 1) backstamps, cover refolded and reshaped, diagonal crease, Fine and scarce mixed-issue franking, ex Kapiloff and Hackmey, with 2003 P.F. certificate
10¢ Green, Types III/I (15/13), Positions 88-90R/98-100R1, top stamps Type III, bottom stamps Type I, large margins to clear all around including bottom right corner sheet margins, tied by bold strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 21 Apr." circular datestamp on blue linen-lined envelope to Bersenbruck, Hanover, Germany, sender's directive "Per Prussian Closed Mail", manuscript magenta "60" at top was applied in San Francisco to indicate double 30¢ Prussian Closed Mail rate, partly readable red New York 14¢ credit datestamp struck on block, red "AACHEN 3/6 FRANCO" (June 3) framed datestamp--based on the dated markings, this was carried from San Francisco to Panama on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Sonora, departing April 21, 1856, and arriving May 5; the mail crossed the isthmus and was carried from Panama to New York on the U.S. Mail Steamship Co. George Law, departing May 7 and arriving May 16, too late for the May 14 Cunard sailing from New York, so it was sent to Boston for the May 21 departure of the Cunarder America, which arrived at Liverpool on June 1; from Great Britain it was sent to Aachen and entered the Prussian mail system--there are no backstamps
Very Fine; top stamps in block (Type III) slightly affected by envelope creasing caused by thick contents (which no longer accompany), and top right stamp small toned spot--utterly trivial flaws which actually serve to confirm the pristine nature of this recent discovery.
This is an extremely rare and breathtaking sheet-margin block of six of the 10¢ 1855 Issue from the bottom right corner of the right pane of Plate 1, containing three Type I positions--and its use on a cover from California to Germany is extraordinary. This cover was discovered in Europe in recent years and acquired by Mr. Gross in a 2011 auction in Europe.
Large Segmented Grid, Marysville, California, bold strike ties 10¢ Green, Type I (13), large margins all around, matching "Marysville Cal. Paid by Stamps Dec. 19" circular datestamp on cover to Sharon, Ohio, missing top flap, Extremely Fine, the Marysville large "killer" was originally created to cancel pairs of 3¢ stamps used for the 6¢ rate, this is a superb example on a choice 10¢ 1855 Type I stamp, ex Jennings
10¢ Green Type I (13), bottom row position on Plate 1, ample margins to slightly in at bottom, but still showing the type-defining full shell at bottom right, rich color, tied by “San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun.” (1857) circular datestamp on complete illustrated San Francisco News Letter with printed dateline “Per Steamer Golden Age. A Summary of Events from the 5th to the 20th June, 1857. Number 24.”, neatly addressed to “Doctor W. S. W. Ruschenberger, U.S. Frigate Independence, Panama” with manuscript letter and writer’s dateline “Robert Nuttall, 19 June 1857”, the printed newsletter contains an illustrated “MAP OF SAN FRANCISCO SHOWING THE SUBDIVISION OF THE POTRERO VIEJO”, a notice of “Pre-paid Postage Rates for the S.F. News Letter” from Postmaster C. L. Weller (dated April 15, 1857), and paid notices from Wells, Fargo & Co., Pacific Mail Steamship Co., and Freeman & Co.; the 20¢ rate from California to Panama was underpaid, clear strike of “DUE 10” straightline handstamp applied in San Francisco
* Charles F. Meroni, John A. Fox sale, 11/10-14/1952, lot 1027, to Baker
* J. David Baker, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/4/1978, Sale 526, lot 28, to Risvold
* Floyd E. Risvold, Spink Shreves Galleries sale, 1/27-29/2010, lot 529, to William H. Gross
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
* Hugh J. and J. David Baker, Bakers’ U.S. Classics, p. 123
* Jesse L. Coburn, Letters of Gold, p. 96
* Scott R. Trepel, “The San Francisco News Letter 1856-1858,” Western Express 266, December 2017
* Extremely Fine cover; the stamp has a small pre-use nick in top left margin not touching design
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