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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 48, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), This block of twelve is the only example of the 24¢ 1860 Issue with the complete imprint and plate number--a magnificent classic multiple with a long and impressive provenance

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Gray Lilac (37), Positions 31-33/41-43/51-53/61-63L1, D/E/F/C Reliefs from 6-relief transfer roll, block of twelve with "Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati" First Type imprint and "No. 1 P." plate number at left, original gum, bright and fresh color, exceptionally choice centering for this issue and for a multiple of this size

PROVENANCE

George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lot 197

Joseph T. Lozier (sold privately by Ward)

Wharton Sinkler (sold privately by Ward)

Henry C. Gibson, Sr. (sold privately by Ward; listed on 3/27/1928 Ward invoice to Gibson, priced at $3,000, along with other blocks)

Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought from Gibson, estate sold to Weills in 1963)

Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/8/1974, Sale 459, lot 157

John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, census no. 173

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine-Extremely Fine; minor hinge reinforcements, a few faint gum soaks and tiny thins in two stamps in right vertical row, inconsequential since they are outside the plate block of eight

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$32,500.00 for this specific block, which is not based on any recent transaction--this plate block has not sold publicly since 1974

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Delayed for Two Years and Valid for Fifteen Months

In April 1856 Toppan Carpenter sent a die proof of "the new 24¢ stamp" to Third Assistant Postmaster General John Marron for official approval. The printers described the 24¢ engraving as "entirely original in lathe work" and "as perfect a piece of geometric lathe work as can be produced." Other correspondence indicates that the design was approved and the plate was manufactured in 1857 or 1858, but no 24¢ stamps were produced until 1860.

In May 1860 President Buchanan's postmaster general, Joseph Holt, issued a new order requiring prepayment by stamps on transient printed matter, and on all foreign and domestic mail, except letters permitted to be sent unpaid by international postal conventions. Holt's order sparked public demand for stamps, especially in denominations greater than 12¢, the top value in circulation at the beginning of 1860. In response to a letter received from the Philadelphia postmaster, the new Third Assistant Postmaster General, Alexander N. Zevely, contacted Toppan Carpenter about producing new high-denomination stamps. The printers responded that they could furnish stamps within three weeks of the order being received, which they were able to do since they already had the 24¢ plate from two years earlier. Zevely ordered 24¢ stamps in a "lilac" shade, and the firm stated that they would be ready by June 15, 1860. The earliest documented use is July 7, 1860.

Five months after the 24¢ was issued, in November 1860, an Illinois lawyer and one-time U.S. congressman named Abraham Lincoln was elected president on a Republican platform dedicated to preserving the Union and to laying the foundation for the eventual abolition of slavery. It was too much for the South. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina formally voted to secede from the Union, and other slave states soon followed. By April the first guns of the war were fired on Fort Sumter during Lincoln's "I dare you" attempt to resupply the fort.

The 24¢ stamps issued in June 1860 were one of the war's early casualties. In August 1861 the federal government demonetized all previous issues of postage stamps and replaced them with new stamps that would be distributed only to post offices in loyal states. The purpose of demonetization was to prevent the South from using stamps as a medium of exchange.

Demand for the high-denomination stamps in 1860 was limited, and the Civil War demonetization policy cut their lives short. Unused examples would be great rarities today if not for a cache of sheets discovered in Washington, D.C., which had been found in Southern post offices after the war and returned to the Post Office. These sheets were sold and traded to stamp dealers, and many of the unused stamps from late pre-war printings come from this source.

Despite the survival of unused high-denomination remainders, multiples with the imprint and plate number selvage are extremely rare. Philatelists record only two 24¢ plate blocks: the block of four offered in lot 47 and the block of twelve offered here. This block was once part of the famous Worthington collection, from which it passed into the Lozier, Sinkler, Ward, Phillips and Chapin collections. In 2002 the entire Chapin collection was acquired by the Shreves in a sealed bidding process and then sold privately to Mr. Gross.

E. 50,000-75,000
32,500
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-08
The William H. Gross Collection: Outstanding U.S. Stamp Multiples
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 49, 1¢-90¢ 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39), A fresh and beautiful original-gum block of nine of the 24¢ 1860 Issue

DESCRIPTION

24¢ Gray Lilac (37), block of nine, original gum, dark shade, small hinge remnants, exceptionally fresh

PROVENANCE

Possibly Henry C. Gibson, Sr.

Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/16-18/1956, lot 779, to Weill (for Phillips)

Benjamin D. Phillips (Phillips collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

Order of U.S. Trust Company, H. R. Harmer sale, 1/19-20/1971, lot 100

Louis Grunin, H. R. Harmer sale, 12/14-15/1976, lot 2628

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1979 Rarities of the World, 4/4/1979, Sale 544, lot 61, to Ishikawa

Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 326, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine; gum is brownish in places, small thin spots in top left pair and minor gum soak between the top right pair, center stamp has natural inclusion

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$17,750.00 as block of four, pairs and single

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
1092
PSE 98
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1092, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Perfectly centered with wide and balanced margins, brilliant color nicely complemented by red circular datestamp with integral "19" credit rate

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.

Ex Merlin. With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $8,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only five others share this desirable grade.

465
4,500
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U.S. Stamps
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2019-05-01
Gem-Quality United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1199, Lot Number 1093, 5c-30c 1857-60 Issue (Scott 27-38)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Beautifully centered, deep shade, red grid cancel, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Sheriff and Zoellner, with 1980, 1998 and 2003 P.F. certificates

465
1,400
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-14
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1197, Lot Number 1635, 1857-60 Issue (Scott 18-39)24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Wide margins and nice centering, well-struck red grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, with 1996 P.F. certificate

465
250
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1187, Great Britain and British Isles24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Tied by grid cancel and red "19" credit handstamp, "Saint Louis Mo. Mar. 29, 1861" circular datestamp on all-over St. Louis Coal Oil Works advertising cover, J. Thoubboron of N.Y. imprint on back, to Glasgow, Scotland, receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a beautiful cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1363, Russia24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, and 12c Black, Plate 3 (24, 36B), deep rich colors, tied by red grid cancels on cover to Grobin, Libau, Russia (Latvia), matching "New York Am. Pkt. Aug. 11" (ca. 1860) circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "14" credit and blue Prussian "f" manuscript rate, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, 24c is partly torn away at left prior to use (barely noticeable due to placement of stamps)

VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING TO A DESTINATION IN RUSSIA OTHER THAN ST. PETERSBURG.

The 37c rate to Russia via Prussian Closed Mail is rare, with most examples coming from the Pierce correspondence to St. Petersburg. This usage to what is now Latvia is extremely unusual.

Ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks". With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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U.S. Stamps
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1857-60 Issue
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1377, Turkey24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, "Boston Br. Pkt. Mar. 6" (1861) backstamp on folded cover to Smyrna, Turkey, addressed in care of an address in London, England, red Boston "19" credit handstamp, red London receiving datestamp (Mar. 18), fresh and Very Fine, this was sent by mail to London and then privately carried to Turkey, a most unusual use

E. 750-1,000
600
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U.S. Stamps
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2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1385, Syria and Egypt24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Intense color and impression, tied by "Bridgeport Ct. Nov. 23" circular datestamp, additional strike at left on light yellow cover to London, England and forwarded to Cairo, Egypt, stamp also tied by red "3" credit handstamp, red "London DE 6, 1860", Lombard Street and Cairo (18 Dec.) datestamps all struck on the front of the cover, stamp has tiny tears at top left, cover has small central toned spot, minor edgewear and missing top flap, otherwise Very Fine and unusual forwarded usage, ex Haas and "Sevenoaks", with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
500
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U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
1857-60 Issue
2018-11-14
United States Stamps including Confederate States and Hawaii
 
Sale Number 1192, Lot Number 861, Confederate States: Independent and CSA use of US Postage24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Tied by "Mobile Ala. May 30, 1861" Confederate State double-circle datestamp and red "19" credit handstamp on small blue piece, vertical crease at right, Very Fine appearance, scarce Confederate use of the 24c 1860 Issue from Mobile, ex Saadi, with 1994 P.S.E. certificate

1,000
550
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