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Sale 1041 — The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Bisects on Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
208
c
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.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
209
c
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.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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210
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 210, Bisects on Cover10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b), 10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b)10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b). Right vertical half, large margins, tied across the cut by perfect strike of bright red grid cancel, matching "Walpole N.H. May 6" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded letter to Edward W. Buffum in Cambridge Mass., horizontal file fold well away from bisect, few scattered spots of cover toning barely touch stamp (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF ALL EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE VERTICAL BISECT. A SPECTACULAR COVER.

This is the only recorded bisect used from Walpole, New Hampshire. The brilliance and care taken in applying the cancel and circular datestamp remind us of other iconic 1847 covers, such as those from Waukegan, Illinois.

Ex Boker. With 1988 P.F. certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
42,500
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211
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 211, Bisects on Cover10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b), 10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b)10c Black, Vertical Half Used as 5c (2b). Right vertical half, large margins to just in at top, detailed impression, tied by magenta grid cancels, matching "Hartford Ct. Jun. 2" circular datestamp on black-bordered mourning envelope to Brooklyn Conn., cover with minor soiling not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A VERTICAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED FROM HARTFORD AND TIED BY A MAGENTA CANCEL. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 ISSUE BISECT USED FROM HARTFORD, AS WELL AS THE ONLY ONE ON A MOURNING ENVELOPE.

The Alexander book lists two right vertical halves used as bisects from Hartford. However the other, with a magenta circular datestamp and black grid, has received a P.F. certificate as not genuine. That makes this the only bisect known from Hartford. It is also the only recorded 10c 1847 bisect on a mourning envelope.

Ex Rust, Hawley and Boker. With 1987 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,500
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