Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
332
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 332, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Positions 98-100R1E, horizontal strip of three, margins to just into design in places, beautiful bright early Robin's egg shade, tied by vivid red grid cancels, matching "Cleveland O. Jul. 16" (1851) first month circular datestamp on 1851 blue folded letter to New York City, light file fold affects right stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a colorful and scarce first-month usage from Cleveland, the righthand position on later impressions yields a Type IIIA stamp, it is only known as Type II from early impressions, ex Hackmey, signed Ashbrook, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
333
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 333, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Margins ample to slightly in, tied by light strike of "Rochester Depot O. Jul. 12" circular datestamp on illustrated anti-slavery propaganda cover, J. Valentine design, State 1, to Albion N.Y., fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex LeBow and Hackmey

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
Back to Top
334
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 334, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positon 27L1L, recut once at top and bottom, double transfer, large margins to barely in, tied by light strike of Detroit circular datestamp on locally-addressed cover with blue "Bush, Barnes & Co., Paper Warehouse, Printing Materials, Detroit Mich." stamp collar, second clear strike of "Detroit Mich. 5cts. Jan. 11" integral-rate circular datestamp with rate obliterated by square grid cancel

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COVER WITH THE IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT TYPE IV 1851 ISSUE PLACED PERFECTLY INSIDE A BLUE STAMP COLLAR ADVERTISEMENT FOR PRINTING MATERIALS AND PAPER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DROP-RATE COVERS WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Ex Grunin, Gabriel, Rogers and Hackmey. With 1968 and 2002 P.F. certificates.

E. 5,000-7,500
7,500
Back to Top
335
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 335, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and bottom, large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, barely touched at upper left, tied by perfect strike of blue 8-Point Rosette fancy cancel, matching "Amherst N.H. Mar. 26" circular datestamp on locally-addressed buff cover, cover with few trivial age spots, Extremely Fine strike of this rare 1851-era fancy cancel, ex Haas, Rogers and Hackmey, with 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
6,500
Back to Top
336
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 336, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Recut once at top and bottom, large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, ample at top, tied by grid cancel, used with 1c Blue, Eagle Carrier (LO2), large to full margins, cancelled by red star on blue 1854 folded cover to local Philadelphia resident, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps, 1c Franklin pre-use scissors-cut at right described on certificate as "sealed tear"

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND EAGLE CARRIER STAMP TO PAY THE CARRIER FEE PLUS DROP-LETTER POSTAGE.

This cover was included in the "Cleveland" album, an 1890's cover collection consigned to our firm in 1994. The combination of the 1c 1851 and the Eagle General Carrier Issue (essentially part of the 1851 Issue) is very rare, and the few examples are 3c plus 1c rates. This single plus single for the drop-letter rate and carrier fee is possibly unique.

Ex Craveri and Hackmey. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
Back to Top
337
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 337, Domestic, Drop and Carrier Rates1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 1E shade and impression, two large margins to barely in, tied by sharp strike of New York square grid cancel, used with Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (2c) Red on Wove (136L4), framelines intact all around, tied by Hollow Star cancel on cover to addressee in care of "City Post Office", part of addressee's name scraped away, cover with small repairs at corners and small stain at bottom right

FINE. A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF THE SWARTS "ROUGH AND READY" STAMP FOR LOCAL DELIVERY TO THE POST OFFICE AND THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE FOR DROP RATE. THE "ROUGH AND READY" DESIGN WAS CREATED DURING ZACHARY TAYLOR'S CAMPAIGN OF 1848 AND IS ESSENTIALLY A PRO-WHIG STATEMENT.

The "Rough and Ready" stamp, with a portrait of then-presidential candidate Zachary Taylor, was created by John R. Bouton during the election campaign of 1848. Bouton's mixture of politics and postage put him far ahead of his time. The design was adopted by the successor to his post, Aaron Swarts.

Very few covers exist with a government 1c stamp paying the drop rate and a local-post adhesive paying the fee for delivery to the post office. This combination of the 1c 1851 and Swarts' "Rough & Ready" issues is unique.

Ex Hackmey. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
Back to Top
Copyright 2019. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy