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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Essays and Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
E
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 1, Essays and Proofs(5c) Brown, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (1-E2), (5c) Brown, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (1-E2)(5c) Brown, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (1-E2). 41 x 54mm, beautiful rich color, albino impression of frame lettering and cross-hatching, clipped lower left corner as is the case with all known examples, two creases, otherwise Very Fine, a rare essay, these were produced around 1895 from the complete duplicate die with the lettering and cross-hatching covered by paper mats, ex "Bedford"

2,500
4,250
2
E
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 2, Essays and Proofs(10c) Black, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (2-E2), (10c) Black, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (2-E2)(10c) Black, Vignette Only, Large Die Essay on India (2-E2). 42 x 55mm, deep shade, albino impression of frame lettering and cross-hatching, typical India thin at top, vertical crease at right, otherwise Very Fine, rare, these were produced around 1895 from the complete duplicate die with the lettering and cross-hatching covered by paper mats, ex "Bedford"

2,500
1,500
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3
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 3, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1), 5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1)5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1). On 75 x 96mm card with full die sinkage and without cross-hatching, fresh color and beautiful impression, Extremely Fine, ex "Bedford", with 1995 P.F. certificate

800
1,400
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4
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 4, Essays and Proofs10c Black, Large Die Proof on Glazed Paper (2P1i), 10c Black, Large Die Proof on Glazed Paper (2P1i)10c Black, Large Die Proof on Glazed Paper (2P1i). 48 x 57mm, without cross-hatching, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
1,300
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5
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 5, Essays and Proofs10c Black Brown, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thin Glazed Card (2TC1dj), 10c Black Brown, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thin Glazed Card (2TC1dj)10c Black Brown, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thin Glazed Card (2TC1dj). 64 x 75mm, without cross-hatching, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

850
1,100
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6
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 6, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1), 5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1)5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1). 51 x 61mm with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, deep rich color, Very Fine, ex "Bedford"

800
1,700
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7
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 7, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on Green Bond (1P1b), 5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on Green Bond (1P1b)5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on Green Bond (1P1b). 40 x 50mm with cross-hatching, deep rich color, Very Fine, scarce on colored bond, ex "Chesapeake"

1,250
1,400
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8
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 8, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on White Laid Paper (1P1c), 5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on White Laid Paper (1P1c)5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on White Laid Paper (1P1c). 35 x 42mm with cross-hatching and clear laid lines, rich color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
800
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9
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 9, Essays and Proofs5c Violet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ae), 5c Violet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ae)5c Violet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ae). 56 x 66mm, with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, gorgeous color, Extremely Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
1,800
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10
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 10, Essays and Proofs5c Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1am), 5c Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1am)5c Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1am). 52 x 65mm, with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, wonderful depth of color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
2,100
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11
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 11, Essays and Proofs5c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ak), 5c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ak)5c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (1TC1ak). 51 x 63mm, with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, vivid color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
2,100
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12
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 12, Essays and Proofs5c Dull Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (1TC1b var), 5c Dull Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (1TC1b var)5c Dull Rose Lake, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (1TC1b var). 37 x 44mm, with cross-hatching, lovely complementary color and paper, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake", unlisted in Scott in this color, Scott Retail as listed color

800
1,100
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13
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 13, Essays and Proofs5c Deep Blue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (1TC1be), 5c Deep Blue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (1TC1be)5c Deep Blue, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (1TC1be). 36 x 45mm, clear watermark at left and cross-hatching, deep rich color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

800
850
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14
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 14, Essays and Proofs10c Black, Large Die Proof on White Bond (2P1a), 10c Black, Large Die Proof on White Bond (2P1a)10c Black, Large Die Proof on White Bond (2P1a). Full size and mounted on 48 x 31mm card, with cross-hatching, intense shade, Very Fine, ex "Bedford"

800
1,900
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15
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 15, Essays and Proofs10c Black, Large Die Proof on Pink Bond (2P1b), 10c Black, Large Die Proof on Pink Bond (2P1b)10c Black, Large Die Proof on Pink Bond (2P1b). 41 x 46mm, with cross-hatching, intense shade, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,250
1,100
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16
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 16, Essays and Proofs10c Orange Yellow, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1ai), 10c Orange Yellow, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1ai)10c Orange Yellow, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1ai). Full size and mounted on 52 x 64mm card, with cross-hatching, radiant color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
1,400
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17
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 17, Essays and Proofs10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1aj), 10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1aj)10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (2TC1aj). 50 x 64mm, with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, deep vibrant color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
2,400
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18
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 18, Essays and Proofs10c Dull Green, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (2TC1bh), 10c Dull Green, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (2TC1bh)10c Dull Green, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond, Watermarked (2TC1bh). 39 x 44mm, with cross-hatching, rich color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

800
1,100
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19
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 19, Essays and Proofs10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (2TC1bi), 10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (2TC1bi)10c Orange Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Pink Bond (2TC1bi). 37 x 43mm, with cross-hatching, vivid color, Very Fine, ex "Chesapeake"

1,000
1,500
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20
P
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 20, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (3P1-4P1), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (3P1-4P1)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (3P1-4P1). Each stamp size, mounted on India and die sunk on 113 x 148mm cards, fresh and Very Fine, ex "Bedford"

1,800
2,600
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Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 21, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (3P2a-4P2a), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (3P2a-4P2a)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (3P2a-4P2a). 28 x 32mm, wonderfully fresh with deep shades, paper has very faint toning that is normally found on Panama-Pacific proofs, but is less pronounced on this desirable set

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY FIVE SETS OF THE 1915 PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PRODUCED.

In 1915, for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a limited special printing of 413 different small die proofs was created. Printed on yellowish wove paper, they are extremely scarce. At most five sets were produced. This is the first set of the 1847 Issue proofs we have offered since our 1999 Finkelburg sale

With 1997 P.F. certificates

5,500
7,000
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22
TC
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 22, Essays and Proofs5c, 10c 1847 Reproductions, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (3TC4, 4TC4), 5c, 10c 1847 Reproductions, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (3TC4, 4TC4)5c, 10c 1847 Reproductions, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (3TC4, 4TC4). Complete sets of all five colors, full margins, fresh colors

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1847 REPRODUCTIONS.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 50 in each color was made available after 1881. They were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, two sets of pairs and singles. Very few have been kept together as intact sets.

Ex "Chesapeake"

3,000
4,750
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Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 23, Essays and Proofs5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Plate Proofs on India (3P3, 4P3), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Plate Proofs on India (3P3, 4P3)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, 1847 Reproductions, Plate Proofs on India (3P3, 4P3). Complete Sheets of 50, each with large outer margins, crisp shades, 10c with distinct plate scratches throughout first four horizontal rows which are not found on any of the stamps or proofs on card and bond, 5c Positions 31/41 also show scratches, couple inconsequential India paper imperfections, Position 10 in 10c sheet has trivial pinhole

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE SET OF SHEETS OF 50 OF THE 5-CENT AND10-CENT 1875 REPRODUCTION PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA.

Clarence Brazer discussed the 1847 Issue essays and proofs in a 1947 Essay-Proof Journal article. The extensive plate scratches on the 10c India sheet are not found on the stamps printed in 1875 nor on the cardboard proofs produced between 1879 and 1893. Brazer opined that the India plate proofs were therefore produced about 1894 after the damage had occurred.

Brazer estimated in his 1947 article that "probably five or six sheets of each value exist on India paper." We do not know the basis for Brazer's estimate, but we believe this might be one of only two sets of sheets extant. Photographs of a set appear in the catalogues for the Jack Dick collection (ex Brazer), and Lilly collections which appear to slightly differ from this set, and in our 1976 Rarities sale and a 1993 Christie's sale which appear to match this set. We have been unable to identify any other sets of sheets on India. The India paper proofs are much scarcer than the card proofs, so it is unlikely that more than one or two sheets were cut up.

Ex "Bedford." Scott Retail as blocks and singles

31,000
62,500
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