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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Foreign Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
357
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 357, Foreign Mails12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top right diagonal half, large margins to just in, used with 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) and 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), large margins to in, 1c Position 16R1E, tied by "New-York N.Y. Nov. 18" circular datestamps on blue folded cover to St. John, New Brunswick, top flap with 1852 receiving backstamp, missing bottom and left flaps, horizontal file fold affects stamps

A RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 BISECT TO PAY THE 10-CENT RATE TO NEW BRUNSWICK. THIS IS ALSO A "COMPLETE SET" COVER--EACH OF THE THREE STAMPS ISSUED IN 1851 IS REPRESENTED.

Effective July 1, 1851, the postal rates were changed and the 1847 Issue was demonetized. Three new stamps--1c, 3c and 12c--were issued. A new 10c was issued in 1855 and a new 5c was issued in 1856. Covers with all three of the new denominations are rare and desirable, especially when one is in bisected form.

Ex Hackmey. With note on back from Ashbrook who plated the 1c stamp and notes it shows bottom of the Type Ib stamp (Position 6R1E).

E. 2,000-3,000
6,250
358
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 358, Foreign Mails5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins to in at top, used with two 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10), tied by "Georgetown S.C. Dec. 19" (ca. 1856) circular datestamp and addressed to Mr. Henry P. Brown, U.S. Consul at St. Georges Bermuda, 1c stamps also tied by neat strike of "NOT PAID" boxed handstamp applied at New York (probably in error), manuscript "4" pence due marking at right, right 1c small tear at top right, 5c tiny margin tear at top left and small diagonal crease at top right, missing top flap and small margin repair, small edge flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON COVER TO BERMUDA. AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY RARITY OF THE CLASSIC IMPERFORATE PERIOD.

The recipient worked as a portrait artist and engraver, and in 1851 travelled to San Francisco with his friend, Jacob Bailey Moore. Brown worked for Moore for the next several months, gathering specimens and making drawings in the California countryside. In March of 1852, he was commissioned by John Russell Bartlett, head of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Commission and a friend of Moore's, to draw views of landscapes and Indians in Northern California, assist with collecting Indian vocabularies, and make maps of the area. From 1856 to 1859, he served as U.S. Consul for Bermuda. Little is known of his life after that date; his health was poor at the time of his resignation in 1859.

This cover was franked to pay the 10c direct rate by American Packet. The "NOT PAID" was likely applied in error in New York, though this may have gone as a private outbound ship letter.

Ex Krug, Mayer and Hackmey. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
37,500
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359
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 359, Foreign Mails12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in, detailed impression, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Keene N.H. Oct. 5" circular datestamp, second strike at left on 1852 Ocean Penny Postage Propaganda cover to Evesham, England, addressed in blue ink to Herbert New, Gilpin imprint on bottom flap, State 2, sender has added to the sentiment of the propaganda design with his own words "The World Awaits "for a few month's longer-say until Jan. 2, 1853!", Great Britain's "& America's joint &" Greatest Gift", slogan at bottom and imprint crossed out by sender, who also noted "Prepaid at Keene NH Oct. 4/52", carried on the Cunarder Africa which departed New York Oct. 6 and arrived in Liverpool Oct. 17, Liverpool transit (Oct. 17), red "19" credit handstamp, light strike of receiving backstamp, small scissors-cut at bottom between stamps, left stamp top left corner tiny nick, some cover wear

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF A BRITISH PROPAGANDA ENVELOPE USED FROM THE UNITED STATES TO ENGLAND WITH THE TREATY RATE PAID BY THE 1851 ISSUE.

The Ocean Penny Postage movement was started by an American, Elihu Burritt. Burritt had settled in Worcester Mass. as a blacksmith, where he began to study languages and became known as "The Learned Blacksmith". On a trip to England in 1847 Burritt founded the League of Universal Brotherhood. He also advocated Ocean Penny Postage and the use of propaganda envelopes, believing it would promote trade and commerce (and therefore greater understanding) between nations. Very few propaganda envelopes were used from the United States. His plan was never adopted (as witnessed by the 24c in postage on this cover). In 1865 he was appointed by President Lincoln as U.S. Consular Agent for Birmingham, England.

Ex Emerson, West, Haas, Ishikawa and Hackmey.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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360
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 360, Foreign Mails12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Vertical pair, margins to barely in including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, used with 1c Blue, Ty. II, 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II and 10c Green, Ty. II (7, 11A, 14), large margins to in, tied by red grid cancels on blue 1856 folded cover to William Comstock in Foochow, China via Hong Kong, red "Providence R.I. Oct. 24" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" handstamp, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Oct. 25" exchange office circular datestamp, magenta manuscript "12" credit, red London transit datestamp (Nov. 10), Hong Kong receiving backstamp (Feb. 1) and Feb. 2 receipt docketing, 3c creased, bottom 12c small scissors-cut and crease from file fold, the colors are bright and fresh

A SPECTACULAR FOUR-COLOR IMPERFORATE 1851-55 ISSUE FRANKING ON AN ATTRACTIVE FOLDED COVER TO HONG KONG AND FOOCHOW. PREPAID FOR THE 38-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE, BUT SENT BY AMERICAN PACKET VIA ENGLAND INSTEAD.

The franking pays the 38c Prussian Closed Mail rate via Trieste, but instead it was sent by the Collins Line's Ericsson, which departed New York on October 25, 1856, and arrived at Liverpool on November 8. It appears from the docketing that the addressee received the letter in Foochow on February 2, 1857, one day after its delivery in Hong Kong. The addressee worked as an agent for and later as a partner of the famous firm Augustine, Heard & Co. He went to China in 1849, and it is believed he drowned in the Indian Ocean on his way home to Providence in 1859.

Ex "Sevenoaks", Rogers and Hackmey. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
16,000
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361
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 361, Foreign Mails12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Five singles, large margins to cut in, used with two 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) and 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), similar margins, cancelled by blue grids and tied by matching "Columbia S.C. Jun. 22" circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp on 1853 brown cover to Dr. James Morrow in Hong Kong, China, addressed to the care of the American Consul "And the Care of Commodore M. C. Perry", light strike of red "New York Br. Pkt. Jun. 29" circular datestamp, magenta "60" manuscript credit, red London transit datestamp (Jul. 11), receiving backstamp (Sep. 8), stamps with faults, cover missing top flap and with faults, extensively restored at bottom just below address

A REMARKABLE FRANKING PAYING THE 65-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG VIA MARSEILLES--ADDRESSED TO A MEMBER OF COMMODORE PERRY'S EXPEDITION.

The addressee, Dr. James Morrow, was appointed by Secretary of State Everett as agriculturalist on Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to Japan. Commodore Perry initially opposed the inclusion of any civilians on his expedition. Morrow brought seeds and plants to Japan where they were gratefully accepted. The Japanese were fascinated with the quality of flour produced by an American corn mill, and Morrow was intrigued with the Japanese version of a cotton gin and the bark they used to produce strong paper. The Japanese had never seen a garden engine with a hose that would pump water, and a crowd of over 200 people gathered to watch the water being pumped into the air. Morrow notes that they looked “carefully at the suction hose as though they thought they had learned the secret of putting out fires.” His position gave him more leeway than most on the expedition to explore the Japanese countryside. The expedition resulted in a three-volume report, which contained a list of plants collected in Japan and compiled by Asa Gray.

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

E. 4,000-5,000
14,500
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362
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 362, Foreign Mails5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three ample to large margins, barely in at bottom, bright shade, tied by light strike of "Boston Ms. Feb. 3" circular datestamp on 1858 greenish-blue folded cover to Augustine Heard & Co. in Shanghai, China, stamp also tied by "New-York Br. Pkt. Feb. 3" circular datestamp and clear strike of red "Returned for/Postage" framed handstamp struck twice, returned to Boston where an additional 28c was paid in cash for the 33c rate via Southampton, it then went back to New York where "New-York Br. Pkt. Mar. 9" backstamp was applied and the "Returned for Postage" markings crossed out, magenta manuscript "28" credit, carried by the Cunarder America, which departed Boston March 10 and arrived in Liverpool March 22, red London transit (Mar. 23), British due marking originally applied at left then crossed out, receiving backstamp (May 22), stamp lifted and put back in place

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON A COVER TO SHANGHAI. A WONDERFUL RARITY.

Ex Mayer and Hackmey. With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
22,000
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363
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 363, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, rich color, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), Position 71L1L with triple transfer one inverted, large margins to in, tied by red "Trenton N.J. Nov. 28, 1856" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Lieutenant Earl English at Hong Kong, China, addressed to Lt. English on board the U.S. Sloop Levant, sender's route directive "Via English Mail Steamer", red "New-York Am. Pkt. Nov. 29" circular datestamp, manuscript "6" credit, carried on the Ocean Line's Washington, which departed New York Nov. 29 and arrived at Southampton Dec. 14, London (Dec. 15) and receiving (Feb. 25) backstamps, missing most of top flap, repaired along top edge not affecting stamps

FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL COVER TO HONG KONG WITH THE 1851-55 ISSUE PAYING THE 21-CENT RATE BY AMERICAN PACKET VIA ENGLAND.

This cover comes from the well-known correspondence of Lieutenant Earl English, who served on board the U.S. Sloop Levant.

Ex Ishikawa and Hackmey.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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364
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 364, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Positions 55-57R1, horizontal strip of three, huge margins to full, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), Position 95L4, large margins to in, cancelled by grids on 1857 cover to Rev. Henry Blodgett in Shanghai, China, partly struck "Greenfield Mass. Jan. 16" circular datestamp, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 17" backstamp, carried aboard the Collins Line's Ericsson, which departed New York Jan. 17 and arrived at Liverpool on Feb. 1, London transit datestamp (Feb. 2) ties strip, receiving backstamp (Mar. 28), 10c strip tiny corner crease at top right not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL COVER PAYING THE 33-CENT RATE TO SHANGHAI BY BRITISH MAILS VIA SOUTHAMPTON.

Ex Piller, Giamporcaro and Hackmey. With 1993 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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365
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 365, Foreign Mails12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Large margins to just in, used with horizontal pair of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), large margins to just in, and two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), similar margins, tied by bold grid cancels, red "New-York Dec. 13" circular datestamp on 1851 blue folded letter to Payen & Co. in Lyon, France, sender's directive Pr. Humboldt at lower left and carried by the Havre Line's Humboldt, which departed New York Dec. 13 and arrived in Havre Dec. 27, red Havre datestamp ties 1c pair, manuscript "12" decimes due marking, receiving backstamp, stamps slightly gum toned, 1c has small tears at top from placement at edge of cover

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR COVER BEARING A COMPLETE "SET" OF THE THREE NEW 1851 ISSUES TO PAY THE 20-CENT RATE TO FRANCE VIA AMERICAN PACKET DIRECT.

Effective July 1, 1851, the postal rates were changed and the 1847 Issue was demonetized. Three new stamps--1c, 3c and 12c--were issued. A new 10c was issued in 1855 and a new 5c was issued in 1856. Covers showing all three of the new denominations are scarce and desirable, especially prepaying the 20c American Packet Direct rate to France.

Illustrated in North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75 (p. 111). Ex Hackmey.

E. 5,000-7,500
19,000
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366
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 366, Foreign Mails12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Large margins to just in at right, used with horizontal pair and single of 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), margins to in, pair with corners clipped, and two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by grid cancels, red "New-York Am. Packet Jul. 23" circular datestamp on blue 1853 folded cover to Genoa, Italy, sender's directive "Pr Pacific and carried aboard that Collins Line's steamer, departing New York July 23 and arriving Liverpool August 3, red London transit backstamp (Aug. 4), clear strike of red "Etats-Unis Paq. Am. Paris 5 Aout 53" transit datestamp, Torino (Aug. 7) receiving backstamp, manuscript "17" due marking, file folds do not affect stamps, some edge soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE COMPLETE "SET" OF THE 1851 ISSUE USED TO PAY THE 21-CENT BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE TO ITALY VIA AMERICAN PACKET.

Effective July 1, 1851, the postal rates were changed and the 1847 Issue was demonetized. Three new stamps--1c, 3c and 12c--were issued. A new 10c was issued in 1855 and a new 5c was issued in 1856. Covers showing all three of the new denominations are scarce and desirable, and this use of the stamps to pay the 21c British Open Mail rate to Italy via American Packet might be the only one extant.

Ex Piller, Giamporcaro and Hackmey. With 1993 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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367
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 367, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Positions 98-100L1, a superb horizontal strip of three from bottom right corner of the left pane, huge margins all around, intense shade and proof-like impression from an early state of the plate, beautiful greenish cast to paper, tied by two neat strikes of "New Orleans La. Aug. 29, 1857" circular datestamp on folded cover to Paris, France, red "Boston Sep. 9 Paid 24" credit datestamp for double treaty rate, carried by the Cunarder America, which departed Boston Sep. 9 and arrived in Liverpool Sep. 20, French transit datestamp (Sep. 24), merchant's blue oval handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP AND AN IMMACULATE TREATY-RATE COVER. UNQUESTIONABLY THE FINEST 10-CENT 1855 IMPERFORATE TYPE I MULTIPLE KNOWN ON COVER.

This August 1857 cover is a late use of the imperforate 10c stamp, which was issued in mid-1855 and available in perforated form as early as July 1857. However, the strip shows an extremely early impression and shade, which one would not expect to find two years after the original printing. Likewise, the existence of perforated 10c stamps with similar color and impression is further evidence that sheets from the earliest printing of the 10c 1855 were on hand in mid-1857. The practical reason for this anachronistic use of early impressions is the stack principle of production, whereby the first sheets off the press were stacked toward the bottom, and the last sheets were placed on top. Thus, the early printings might be issued or run through the perforating machine much later, as in this case.

Illustrated and cited in Ashbrook's article on the Newbury collection (Stamp Specialist, 1941). Also illustrated in Brookman Vol. I (p. 161). Ex Newbury, Lehman, Grunin, Zoellner and Hackmey. With 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
24,000
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368
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 368, Foreign Mails1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal pair, large margins to in, intense shade (possibly Plate 3), used with two 1857 Perforated 10c Green, Ty. II (32) and two 10c Green Ty. III (33), each cancelled by manuscript "#" on 1859 cover with "Kelley's Island O." printed illustrated postmark, manuscript "Jany. 4" date and "P Am Mail Paid 42" beneath 10c stamps, addressed to Lunmmannsdorf, Switzerland, red "New York Paid 18 Jan. 8" credit datestamp ties two 10c stamps, carried on the Havre Line's Fulton, which departed New York Jan. 8 and arrived Southampton Jan. 21, she sailed from Southampton for Havre the same day but had to return so this must have been carried to Havre on another vessel, red boxed "PD" handstamp, Havre transit (Jan. 22), several backstamps struck over one another, including Jan. 24 receiving backstamp, stamps and cover with some slight toning, cover with small tear at upper left

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF A PRINTED ILLUSTRATED POST OFFICE MARKING ON A COVER FROM KELLEY'S ISLAND, OHIO, TO SWITZERLAND, WITH A COMBINATION OF 1851 IMPERFORATE AND 1857 PERFORATED ISSUES PAYING THE DOUBLE 21-CENT RATE BY FRENCH MAIL.

Kelley's Island measures more than four square miles and is the largest American island in Lake Erie. Located near Sandusky, the island was first settled by Native Americans. During the War of 1812 the island served as a military rendezvous post. After the war, the Native Americans finally abandoned the island. Several attempts were made to settle it, to take advantage of its natural resources, but none was hugely successful until two brothers, Datus and Irad Kelley, purchased almost half of the island in August 1833. Other purchases followed, and they eventually owned the entire island. The name was changed to Kelley's Island in 1840. Prior to settling the island, Irad was based in Cleveland, where he was a successful merchant, postmaster, sailor and real estate investor. The brothers started a very successful business exporting timber, limestone, fruit and wine from the island.

A postmaster was first appointed to Kelley's Island in 1852. The first postmaster was George Kelley, the eldest of Irad's six sons, who ran a general store. From 1854 to 1868 William S. Webb was postmaster, after George sold him the store.

The use of a printed design for the postmark is very unusual. This marking was the subject of an article in Chronicle 76. The author notes the existence of eight covers with this marking. All others bear single 3c imperforate or perforated stamps. This is the only example with other stamps or that was sent to a foreign destination.

Illustrated in Chronicle 76 (p. 193, copy accompanies). Ex Beals, Giamporcaro and Hackmey. With 1997 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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369
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 369, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16), 10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16)10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16). Positions 84-86L1, horizontal strip of three, righthand stamp recut at top, large to enormous margins including parts of three adjoining stamps at top (the recut bottom line of the adjoining Position 76L1 is intact), deep rich color and marvelous early impression, tied by vivid red grid cancels, perfectly clear strike of matching "N.York Am. Pkt. Paid 7 Oct. 11" (1856) credit datestamp on light blue folded letter to Glogau, Prussia, beautiful script with sender's directive "Pr. Steamer 'Baltic'" and carried on that Collins Line steamer which departed New York Oct. 11 and arrived Liverpool Oct. 22, sender's equally beautiful calligraphic directive "Prussian Closed Mail" and "Charles King & Co. New-York" blue oval handstamp with mailing date in manuscript, red Aachen transit (Oct. 24) and receiving backstamp (Oct. 25)

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP. EVERY ELEMENT OF THIS COVER WAS APPLIED WITH CARE 157 YEARS AGO AND PRESERVED IN PRISTINE CONDITION SINCE MAILING. WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND FINEST-QUALITY CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVERS EXTANT.

This immaculate cover comes from the Cohn correspondence, from which the cover bearing a 5c 1856, 1c and 12c 1851 pair originated (realized $85,000 in our 1981 Rarities sale).

Ex LeBow and Hackmey. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
35,000
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370
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 370, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14), 10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14)10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14). Positions 45/55/65/75L1, vertical strip of four containing pair of Type IV at center, Position 55L1 recut at bottom and 65L1 recut at top, deep rich color, large margins except for right side of Position 55L1 where slightly cut in, used with vertical pair of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), large margins to slightly in at right, all stamps cancelled or tied by four-bar cork grid, "Norwich Ct. Jul. 16, 1856" circular datestamp on light blue folded cover to Hamburg, Germany, sender's routing instructions "Steamer Baltic July 19th" and carried aboard that Collins Line steamer which departed New York July 19 and arrived in Liverpool July 30, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jul. 19" circular datestamp, "U.S. PKT." straightline handstamp, red crayon "18" and manuscript "2", red London transit (Jul. 31) and German oval datestamp on back, filing crease and scissors cut in bottom Type IV (65L1)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-CENT 1855 MULTIPLE CONTAINING A VERTICAL PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE IV, USED ON A COVER CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE--ESSENTIALLY A UNIQUE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE.

The 42c postage pays the double 21c British Open Mail rate to Germany via American Packet. Vertical strips of the 10c 1855 are quite uncommon, thus the great rarity of a vertical pair from the conjoined Type IV positions.

Illustrated in Graham's "Great Stamps Make Greater Covers" (American Philatelist, Oct. 1977). Ex Caspary, Baker, Grunin, LeBow and Hackmey. With 1987 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500
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371
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 371, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. II-II-IV (14-14-16), 10c Green, Ty. II-II-IV (14-14-16)10c Green, Ty. II-II-IV (14-14-16). Positions 1-3R1, Position 3R1 recut at top, full margins to touching at bottom, rich color, tied by two strikes of blue "Ozaukie Wis. Nov. 23" circular datestamp on 1856 cover to Luxembourg, red "New York Paid 7 Am. Pkt. Dec. 6" credit datestamp, carried on the Collins Line's Ericsson which departed New York Dec. 6 and arrived in Liverpool Dec. 19, red framed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, receiving backstamps including clear "Luxembourg 24 Dec. 56" double-circle datestamp

VERY FINE. CLASSIC COVERS FROM THE UNITED STATES TO LUXEMBOURG ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS IMPERFORATE FRANKING COULD WELL BE UNIQUE. THE ADDED PHILATELIC ATTRACTION OF A TYPE IV STAMP FROM POSITION 3R1 MAKES THIS A COVER OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND RARITY.

The first 10c plate of 200 (left and right panes of 100) was laid down using a three-subject transfer roll with relief types A, B and C. The C Relief was used only for the bottom row (all Type I design). The A Relief (Type II design) was used to enter the entire second row, and the B Relief (Type III design) was used for the third row. This A/B alternating relief pattern was followed consistently for the fourth through ninth rows. The top row was entered with the A Relief, except for three positions: Positions 1 and 2 in the left pane, and Position 3 in the right pane. These “misplaced reliefs” are B Reliefs, and Positions 1L and 2L are Type III designs, while Position 3R was recut (Type IV). Position 3R1, one of the three misplaced relief positions on the plate, is also one of eight recut (Type IV) positions and the only recut position on the entire right pane of the plate.

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

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
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372
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 372, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, intense shade and impression, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), margins to just in, tied by unusual "paint red" segmented grid cancel, matching Deep River Ct. Apr. 28" circular datestamp on 1856 buff cover to Antwerp, Belgium, red "New-York Am. Pkt. May 3" transit datestamp, clear "U.S. PKT." handstamp, carried on the Havre Line's Arago, which departed New York May 3 and arrived Southampton May 15, London (May 15) and Anvers (May 16) backstamps, framed Belgian Ostend exchange office accountancy handstamp at upper left, manuscript due markings, pair with scissors-cut between stamps at top, right stamp tiny corner crease at top right, cover with large expertly sealed tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE FRANKING PAYING THE 21-CENT BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE TO BELGIUM BY AMERICAN PACKET.

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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373
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 373, Foreign Mails10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17), 10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17)10c Green, Ty. III, 12c Black (15, 17). Both stamps large margins to clear, tied by bold strike of "Kankakee Depot Ill. Aug. 26" circular datestamp on buff 1856 cover addressed in blue to Eghezee, Belgium, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Aug. 30" transit datestamp also ties stamps, bold "U.S. PKT." handstamp, carried on the Collins Line's Baltic, which departed New York Aug. 30 and arrived in Liverpool Sep. 11, framed Belgian Ostend exchange office accountancy handstamp at center, transit and receiving backstamps including receiving datestamp (Sep. 13), some overall wear

VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT AND 12-CENT 1851-55 ISSUES ON A COVER FROM ILLINOIS TO BELGIUM, OVERPAYING BY ONE-CENT THE 21-CENT BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE BY AMERICAN PACKET.

Illustrated in Baker's U.S. Classics on p. 282. Ex Knapp, Baker, Grunin, LeBow and Hackmey. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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374
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 374, Foreign Mails5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal pair, large margins to barely in at left, bright shade, used with horizontal pair of 12c Black (17) and 1c Blue, Ty. II (20), 12c pair large margins to just in at upper left, tied by "Davenport Ioa. Jan. 11" circular datestamps on brown 1858 cover to Bern, Switzerland, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 16" backstamp, red "12" credit handstamp, carried on the Collins Line's Baltic, which departed New York Jan. 16 and arrived in Liverpool Jan. 28, red framed "Aachen Franco" handstamp (Jan. 30), manuscript "s2" indicating postage beyond the German-Austrian Postal Union of 2 silbergroschen had been paid, manuscript "6" kreuzer due from recipient, lefthand 5c crease from vertical fold, 1c stamp small flaw at lower right, cover has been expertly treated by a restorer to make minor cosmetic improvements

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL FRANKING COMBINING THE 5-CENT AND 12-CENT 1851-56 ISSUE AND THE 1857 ONE-CENT PERFORATED ISSUE ON A PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND. THIS WAS CARRIED ON THE LAST EASTBOUND VOYAGE OF THE COLLINS LINE.

Our records of the 5c 1856 Issue used to Switzerland contain six covers used with other stamps. All pay the 35c rate via Prussian Closed Mail. The other five are used with strips of three of 10c stamps.

Ex Ferrary, Gibson, Rohloff, Ishikawa and Hackmey.

E. 15,000-20,000
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