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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
114
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 114, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins, rich "Chocolate" shade, tied by three clear strikes of black "5" in rectangular frame handstamp, matching "Alexandria D.C. Mar. 25" circular datestamp on 1848 folded cover to Charlottesville Va., vertical file folds well clear of stamps and marking, faint overall soiling, Extremely Fine, rare, this rate handstamp is associated with the Alexandria Postmaster's Provisional and is seldom found on the 1847 Issue, ex Gibson, Rust, Sampson, Kapiloff and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
115
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 115, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Horizontal pair, mostly full margins except where clear of frameline at bottom left, deep shade and sharp early impression, tied by red grid cancels, matching partly clear strike of "Washington City D.C. Jul. 16" (1847) circular datestamp on folded letter to Columbus O. clearly dated July 15, 1847

VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF A 10-CENT PAIR DURING THE FIRST MONTH OF THE 1847 ISSUE.

The 10c pair pays the 20c rate for a letter weighing between one-half and one ounce sent more than 300 miles. Washington D.C. received its first supply of 1847 stamps on July 9.

Ex Schenck and Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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116
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 116, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, marvelous dark shade and sharp early impression, tied by lightly struck green grid cancels with matching "Tallahassee Flor. Aug. 14" circular datestamp on folded letter to James G. King & Sons in New York City, remarkably fresh and clean

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND VERY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE FROM FLORIDA WITH MARKINGS IN TRUE GREEN COLOR.

Several 10c 1847 covers from the James G. King correspondence are known from Tallahassee, but only two 5c covers are recorded. The pair on this cover comes from a very early printing, possibly the first, and must come from an early shipment to Tallahassee (1,700 were delivered). The green ink used to cancel the stamp and postmark the letter is an unmistakable true green, not one of the impure greenish-blue green inks seen more frequently in this period.

Ex Dr. Chase with a note on back in his distinctive writing, "Superb pair, Green Gridiron Cancellation." Also ex Rust and Boker.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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117
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 117, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Two large margins, other sides ample to slightly in, intense shade and impression, tied by red grid cancel, bold matching "Apalachicola F.Ty. May 22" circular datestamp (with old territorial designation) on fresh buff cover to North Fairhaven, Mass., from the Swift correspondence, neat 1850 docketing at left

FINE. AN UNUSUALLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER FROM FLORIDA.

There are 20 10c 1847 covers recorded from Apalachicola in the Alexander census.

Ex Pope, Stollnitz and "Sevenoaks." With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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118
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 118, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, beautiful bright shade with strong reddish hue, tied by perfect strike of red grid cancel, matching and equally perfect strike of "Chicago Ill. 14 Sep." circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Oregon Ill.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND COVER. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF THE 1847 ISSUE USED FROM CHICAGO WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.

Ex Newbury, Hart and Boker.

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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119
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 119, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, full to large margins, gorgeous First Printing color and proof-like impression, tied by vivid red grid cancels, matching "Chicago Ill. Dec. 8" circular datestamp and "10" in serrated oval handstamp on blue folded letter to Buffalo N.Y. dated Dec. 7, 1847, light vertical fold

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE FROM THE FIRST PRINTING ON A COVER WITH BRILLIANT RED CHICAGO MARKINGS, INCLUDING THE "10" IN SERRATED OVAL FROM THE PRE-STAMP ERA.

Ex Garrett and Boker.

E. 1,500-2,000
3,750
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120
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 120, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Ample to large margins, tied by three strikes of red "10" in serrated oval handstamp, matching "Chicago Ill. 2 Dec." circular datestamp on lady's small envelope to New York City street address

VERY FINE. A VERY ATTRACTIVE 10-CENT 1847 COVER FROM CHICAGO WITH THE "10" IN SERRATED OVAL RATE HANDSTAMP FROM THE PRE-STAMP ERA TYING THE STAMP.

Ex Dick and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
4,500
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121
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 121, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, remarkable proof-like impression, a superb stamp cancelled by perfect strike of red rectangular 9-bar open grid with matching "Aurora Ill. Dec. 20" circular datestamp on 1850 blue folded letter to Buffalo N.Y., datelined Black Hawk Mills, vertical file fold

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVERS FROM AURORA, ILLINOIS, AND AN OUTSTANDING STRIKE OF THIS UNUSUAL NON-STANDARD RECTANGULAR GRID CANCEL.

1847 Issue stamps were never shipped to Aurora, but the postmaster or local resident probably obtained a supply from nearby Chicago.

Ex Rust and Boker.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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122
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 122, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 85L1 with short transfer at top, large margins, tied by two separate strikes of blue 6-bar cross-hatched grid -- this distinctive grid differs from criss-crossing strikes of an ordinary grid from other post offices -- matching "Ottawa Ill. May 23" circular datestamp on blue folded cover-front only to Philadelphia, Extremely Fine, Ottawa received 1847 stamps on Jan. 18, 1851, so this must be a May 1851 use, ex Gibson, Sampson and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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123
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 123, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two singles, large to full margins, right stamp affixed first to turned folded cover and tied by large red grid, matching "Waukegan Ill. May. 27" circular datestamp to Plattsburg N.Y., the distance was over 300 miles and so manuscript "Due 5" marking applied, the second stamp was then added (slightly overlapping the first) and similarly tied, the due marking was crossed out, inside with "Plattsburgh N.Y. May 21" circular datestamp and matching "10" rate and addressed to Waukegan, 1851 docketing, faint vertical file fold not affecting stamps, few minor age spots, Very Fine, a very unusual use, featured in an article in Chronicle 216, ex Saadi

E. 1,000-1,500
6,250
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124
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 124, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, deep shade and impression, just tied by red grid cancel with matching "Hopkinsville Ky. Mar. 27" (1850) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to New Orleans, Palfrey correspondence, stamp with tiny scissors-cut in top right margin well away from frameline, Extremely Fine stamp and cover, desirable use from Kentucky, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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125
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 125, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins including right sheet margin, tied by blue grid and "Louisville Ky. Jun. 1" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Russellville Ky., stamp with some soiling mostly in margin, cover edge splitting and missing one panel, still Extremely Fine, ex Hart and Boker

E. 750-1,000
750
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126
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 126, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to full margins at left, deep shade and crisp impression, tied by multiple strikes of blue "PAID" straightline handstamp with matching "Louisville 10 Jul. 30" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to Baltimore Md., Extremely Fine and fresh, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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127
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 127, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins all around, deep rich color, tied by frameless 11-bar black open grid cancel with matching "Brunswick Me. Dec. 2" circular datestamp on folded cover to Ipswich Me.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A PRISTINE COVER WITH PERFECTLY STRUCK MARKINGS. MAGNIFICENT IN EVERY RESPECT.

This is the only recorded 5c cover from this town with black postmarks. Ex Sampson, Newbury, Haas, Garrett and Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
10,000
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128
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 128, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to full margins at top, tied by criss-crossing frameless 11-bar black rimless grid cancel, "Brunswick Me. Oct. 25" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New York City

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER FROM BRUNSWICK, MAINE, WITH A CRISS-CROSS GRID CANCEL.

Ex Sampson, Krug, Matthies, Rust, Garrett and Boker. Pictured and discussed in Ashbrook's Special Service. Signed Ashbrook

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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129
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 129, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large to full margins all around, deep rich color, tied by red grid with matching "Eastport Me. Jul. 14" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Andover Mass., file folds clear of pair, fresh and Extremely Fine cover paying the over-300 miles rate, ex Rust and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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130
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 130, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Full to huge margins including right sheet margin, bright color, cancelled by greenish-blue grid with matching "Kennebunk Me. Mar. 13" (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to South Berwick Me., central file fold, Very Fine, a pretty cover, the Alexander census lists only two covers from Kennebunk, which received no 1847 stamps of either denomination, ex Eno and Boker

E. 750-1,000
700
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131
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 131, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: District of Columbia thru Maine10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to clear at bottom, tied by partly clear strikes of "Machias Me. Feb. 19" (1850) circular datestamp with full strike at left on blue folded letter to Lexington Mass., Very Fine, this is the only recorded 10c cover from Machias, which received only 200 10c stamps (two 5c covers known), ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
950
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