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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: Missouri thru New York

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
152
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 152, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two singles, margins full to just touched, tied overlapping by red "St. Louis Mo. 10 Dec. 31" integral-rate circular datestamp, second strike at right on cover to South Boston Mass., right stamp some paper adherence and cover with minor edge toning, appears Very Fine, attractive over-300 miles rate cover from the Turner correspondence, which is known for overlapping stamps, discussed in a Nov. 2009 Chronicle article by Gordon Eubanks, who records 15 such overlapping pairs from this correspondence, ex Seybold, West, Hart and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
153
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 153, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, artfully tied by overlapping strikes of deep red "Saint Louis Mo. 10 Jan. 13" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to South Boston Mass., from the Turner correspondence, cover with some overall toning and backflap tear, stamp is Very Fine and choice, ex Brown and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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154
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 154, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, bright shade, cancelled by clear strike of blue "5" numeral handstamp, matching "Concord N.H. Nov. 2" circular datestamp on cover addressed to Miss Mary Stilphen in Manchester N.H., fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover, the Stilphen correspondence is known for the use of 10c bisects (eight recorded), ex Koppersmith and Boker, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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155
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 155, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by well-struck dark green "5" numeral handstamp, matching "Bath N.H. Apr. 6" circular datestamp and "FREE" handstamp on folded cover addressed to "Hon. James H. Johnson M.C., Washington D.C.", stamp with additional manuscript cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE TIED ON A COVER BY A GREEN "5" NUMERAL HANDSTAMP AND SENT FREE TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT USED FROM BATH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

The addressee, James H. Johnson, was born in Bath and was a Democratic member of the 30th Congress, which met from March 4, 1847 to March 4, 1849. This cover could have been sent free of charge to a member of Congress, so the 10c 1847 stamp was not necessary. It may have been affixed by the sender to ensure that the letter would not be treated as unpaid by the post office. The "5" handstamp was likely applied in error, as the proper rate was 10c for distances greater than 300 miles.

Ex Boker. Signed Ashbrook. With 1989 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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156
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 156, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to barely into frameline including sheet margin at right, tied by perfectly struck blue hollow Star fancy cancel, matching "Trenton N.J. Sep. 13" circular datestamp on blue 1849 folded letter to Baltimore, vertical file fold well away from stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A MARVELOUS STRIKE OF THIS LARGE AND DISTINCTIVE FANCY CANCEL, TYING A SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON COVER. FANCY CANCELLATIONS ON THE 1847 ISSUE ARE RARE.

Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's. The more distinctive designs are the St. Johnsbury Vt. Scarab, Trenton N.J. Star and Binghamton N.Y. Herringbone. Power Search contains only two off-cover examples plus the example offered in lot 43 of this sale.

Ex Emerson, Matthies, Rohloff, Kapiloff and Boker.

E. 10,000-15,000
47,500
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157
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 157, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just barely in at bottom, cancelled by perfectly clear strike of green "5" in frame rate handstamp used as a cancel, matching "Princeton N.J. Nov. 23" circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to Philadelphia, some minor splitting along folds

VERY FINE. PROBABLY THE FINEST EXTANT EXAMPLE OF THE DISTINCTIVE GREEN NUMERAL "5" OF PRINCETON USED ON THE 1847 ISSUE.

See lot 49 for off-cover example. Ex Boker.

E. 3,000-4,000
7,500
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158
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 158, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Intense color, large margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by clear strike of black Herringbone fancy cancel, red "Binghamton N.Y. Jun. 6" circular datestamp on blue cover to Sarah Roseboom in Cherry Valley N.Y., manuscript "Paid" at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FAMOUS BINGHAMTON HERRINGBONE CANCELLATION. VERY FEW FANCY CANCELLATIONS ARE KNOWN ON THE 1847 ISSUE. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS CANCEL ARE RECORDED STRUCK IN BLACK.

Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's.

According to the Alexander 1847 book, the postmaster in Binghamton ordered his first supply of 1847 stamps from the postmaster of New York, Robert Morris, rather than through official channels from the Post Office Department, as he wanted to see whether local residents would use them. Since the order was not placed through official channels, he did not receive the standard 7-bar cancelling device and instead made his own.

Illustrated in Baker's U.S. Classics (p. 172). Ex West, Newbury, Ishikawa and Hackmey.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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159
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 159, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Large margins to ample at top, rich color, tied by well-struck red Herringbone fancy cancel, matching "Binghamton N.Y. Sep. 15" circular datestamp on cover to Sarah Roseboom in Cherry Valley N.Y., small filing holes at upper right well away from stamp

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE BINGHAMTON HERRINGBONE FANCY CANCELLATION ON COVER.

According to the Alexander 1847 book, the postmaster in Binghamton ordered his first supply of the 1847 stamps from the postmaster of New York, Robert Morris, rather than through official channels from the Post Office Department, as he wanted to see whether local residents would used them. Since the order was not placed through official channels, he did not receive the standard 7-bar cancelling device and instead made his own.

Ex Muriel B. Hayes. With 1968 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,900
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160
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 160, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large even margins, tied by red "5" numeral handstamps, light strike of "Elmira N.Y. Sep. 12" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Lyme Conn., light file folds well away from stamps, minor age spots including one barely affecting left stamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful pair used on cover from Elmira N.Y. paying the over-300 miles rate, ex Rust and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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161
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 161, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just clear at bottom, bright shade, tied by beautiful strike of red 4-ring target cancel, matching "Greenwich N.Y. Apr. 16" circular datestamp on buff cover to East Berkshire Vt., stamp with tiny nick at bottom center of little consequence, otherwise Very Fine, a perfect strike, very few target cancels were used on the 1847 Issue and this 4-ring version is rare, ex Matthies, Rust and Boker

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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162
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 162, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, clear at top left, tied by unusual bright red segmented dots fancy cancel, matching "Leeds N.Y. Dec. 20" ornamental circular datestamp on cover to Kendall N.Y., turned use, inside with "Kendall N.Y. Mar. 8" manuscript postmark and matching "5" rate to Leeds N.Y., some minor soiling, opened for display, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of the Leed's handstamped cancel on the 1847 Issue (two others with manuscript markings are known), Leeds never officially received a supply of the 1847 Issue, ex Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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163
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 163, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, rich color, tied by red 16-segment rosette fancy cancel, matching "Little Falls N.Y. Oct. 22" circular datestamp on blue 1847 folded letter to Albany N.Y., light vertical file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine, a rare cancel which reminds us of the elaborate Little Miami R.R. sunburst fancy cancel, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records, ex Boker, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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164
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 164, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, deep rich color, tied by two strikes of green grid cancels, matching "Lockport N.Y. May 24" circular datestamp on 1848 blue folded letter to Buffalo N.Y., vertical file fold well clear of stamp and markings, Extremely Fine, rare with green cancels, ex Rose

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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165
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 165, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear including sheet margin at right, cancelled by neat strikes of small blue "X" handstamps, matching "Lockport N.Y. Apr. 27" circular datestamp on 1849 folded cover to Lansing Mich., vertical file fold does not affect stamps, docketing at upper left erased, slight cover soiling at right, Very Fine, a rare and unusual handstamped marking, listed in Alexander census as manuscript (we can understand the confusion), ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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166
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 166, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by bold strike of "PAID/SHIP" handstamp, matching "New-York Aug. 24" circular datestamp on 1849 blue folded letter from New York City, addressed to Hiram Deats in Quakertown N.J., vertical file fold well away from stamp and markings, Very Fine, a rare use of the "PAID/SHIP" handstamp on a domestic cover, this is the only reported use of this marking on an 1847 Issue cover, this was also sent to the father of a famous early collector, with analysis by Calvet M. Hahn who notes that the Cunarder Canada arrived at around the same time this was sent and the New York office must have used the wrong device on this piece of domestic mail, ex Rohloff and Boker, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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167
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 167, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins, radiant color, tied by well-struck red circular 7-bar grids, matching "New-York Oct. 30" circular datestamp on 1849 blue folded letter to Grand Rapids Mich., manuscript "Paid" at upper left, fresh and Very Fine, circular grids are scarce used from New York City, which normally used the square grid, ex Saadi

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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168
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 168, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins to ample, bright shade, tied by red square grid cancel and matching "New-York Mar. 18" Ocean Mail style circular datestamp on brown cover to Mt. Vernon O., 1850 docketing at left

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THIS NEW YORK MARKING ON AN 1847-ISSUE COVER.

This style of circular datestamp was made by modifying an old device which contained the word "Ship" at bottom. The marking would later be used on Ocean Mail carried by contract routes from New York to the West Coast via Panama. It saw occasional use starting in 1850 on domestic and cross-border mail. Please see lot 279 in this sale for an example of this cancel used to Canada.

Ex Hart and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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169
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 169, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Two singles, right stamp short transfer at top, right stamp large margins, left stamp large margins to clear, tied by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Apl. 28" circular datestamp on 1849 folded letter to Salisbury N.C., light vertical file fold well away from stamp, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive use paying double over-300 miles rate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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170
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 170, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, large margins to clear, bright shade, tied by red criss-crossing grid cancels, matching "Newark N.Y. Jun. 9" circular datestamp on 1851 blue folded cover to New York City, with original contents, left edge of stamps barely affected by vertical file fold, Very Fine appearance, Newark is near Rochester, so this is a single over-300 miles rate, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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171
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 171, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear at bottom, rich color, tied by two strikes of "Phoenix N.Y. Jun. 11" circular datestamp, one strike in black, another in brown caused by use of a handstamp with mixture of red and black inks, on folded letter datelined "Oswego Jan. 10, 1851" to Utica N.Y., horizontal file fold away from stamp, Very Fine, the only recorded use of the 1847 Issue from Phoenix which received a supply of 200 5c stamps, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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172
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 172, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). With Dot in "S" variety, large margins all around, tied by neat strike of dark blue grid cancel, matching "Troy N.Y. Jul. 5" circular datestamp on 1848 folded letter to New York City, light file folds well away from stamp, Extremely Fine Gem stamp on a beautiful cover, ex Rust and Boker, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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173
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 173, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins, brilliant color, tied by bold strike of blue "V" Roman numeral in circle cancel, matching "Utica N.Y. Nov. 10" oval datestamp on blue folded cover to New York City, fresh and Extremely Fine use of this pre-stamp Roman numeral marking as a killer device

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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174
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 174, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: Missouri thru New York5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins including parts of three adjoining stamps, intense shade, cancelled by blue grids, matching "Westfield N.Y. Aug. 5" circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded cover to Albany N.Y., scissors-cut at top between stamps, vertical file folds well away from stamps, Very Fine, ex Garrett and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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