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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: North Carolina thru Wisconsin

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
175
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 175, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins including sheet margin at left, wonderful intense shade and impression, tied by well-struck blue grid cancels, matching "Wilmington N.C. May 16" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Boston, some slight edgewear not affecting stamps

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A GORGEOUS SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE TRUE BROWN ORANGE SHADE ON COVER.

Ex Boker. With 1969 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
176
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 176, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to full margins, detailed impression, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Wilmington N.C. Mar. 26" circular datestamp on brown cover to Hampden Me., minor edgewear, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex Rust and Boker

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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177
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 177, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Horizontal pair, large margins to ample at right, bright shade on strongly blued paper, tied by multiple strikes of red "X" in circle Roman numeral handstamp, matching "Cleveland O. Apr. 22" circular datestamp on cover to Newburgh N.Y., fresh and Very Fine, an attractive cover, ex Garrett and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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178
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 178, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins, intense shade and impression, tied by bold strike of black "Downington Penn." double-circle datestamp with "Sept 26" date in manuscript on blue 1849 folded letter to Philadelphia, manuscript "5" rate, small central cover stain, Very Fine, a rare use, desirable with the stamp tied by the unusual double-circle datestamp struck in black, Downington did not officially receive a supply of 1847 Issue stamps, three are known used from here

E. 750-1,000
950
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179
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 179, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around, worn impression, tied by well-struck green "Milford Pa. May 25" circular datestamp, second strike at lower left on 1848 folded letter to Philadelphia, manuscript "5" at upper right, vertical file folds do not affect stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE TIED BY A GREEN CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.

Milford did not receive a supply of the 1847 Issue. Two 5c covers are known, including one with the stamp tied by a red grid. No 10c covers are known.

Ex Boker. With 1975 P.F. certificate as Brown shade.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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180
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 180, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, cancelled by perfect strike of red grid cancel, matching "Lancaster Pa. Dec. 11" circular datestamp on blue 1850 cover to Columbia Pa., fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Sampson and Boker, with 1992 Jakubek certificate

E. 750-1,000
750
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181
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 181, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large even margins, rich color and sharp impression, tied by perfect strike of blue "Paid" in oval handstamp, matching "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Apr. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Reading Pa., stamp slightly affected by pressed-out vertical file fold (almost unnoticeable), Extremely Fine appearance, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
600
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182
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 182, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Horizontal pair, large margins, intense shade and early impression, tied by unobtrusive strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 10cts. Mar. 14" integral-rate circular datestamp, third strike at left, on blue 1848 folded letter to Trenton N.J., vertical file fold well away from stamps, Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover, scarce with the stamps tied solely by the integral-rate circular datestamp, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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183
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 183, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins all around including sheet margin at top, radiant color, tied by blue "2" in double-circle handstamp, matching "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Feb. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp on brown cover to Wilbraham Mass., Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover and a scarce use of the 2c rate handstamp to tie a 5c 1847 stamp, according to an article by Dr. Vernon R. Morris, Jr. in Chronicle 200, the "2" handstamp was used in Philadelphia to indicate payment in cash of "to the mails" carrier service for a destination outside the old city limits (pre-1854 consolidation), ex Wunderlich, Garrett and Boker, with 1976 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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184
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 184, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Huge to ample margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, detailed impression, tied by blue "12" in double-circle handstamp, matching "Philada. Pa. 10 Jan. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp on brown cover to Logansport Ind., 1849 docketing at left

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE PHILADELPHIA "12" NUMERAL RATE HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Grunin, Garrett, Kapiloff and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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185
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 185, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to full margins, detailed impression, tied by red "Pittsburgh Pa. Feb. 9" circular datestamp on brown cover to Philadelphia, fresh and Very Fine, desirable with the stamp cancelled and tied solely by the circular datestamp

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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186
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 186, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to full at top, bright color, tied by well-struck unusual red non-standard 7-bar grid in circle cancel, matching "Reading Pa. Nov. 9" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Pottsville Pa., light vertical file fold well away from stamp, some slight splitting along folds, Extremely Fine, a rare example of this unusual grid, perhaps three are known, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
750
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187
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 187, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, cancelled by large black rectangular grid of squares, matching "Wilkes Barre Pa. Sep. 29" circular datestamp on brown cover to Funkhannock Pa., tiny mended opening fault at upper right, light vertical file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE WILKES BARRE RECTANGULAR GRID OF SQUARES CANCEL. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 1847 ISSUE WITH THIS CANCELLATION (THIS COVER WAS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE UNIQUE).

The other cover with the same markings and address is dated September 26 (Siegel Sale 933, lot 155, realized $7,000 hammer).

Ex Rohloff, Haas, Garrett, Kapiloff and Boker.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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188
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 188, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins, rich color, cancelled by bold strikes of black "5" numeral handstamp, matching "Wilkes Barre Pa. Aug. 14" circular datestamp on blue cover to Stanardsville Va., faint pressed-out vertical crease mostly between stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE CANCELLED BY BOLD "5" NUMERAL CANCELLATIONS. A WONDERFUL COVER.

Ex Rust and Boker.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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189
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 189, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Two singles, large margins, detailed impressions, cancelled by red grids, matching "Georgetown S.C. Feb. 27" circular datestamp on cover to West Point N.Y., slight edgewear just barely affects right stamp, still Extremely Fine, attractive double-rate use, this is the only recorded cover from Georgetown S.C. with more than one 10c 1847 stamp, the addressee, Benjamin Allston, was a West Point cadet when this was mailed, he later became an officer in the Confederate army during the Civil War

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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190
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 190, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to ample at right, tied by well-struck red 12-bar grid in circle cancel, matching "Brattleboro Vt. Jan. 29" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to New Haven Conn., manuscript box charge number at lower left, vertical file fold not affecting stamp, Very Fine and choice, the Brattleboro postmaster received his first supply of 1847 Issue stamps on Jan. 29, 1850, if this cover is from that year then this is dated on the first day they were officially available at that post office (two are known used in 1849), ex Sampson and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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191
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 191, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to well clear at bottom, bright shade, tied by perfect strike of red "Burlington Vt. 5 Nov. 12" integral-rate circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded cover to Birmingham Conn., light file folds well away from stamp, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
900
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192
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 192, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, cancelled by perfect strike of red grid, matching "Burlington Vt. Jul. 8" circular datestamp on cover to Malone N.Y., trivial cover edge soiling, fresh and Extremely Fine, a pretty cover, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
600
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193
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 193, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, intense shade and early impression, cancelled by two strikes of criss-crossed red numeral "5" in circle handstamp, matching "East Bennington Vt. Aug. 29" circular datestamp on 1848 folded cover to Woodstock Vt., vertical file folds do not affect stamp, Extremely Fine, scarce numeral cancel, ex Caspary and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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194
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 194, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Deep Red Brown (1 var), 5c Deep Red Brown (1 var)5c Deep Red Brown (1 var). Intense shade and early impression, large to full margins, tied by well-struck red open grid of dashes fancy cancel, matching "Rutland Vt. Nov. 11" circular datestamp on blue 1848 folded signed printed notice from Bank of Rutland to Proctorsville Vt., vertical file fold well away from stamp, Extremely Fine, rare example of this unusual cancel, only seven 5c covers (and no 10c) are recorded used from Rutland and it is unknown how many bear this fancy cancel, we have offered one other which was an inferior strike, ex Saadi, with 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,300
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195
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 195, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Grayish Brown (1a), 5c Grayish Brown (1a)5c Grayish Brown (1a). Large margins, wonderful dark color, tied by perfect strike of red Scarab fancy cancel, matching clear strike of "St. Johnsbury Vt. Sep. 9" circular datestamp on blue 1848 folded cover to Troy N.Y., light vertical file folds well clear of stamp and markings, without left side flap

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS ST. JOHNSBURY "SCARAB" FANCY CANCELLATION TYING A SUPERB 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ON AN IMMACULATE COVER.

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. The Alexander book lists eight genuine uses of the 5c on cover with this cancel. See lots 44 and 76 of this sale for off-cover examples.

Illustrated in Chronicle 50 (p. 94). Ex Brown, Bingham, Floyd T. Starr, Ishikawa and Boker.

E. 7,500-10,000
35,000
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196
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 196, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom and sheet margin at right, cancelled by blue criss-crossed "PAID" handstamps, third strike at left, matching "Windsor Vt. Jun. 3" circular datestamp on 1848 bluish folded letter to St. Johnsbury Vt., vertical file fold well away from stamp, Extremely Fine Gem stamp on a beautiful cover -- perfection -- ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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197
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 197, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to ample at bottom, bright shade, cancelled by perfect strike of blue "5" numeral handstamp, matching "Portsmouth Va. Mar. 16" circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Wilmington Del., fresh and Very Fine, ex Saadi

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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198
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 198, On-Cover Domestic Uses by State: North Carolina thru Wisconsin5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to ample margins, cancelled by manuscript "X" and tied by black "Sugar Creek WI, V Cents, July 29" with integral Roman numeral rate circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Cohoes N.Y., underpaid 5c for the 10c over-300 miles rate and with second strike of the marking at upper right and manuscript "Unpaid", vertical file fold well away from stamp and markings, some slight soiling

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE FROM SUGAR CREEK, WISCONSIN. MORE IMPORTANT IS THE EXTREMELY UNUSUAL CONFIGURATION OF THE TOWN MARKING WITH INTEGRAL ROMAN NUMERAL RATE.

This is the only reported use of the 1847 Issue from Sugar Creek, Wisconsin. This cover was the subject of an article in Chronicle 62, which notes "The writer had been to Milwaukee a day or two previous and had encountered there an old acquaintance from New York State. The Sugar Creek man was writing to a mutual friend to learn what attitude the folks back in Cohoes, and most particularly the Milwaukee man's wife, now held toward him. It may be presumed that the Milwaukeean had left home under a cloud of public and private disapproval. It also is a fair guess that he provided the stamp when he asked the other fellow to write the letter. The single five-cent stamp was only half enough for the destination."

Ex Jack Dick and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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