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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
276
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 276, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins including left sheet margin, ample at top, remarkably detailed impression, tied by red 17-bar grid in circle cancel, matching "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. Jul. 2" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "New York 2 July 1849" and addressed to Montreal, Canada, from the Torrance correspondence, "4-1/2" manuscript due marking for distance under 60 miles from the border, red Montreal receiving backstamp (Jul. 5), light vertical file folds do not affect stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A HUDSON RIVER MAIL COVER. A PHENOMENAL CLASSIC IMPERFORATE COVER IN EVERY RESPECT.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and with note on back "Bought in Montreal-1937-$145" and ex Boker

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
277
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 277, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to ample margins, cancelled by red 15-bar rectangular grid cancel with matching "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. Oct. 5" (1849) route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Toronto, Canada, "Queenston U.C. Oct. 7, 1849" circular datestamp, manuscript "4-1/2" rate, Toronto receiving backstamp (Oct. 8), vertical file fold, small spindle tear at top right not affecting stamp or markings

VERY FINE. A RARE 1847 ISSUE COVER TO CANADA WITH THE HUDSON RIVER MAIL ROUTE AGENT'S MARKING AND THE RECTANGULAR 15-BAR GRID, OF WHICH TWO EXAMPLES ARE REPORTED.

Stanley B. Ashbrook's notes on back read, "This stamp is cancelled by a rare wide bar grid which is different from the well-known wavy line grid..." Ex Emerson

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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278
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 278, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Clear to large margins with huge bottom sheet margin, proof-like impression, used to forward a letter datelined at Savannah Ga., Dec. 22, 1848, to David Torrance in New York City, red "Savannah Ga. 10 Dec. 22" integral-rate circular datestamp, turned and re-addressed to Montreal, Canada, sender's routing "via Whitehall N.Y.", red "New-York Dec. 26" circular datestamp and matching "6" in circle handstamp used to cancel 10c stamp (well-tied), red Montreal receiving backstamp (Jan. 3, 1849), some splits along folds, repaired erosion along vertical file fold, stamp appears to have a very slight pressed crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON AN UNUSUAL TURNED COVER FROM SAVANNAH TO NEW YORK CITY, THEN FORWARDED TO MONTREAL, CANADA -- ADDING TO THE MIX IS THE PRESENCE OF THE "6" IN CIRCLE SHIP-LETTER RATE MARKING USED AS A CANCELLATION.

Ex Boker

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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279
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 279, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 96L1, short transfer at top, full to large margins, tied by two strikes of red 7-bar circular grid cancel and "New-York Mar. 13" (1850) Ocean Mail circular datestamp on folded cover to London, Canada West, manuscript "9" Canadian postage due, "Queenston U.C. Mar. 15, 1850" circular datestamp, Hamilton (Mar. 16) and London (Mar. 17) backstamps, vertical file fold, slight yellowish toning

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE NEW YORK OCEAN MAIL TYPE DATESTAMP ON THE 1847 ISSUE. THE USE OF THIS MARKIING ON MAIL TO CANADA IS EVEN MORE UNUSUAL.

Stanley B. Ashbrook theorized that the first New York City Ocean Mail cancel was fashioned from the older "New York/Ship" postmark with the word "Ship" removed. It is known on a handful of March 1850 covers bearing stamps of the 1847 Issue. Creighton C. Hart described the five 1847 covers that were known to him, dated in March 1850 and "occasionally thereafter." (Chronicle 97). The Polland collection contained a 5c 1847 cover with this cancel dated Oct. 9 (presumably 1850). After July 1851, the cancel was used in black on domestic letters traveling via ocean routes. Please see lot 168 of this sale for an example used on domestic mail.

Ex Rust and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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280
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 280, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Horizontal pair, right stamp Dot in "S" variety (ninth vertical row, left pane), large even margins, intense shade and impression, tied by two strikes of red square grid cancel and matching "New-York Oct. 5" (1848) circular datestamp on cover to St. John, New Brunswick, sender's notation "Paid to the Lines", manuscript "7" Canadian pence due, St. Andrews and St. John (Oct. 9, 1848) backstamps, exchanged between Robbinston Me. and St. Andrews

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR ON A FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE COVER TO NEW BRUNSWICK, BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.

Ex Rust and Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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281
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 281, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Positions 98-99L1, horizontal pair, right stamp shows faint Dot in "S" variety, huge margins all around including part of bottom sheet margin, intense shade and early impression, tied by sharp strikes of blue grid cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Aug. 25" (1847) circular datestamp on folded letter to Halifax, Nova Scotia, sender's directive "Via Boston per Steamer", carried aboard the Cunarder Cambria, which departed Boston on Sep. 2, manuscript "1/" one-shilling British packet charge, Halifax (Sep. 3) receiving backstamp, two vertical file folds, one slightly toned, the other passes thru righthand 5c stamp (pressed to near invisibility), otherwise Extremely Fine, a very attractive and early 1847 Issue cover to Nova Scotia, ex Matthies, Rust and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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282
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 282, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins except touched at bottom left corner, tied by blue "5" in oval cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Jun. 25" (1848) circular datestamp on greenish-blue folded cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, sender's routing "pr Steamer America via Boston", manuscript "1/" one-shilling British packet charge, Halifax (Jun. 30) receiving backstamp, vertical file fold and bleached spots well away from stamp

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 1847 ISSUE COVER CARRIED BY CUNARD PACKET TO NOVA SCOTIA.

The 10c 1847 stamp paid the U.S. over-300 miles rate from Baltimore to Boston, and the letter was then carried by the Cunarder America, which departed Boston on June 28. This was the last eastbound Cunard sailing before the Retaliatory Period. The British packet rate of one shilling was collected from the addressee (no inland postage was assessed). The one-shilling charge was levied until September 20, 1849, at which point it was reduced to 4 pence (4-1/2 pence in local currency).

Ex Hart and Boker.

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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283
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 283, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, minute tear in left margin, tied by red circular grid cancel, matching "New-York 10cts. 28 Sep." integral-rate circular datestamp and "Paid" arc on 1850 folded cover to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, manuscript "11-1/2" Canadian pence due, backstamped at St. Andrews (Oct. 2), St. John (Oct. 3), Digby (Oct. 5) and Yarmouth (Oct. 9), receipt docketing

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND VERY SCARCE 10-CENT 1847 COVER TO NOVA SCOTIA.

This was exchanged between Robbinston, Maine, and St. Andrews on the Canadian side of the Bay of Fundy.

Ex Boker. With 1984 Alcuri and 1985 P.F. certificates.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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284
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 284, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two singles, full to large margins, bright shade, tied by red square grid cancels and matching "New-York Jun. 25" (1850) circular datestamp on folded cover from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Montreal, Canada, via New York with red "Forwarded by George & John Laurie & Co. New-York" oval backstamp, a few lines of letter and signature of Thomas S. Tobin are on back of address leaf, addressed to John M. Tobin (a Montreal merchant), originated in Halifax and carried by the Cunarder Cambria, which arrived at New York on June 23, manuscript "4" Canadian rate, black "New York 5cts. Jun. 24" integral-rate circular datestamp under stamps, blue manuscript "10c" applied by New York post office based on the Montreal portion of the address, this rate notation along with forwarder's name and "P Steamer" are crossed out and "p Mail" written in by forwarding agents, manuscript "4-1/2" for Canadian postage, Montreal receiving backstamp (Jun. 27, 1850), minor splits along folds reinforced with hinges

VERY FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL 1847 ISSUE COVER FROM NOVA SCOTIA TO CANADA VIA NEW YORK WITH TWO 5-CENT STAMPS PAYING THE UNITED STATES PORTION OF THE FORWARDING POSTAGE TO CANADA .

The accompanying certificate states states that this letter originated in England, "probably via the Cambria." At this time the Cunard steamers were still stopping at Halifax when bound from Liverpool to the United States (North Atlantic Mail Sailings, p. 28, footnote 35). The Cambria carried this letter, but it probably was added to the mail at Halifax, based on the absence of a one-shilling packet postage marking and the presence of the "4" pence rate. The blue manuscript "10c" is characteristic of New York City's post office. The notation was probably applied by a clerk who read the Montreal address, but the letter was delivered to Laurie & Co. and re-mailed with the two 5c 1847 stamps prepaying the postage to Canada.

Ex Matthies, Peyton, Garrett and Boker. With 1978 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,000
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285
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 285, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, bright orange shade, ample to large margins at sides, slightly in at top and bottom, tied by two clear strikes of grid cancel and red "Boston 10Cts. 17 Oct." integral-rate circular datestamp on greenish folded cover originating in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sent to Boston forwarder and re-mailed to St. Catharines, Canada West, red Halifax "tombstone" datestamp and manuscript "1/" one-shilling packet rate partly under pair, Boston "5" handstamp under stamps, "Queenston U.C. Oct. 20, 1850" circular datestamp, manuscript "4-1/2" Canadian pence due, receipt docketing with Halifax origin noted, pair affixed over portion of address with W. B. Reynolds & Co. forwarding agent's name, vertical file fold thru bottom stamp in pair

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE ON A LETTER SENT FROM ONE PART OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA TO ANOTHER VIA THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE.

Ex Hart

E. 3,000-4,000
8,000
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286
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 286, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America5c Deep Red Brown (1), 5c Deep Red Brown (1)5c Deep Red Brown (1). Full margins to clear at upper left, intense Deep Red Brown shade and early impression from First Printing, tied by brilliant red grid cancel, matching "Cleveland O. Mar. 28" circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded cover to Kingston, Canada West, neat manuscript "3" pence ferriage rate applied in Canada (Cape Vincent N.Y. to Kingston), receiving backstamp (Apr. 6, 1850)

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER TO CANADA MARKED FOR THE 3-PENCE FERRIAGE RATE. ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

The 3-pence rate was charged on mail to Kingston, because there was no need to assess Canadian postage. The 3 pence paid the ferriage fee for the short trip from Cape Vincent N.Y. to Kingston in Canada. Very few are known, especially with the 5c 1847 Issue and the 5c under-300 miles rate.

Ex Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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287
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 287, Pre-Treaty Mail and 3p Ferriage Rate to Canada and British America10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, beautiful shade and impression, tied by red circular grid cancel, matching "New-York Dec. 1" circular datestamp on blue 1849 folded letter to Kingston, Canada West, neat manuscript "3" pence ferriage rate applied in Canada (Cape Vincent N.Y. to Kingston), receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER TO CANADA MARKED FOR THE 3-PENCE FERRIAGE RATE.

The 3-pence rate was charged on mail to Kingston, because there was no need to assess Canadian postage. The 3 pence paid the ferriage fee for the short trip from Cape Vincent N.Y. to Kingston in Canada. Very few are known.

Ex Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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