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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Railroad Route Agents

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
212
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 212, Railroad Route Agents10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. B (2-B), 10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. B (2-B)10c Black, Double Transfer Ty. B (2-B). Position 31R1, large margins to clear, cancelled by unusual blue quartered cork, matching "Alby. & Buffalo R.R. Apr." route agent's circular datestamp on buff cover to Boston street address, manuscript "Paid" at upper left, cover with tiny edge tear at upper left of no consequence

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 DOUBLE TRANSFER VARIETY USED ON AN ALBANY AND BUFFALO RAILROAD COVER.

Only five 10c covers are recorded with a marking applied on this railroad.

Ex Grunin, Garrett and Boker. With 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
213
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 213, Railroad Route Agents10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins, intense shade and impression, tied by blue "Baltimore Rail Road Aug. 28" route agent's circular datestamp, second strike at right, on cover to Prescott Pa., conservatively restored, Very Fine appearance, scarce, only six 10c 1847 covers are known used on this railroad, which was one of the earliest to carry mail under contract with the post office department, ex Boker, signed Ashbrook

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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214
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 214, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins including sheet margin at bottom, ample at top, rich color, tied by unusual red diamond grid cancel, matching "Boston & Albany R.R. Mar. 20" circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Canaan N.Y. March 20, 1849" to Troy N.Y., horizontal file fold affects sheet margin only, Extremely Fine appearance, this is actually a terminal marking as there was no Boston & Albany Railroad during the 1847 period, the route was over the Boston & Worcester Railroad and the Western Railroad which operated through trains between the two terminals, ex Boker, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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215
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 215, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins, rich color, tied by unusual red checkerboard grid cancel, matching "Boston & Albany R.R. Jun. 11" circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Springfield Mass. June 11th 1849" to Salisbury Conn., lightly cleaned, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, this is actually a terminal marking as there was no Boston & Albany Railroad during the 1847 period, the route was over the Boston & Worcester Railroad and the Western Railroad which operated through trains between the two terminals, ex Grunin and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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216
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 216, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins including sheet margin at left, clear at upper right, rich color, tied by criss-crossing blue grid cancel, matching "Eastern R.R. 12 Feb." route agent's circular datestamp on folded letter datelined "Portsmouth Feb. 12, 1849" to Great Falls N.H., manuscript box charge number at upper left, Very Fine, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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217
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 217, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, cancelled by neat strike of blue "PAID" straightline handstamp, matching "Eastern R.R. 6 Jul." route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Portland June 30th 1849" to Ysipee N.H., some age spotting, otherwise Very Fine, the Eastern Railroad connected Boston to Portland Me., ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
550
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218
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 218, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at left (small separation tear entirely in margin between stamps), tied by bold strike of red 7-bar large open grid, matching "Housatonic Railroad 5" in circle route agent's handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Newark Fri. Ev" to Lee Mass.

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE HOUSATONIC RAILROAD 1847 ISSUE COVER.

Ex Chase, Ackerman, Hall and Hackmey. With 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
12,000
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219
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 219, Railroad Route Agents5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Huge margins to full including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, cancelled by well-struck blue "PAID" handstamp and tied by matching "Mad. River & Lake Erie R.R. May 16" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Dayton May 15, 1851" to Sandusky O., fresh and Extremely Fine, a wonderful cover, this route ran from Sandusky to Bellefontaine O. and in 1848 was extended to Springfield, it ran six trips per week and connected with the Little Miami Railroad for Cincinnati via Xenia, perhaps a half-dozen examples are known on the 1847 Issue, ex Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
6,000
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220
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 220, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two singles, large margins to clear, tied by criss-crossed strikes of red "STEAM" handstamp, matching "Madison & Indnpls. R.R. May 26" route agent's circular datestamp on folded letter datelined "Franklin May 26th 1849" and sent to Philadelphia, vertical file folds including one affecting right stamp, some slight overall soiling, still Very Fine, this is the only multiple franking recorded with this railroad marking, the use of the "STEAM" handstamps is also very unusual as this was normally used only on non-contract mail, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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221
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 221, Railroad Route Agents5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Radiant color, large margins to ample, cancelled by red "PAID" handstamp, matching "Madison & Indnpls. R.R. Sep. 19" route agent's circular datestamp on brown cover to Cincinnati, manuscript box charge no. at upper left, Very Fine, this was the only operating railroad in Indiana prior to 1850, ex Ackerman, Picher, Grunin, Garrett, Ishikawa and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
2,800
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222
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 222, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Bright shade, huge margins to clear including part of three adjoining stamps, tied by perfect strike of black "Mic. Central R.R. Mic., May 5" route agent's circular datestamp on brown cover to Howell Mich., fresh and Very Fine, rare 1847 railroad use, ex Moody, Jack Dick, Rust and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
4,500
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223
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 223, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by bluish-green large rimless grid cancel, matching "Mic. Central R.R. Mic. Oct. 23" route agent's circular datestamp with inverted date slug on blue folded letter datelined "Jackson Oct. 23rd 1850" to Detroit, vertical file folds do not affect stamp which does have tiny corner crease at lower left, Very Fine appearance, an attractive and scarce use, ex Ackerman, Sweet and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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224
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 224, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to ample margins, tied by neat strike of red "New Haven & Greenfield R.R. Nov. 23" route agent's circular datestamp on orange cover to Greenfield Mass., fresh and Very Fine, a very desirable example of this scarce railroad use, sent to the actual terminus of the railroad and with the stamp cancelled solely by the railroad marking, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
4,000
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225
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 225, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to ample, bright shade, tied by large blue grid cancel, matching "Norwich & Worchester R.R. ? 10" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to South Woodstock Conn., fresh and Very Fine, attractive use, ex Kapiloff and Boker, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,800
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226
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 226, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins showing part of adjoining stamp at right, ample at top, rich color, tied by strike of red "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp, second strike at left applied on arrival on blue folded cover to New York City, fresh and Very Fine, ex Boker, signed Ashbrook

E. 500-750
750
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227
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 227, Railroad Route Agents10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large margins, intense shade, tied by red square grid cancel, matching "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" straightline handstamp and "New-York Feb. 15" circular datestamp, applied on arrival on cover to Auburn N.Y., manuscript "1848" docketing at top, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary, Hart and Boker, signed Ashbrook

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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228
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 228, Railroad Route Agents5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, brilliant shade and crisp impression, each cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad Mar. 11" route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, from the Ludlow Beebee correspondence, tiny scissors-cut at bottom between stamps, cover with tear at top which does not detract, Extremely Fine, ex Picher

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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