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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Waterway Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
229
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 229, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins, rich color, tied by perfect strike of red 17-bar grid in circle cancel, matching "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. May 29" route agent's circular datestamp on small cover to Cooperstown N.Y., light horizontal fold in cover beneath stamp, small sealed tear at center, Extremely Fine, a superb strike of the Hudson River Mail grid, ex Gibson, Rust and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
7,500
230
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 230, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample to full margins, dark shade and rich color, tied by well-struck red 17-bar grid in circle cancel and matching "Hudson Riv. Mail N.Y. Apr. 19" route agent's circular datestamp on small cover to Hudson N.Y., red "Paid" handstamp crossed out, Very Fine, a desirable use addressed to one of the ports on the route, this is the only example addressed to Hudson N.Y., ex Haas and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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231
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 231, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to just barely in at upper right, rich color, tied by blue grid cancel and matching "2cts." in double-line circle handstamp, matching "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" framed handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Troy June 19th 1851" to Schenectady N.Y., vertical file fold affects stamp which has a small tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" HANDSTAMP USED WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

According to the Alexander census book, this marking was used on non-contract steamboats carrying mails between New York City and Troy. At Troy the mail would enter the U.S. mail system (or vice versa). The 2c marking indicates the amount due for the steamboat fee. Troy and Schenectady are approximately 20 miles apart, on opposite sides of the Hudson. This is a late use -- the 1847 Issue was demonetized 11 days later.

Ex Matthies, Grunin, Garrett and Hackmey. From our 1971 Rarities sale and with 1971 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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232
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 232, Waterway Mail5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to clear, rich color, cancelled by blue grid and matching "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" framed handstamp, matching "2cts." in double-line circle handstamp at right on folded letter to Troy N.Y. dated April 21, 1848 (no origination in dateline but probably New York City), vertical file fold does not affect stamp which does have tiny scissors-cut in margin only at upper left

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO TROY.

According to the Alexander census book, this marking was used on non-contract steamboats carrying mails between New York City and Troy. At Troy the mail would enter the U.S. mail system (or vice versa). The 2c marking indicates the amount due for the steamboat fee.

Ex Newbury and Boker. With 1968 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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233
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 233, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, pretty shade, crisp impression, cancelled by neat strike of open grid of dots fancy cancel, matching "Lake Champlain S.B. Jun. 17" (1850) circular datestamp on large part of blue outer address sheet to Burlington Vt., vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine, scarce and unusual cancel and waterway use, only nine 5c covers are known with the Lake Champlain S.B. marking including several with stamps tied by manuscript, this is the finest strike of the grid of dots we could locate, ex Saadi, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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234
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 234, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, cancelled by unusual open grid of dots fancy cancel, matching "Lake Champlain S.B. Oct. 9" circular datestamp on cover to Malone N.Y., minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce, illustrated and described in an article on "New York Steamboat Markings" by Creighton Hart in Chronicle 100 (p. 250), who notes that it is not possible to tell whether this originated in New York or Vermont, ex Bingham, Hart and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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235
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 235, Waterway Mail10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, small pre-use tear at bottom, tied by manuscript "X" on folded letter datelined "Montreal, June 13th 1850" and addressed to New York City, "Lake Champlain S.B. 15 Jun." circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "10" handstamp confirming use of 10c 1847 from Canada, faint vertical file folds well away from stamp

A VERY FINE AND UNIQUE CROSS-BORDER USE. THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE PREPAID THE UNITED STATES POSTAGE, AND THE LETTER WAS HANDED DIRECTLY TO THE ROUTE AGENT ABOARD THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN STEAMBOAT.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Robertson and Hackmey.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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236
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 236, Waterway Mail10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Huge margins including sheet margin at right, ample at bottom, intense shade, cancelled by blue grid, matching "Buffalo N.Y. Steam Boat 10cts." in fancy frame handstamp on blue cover to New York, matching "Buffalo N.Y. 10 Jul. 23" integral-rate circular datestamp, minor edge soiling

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON A COVER WITH THE FANCY "BUFFALO N.Y. STEAM BOAT 10 CTS." MARKING.

The Alexander census records only two examples of the 10c 1847 used with this marking, plus two 5c covers. The marking was normally applied to stampless mail.

Ex Matthies and Boker.

E. 2,000-3,000
6,750
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237
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 237, Waterway Mail10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Full margins, intense shade and impression, tied by red grid cancels, also just tied by matching "STEAM" handstamp on folded letter datelined "Eastport (Me.) July 4, 1848" to New York, red "Boston 10cts. 7 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp, horizontal file fold well away from stamp, some faint toning, Very Fine, a rare 10c 1847 cover sent by coastal steamer from Maine to Boston, ex Sampson and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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238
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 238, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins, bright shade, tied by blue diamond grid cancel, matching "Maysville Ky. Sep. 5" circular datestamp and "STEAM" handstamp clearly struck on blue folded letter datelined "Vanceburg Kentucky Sept. 3rd 1849" to Mansfield O., fresh and Very Fine, an extremely rare Ohio River steamboat use of the 1847 Issue, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
5,250
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239
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 239, Waterway Mail10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Huge to full margins, intense shade, tied by blue grid cancel and matching "LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE Apr. 22" route agent's rectangular framed datestamp with day in manuscript on cover to Philadelphia, additional strike of blue grid at right, cover cleaned (slightly affecting address)

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH A LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE MARKING.

The Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line provided daily service between those two cities, with multiple stops between. Two styles of datestamp were used during the 1847 period. Two 5c covers are recorded (one of each style), and this is the only recorded 10c cover.

Ex Kapiloff and Boker. With 1965 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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240
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 240, Waterway Mail5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Bright shade, large margins to clear, cancelled by blue "5" numeral handstamp, matching "STEAM 5" in double oval over-struck with a similar "STEAM 10" handstamp, matching "Mobile Ala. Dec. 11" circular datestamp on folded letter datelined "Columbus Miss. Dec. 11, 1849" to New Orleans, some minor splitting along folds, Very Fine, a scarce use, carried from Columbus to New Orleans via Tombigbee River and Mobile, this was originally rated as a single rate (5c) then changed to double rate (10c) due to weight, ex Gibson and Boker, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
7,500
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241
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 241, Waterway Mail10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Three large margins, clear to just touched at bottom, tied by unusual black circle cancel, clear strike of "STEAM" handstamp on Dec. 4, 1848 folded letter from St. Louis to New Orleans, endorsed "pr Alice" at upper left, horizontal file fold does not affect stamp, Very Fine, a rare Mississippi River steamboat cover, ex Boker, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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242
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 242, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear, bright shade and crisp impression, tied by three strikes of red grid cancel, matching "New Orleans La. Jun. 9" circular datestamp and "STEAM" handstamp on brown cover to Stratford Conn., readable strike of "STEAMER HECLA" name-of-boat oval handstamp at upper right, Fine, very few 1847 Issue covers exist with name-of-boat packetboat markings, the Hecla was built in 1847 and ran from New Orleans to Red River, ex Moody and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
5,750
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243
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 243, Waterway Mail5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to barely in at lower left, cancelled by red grids, matching "New Orleans La. May 17" circular datestamp on brown cover to Stratford Conn., matching "WAY/11/CENTS" handstamp struck in lieu of "STEAM" and then crossed out, neat strike of "STEAMER HECLA" name-of-boat oval handstamp at upper right, small ink stain at lower left of cover, some slight wear, Fine, a mate to the cover in lot 242, ex Worthington and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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