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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Advertising Covers and Valentines

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
267
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 267, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, tiny margin tear at top, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Philada. Pa. 5 Aug. 10" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to Plainfield Ct., top flap with "Anti-Slavery Office, Philada, 31 North Fifth St." red embossed oval seal of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, some minor edgewear

A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER BEARING THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND THE SEAL OF THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY ASSOCIATED WITH LUCRETIA MOTT. A WONDERFUL ARTIFACT OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1833, partly as a result of the inability of women to become members of male abolitionist organizations. It was organized as a local chapter of the American Anti-Slavery Society, had an interracial membership and claimed as one of its founders the famous social reformer, women's rights advocate and abolitionist, Lucretia Mott. It was headquartered at 5th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, where a street marker stands today commemorating the Society.

Slavery-themed covers with the 1847 Issue are exceedingly rare. Apart from the Elijah Lovejoy memorial letter sheet sold in our David L. Jarrett sale (Siegel sale 970 lot 15), a Power Search review failed to find a single additional example of an 1847 Issue cover or lettersheet with printed references to slavery.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
268
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 268, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Three full to large margins, slightly in at top, tied by one of two part strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Nov. 18" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1849 "O'Reilly's Atlantic, Lake & Mississippi Telegraph" illustrated advertising cover to Baltimore Md., design depicts an eagle in flight above ornate office address and return request, including "Please answer immediately to prevent annoyance to your correspondent.", receipt docketing on back, minor scattered light toning and backflap tear

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE ADVERTISING DESIGN DEPICTING AN EAGLE -- THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Any form of printed advertising with the 1847 Issue is rare, and this design with six distinct fancy fonts and the soaring eagle is remarkable. This is without question one of the most dramatic advertising uses of the 1847 Issue.

Ex Pope, Garrett and Boker. From our 1987 Rarities sale. With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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269
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 269, Advertising Covers and Valentines10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Large to full margins, tied by indistinct strike of blue "Philada. Pa. 10 May 6?" integral-rate circular datestamp, second clearer strike at right on Addicks, Van Dusen & Smith Shoes, Hats & Straw Goods blue cameo corner card cover to Burlington Ia., stamp with small gum soak near top

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ADVERTISING CORNER CARD COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Kapiloff

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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270
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 270, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). With Dot in "S" variety (from 9th row of left pane), full margins all around, tied by two strikes of red numeral "5" handstamp, third strike just to right, matching bold "Charlestown Ms. Feb. 15" circular datestamp on small envelope to Newmarket N.H. with gold hand-colored embossed flower and vase design at top left, all original coloring, matching 1850 enclosure with a poem from a lady "To My Chosen One"

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR VALENTINE'S DAY COVER WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Garrett and Kapiloff. With 1976 P.F. certificate as Blackish Brown

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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271
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 271, Advertising Covers and Valentines10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 49R1 noted on back, ample to full margins, tied by vivid red cork cancels with matching "St. Louis Mo. 10 Mar. 31" integral-rate circular datestamp on fresh white envelope to South Boston Mass. with embossed flower and vase design at top left, hand-colored in pink, green, cobalt blue and gold, all original

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS AND IMMACULATE EMBOSSED FLORAL DESIGN ON COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Garrett and Kapiloff and from our 1980 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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272
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 272, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear at right, tied by blue grid cancel with two strikes of matching "Northern R.R. 14 Feb." route agent's circular datestamp on ornate blue and gold Valentine envelope to Sutton N.H., floral pattern design on front and back, etiquette label on back, tiny edge tear at bottom, some inconsequential edge toning

VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND ELABORATE VALENTINE DESIGN WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Meroni, Matthies, Kapiloff and Boker.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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273
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 273, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Three singles, bright shade, large margins to clear, tied by red crayon and cancelled by black grids, red "Boston Mass. Feb. 27" circular datestamp on large printed silver ornamental Valentine cover to South Dedham Mass., red crayon manuscript "Paid 5" and "20" (15c in stamps plus 5c in coin), red "Paid" handstamp at top, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A MARVELOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON A VALENTINE DURING THE 1849-51 TIME PERIOD WHEN THE TRIPLE RATE WAS ELIMINATED. A PHENOMENAL COVER.

The Post Office Reform Act of 1845 greatly simplified the rate structure for sending mail. It provided for a 5c rate per half ounce for distances under 300 miles, with an increase of 5c for each additional half ounce or portion thereof.

A clause included in the Act of March 3, 1849 (30th Congress, Session II, Ch. 104) modified the postage on a letter weighing more than one ounce to bring U.S. domestic rate progression in line with the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty, which had gone into effect on February 15, 1849. The relevant clause reads:

"That the better to enable the postal treaty with Great Britain to go Into full effect with equal advantage to both countries, letters shall be mailed as composing one rate only where the letter does not exceed the weight of a half ounce avoirdupois; where it exceeds a half ounce, but does not exceed an ounce, as composing two rates; where it exceeds an ounce, but does not exceed two ounces, as composing four rates..."

This change eliminated the the 15c rate for a letter weighing between one and one-and-a-half ounces. Letters weighing between one and two ounces would be charged four-times the single rate (20c for distances under 300 miles). The elimination of the triple rate went into effect with the Postmaster General's notice on March 15, 1849, meaning this was used in either 1850 or 1851.

Ex Wenk and Boker. From our 1985 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook who notes "In my opinion this cover is genuine in all respects. It shows the no triple rate of 1849-51 and is the finest example of that rate I have ever seen."

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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274
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 274, Advertising Covers and Valentines5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins, rich color, tied by red "St. Louis Mo. 5 Feb. 6" integral-rate circular datestamp, second strike at left, on elaborate bronze ornamental Valentine cover to Carthage Ill., opened for display, stamp with tiny nick at lower right, cover with few toned spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON AN ELABORATE VALENTINE.

Ex Boker. With 1966 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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275
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 275, Advertising Covers and Valentines10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Two singles, each has three large to full margins including part of adjoining stamp at top of one, clear to just touched at bottom, tied by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Feb. 18" circular datestamp on large printed bronze ornamental Valentine cover to Lakeville N.Y., pencil "20" underneath top stamp crossed out, with original colorful lace and ornamental Valentine enclosure, both cover and enclosure with file fold, some edgewear including some splitting along folds

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL DOUBLE-RATE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A VALENTINE COVER. WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST SPECTACULAR 1847 ISSUE VALENTINE COVER EXTANT.

The distance from New York to Lakeville is over 300 miles, which would have required 10c postage. However, due to the weight this was charged twice the 10c rate, reflected by the manuscript "20". The additional 10c stamp was affixed over the manuscript rate to indicate that no additional postage was due.

Ex Pope, Garrett and Boker. With 1985 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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