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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
33
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 33, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Full to large margins, rich color and early proof-like impression, neat strike of green dotted-grid cancellation used only at Tallahassee Fla. during the 1847 period

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE STAMP WITH ONE OF THE FEW GREEN FANCY CANCELLATIONS USED DURING THE 1847 ISSUE ERA.

A similar example (ex Emerson, Haas and Wall) realized $10,500 in our Sale 826.

Ex Saadi. With 1990 P.F. certificate

2,100
6,750
34
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 34, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Full to large margins, wonderful depth of color beautifully complemented by red open grid of tiny diamonds fancy cancel of East Hampton Mass., Extremely Fine, ex Lehman, Koppersmith and Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 27), with 1987 and 1991 P.F. certificates (the former as Grayish Brown), Scott Retail as Dark Brown with normal cancel $850.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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35
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 35, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, two strikes of unusual red 6-bar small rimless grid cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Newbury, Stollnitz and Saadi (who described the shade as "Chestnut Brown"), with 1996 P.F. certificate

450
0
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36
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 36, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins at bottom, neat strikes of red criss-crossing grid cancel of Boston & Albany Railroad, minute pinhole in "S" of "Cents" not mentioned on accompanying certificates, Very Fine appearance, ex Cole, Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1989 and 1991 P.F. certificates

E. 500-750
700
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37
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 37, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins, bright carmine cross-hatch grid cancel absolutely jumps off the stamp, Extremely Fine, ex Garrett and Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 26), with 1989 P.F. certificate

450
3,750
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38
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 38, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Pale Red Brown (1), 5c Pale Red Brown (1)5c Pale Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, soft shade beautifully complemented by orange Waukegan Ill. 6-bar grid in circle cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Garrett and Saadi, with photocopy of 1976 P.F. certificate as Red Orange (which has Scott Retail value of $9,500.00), with 1989 P.F. certificate as Pale Red Brown, the cancel makes the stamp appear more orange than it probably is, Scott Retail for Red Brown with orange cancel

1,200
0
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39
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 39, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, rich color on crisp bluish paper, cancelled by deep magenta grid and rim of datestamp, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, ex Emerson, Bingham, Koppersmith and Saadi, with 1987 and 1991 P.F. certificates

700
1,200
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40
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 40, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins all around, bold strikes of deep blood red grid cancel, Extremely Fine, a striking and beautiful pair, ex Saadi, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,500
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41
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 41, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Pale Brown (1), 5c Pale Brown (1)5c Pale Brown (1). Full margins, pretty light shade and sharp impression, neat strike of blue 6-bar diamond-shaped grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

485
0
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42
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 42, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample to large margins with large top sheet margin, slightly in at lower right, tied on small piece by multiple strikes of fine-line blue square grid cancel, Very Fine and quite striking, ex Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

485
375
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43
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 43, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample to clear margins all around, deep rich color, cancelled by well-struck blue Hollow Star of Trenton N.J., faint vertical crease at left

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE AND DESIRABLE FANCY CANCELLATION ON THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

A comparable example of the Trenton Star on a 5c 1847 (also with small crease) realized $5,000 in our 2012 Mirsky sale (that example is ex Caspary, Haas, Grunin, Garrett and Wall). This example realized $5,750 in Christie's 1993 Ishikawa sale. See lot 156 of this sale for an on-cover example.

Ex Ishikawa and Saadi. Illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 27). With 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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44
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 44, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, rich color on fresh paper, cancelled by well-struck St. Johnsbury Vt. red Scarab fancy cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE 5-CENT 1847 STAMP AND REMARKABLY SHARP AND COMPLETE STRIKE OF THE ST. JOHNSBURY "SCARAB" FANCY CANCELLATION.

The Alexander census lists eight genuine uses of the 5c on cover with this cancel. Please see lot 195 for an on-cover example.

Illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 27). Ex Saadi. With 1985 and 1990 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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45
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 45, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Full margins to barely in at upper left, deep rich color, perfect strike of red circle of "V's fancy cancel on small piece with matching oily strike of "Paris Ky. Dec. 13" circular datestamp, Very Fine, ex Rohloff, Ishikawa and Saadi, with 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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46
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 46, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Huge margins to just shaving frameline at top, attractive dark shade and impression, blue Herringbone cancel (not the Binghamton device), trace of toning in left margin and light vertical crease at bottom left, Fine appearing stamp and choice strike of this rare cancel, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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47
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 47, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge even margins, bright color, whimsical top hat and spectacles fancy manuscript cancel, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 26) and on front cover of Chronicle 225

E. 300-400
3,000
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48
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 48, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Margins clear to touched, slightly in at bottom left, bright color, cancelled by Canadian 6-ring target cancel in black, tiny tear at bottom right, one of the rarer markings on 1847 Issue stamps and a great strike, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 29), with 1996 P.F. certificate

3,450
0
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49
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 49, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, bold green numeral "5" in frame cancel of Princeton N.J., stamp cleaned which accompanying certificate states slightly affects the color of the cancel, an opinion with which we respectfully disagree, Very Fine appearance, a choice complete strike of this rare cancel, ex Saadi, with 1988 and 1992 P.F. certificates, see lot 157 for an on-cover example

1,700
1,200
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50
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 50, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Deep rich color, full to large margins, tied on small piece by red "Baltimore R.R." straightline and "5" in circle cancels, Very Fine, a wonderful combination of markings, ex Saadi, with 1995 P.F. certificate

1,050
1,500
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51
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 51, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Beautiful warm shade and detailed impression -- in our opinion, Orange Brown -- large margins, neatly tied on small piece by red numeral "5" handstamp, Extremely Fine, ex Saadi, with 1983 and 1990 P.F. certificates, the latter describing the shade as Reddish Brown, but we think it is Orange Brown

550
2,000
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52
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 52, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Red Brown (1), 5c Dark Red Brown (1)5c Dark Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, rich color, cancelled by bold strike of blue "V" Roman numeral in circle handstamp of Utica N.Y., Very Fine, a scarce cancel, ex Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 25), with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
475
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53
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 53, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample to clear margins, tied on small piece by blue numeral "6" in circle handstamp of Philadelphia, stamp with minute nick in top margin not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Fine and rare rate handstamp, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 25), with 1996 P.F. certificate, see lot 207 of this sale for an on-cover example

E. 500-750
1,500
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54
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 54, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Three large margins to touching frameline at bottom, dark shade, tied on small piece of letter by unusual red numeral "X" divided into small segments, Fine and unusual, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
650
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55
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 55, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full margins at sides, slightly cutting at top and bottom, clear strike of red "40" in circle handstamp, Fine strike of this rate marking, undoubtedly used on a 40c rate cover to California, ex Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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56
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 56, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins, deep rich color and sharp impression, perfectly struck blue "PAID" and grid cancels, Extremely Fine, a lovely stamp, ex Saadi who classifies this as the Walnut Brown shade, with 1992 P.F. certificate

900
3,750
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57
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 57, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear at top left, tied on small piece by bold strike of red "Paid" in arc handstamp of New York, Very Fine, the ubiquitous "Paid" arc of the pre-1847 era is actually quite scarce on the 1847 Issue, ex Haas (from our "Distinguished Connoisseur" sale 418) and Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,000
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58
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 58, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Large margins, tied by neat strike of blue "Utica N.Y. Nov. 15" fancy double-oval datestamp on blue piece, Extremely Fine, while this datestamp is not rare on covers, it is very unusual to find it used to cancel an 1847 stamp, the postmaster at Utica normally cancelled the adhesive with a blue grid and struck the datestamp elsewhere on the cover during the 1847 period, ex Saadi, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 22), with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
850
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59
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 59, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Rich color and detailed impression, large margins including significant portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, ample at lower right, tied by bold red "New-York Apr. 2" circular datestamp on small piece, Very Fine, scarce use of the New York datestamp to cancel the 1847 Issue, ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate

450
1,300
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60
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 60, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins except slightly irregular at upper right (frameline clear), deep rich color, tied by red square grid cancel and "Paid 5" handstamp on small piece of letter, French transit datestamp at left, Very Fine, ex Saadi, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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61
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 61, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Brown (1), 5c Brown (1)5c Brown (1). Full to large margins, intense color -- what we would describe as Dark Brown -- tied on small piece by blue "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" framed two-line route agent's handstamp, Very Fine stamp and strike, a beautiful and scarce item, this marking was used on non-contract steamboats carrying mail between New York City and Troy, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 24), ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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62
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 62, Off-Cover 5-Cent Cancellations5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Vertical pair, rich color and beautiful proof-like impression, large margins, cancelled by bold complete strike of "STEAM" straightline handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE VERTICAL PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A PERFECT FULL STRIKE OF THE "STEAM" HANDSTAMP USED ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT MAIL. A MAGNIFICENT OFF-COVER 1847 ISSUE MULTIPLE.

For an example of the "Steam" handstamp on cover, see lot 241 in this sale. This marking (or two similar markings) are found on Mississippi River steamboat covers that entered the post offices at Natchez and New Orleans.

Illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 24). Ex Hopkins and Saadi. With 1980 and 1989 P.F. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
9,500
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