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Sale 1188 — United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 1847 Issue Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
17°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 17, 1847 Issue Covers, The finest of the three recorded 1847 Issue covers with the Huntsville, Alabama, “5” Cent Star handstamp--one of the most beautiful of the few 1847 covers known with any type of fancy rate handstamp

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Dark Brown (1a), Position 41R with large sheet margin at left, large margins at bottom and right, mostly full to clear at top, dark shade and deep impression, tied by blue “PAID” straightline handstamp, matching “Huntsville Al. Aug. 23” (1848) circular datestamp and “5” numeral in 5-Point Star rate handstamp with small negative stars in points, all markings perfectly struck on folded cover to Montgomery, Alabama, sender’s notation “Paid” at top center indicates stamp was affixed, receipt docketing “H. Barney, Augt 23/48”

PROVENANCE

* A. K. McDaniel (sold privately in 1919 through Elliott Perry)

* Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman (sold privately in 1928 through Perry)

* Henry C. Gibson, Sr.

* J. Waldo Sampson (sold by John A. Fox, circa 1948, Ashbrook files)

* Charles F. Meroni, John A. Fox sale, 11/10-14/1952, lot 1226, to Haa

* Marc Haas, Stanley Gibbons Auctions Ltd. (London), 5/9/1980, lot 12

* Duane B. Garrett (collection sold privately to Dr. Kapiloff)

* Dr. Leonard Kapiloff, Siegel Auction Galleries, 6/9/1992, Sale 743, lot 38, to Boker

* John R. Boker, Jr., (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 1994)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 7

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

* William T. Crowe, Opinions I, pp. 25-26

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1980)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; cover neatly refolded along edges

* Red label with “MD” applied on back by Perry to identify this was part of the McDaniel collection bought for Ackerman in 1919

* J. Waldo Sampson triangular backstamp

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E. 20,000-30,000
45,000
18°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 18, 1847 Issue Covers, A rare use of the 1847 Issue on a beautiful hand-colored Valentine envelope

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (1), horizontal pair, large margins to clear at left, tied by blue grid cancels, matching “Philada. Pa. 10 Feb. 5” 10¢ integral-rate datestamp on Valentine envelope with embossed pattern and handcoloring in green, red, silver and bronze, addressed to a young lady in Carthage, Mississippi, no yeardate indicated

PROVENANCE

* Robert S. Emerson (not in Kelleher sales)

* Possibly Philip H. Ward, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/7-10/1964, Sale 266, lot 220 (this sale appears to include some material from the Ward estate, purchased by the Weills in 1963)

* Duane B. Garrett (collection sold privately to Dr. Kapiloff)

* Dr. Leonard Kapiloff, Siegel Auction Galleries, 6/9/1992, Sale 743, lot 97

* Richard Wolffers sale, 5/2/1994, to Boker

* John R. Boker, Jr. (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 1994)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 11267

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1994)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; scissors-cut between stamps at bottom

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/18.pdf

E. 10,000-15,000
16,500
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19°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 19, 1847 Issue Covers, A scarce and high-quality 5¢ 1847 cover with perfect strikes of the Michigan Central Railroad circular datestamp and hand-carved grid cancellation

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (1), mostly full to large margins, clear at top left, dark shade, tied by greenish-blue 6-bar grid cancel, matching “Mic. Central R.R. Mic. Jun. 6” Michigan Central Railroad route agent’s circular datestamp on folded cover to Detroit, beautiful clear strikes of datestamp and hand-carved grid cancel, no yeardate (circa 1850)

PROVENANCE

* Robert S. Emerson, Daniel F. Kelleher, 10/19/1937, Sale 394, lot 7

* Alfred R. Brigham, Daniel F. Kelleher, 12/1/1950, Sale 449, lot 29

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/20/1969, Sale 353, lot 196 (description states “ex Burrus,” but we cannot confirm this)

* Allan Goldberg, Siegel Auction Galleries, 9/26/2007, Sale 939, lot 91

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 12568

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine stamp and cover with vertical file folds clear of stamp

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E. 3,000-4,000
10,500
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20°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 20, 1847 Issue Covers, This is the only recorded cover with the 1847 Issue and Honour’s City Post 4LB8 stamp--only five intact 1847 covers are known with Charleston carrier stamps, one of which is permanently housed in the British Library collection

DESCRIPTION

5c Orange Brown (1b), margins touching or slightly in on three sides, tied by several strikes of red grid cancel, used with Honour’s City Post, Charleston, South Carolina, 2c Black on Bluish, Period after “Paid” (4LB8a), First setting, position showing upturned pearl at left and inverted period after “Post”, full to large margins, tied by pen strokes carefully applied across each corner which leave the “Honour’s City Post” name unobscured, red “5” rate handstamp on blue folded letter with sender’s “Paid” notation, datelined Charleston, December 17, 1850, to John L. Manning at Columbia, South Carolina--Manning was then a state senator, and in 1852 he was elected governor--the letter is from an educator and promoter of “Southern Education” and the “Abolition of Abolition Text Books” in Southern schools

PROVENANCE

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/31-4/1/1965, Sale 285, lot 537

* Katherine Hall, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/13/2000, Sale 824, lot 82, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 13520

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine cover with vertical file fold at center; tiny pre-use nick in left margin of 5¢ stamp; carrier stamp has faint pre-use crease

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E. 20,000-30,000
16,000
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21°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 21, 1847 Issue Covers, A unique 1847 local post combination cover with two 5¢ stamps from the first printing in a beautiful Dark Brown shade with sharp impression, used with the Blood’s “For the Post Office” local stamp of Philadelphia--of the four recorded with this combination, only this cover has all stamps tied by cancellations

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Dark Brown (1a), two singles, both with full to large margins, stamp at top has huge bottom margin showing part of adjoining stamp, both with rich dark color and prooflike impression from first printing, placed to the right and below D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia, (2¢) Black, “For the Post Office” (15L8), ample margins to touching, all three stamps tied together by blue grid cancels (lower 5¢ tied and all tied by impressions through paper), matching “Philada. Pa. 10cts Oct. 15” 10¢ integral-rate datestamp on light blue folded letter datelined October 14, 1847, to Boston, Massachusetts

PROVENANCE

* William S. White (not in Doane sales, 1/16/1937 or 3/20/1937)

* Robert S. Emerson, Daniel F. Kelleher, 6/11/1938, Sale 399, lot 19, to Fifield

* H. R. Harmer sale, 11/25-26/1963, lot 97, to Hart

* Creighton C. Hart, Robert G. Kaufmann sale, 4/30/1990, lot 220, to Boker

* John R. Boker, Jr. (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 1994)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 10417

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

* Creighton C. Hart, “1847 Covers from Philadelphia,” Chronicle 90, May 1976

* Vernon R. Morris, Jr., M.D., “Blood’s Part 8: 15L8,” The Penny Post, October 2014, fig. 15 (census no. 25)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; 5¢ stamps with negligible slight creasing or wrinkling from the time they were affixed (bottom stamp tiny tear at top)

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E. 20,000-30,000
21,000
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22°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 22, 1847 Issue Covers, One of eight covers or fronts with 1847s used with the Bouton’s “Rough & Ready” stamp

DESCRIPTION5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins, pre-printing paper fold, tied by red square grid cancel, matching “New-York Sep. 9” (circa 1848) circular datestamp ties Bouton’s City Dispatch Post, New York, N.Y., 2¢ Black on Gray Blue, Dots in Corners (18L2), two large margins, slightly in at right and bottom, also tied by “PAID/BOUTON” two-line handstamp, second strike at top center of rebacked front to New Rochelle, N.Y.

PROVENANCE

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/1/1965, Sale 285, lot 725

* Ryohei Ishikawa (sold privately)

* John R. Boker, Jr. (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 1994)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 7655

CONDITION NOTES

* Fine appearance; skillfully restored by adding backflaps

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E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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23°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 23, 1847 Issue Covers, The only recorded 10¢ 1847 cover with the Swarts “Rough & Ready” stamp

DESCRIPTION 10¢ Black (2), large margins to full at bottom, tied by red square grid cancel, matching “New-York Aug. 1” (1849) circular datestamp, used with Swarts City Dispatch Post, New York, N.Y., (2¢) Black on Gray Blue (136L7), full margins, tied by “PAID” handstamp on greenish folded letter datelined “New York 28 July 1849”, addressed to Drakestown, New Jersey, receipt docketing at left

PROVENANCE

* John R. Boker, Jr. (collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 1994)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 8230

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (certificate 161558 no longer accompanies)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine; Swarts stamp has a horizontal crease and small tear at top

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E. 15,000-20,000
30,000
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