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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
13°
ogbl
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 13, 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties, The famous Lord Crawford block of sixteen of the 5¢ 1847 Issue--the largest multiple seen and one of the most renowned items in United States philately

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (1), Positions 21-24/31-34/41-44/51-54R--block of sixteen (four by four) from the first four columns of the third through sixth rows of the right pane--original gum, mostly full to large margins except slightly in at places, bright shade on fresh paper

PROVENANCE

* James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford (bought privately; estate sold to Nassau Stamp Co. in 1915)

* Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman (bought from Nassau Stamp Co. and sold privately to Ward in 1931)

* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought privately, estate sold to Weills in 1963)

* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Ryohei Ishikawa (bought privately from Weills, circa 1977), Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 4, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Dr. Stanley M. Bierman, “Philip H. Ward, Jr.: An Aristocrat of Philately,” Chronicle 124, November 1984

* Lester G. Brookman, The 1847 Issue of United States Stamps, 1942, fig. 23-24, pp. 24-25

* --United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, fig. 28-29, pp. 30-31

* William H. Gross, “Plating the 5¢ 1847 Block of 16,” Chronicle 210, May 2006

* David Lidman, Treasury of Stamps, fig. 64, p. 52

* John N. Luff, The Postage Stamps of the United States, reprint, p. 49

* Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, p. 9

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, 1935, Vol. 69, p. 265

* --“United States Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869,” 1960 Congress Book, p. 51

* National Philatelic Museum, 1956, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 106, 111

* London International Stamp Exhibition 1923 (Ackerman)

* TIPEX 1936 exhibition (Ward)

* ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* INTERPHIL 1976 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Gross)

* Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of United States Philately” exhibit, December 2000 (Gross)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

* Fine-Very Fine appearance; light creases, one stamp small sealed internal tear, two others thins

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E. 200,000-300,000
220,000
14°
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 14, 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties, This is the unique Bible Block of six--the largest of three recorded unused blocks of the 10¢ 1847 First General Issue--which has been acclaimed an icon of United States philately since its discovery in a bible more than a century ago

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Black (2), Positions 71-73/81-83R--block of six (three by two) from the first three columns of the eighth and ninth rows of the right pane--original gum, mostly full to large margins except close or touching at left, deep shade on fresh bluish paper

PROVENANCE

* Discovered circa 1909-11 in a bible belonging to the Rives of Virginia; 5¢ 1847 block of six and adjoining 10¢ block of four found in the same bible; sold privately to Scott Stamp and Coin Co. before 1912

* Philadelphia Stamp Co., Sale 48, 6/28/1912, lot 3, sold to Henry C. Gibson, Sr. (bought from Gibson by Ward in 1942-47)

* Philip H. Ward, Jr. (bought from Gibson, estate sold to Weills in 1963)

* Benjamin D. Phillips (bought from Weills out of Ward estate, 1964; collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Ryohei Ishikawa (bought privately from Weills, circa 1977), Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 52, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Dr. Stanley M. Bierman, “Henry C. Gibson, Sr.: The Centennial Philatelist,” Chronicle 128, November 1985

* --“Philip H. Ward, Jr.: An Aristocrat of Philately,” Chronicle 124, November 1984

* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, p. 60

* David Lidman, Treasury of Stamps, fig. 65, p. 52

* John N. Luff, The Postage Stamps of the United States, reprint, p. 49

* Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, p. 19

* Philip H. Ward, Jr., Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, 1935, Vol. 69, p. 265

* --“United States Early Unused Blocks 1847-1869,” 1960 Congress Book, p. 51

* National Philatelic Museum, 1956, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 106, 111

* New York International Philatelic Exhibition 1913 (Gibson)

* New York International Philatelic Exhibition 1926 (Gibson)

* Collectors Club of New York 2/24/1926 (Gibson; Elliott Perry talk)

* TIPEX 1936 (Ward)

* ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* INTERPHIL 1976 “Aristocrats of Philately” (Weill)

* ANPHILEX 1996 Invited Exhibits (Gross)

* Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of United States Philately” exhibit, December 2000 (Gross)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2018)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine; light crease in left vertical pair

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E. 500,000-750,000
500,000
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15°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 15, 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties, These are the only 1847 Issue straddle-pane stamps--their existence proves that the 1847s were printed from plates of 200 subjects in two panes of 100

DESCRIPTION

Three items (two 5¢ on and off cover; one 10¢ on cover):

(a) 5¢ Red Brown (1), Left pane position in right vertical row with 7.15mm straddle-pane gutter and part of stamp in right pane, exact position cannot yet be determined, but not 10L or 100L (it does not have plate characteristics of those positions), large margins all around, rich color, lightly struck red grid cancel, Extremely Fine

(b) 5¢ Red Brown (1), Right pane position in left vertical row with 7.15mm straddle-pane gutter and frameline of stamp in left pane, exact position cannot yet be determined, tied by grid cancel and “Bridgeport Ct. Mar. 8” (circa 1849) circular datestamp on envelope to South Britain, Connecticut, sheet margin partly folded under when the stamp was affixed

(c) 10¢ Black, Double Transfer Type A (2-A), Position 1R from top left corner of right pane with 8.25mm straddle-pane gutter and frameline of Position 10L (top right corner of left pane), also shows frameline of Position 11R in bottom margin, cancelled by red grid, matching “New-York Apl 22” (1850) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Evansville, Indiana

PROVENANCE

* (a) Robert S. Emerson, Daniel F. Kelleher, 11/16/1946, Sale 438

* Philip G. Rust, Daniel F. Kelleher, 3/17-18/1992, Sale 591, lot 236

* (b) Discovered by Dr. Ralph W. Payne in 1924; sold to F. R. Sweet (DFK)

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

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

The 5¢ and 10¢ covers together (b and c):

* Philip G. Rust, Siegel Auction Galleries, 6/25/1987, Sale 681, lot 162

* Richard C. Frajola, 7/28/1990, Sale 44, lot 289

* Malcolm L. Brown (sold privately to Saadi)

All three (a, b, c):

* Wade E. Saadi (sold privately to William H. Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census nos. 317 (b) and 8744 (c)

* Lester G. Brookman, The 1847 Issue of United States Stamps, 1942, p. 10

* Gordon Eubanks, Jr., “The William H. Gross United States Collection,” Chronicle 258, May 2018

* Creighton C. Hart, “1847 Straddle Pane Stamps,” Chronicle 102, May 1979

* Elliott Perry, “Plating the 10¢ 1847,” Collectors Club Philatelist, 1924-1926

* Wade E. Saadi, “Known Straddle-Margin Copies of the 1847 Stamps,” Chronicle 229, February 2011

* Philip T. Wall, “Was the 10¢ 1847 Plate Cut in Half,” Chronicle 213, February 2007

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (a-1992), (b-1996) and (c-1996)

CONDITION NOTES

* (b) Selvage creased where folded under by sender (now unfolded); stamp and cover with slight waterstain

* (c) Vertical file fold through stamp (breaks fibers), signed Ashbrook

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E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
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16°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 16, 1847 Issue Multiples and Plate Varieties, The only known vertical pair of the 10¢ 1847 Issue with corner sheet margins

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Black (2), Positions 81/91R, vertical pair from the bottom left corner of the right pane with large even margins including huge interpane margin at left and sheet margin at bottom, deep shade and clear impression, lightly cancelled by red grids

PROVENANCE

* Frank R. Sweet

* H. R. Harmer sale, 11/25-26/1963, lot 153

* A. Richard Engel, Corinphila, 5/29/1975, Sale 58

* Walter C. Klein, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/27/1988, lot 32

* Dr. Robert Hinrichs, Shreves Philatelic Galleries sale, 5/21/2004, lot 40, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1974)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; faint scored line in bottom margin far from printed design (not noted on certificate)

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E. 15,000-20,000
37,500
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