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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 1c and 3c 1857 Issue Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
45°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 45, 1c and 3c 1857 Issue Covers, One of three recorded covers with the Cumberland, Maine, printed precancellation--an outstanding classic cover and one of the most desirable of all precancellations from this early period of stamp use

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Blue, Type V (24), perfectly centered, tied by printed “CUMBERLAND, ME./OCTOBER, 15” two-line precancel on yellow cover to “Superintending School Committee” in Pennsylvania with part-printed address and lines for town and county, “Paradise” and “Monroe” county completed in manuscript

PROVENANCE

* George B. Sloane, sold to Hollowbush in “Summer 1932” (note on back)

* Frank A. Hollowbush, John A. Fox sale, 10/13-14/1965, to Haas

* Marc Haas, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/15/1983, Sale 615, lot 424, to Grunin

* Louis Grunin, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, Part Two, 10/7/1987, lot 98, to Boker

* John R. Boker, Jr., Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/27/2004, Sale 875, lot 924, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Stanley B. Ashbrook, The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-1857, 1938 edition, Vol. 2, fig. 42-E and 42-F, p. 94

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine cover with usual faint gum toning around perfs

* Signed “George B. Sloane, March 1932” with lengthy note about another example that was known before this was discovered

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E. 20,000-30,000
17,000
46°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 46, 1c and 3c 1857 Issue Covers, This Valentine cover and matching original enclosure may justifiably be called the most beautiful example of 19th century Valentine postal usage extant

DESCRIPTION

3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26), bright shade, tied by “Geneva N.Y. Feb. 13, 1858” circular datestamp on small cover to Miss Edith Holley in Niagara Falls, New York, gold-leaf and hand-colored Romeo and Juliet Valentine design with matching enclosure, a love poem in the same hand as address, immaculate condition

PROVENANCE

* Robert G. Kaufmann, 6/6/1985, Sale 40, lot 51, to Grunin

* Louis Grunin, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, Part One, 3/25/1987, lot 83, to Jarrett

* David L. Jarrett, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/25/2009, Sale 970, lot 55, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine--perfection

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E. 7,500-10,000
19,500
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