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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — Franklin Carrier on Cover with Plate Crack

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
44°
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 44, Franklin Carrier on Cover with Plate Crack, The only recorded example of the 1851 Franklin Carrier General Issue stamp on cover that shows the plate crack--only two other plate crack stamps are in private hands, both off cover and with much less conspicuous cracks

DESCRIPTION

(1¢) Dull Blue, Franklin Carrier, Cracked Plate (LO1 variety), Position 19L, deep and well-inked plate crack across entire stamp, large margins except touched at bottom left corner, intense shade and impression, cancelled by Philadelphia red star cancel, one point impressed strongly enough to tie stamp through paper, used on cover addressed to “Mr. Benjamin B. Myrick, Corner of Christian and Church Streets, Philadelphia”, red wax seal and “Recd. Mar. 18, 1852 B.B. Myrick” receipt docketing on back

PROVENANCE

* Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Eugene N. Costales sale, 4/26-27/1950, lot 767, to Elliott Perry on behalf of Gibson

* Henry C. Gibson, Sr. (sold privately)

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/27/1990, Sale 723, lot 355, to Golden

* David Golden, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/15-17/1999, Sale 817, lot 15, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* National Philatelic Museum, 1956, Vol. VI, No. 4, p. 482

* Scott R. Trepel, “Carrier Stamps During The 1851 Issue Period,” The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective, p. 198

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1999)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine stamp and cover

* Henry C. Gibson owner’s backstamp with note “Perry 1950”

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/44.pdf

E. 40,000-50,000
40,000
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