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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — New York, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisionals

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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 1, New York, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisionals, One of the two most outstanding covers with the New York postmaster’s provisional stamp used from another post office--in this case, the triple 5¢ rate from Boston is paid by a superb and extremely rare vertical corner sheet-margin pair with small “ACM” initials and a single without initials

DESCRIPTION

New York, N.Y., 5¢ Black on Bluish, “ACM” Initials (9X1b variety), Positions 31/36, vertical pair with huge bottom left corner sheet margins and large margins all around, small magenta “ACM” initials unconnected without periods (unlisted variety--similar to small “A.C.M.” with periods), used with 5¢ Black on Bluish, Without Signature (9X1e), Position 22, full to large margins, each stamp with similar blue manuscript cancel on undated 1845 folded cover from Boston to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, red “Boston Mass. Nov. 12” circular datestamp, magenta manuscript “15” (cents) rate applied in Boston, sender’s manuscript notation “U.S. Mail paid”, red “PAID” arc handstamp applied on arrival in New York City to indicate stamps accepted as prepayment of triple 5¢ rate postage

PROVENANCE

* G. E. Jones (J. W. Scott, 11/8/1906), according to notation on back

* Henry G. Lapham (and his son, Raymond), probably acquired privately in 1922 from the Henry C. Gibson, Sr., collection* Probably Warren H. Colson (stock acquired by Weills in 1963)

* Edward Grombacher (bought and sold privately through Weills)

* Weill Brothers’ Stock, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 10/12/1989, lot 588, to private collector

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1996 Rarities of the World, 5/21/1996, Sale 777, lot 5, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 20388

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

* Stanley M. Piller, The New York Postmaster’s Provisional, fig. 97, p. 72

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

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1989)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine cover with a superb vertical corner-margin pair; file folds not affecting stamps; light waterstain around No. 9X1e, which also has a pinhole just under Washington’s right eye

* Pencil note on back “G E Jones Coll, J W Scott Co., Nov. 8, 1906.” Also signed “R. H. Weill” in pencil (Raymond H. Weill)

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E. 20,000-30,000
32,500
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 2, New York, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisionals, The rare “RHM” initialed stamp is used here on one of the seven New York postmaster’s provisional covers from New Hamburgh in Dutchess County, all originating from James Lenox, whose collection of art, books and manuscripts became one of the cornerstones of The New York Public Library

DESCRIPTION

New York, N.Y., 5¢ Black on Bluish, “RHM” Initials (9X1d), Position 40 from the bottom right corner of the sheet, large margins to clear at lower right, bold magenta “RHM” initials reading from top to bottom, tied by blue manuscript cancel (applied on arrival in New York City) on folded letter datelined “Netherwood 12 Augst 1845”--Netherwood was the Lenox estate in Dutchess County, New York--addressed to Thomas L. Callender, Sun Mutual Insurance Company, Wall Street, New York City, manuscript “New Hamburgh Augst 12 NY” postmark and “5” rate, red “PAID” arc handstamp applied on arrival in New York City to indicate stamp accepted as prepayment, neatly docketed “Recd. 13 Agt”

PROVENANCE

* Charles A. Shierson, H. R. Harmer sale, 5/22/1961, lot 45

* Daniel F. Kelleher sale, 10/4/1974

* Louis Grunin (New York collection sold privately to Andrew Levitt)

* Daniel F. Kelleher, Sale 573, 9/30-10/1/1983, lot 153

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 20301

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

* Stanley M. Piller, The New York Postmaster’s Provisional, fig. 90, p. 67

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine example of Scott No. 9X1d on a pristine folded letter

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E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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