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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — The Newbury 90c Cover to Cape of Good Hope

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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 50, The Newbury 90c Cover to Cape of Good Hope, The renowned Newbury Ninety Cent Cover--the only 90¢ 1860 cover to Africa--extolled by Ashbrook as “one of the outstanding gems of American philately”

DESCRIPTION

90¢ Blue (39), used with 1¢ Blue, Type V (24) horizontal pair, 10¢ Green, Type V (35) and 30¢ Orange (38), beautiful rich colors, tied by three strikes of Boston large “PAID” grid cancel on blue folded letter datelined “Boston July 16, 1861”, addressed to Edwin Howland at Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, sender’s blue “Iasigi, Goddard & Co., Boston” oval handstamp on back, manuscript route directive “via England per Persia”, red “Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Jul. 16” circular datestamp on back, red crayon “1.32” on back (quadruple 33¢ rate) and “1.12/4” credit on front (quadruple 28¢ credit)--carried on the Cunarder Persia from New York on July 17, arriving in Queenstown on July 26--red “London Paid EE JY 27 61” transit datestamp, red “4” quadruple 1p British Colonial rate, red Capetown and Port Elizabeth backstamps

PROVENANCE

* Ernest R. Jacobs (acquired from Howlands, 1912, sold privately, 1921)

* Stanley B. Ashbrook (bought from Scott Stamp and Coin Co., 1921)

* Daniel F. Kelleher Co. (bought from Ashbrook, 1929, sold to Emerson)

* Robert S. Emerson, Daniel F. Kelleher, 10/19/1937, Sale 394, lot 119, to Jacobs (past owner) for Newbury

* Saul Newbury, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/17-18/1961, Sale 240, lot 417, to Weill for Phillips

* Benjamin D. Phillips (collection sold privately to Weills, 1968)

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1971 Rarities of the World, 3/23/1971, Sale 391, lot 50, to Ishikawa

* Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 362, to Levitt (sold shortly after auction to William H. Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Stanley B. Ashbrook, “The Ninety Cent 1860,” American Philatelist, Dec. 1921

* --The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-1857, Vol. II, p. 322

* --“The U.S. Ninety Cent Stamp of 1860,” 1951 Congress Book

* --“Through the Newbury De Luxe Collection...,” Stamp Specialist

* Dr. Stanley M. Bierman, More of the World’s Greatest Stamp Collectors, p. 198

* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, fig. 416, p. 265

* Richard B. Graham, “Great Stamps Make Greater Covers,” American Philatelist, October 1977, illustrated on front cover

* Ernest R. Jacobs, “Tracing the Family Tree of a 90¢ ‘57 On Cover,” Stamps, November 16, 1946

* Providence Night, Collectors Club of New York 3/20/1929 (Emerson)

* Centenary Exhibition, Collectors Club of New York, May 1940 (Newbury)

* ANPHILEX 1971 “Aristocrats of Philately” and 1996 Invited Exhibits

* Collectors Club of New York “Aristocrats of U.S. Philately,” 2000 (Gross)

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

* Fine; 1¢ small piece missing, 10¢ crease and tear, cover folds reinforced with stamp hinges; “R.H.W. Co.” backstamp (Weill)

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/50.pdf

E. 300,000-400,000
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