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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 1847/Canada "Beaver" Combination Cover

Lot
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26°
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Sale 1188, Lot 26, 1847/Canada "Beaver" Combination CoverThe unique Canada and United States First Issues mixed-franking cover with the 1851 3p “Beaver” and a strip of five of the 5¢ 1847 Issue--long regarded as one of the top five most important covers of the United States and, by virtue of its dual-country First Issue franking, one of the most outstanding covers in all of classic worldwide philately

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Red Brown (1), horizontal strip of five, large to full margins, late impression, tied by multiple strikes of New York City red grid cancel, used with Canada, 1851, 3p Red, Laid Paper (1; SG 1), large margins all around, tied by 7-ring target cancel on envelope to Reverend Egerton Ryerson in London, England, sender’s directive “Via United States” and “By Steamer of 7th of May 1851” across top of envelope above the stamps--intended for the Cunard Line’s Asia, but carried by the Havre Line’s Humboldt on its maiden voyage--red “CANADA” in framed arc cross-border handstamp, the stamps are also tied by “3” credit handstamp applied in New York City foreign-mail office and by red “PAID OI 19MY19 1851” receiving datestamp applied in London

PROVENANCE

* Rep. Ernest R. Ackerman (unconfirmed; bought and sold privately)

*Henry C. Gibson, Sr., Philip H. Ward sale, 6/14-15/1944, lot 32

* Ezra D. Cole (purchased from Gibson in 1948 and sold privately to Rust through Bernard Harmer)

* Philip G. Rust (sold privately to Ishikawa through Siegel in 1979)

* Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 84, to Craveri

* Guido Craveri (sold privately to Hackmey)

* Joseph Hackmey (collection sold privately to William H. Gross in 2010)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* USPCS census no. 310

* https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/1847-cover-census/

* Hugh J. and J. David Baker, Bakers’ U.S. Classics, p. 147

* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, noted on p. 25

* Gordon Eubanks, Jr., “Covers with Three or More 1847 Stamps,” Chronicle 254, May 2017

* Robson Lowe, Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol. V, noted on p. 150

* Jonathan W. Rose, Classic United States Imperforate Stamps, p. 12

* World Stamp Show 2016 Court of Honor (Gross)

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1993)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine appearing strip with light natural pre-printing paper folds and small margin tear at top of center stamp; the cover is immaculate

* Gibson sale backstamp

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E. 600,000-800,000
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