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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — 10c 1857 Issue Largest Known Multiple, Railroad Propaganda Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
48°
ogbl
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 48, 10c 1857 Issue Largest Known Multiple, Railroad Propaganda Cover, A stupendous classic plate number multiple, comprising a significant part of the left pane of the 10¢ Type V, including the full imprint and plate number--this is the largest block known of any 10¢ stamp issued from 1847 to 1875

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Green, Type V (35), Positions 31-36/41-46/51-56/61-66/71-76/81- 86/91-96L2, block of 42 (six by seven) from the lower left corner of the left pane of Plate 2 with “Toppan, Carpenter & Co. BANK NOTE ENGRAVERS. Phila. New York, Boston & Cincinnati” imprint and “No. 2 P.” plate number at left, original gum, rich color, bright and fresh, there are two minor plate varieties: 84L “Shell Dash” and 93L Curl in “e” of “Cents”

PROVENANCE

* Dr. Carroll Chase (sold privately to Filstrup)

* Alvin W. Filstrup (bought privately from Dr. Chase; sold privately)

* Samuel W. Richey (according to Brookman--see citation below)

* Amos Eno, Harmer, Rooke sale, 7/9/1950, lot 250, to Neinken

* Mortimer L. Neinken, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/19/1970, Sale 384, sold as part of lot 286 (the Neinken 10¢ Type V collection)

* John C. Chapin (bought privately, circa 1973; collection sold privately to William H. Gross, 2002)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Lester G. Brookman, United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century, Vol. I, p. 243 (block’s owner stated as Samuel W. Richey)

* John C. Chapin, A Census of United States Classic Plate Blocks 1851-1882, p. 12

* Mortimer L. Neinken, The United States Ten Cent Stamps of 1855-1859, p. 153

* Collectors Club of New York 3/3/1926 (Filstrup)

* Accompanied by a letter from Mortimer L. Neinken to John C. Chapin, dated December 18, 1973, congratulating Chapin on his acquisition and describing the block as “one of the U.S. 19th century philatelic gems.”

CONDITION NOTES

* Fine-Very Fine and excellent condition for a block of this issue and size; a few hinge remnants, but at least 15 stamps are Mint N.H.; some perf separations in different parts of the block, but overall there are very few for such a large multiple; one stamp in the plate block of eight has a large inclusion that appears to be natural, a few stamps at right have negligible toned spots, tiny thin and tear, but none of these are of any significance

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E. 50,000-75,000
60,000
49°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 49, 10c 1857 Issue Largest Known Multiple, Railroad Propaganda Cover, The only recorded California railroad propaganda cover to another country--a fantastic piece of Western Americana with an impressive provenance

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Green, Type V (35), horizontal strip of three, tied by two bold strikes of “San Francisco Cal. Feb. 17, 1860” circular datestamp on illustrated railroad propaganda cover to Stade, Prussia, text above steaming locomotive has stagecoach route directive “PER OVERLAND MAIL STAGE, VIA LOS ANGELES.” and in small letters the railroad promotional slogan “In hope of the [train],” San Francisco publisher’s imprint below woodcut illustration “Published by Hutchings & Rosenfield, 146 Montgomery St.”, red “N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 7 Mar. 17” 7¢ credit datestamp--carried on the Inman’s Glasgow from New York on March 17, arriving in Queenstown on March 30 and Liverpool on March 31--entered Prussian mail system at Aachen with partly clear red “AACHEN [2/4?] FRANCO” framed transit datestamp, blue “Stadt 3/4” (April 3) receiving backstamp

PROVENANCE

* William S. White, Percy Doane sale, 1/16/1937, lot 148

* Henry C. Gibson, Sr., Ward sale, 6/14-15/1944, lot 184

* C. Corwith Wagner, John A. Fox sale, 10/23/1957, lot 162, front cover illustration, to “R.A.”

* J. David Baker, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/4/1978, Sale 526, lot 43

* Louis Grunin, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, Part One, 3/25/1987, lot 118

* Private collector, Siegel Auction Galleries, 10/29/1996, Sale 784, lot 2095

* “Sevenoaks” collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 11/15/2000, Sale 831, lot 2111, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Jesse L. Coburn, Letters of Gold, p. 136

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1987)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine strip and cover; small piece of backflap missing and very slightly reduced at top

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E. 15,000-20,000
15,000
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