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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 October, 2018

Category — Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
64°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 64, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Little Piggy of Sandisfield, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

Little Piggy, perfect strike on 3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26), “Sandisfield, Mass. Mar. 25” (circa 1861) double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Plymouth, Connecticut, very rare--one other off-cover strike known

PROVENANCE

* Donald Malcolm

* Clyde Jennings (collection sold privately to William H. Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Skinner-Eno, United States Cancellations 1845-1869, p. 141, no. PA-E1

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2000)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
10,500
65°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 65, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Man in the Moon of Mason, Ohio

DESCRIPTION

Man in the Moon, perfect strike on 3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26), bold “Mason, Ohio, Oct. 25” (circa 1860) circular datestamp on small cover to Lebanon, Ohio

PROVENANCE

* Clifford C. Cole, Siegel Auction Galleries, 2/24/1988, Sale 689, lot 329

* Clyde Jennings (collection sold privately to William H. Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Skinner and Eno, United States Cancellations 1845-1869, no. PH-F89

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine; address slightly faded

* Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook

E. 1,000-1,500
5,000
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66°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 66, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Bridgeport Fireman of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Bridgeport Fireman, perfect strike with every detail of finely carved lines, tying 3¢ Rose (65) on small piece

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-6

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2004)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; small tear at lower right

E. 3,000-4,000
13,500
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67°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 67, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Clown in Top Hat of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Clown in Top Hat, full and clear strike on 3¢ Rose (65)

PROVENANCE

* Mattatuck Historical Society, The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1959, lot 5

* Morrison Waud, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/23/1994, Sale 758, lot 276

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-4

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1995)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
15,500
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68°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 68, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Eagle & Shield of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Eagle & Shield, perfect full strike on 3¢ Rose (65)

PROVENANCE

* B. H. Handy, The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1953

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-8

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; stamp has long sealed tear and crease

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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69°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 69, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Dog in Collar of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Dog in Collar, bold full strike on 3¢ Rose (65)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-4

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; tear through upper left corner (reattached)

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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70°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 70, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Duck on Water of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Duck on Water, full clear strike on 3¢ Rose (65)

PROVENANCE

* Edward S. Knapp, Amos Eno, Clyde Jennings (collection sold to Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-10

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; stamp with small piece out of margin

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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71°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 71, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, ConnecticutCircus Elephant of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the rarest and most fascinating of Postmaster John W, Circus Elephant of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the rarest and most fascinating of Postmaster John WCircus Elephant of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the rarest and most fascinating of Postmaster John W. Hill’s creations and the only strike known on a 2¢ “Black Jack”

DESCRIPTION

Circus Elephant, a sharp and dark strike showing the ear and eye with perfect clarity, “Waterbury Con. Apr. 18 ‘66” double-circle datestamp, the Elephant ties 2¢ Black (73) on buff cover to Charles Perkins, a local Waterbury resident

PROVENANCE

* Mattatuck Historical Society, The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1959, lot 51, to Matthies

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1977, Sale 503, lot 338

* Mary Ann Owens (sold privately to William H. Gross)

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-2

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1977 and 1999)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; cover slightly reduced at right

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/71.pdf

E. 30,000-40,000
37,500
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72°
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 72, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, ConnecticutMan in Hat Smoking Pipe of Waterbury, Connecticut--a perfect strike of this wonderful, whimsical carving by Postmaster John W, Man in Hat Smoking Pipe of Waterbury, Connecticut--a perfect strike of this wonderful, whimsical carving by Postmaster John WMan in Hat Smoking Pipe of Waterbury, Connecticut--a perfect strike of this wonderful, whimsical carving by Postmaster John W. Hill

DESCRIPTIONMan in Hat Smoking Pipe, a perfect pitch black strike showing all of the details of this intricate carving, including the high collar and Hill’s characteristic “smiling” eye, bold “Waterbury Con. Aug. 23 ‘67” double-circle datestamp, the Man ties 3¢ Rose (65) on small cover to Gertrude Cooke in Wolcottville, Connecticut, with original letter

PROVENANCE

* Cooke correspondence first offered through Siegel Auction Galleries, 9/11/1985, Sale 651, this was lot 338

* Milton Mitchell, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/13/2003, Sale 859, lot 134, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-1

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; slight gum toning at top of stamp, cover slightly reduced at left

E. 30,000-40,000
67,500
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73°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 73, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, ConnecticutEagle & Shield of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster Hill’s patriotic tribute to the Union and E, Eagle & Shield of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster Hill’s patriotic tribute to the Union and EEagle & Shield of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster Hill’s patriotic tribute to the Union and E. Pluribus Unum after the Civil War

DESCRIPTION

Eagle & Shield, intense pitch black strike with the eagle’s feathers and talons in perfect clarity, full bold “Waterbury Con. Jan. 13 ‘66” doublecircle datestamp, the Eagle ties 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to Samuel Hodgson in New York City

PROVENANCE

* Dr. Glenn E. Jackson, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/3/1970, Sale 369, lot 326, to Matthies

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1977, Sale 503, lot 336, to Houser

* Henry Houser, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 12/13/1990, lot 4

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, p. 18, no. A-8

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; cover has long repaired opening

E. 10,000-15,000
29,000
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74°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 74, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Skull & Crossbones of Waterbury, Connecticut--a message to everyone that the stamp was “dead” and may not be used again

DESCRIPTION

Skull & Crossbones, full strike with equally sharp “Waterbury Con. Apr. 14 ‘66” double-circle datestamp tying 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to the Saugatuck Manufacturing Co. in Connecticut

PROVENANCE

* E. N. Sampson

* Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, 2/5-7/1980, Sale 41, lot 738

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 2003 Rarities of the World, 5/31/2003, Sale 863, lot 334, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. R-1

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike and cover

E. 5,000-7,500
20,000
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75°
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Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 75, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Baseball, Bats and Bases of Waterbury, Connecticut--carved by Postmaster Hill after Waterbury’s team played a winning game

DESCRIPTION

Baseball, Bats and Bases, full sharp strike with mostly clear strike of “Waterbury Con. Sep. 9 ‘67” double-circle datestamp, cancel ties 3¢ Rose (65) on buff cover to Joseph A. Rogers in New York City

PROVENANCE

* Mattatuck Historical Society, The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1959, lot 32, to Matthies

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1977, Sale 503, lot 330, to Houser

* Henry Houser, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 12/13/1990, lot 80, to Mitchell

* Milton Mitchell, Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/13/2003, Sale 859, lot 133, to William H. Gross

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, p. 178, no. O-2

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES;

* Extremely Fine strike and cover; slightly reduced at left

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/75.pdf

E. 15,000-20,000
40,000
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76°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 76, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, ConnecticutDuck on Water of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster John W, Duck on Water of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster John WDuck on Water of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster John W. Hill’s celebration of duck hunting season in the autumn of 1867

DESCRIPTION

Duck on Water, clear strike with “Waterbury Con. Sep. 24 ‘67” double-circle datestamp tying 3¢ Rose (65) on cover to the Samuel Hodgson in Blackstone, Massachusetts

PROVENANCE

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1977, Sale 503, lot 335, to Houser

* Henry Houser, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 12/13/1990, lot 5

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-10

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine strike and cover

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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77°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 77, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Rose Blossom of Waterbury, Connecticut--a beautiful strike of one of Postmaster Hill’s most intricate carvings

DESCRIPTION

Rose Blossom, a spectacular perfect strike with “Waterbury Ct. Nov. 18” (1869) circular datestamp on 3¢ Pink on White entire (U58) to Thomas Bull in Woodbury, Connecticut, with original letter from F. L. Allen, a Waterbury hardware dealer, the letter and receipt docket referring to the letter are dated November 19, but the Waterbury November 18 datestamp is probably the true mailing date

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. F-2

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2007)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; the certificate describes some skillful restoration, including the back reattached, small surface scuffs and cleaning; the left edge has also been slightly extended in the process (not noted)

E. 4,000-5,000
22,000
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78°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 78, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Old Woman in Bonnet of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Old Woman in Bonnet, bold full strike showing every detail of the bonnet and the lady’s frowning face, rim of datestamp at left, tying 1¢ Buff (112) on piece, stamp has interpane margin at right

PROVENANCE

* Mattatuck Historical Society, according to a note on back, but not in auction held by The Collectors Shop (Keffer), 11/12/1959

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-10

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; small piece of stamp torn off at upper left when separated by original user

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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79°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 79, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, African-American of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

African-American, Postmaster Hill’s unmistakable profile image, bold full strike showing every detail of the smiling face, on 3¢ Ultramarine (114) with straight edge at left

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-8

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1991)

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike

E. 5,000-7,500
16,000
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80°
 
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 80, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Running Chicken of Waterbury, Connecticut--Postmaster Hill’s most famous creation

DESCRIPTION

Running Chicken, full clear strike showing the fine detail of the wings, head and legs--the back leg is broken off, indicating a later stage of the cancel--on 3¢ Ultramarine (114)

PROVENANCE

* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1981 Rarities of the World, 4/29/1981, Sale 579, lot 158

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. A-11

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (1978)

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine strike; stamp has corner crease and small margin tear

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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81°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 81, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, ConnecticutOld Woman in Bonnet of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the iconic images carved by Postmaster John W, Old Woman in Bonnet of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the iconic images carved by Postmaster John WOld Woman in Bonnet of Waterbury, Connecticut--one of the iconic images carved by Postmaster John W. Hill

DESCRIPTION

Old Woman in Bonnet, bold strike with “Waterbury Ct. Mar. 4” (1870) circular datestamp, cancel tying 3¢ Ultramarine (114) at left of cover to Mrs. Joseph Anderson in Aiken, South Carolina, the duplex datestamp is struck off the edge of cover at left but restruck at upper right and a small part of the lady shows

PROVENANCE

* L. Moeldner, Daniel F. Kelleher sale

* Robert S. Emerson, Daniel F. Kelleher, 10/19/1937, Sale 394, lot 209, to Keffer (Emerson’s note on back: “DFK L. Moeldner”)

* Dr. Glenn E. Jackson, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/3/1970, Sale 369, lot 400

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. E-10

CERTIFICATION

* The Philatelic Foundation (2000)

CONDITION NOTES

*Extremely Fine strike and cover

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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82°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 82, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Congress Gaiter of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Congress Gaiter (Shoe), sharp strike showing fine lines of elastic bands with “Waterbury Ct. Mar. 21” (1870) circular datestamp, cancel ties 3¢ Ultramarine (114) on yellow cover to Wolcott Paper Co. in Waterbury, overpaid for drop rate, embossed corner card of White & Wells, wholesale paper warehouse and manufactory

PROVENANCE

* Dr. Glenn E. Jackson, Siegel Auction Galleries, 3/3/1970, Sale 369, lot 389

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. O-12

CONDITION NOTES

* Very Fine strike; right edge restored and stamp has faults

E. 2,000-3,000
6,250
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83°
c
Sale Number 1188, Lot Number 83, Fancy Cancellations, Mostly from Waterbury, Connecticut, Beer Mug of Waterbury, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Beer Mug, wonderful bold strike with “Waterbury Ct. Jun. 21” (1869) circular datestamp, cancel ties 3¢ Ultramarine (114) on large cover to Louisa A. Conder in Oxford, Connecticut

PROVENANCE

* Katharine Matthies, Siegel Auction Galleries, 1/11/1977, Sale 503, lot 395, to Houser

* Henry Houser, Christie’s Robson Lowe sale, 12/13/1990, lot 86

CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES

* Paul C. Rohloff, The Waterbury Cancellations, 1865-1890, no. O-9

CONDITION NOTES

* Extremely Fine strike; cover refolded to reduce size; stamp has small tear and light crease from fold

E. 4,000-5,000
8,500
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