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Sale 1211 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2019

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Category — 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
15°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 15, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, Two 5¢ Red Brown in a deep First Printing shade, including one with a double transfer

5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type A (1-A, 1), two, left stamp Position 80R showing clear double transfer of top frameline (1-A), both with ample to large margins, deep rich First Printing shade and impression, tied by red square grid cancels with matching blurry strike of New York circular datestamp (might be September 23) on blue folded cover to Cuthbert, Georgia, some very minor bleaching around edges, Very Fine, ex Boker, with Dr. Chase's notes on back

E. 750-1,000
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16°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 16, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, A choice 5¢ 1847 pair used on July 14, 1847, within the first two weeks of issue

5¢ Red Brown (1), horizontal pair, large margins to full at bottom right corner, tied by red square grid cancels with matching "New-York 10cts. 14 Jul." (1847) integral-rate circular datestamp on grayish folded letter to Portland, Maine, receipt docketing on back, Very Fine, a beautiful first-month use, from our 1987 Rarities of the World sale, ex Boker

E. 750-1,000
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17°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 17, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, A beautiful intense early shade of the 5¢ 1847 on a small neat cover

5¢ Red Brown (1), dark early shade, large margins all around including portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Aug. 6" (1847) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Norwich, Connecticut, docketing on back confirms date, Extremely Fine stamp on a fresh cover, ex Boker

E. 400-500
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18°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 18, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, A 5¢ 1847 in an extraordinary deep Blackish Brown shade from the First Printing

5¢ Blackish Brown (1a var), large margins to ample at top, glorious deep color and early impression, curious inking flaw below "E" of "Office," neat blue grid cancel with matching bold "Cumberland Md. Aug. 17" (1847) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Baltimore, Maryland, stamp with light pre-use crease at bottom not mentioned on either accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance, ex Stollnitz and Saadi, with 1981 and 1996 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
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19°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 19, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, An unusually intense 5¢ 1847 Dark Brown in the "Fuscous" color family

5¢ Dark Brown (1a), intense Dark Brown shade identified by Wade Saadi as matching the "Fuscous" family in Ridgway's Color Nomenclature, full to ample margins, tied by bold red grid cancels with matching "Boston 5cts. 14 Sep." (1852) integral-rate circular datestamp on greenish folded letter to Hartford, Connecticut, Geo. H. Gray & Co. adhesive seal on flap, stamp with pre-use diagonal folds, Very Fine and rare shade, ex Saadi, with 1994 P.F. certificate confirming the Ridgway "Fuscous"

E. 500-750
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20°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 20, 1847 Issue—First Printing Shades and Impressions, A gorgeous deep 5¢ 1847 Dark Brown in the "Chestnut" color family with Crack in "T" flaw

5¢ Dark Brown, Crack in "T" Variety (1a var), Position 69R, exceptionally intense shade from Ridgway's "Chestnut Brown" color family and described by Wade Saadi as "Seal Brown," huge margins to full at bottom, tied by blue "Paid" in oval cancel with matching "Philada Pa. 10cts. Oct. 23" (1847) integral-rate circular datestamp, manuscript "Due 5" for distance greater than 300 miles on folded cover to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Extremely Fine and rare shade, and especially desirable with the Crack in "T" plate flaw (which was first reported by Wade Saadi in the May 1994 Chronicle), ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate stating Ridgway's Walnut Brown (catalogued under Dark Brown, Scott 1a) but not mentioning the plate crack (which had not yet been reported)

E. 750-1,000
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