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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—Registered Mail

Lot
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 60, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, The only recorded 1847 cover with a "Registered" handstamp struck at the cover's origin

5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins to full, tied by black grid cancel, matching "Wilkes Barre Pa. Mar. 29" (1851) circular datestamp on buff envelope to Philadelphia, matching "Registered" straightline handstamp applied at Wilkes Barre and blue small "R" (Recorded) handstamp applied on arrival in Philadelphia, manuscript "25" registration number at lower left

Very Fine; some slight ink erosion in the address.

A rare example of the 5¢ 1847 on a registered cover, and it is especially desirable with the "Registered" handstamp applied at origin. Registered mail was not authorized under postal regulations until 1855. There was, however, an informal registration system. Several covers are known with the blue "R" applied on mail arriving in Philadelphia, as seen on this cover, but this is the only 1847 Issue cover with a "Registered" marking applied at the cover's origin.

Ex Wharton Sinkler, William L. Moody and Harvey Mirsky. Illustrated in the Chronicle 221 (p. 15).

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 61, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, 5¢ 1847 Issue on a registered cover to Philadelphia with the large "R" handstamp

5¢ Brown (1), large margins to full, gorgeous rich color, cancelled by two strikes of blue "PAID" straightline handstamp with matching "Havre de Grace Md. Apr. 11" (ca. 1848-49) circular datestamp on registered folded cover to Philadelphia, blue large "R" (Recorded) handstamp struck on arrival, Very Fine, this early registered mail marking is scarce on 1847 Issue covers (see Chronicle 249 for a discussion and census), a smaller "R" replaced this "R" in October 1849, ex Brown, Matthies, Garrett and Boker

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 62, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, The only recorded 10¢ 1847 pair on a registered cover with the small "R" handstamp

10¢ Black (2), horizontal pair, three large margins, just clear at top, tied by black grid cancels with red "Boston Mas. Sep. 9" (1850) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, Ludlow, Beebee & Co. correspondence, bold blue small "R" (Recorded) handstamp and manuscript "23" registry number, small piece with wax seal removed from back, Very Fine and colorful, an extremely rare use with a pair of 10¢ 1847s, this early registered mail marking is very scarce on 1847 Issue covers (see Chronicle 249 for a discussion and a census), this smaller "R" replaced the large "R" in October 1849, the USPCS census lists no other incoming registered "R" covers to Philadelphia with a 10¢ pair, ex Sweet, Garrett, Dr. Kapiloff, Craveri and Hackmey, signed Ashbrook, Ward backstamp, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 63, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, 5¢ 1847 Issue on colorful registered cover with the Philadelphia small "R" handstamp

5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins to touched at upper right, rich color and clear impression, tied by red grid cancel with blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 18" (1850) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter with Mechanics Bank of Baltimore printed letterhead to Philadelphia, blue small "R" (Recorded) handstamp struck on arrival and manuscript "95" registry number, file fold slightly creases the stamp, still Very Fine use sent from one bank clerk to another, this early registered mail marking is very scarce on 1847 Issue covers (see Chronicle 249 for a discussion and a census), this smaller "R" replaced the large "R" in October 1849, ex Krug and Boker, illustrated and discussed in Ashbrook's Special Service (p. 525, photo 260)

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 64, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, 10¢ 1847 Issue on registered cover with Philadelphia small "R" handstamp

10¢ Black (2), large margins to clear at lower left, intense shade nicely contrasted by tying strikes of red "10" handstamp and blue "Baltimore Md. May 6" (1850) circular datestamp, second strike of "10" at right on folded letter with Mechanics Bank of Baltimore printed letterhead to Philadelphia, blue small "R" (Recorded) handstamp struck on arrival and manuscript "81" registry number, file fold just faintly creases the stamp, Very Fine use sent from one bank clerk to another, this early registered mail marking is very scarce on 1847 Issue covers (see Chronicle 249 for a discussion and a census), this smaller "R" replaced the large "R" in October 1849, ex Newbury, Matthies and Rohloff

E. 1,000-1,500
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