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

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

Category — 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 189, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, One of the finest copies of Position 99R2, the exemplary Type III position, used on a circular

1¢ Blue, Type III, Position 99R2 (8), large top and bottom margins, full margins at sides except just touched at upper left, showing wide breaks in outer lines and double transfer--the distinctive traits of this position--tied by "New York Oct. 29" (1856) circular datestamp on folded printed circular to Troy, New York, dateline from circular intact (the rest is removed), Extremely Fine, a remarkably choice example of the 1¢ 1851 Imperforate from Position 99R2 on a circular, certainly one of the finest in existence, ex Caspary, Lehman, Grunin and Zoellner, Scott value for 99R2 on cover is $15,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 190, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, A beautiful quality circular with a choice 1¢ 1851 Imperforate Type III from Position 99R2

1¢ Blue, Type III, Position 99R2 (8), large margins including part of bottom sheet margin to just barely in at left, tied by grid cancel on light blue folded printed circular datelined Philadelphia, June 1, 1856, handsomely addressed to Washington, Pennsylvania, with "Circular" written at top by the sender, fresh and Very Fine, a rare 1¢ 1851 Imperforate from the position that produced the widest breaks in the top and bottom lines, with 1993 P.F. certificate, Scott value for 99R2 on cover is $15,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 191, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, Impressive strip of five of the 1¢ 1851 Issue on an attractive cover to France

1¢ Blue, Type II (7), Positions 21-25R2, horizontal strip of five, right stamp with double transfer, deep rich Plate 2 shade, large margins except in at top of right two stamps and at left of first stamp, tied by "New Orleans La. Feb. 11" (1856) circular datestamps on bluish gray folded cover to Paris, France, sender's directive "New York Steamer" at top, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Feb. 20" circular datestamp--carried on the Cunarder Persia, departing February 20, 1856, arriving Liverpool March 2--red London datestamp on back (March 3), manuscript "26" decimes due marking also ties stamps, Very Fine, a scarce strip of five of the 1¢ 1851 Imperforate issue paying the shore-to-ship rate for British Open Mail to France, 26 decimes (approximately 50¢) due was collected, ex Rogers and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 192, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, Strip of nine 1¢ 1851s with the major crack in Plate 2, on a cover from Minnesota Territory

1¢ Blue, Type II, Cracked Plate (7 var), Positions 2-10L2, horizontal strip of nine, left stamp Position 2L2 with major plate crack, large margins to just in at top of righthand stamp, includes part of four adjoining stamps, rich color, tied by "Saint Paul M.T. Sep. 7, 1856" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Washington Court House, Ohio, court docketing at upper left, slightly reduced at sides, Position 2L with small tear and crease at bottom right, few other stamps small nicks and tears at bottom, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, a rare and remarkable strip with the plate crack--probably the largest on-cover multiple with any of the Plate 2 Crack positions, ex Rogers and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 193, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, A breathtaking cover with ten 1¢ 1851 stamps from Plate 2, including a block of four and strip of six, paying the 10¢ transcontinental rate from California

1¢ Blue, Type II (7), block of four and horizontal strip of six, the block Positions 4-5/14-15R2, three huge margins, just in at bottom, scissors-cut between right stamps, the strip Positions 43-48R2, Position 48R2 double transfer, large margins to just in at top of Position 44R2, few vertical creases, rich Plate 2 color and wonderful impression, tied by segmented cork cancels, "Downieville Cal. May 31"(ca. 1855) circular datestamp on bright buff cover to John Bradbury in Boston, Massachusetts

Very Fine appearance (trivial stamp flaws noted above).

An incredibly rare 1¢ 1851 Issue franking with a block of four and strip of six from Plate 2, paying the 10¢ transcontinental rate which became effective April 1, 1855.

This cover is an excellent companion to lot 180 in this sale, which is a cover from the same correspondence franked with a 1¢ 1851 block of six, strip of three and single from Plate 1 Late for the 10¢ rate.

Ex Alfred H. Caspary, J. David Baker, Louis Grunin, George J. Kramer and Joseph Hackmey. Illustrated in Bakers' U.S. Classics (p. 141). With 2003 P.F. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 194, 1851 1¢ Blue—Plate 2, The only known cover with a block of ten of the 1¢ 1851 paying the 10¢ rate to Canada

1¢ Blue, Type II (7), Positions 6-10/16-20R2, horizontal block of ten, ample to large margins except just touched at top corners and just in at bottom right, cancelled by penstrokes consisting of two parallel horizontal lines across each row and two parallel diagonal lines across each stamp, tiny scissors-cut between Positions 16 and 17 is barely noticeable, tied on back of lady's small embossed cover to Pike River Landing, Canada East, matching "Cambridge Vt. May 28" manuscript postmark, stamps also cancelled by "St. John's Vt. May 29, 1857", "Rouse's Point N.Y. May 29, 1857" and "Montreal May 29, 1857" circular datestamps, manuscript "10" indicates payment of the 10¢ rate to the border, manuscript "6" pence Canadian due marking

Very Fine; cover opened for display and some slight soiling.

A phenomenally rare block of ten of the 1¢ 1851 Issue on cover and unique use to Canada. This block of ten is one of the largest recorded multiples of the 1¢ 1851 on cover.

Ex Harry L. Jefferys, Dr. Leonard Kapiloff, Tito Giamporcaro and Dr. John L. Robertson. With 1992 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
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