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Sale 1200 — The William H. Gross Collection: U.S. Stamp Multiples

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 8-9 May, 2019

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Category — 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422)

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
221°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 221, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Full top plate block of the 7¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

7¢ Black (407), full top plate number 6919 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., bottom center stamp lightly hinged, wide margins, intense shade

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,200.00

E. 500-750
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222°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 222, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Full top plate blocks of the 1¢ and 2¢ 1912 Issue with Kansas City Roulettes

DESCRIPTION

1¢ Green, 2¢ Carmine, Ty. I, Kansas City Roulettes (408 variety, 409 variety), full top plate number 6013 and 6464 blocks of six, 1¢ Mint N.H., 2¢ five stamps Mint N.H., bottom center hinge remnant, both with wide margins

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1¢--1982)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice; each with purple "C.A.S." in circle backstamp

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

In December 1914 the Kansas City post office had an oversupply of imperforate stamps, originally intended for vending machines. The supply of stamps was rouletted with women's dressmaking tracing wheels, and official approval for their release was given by the Post Office Department in Washington.

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 223, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Mint Never-Hinged full top plate block of the 9¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

9¢ Salmon Red (415), Mint N.H. full top plate number 6915 block of six, wide margins and fresh color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,100.00

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 224, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Mint Never-Hinged full top plate block of the 10¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

12¢ Claret Brown (417), Mint N.H. full top plate number 6910, block of six, wide margins, rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,050.00

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 225, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Full top plate block of the 15¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Gray (418), full top plate number A 5850 block of six, bottom center stamp hinge remnant, other stamps Mint N.H. or lightly hinged, choice centering and margins

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; few minor perf separations in top of selvage reinforced with tiny hinge slivers

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$850.00

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 226, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Mint Never-Hinged wide top plate block of the 15¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Gray (418), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number A 5766 block of six, intense shade, attractive margins and centering

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,400.00

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 227, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Full top plate block of the 20¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

20¢ Ultramarine (419), full top plate number 6908 block of six, lightly hinged, beautiful centering and margins

PROVENANCE

Weill Brothers' Stock, Christie's RL, 10/12/1989, lot 302

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 228, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), A superb and extremely rare full top plate block of the 50¢ 1914 Single-Line Watermarked Issue, Scott 421

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Violet (421), full top plate number 7049 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., only the top center stamp hinged, deep rich color, truly outstanding centering with wide margins

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine Gem

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$10,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

50¢ Perf 12 Single-Line and Double-Line Watermarks

There is a simple way to differentiate between the two 50¢ Violet Perf 12 1914 Issues, Scott 421 (single-line watermark) and Scott 422 (double-line watermark), without even looking at the watermark. Scott 421 almost always has printing ink offset on the gum (unless it is regummed), and Scott 422 never does.

As a measure of rarity, the Wampler collection had a hinged top plate block of Scott 421, and the Fogelson collection did not have a plate block (both sales were held by Shreves Philatelic Galleries). Our sale of the vast "MLG" collection also did not contain one. The only other top plate block we have offered with full or nearly full selvage was in our 2015 Curtis sale. Lewis Kaufman records only five full top plate blocks available to collectors (excluding the top position in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library).

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 229, 1912-14 Washington-Franklin Issue (Scott 405-422), Full top plate block of the 50¢ 1914 Double-Line Watermarked Issue, Scott 422

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Violet (422), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number A 5749 block of six, hinge remnants straddling two stamps at bottom and between selvage, rich color, well-centered with wide margins

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; perf separations reinforced between bottom two left stamps and in selvage, negligible light creases in selvage

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$4,750.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

50¢ Perf 12 Double-Line Watermarked Issue

There is a simple way to differentiate between the two 50¢ Violet Perf 12 1914 Issues, Scott 421 (single-line watermark) and Scott 422 (double-line watermark), without even looking at the watermark. Scott 421 almost always has printing ink offset on the gum (unless it is regummed), and Scott 422 never does. Lewis Kaufman records only nine full top and five bottom plate blocks.

E. 2,000-3,000
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