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

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

Category — 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
230°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 230, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Mint Never-Hinged wide top plate block of the 5¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Blue (428), Mint N.H. wide top plate number 7237 block of six, choice centering with wide margins, rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$650.00

E. 300-400
1,000
231°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 231, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Full top plate block of the 6¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

6¢ Red Orange (429), Full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint, plate number 5425 and star block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., bottom right stamp faintly hinged, wide margins and outstanding centering

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; color slightly oxidized

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$525.00

Errata: Bottom right stamp faintly hinged. Scott Retail for hinged plate block $525.00

E. 300-400
375
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232°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 232, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Mint Never-Hinged full top plate block of the 9¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

9¢ Salmon Red (432), Mint N.H. full top plate number 6907 block of six, attractive margins and centering, vibrant color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,150.00

E. 400-500
550
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233°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 233, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Mint Never-Hinged full top plate block of the 15¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

15¢ Gray (437), Mint N.H. full top plate number 6825 block of six, choice margins and centering, fresh color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$2,150.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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234°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 234, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Full top plate block of the 20¢ 1914 Issue

DESCRIPTION

20¢ Ultramarine (438), full top plate number 6909 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., only the top center stamp hinged, much better centering than usual for this issue, bright color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Fine-Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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235°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 235, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), A rare full top plate block of the 50¢ 1915 Perf 10 Issue, Scott 440

DESCRIPTION

50¢ Violet (440), full top plate number 7057 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., top center stamp hinge remnant, wide margins and choice centering, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1977)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine and choice

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$13,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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236°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 236, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461)A rare full top plate block of the $1, A rare full top plate block of the $1A rare full top plate block of the $1.00 1915 Perf 10 Issue

DESCRIPTION

$1.00 Violet Black (460), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number A 5782 block of six, four stamps Mint N.H., center stamps lightly hinged, wide margins, the top row with particularly choice centering, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; natural diagonal gum bend

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$11,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Change from Perf 12 to 10

In 1914, six years into production of the Washington-Franklin series, the perforations were altered to gauge 10 on all sides. The change was made in response to complaints from postmasters and users that the Perf 12 stamps separated too easily, a problem encountered on earlier coil stamps. The weakened and separated sheets made it difficult for local postmasters to properly account for stock, and businesses lost time putting stamps on parcels when multiples fell apart.

The Bureau had previously experimented with Perf 8.5 stamps for coils to resolve the same problem. These were found to be too hard to separate, so the Bureau settled on Perf 10 for the new gauge. Johl notes that the first machine was set to gauge 10 on September 4, 1914, and that the last machine was set on November 4 of the same year.

Lewis Kaufman records only twelve top and six bottom plate blocks available to collectors (excluding the top position in the Miller collection owned by The New York Public Library). Plate 5782 was the only plate prepared for each of the $1.00 Franklin issues (Scott 423, 460, 478 and 518).

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 237, 1913-15 Washington-Franklin Issues (Scott 424-461), Full top plate block of the 2¢ Type I 1915 Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Pale Carmine Red (461), full top plate number 7265 block of six, five stamps Mint N.H., only the top center stamp and selvage above hinged, attractive margins and centering, rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES SCOTT VALUE (2019)

Very Fine $1,500.00

E. 750-1,000
650
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