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

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

Category — Special Delivery Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
284°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 284, Special Delivery Issues, A magnificent plate block of ten of the 10¢ 1888 Special Delivery with extra wide top selvage

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery (E2), wide top left corner block of ten with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 552" plate number, stamps Mint N.H., lightly hinged only in gummed part of selvage, choice centering with wide margins, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

"Southern Cross" collection, Greg Manning Auctions, 3/22-23/1993, lot 1105

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1983)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$19,800.00 as hinged plate block of eight and two Mint N.H. singles

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The Speedy Messenger

The second Special Delivery stamp, Scott E2, was made from two plates--numbered 552 and 73. Plate 552 was made first and was numbered in the series of 1882; Plate 73 was numbered in the series of 1890. There are perhaps ten known of the 1888 Issue, Scott E2, of which about half come from top positions. The same plates were used to print the Orange Special Delivery issue, Scott E3, which was issued in conjunction with the 1893 Columbian Issue. The plate block offered here is one of the finest we have ever encountered.

E. 10,000-15,000
17,500
285°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 285, Special Delivery Issues, A beautiful Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 1893 10¢ Columbian Special Delivery Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Orange, Special Delivery (E3), Mint N.H. wide bottom corner selvage block of eight with "AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY" imprint and "No. 552" plate number, choice centering, radiant color

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; tiny hinge reinforcements on the ungummed face side, tiny perf thin in selvage at lower left

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$16,500.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1893 Columbian Special Delivery Issue

There are perhaps a dozen plate blocks known of the 1893 Issue, Scott E3, which is an extension of the Columbian Issue commemoratives. Two plates were used to print this issue--the same two plates that were used to print Scott E2. Our informal survey of the records of The Philatelic Foundation and auction catalogues found ten, plus two contained in a pane which may no longer be intact. The plate block offered here is one of only two we could find from the bottom right position of Plate 552.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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286°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 286, Special Delivery Issues, A rare Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 10¢ 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Special Delivery Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery (E4), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 77 block of six, better centering than normally seen on plate blocks of this issue, deep rich color and proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1966 Rarities of the World, 2/24/1966, lot 146

Eliot Weisman, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 5/8/1998, lot 1300, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1990)

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; small hole at top of left selvage next to the plate outline

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$29,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The First Bureau Special Delivery Issue

There are perhaps a dozen plate blocks known of the 1894 Issue, E4. Only one plate number was used for this issue--Plate 77. This was issued concurrently with the 1894 Unwatermarked Bureau Issue (Scott 245-263). The difficulties experienced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing during their early attempts at producing postage stamps are well known to collectors. Poor centering and numerous unpunched perforations are the norm for this issue.

Our informal survey of the records of The Philatelic Foundation and auction catalogues found ten plate blocks. Only one other is in Mint N.H. condition; it also has wide selvage, but the perforations touch the design on the bottom stamps.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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287°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 287, Special Delivery Issues, A beautiful wide top plate block of the 10¢ 1895 Watermarked Bureau Special Delivery Issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery (E5), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 1257 block of six, bottom center stamp and ungummed selvage lightly hinged, deep rich color, proof-like impression

PROVENANCE

Dr. J. Paul Wampler, Shreves sale, 4/24-25/1998, lot 401, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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288°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 288, Special Delivery Issues, A rare plate block of Scott E5 from Plate 882, showing dots in curved line above messenger

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Blue, Special Delivery, Dot in Curved Frame Above Messenger (E5a), wide bottom "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 882 block of six, top stamps lightly hinged, others Mint N.H., gorgeous centering, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1995 Rarities of the World, 6/5/1995, Sale 767, lot 309, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$5,000.00 as normal plate block without premium for the variety

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

Only stamps from Plate 882 show the dots in frame that are found on the earlier American Bank Note Co. stamps (Scott E1-E3). The Bureau of Engraving and Printing removed the dots from the transfer rolls used to make the Special Delivery plates, except for Plate 882, which was made from a transfer roll with the dots left intact. This is one of only two plate blocks from this plate we have been able to locate with assistance from Lewis Kaufman.

E. 2,000-3,000
8,500
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289°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 289, Special Delivery Issues, Beautiful top plate block of the 10¢ Helmet of Mercury Special Delivery issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Green, Special Delivery (E7), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 4916 block of six, bottom center stamp single hinge mark, others Mint N.H., wide and balanced margins, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$1,075.00

E. 500-750
1,800
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290°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 290, Special Delivery Issues, A superb wide top plate block of the 10¢ Perf 10 1914 Special Delivery

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E9), wide top plate number 5854 block of six, lightly hinged, gorgeous centering, remarkably fresh color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1992)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$3,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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291°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 291, Special Delivery Issues, An exceedingly rare Mint Never-Hinged plate block of the 10¢ 1916 Perf 10 Unwatermarked Special Delivery issue

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Pale Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E10), Mint N.H. full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 5520 block of six

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$7,250.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

This plate block is extremely rare in Mint N.H. condition. This is the first Mint N.H. plate block we have offered since keeping computerized records, and The Philatelic Foundation has never certified one.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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292°
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Sale Number 1200, Lot Number 292, Special Delivery Issues, A scarce wide top plate block of the 10¢ Perf 11 Unwatermarked Special Delivery issue with Type VII imprint

DESCRIPTION

10¢ Ultramarine, Special Delivery (E11), wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" Type VII imprint and plate number 5520 block of six, lightly hinged, choice centering with wide margins, brilliant color

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; bottom left stamp trivial natural inclusion

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$725.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 1917 Perf 11 Unwatermarked Special Delivery stamps were printed from plates with and without the Bureau Type VII imprint. Plate blocks with the imprint and plate number are much scarcer than those with just the number.

E. 500-750
400
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