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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—Advertised and Forwarded Markings

Lot
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Cat./Est. Value
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65°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 65, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded Markings5¢ 1847 on cover from New York City with Troy "ADVERTISED 4 cts, 5¢ 1847 on cover from New York City with Troy "ADVERTISED 4 cts5¢ 1847 on cover from New York City with Troy "ADVERTISED 4 cts." handstamp

5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins to full, tied by red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Jun. 15" (1850) circular datestamp on greenish ruled-line folded letter to Troy, New York, clear strike of blue "ADVERTISED: 4cts." elongated oval handstamp struck in Troy, Very Fine and extremely rare "Advertised" marking on an 1847 cover, this is the only such recorded example from Troy, New York, ex Dick, Krug, Dr. Kapiloff, Boker, and from our 1982 Rarities of the World sale

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 66, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded Markings5¢ 1847 on a cover from Edward Everett with New York City "ADVERTISED 4 cts, 5¢ 1847 on a cover from Edward Everett with New York City "ADVERTISED 4 cts5¢ 1847 on a cover from Edward Everett with New York City "ADVERTISED 4 cts." handstamp

5¢ Red Brown (1), large to ample margins all around, rich color, cancelled by blue grid with matching "Cambridge Ms. Oct. 23" circular datestamp on envelope from Edward Everett to New York City, clear strike of red "Advertised 4cts." straightline handstamp struck in New York, neatly docketed with Everett's name, Very Fine and extremely rare auxiliary marking on an 1847 cover, this is the only example recorded in the USPCS 1847 census, Edward Everett was president of Harvard at this time and later became famous as the featured orator at Gettysburg (he spoke for two hours before Lincoln delivered his two-minute address), ex Dr. Kapiloff and Boker

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 67, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded Markings, 5¢ 1847 on a letter to a soldier at Governor's Island who has "Gone to Mexico" to fight the war

5¢ Red Brown (1), ample to large margins, beautiful First Printing shade and impression, tied by blue grid cancel on blue folded letter datelined "Utica Oct. 19, 1847" to Governor's Island, New York City, and returned to Utica, New York, from a father to his son, Henry Green Jr., the absence of a Utica datestamp suggests this might have been carried outside the mails and put into the New York City post office as a drop letter, red "New-York 2cts Oct. 25" (1847) integral drop-rate circular datestamp, manuscript "Gone to Mexico", indicating Henry Jr. had left with his regiment, "To Miss M. Green, Utica N.Y." in the same hand, red "FORWARDED" straightline handstamp and matching "New-York Oct. 28" circular datestamp, blue manuscript "5" above the "2" rate and totaled to "7" due, presumably the Utica post office collected the 7¢ due and cancelled the stamp with their blue grid (New York City did not use a blue grid), stamp with small horizontal crease, Very Fine, a remarkable 1847 Issue cover with a rare auxiliary marking and interesting U.S.-Mexican War connection, ex Pope, Rose, Craveri and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 68, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded MarkingsA remarkable 5¢ 1847 cover which traveled to four different U.S, A remarkable 5¢ 1847 cover which traveled to four different U.SA remarkable 5¢ 1847 cover which traveled to four different U.S. towns named Portsmouth, before finally finding its correct destination in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins, tied by manuscript and blue "Philada Pa. 10 Sep. 25" (1849) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover addressed to Jacob Dunnell & Co. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this was not the location of the addressee so the postmaster re-cancelled stamp with "Portsmouth N.H. Oct. 2" circular datestamp and forwarded it to Portsmouth, Virginia, addressee was not there either so the cover was forwarded again with "Portsmouth Va. Oct. 8" circular datestamp to Portsmouth, Ohio--no luck there either, so the Ohio postmaster forwarded it one more time with "Portsmouth O. Oct. 16" circular datestamp to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where it found Jacob Dunnell & Co.--no other forwarding markings, although the 1851 Post Office Directory lists Portsmouths in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, so it missed traveling to those two--all markings struck in blue and no evidence of forwarding postage charged (or even the 5¢ deficiency for its first destination to New Hampshire), an extraordinary cover which is surely unique for the 1847 Issue, ex Dick, Garrett and Boker, written up by Stanley B. Ashbrook in American Philatelist (Nov. 1945, p. 153, copy accompanies)

E. 1,500-2,000
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69°
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 69, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded Markings, 10¢ 1847 on a spectacular mourning envelope with Richmond "FORWARDED" handstamp

10¢ Black (2), large even margins, tied by magenta grid cancel with matching "Hartford Ct. Aug. 11" (ca. 1850) circular datestamp and "Paid" Pointing Hand handstamp and large "10" rate handstamp on small black-bordered mourning envelope to Richmond, Virginia, forwarded to Baltimore, Maryland, with brilliant orange-red "Richmond Va. Aug. 16" circular datestamp, matching "FORWARDED" straightline and "5" rate handstamps, the Richmond postal clerk used pen and ink to cross out the magenta "Paid" and "10" markings, and to cancel the 10¢ stamp for good measure, address neatly scratched out with new destination written in by sender, Extremely Fine, a colorful and rare combination of markings on an 1847 cover, ex Dr. Kapiloff and Boker

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 70, 1847 Issue—Advertised and Forwarded Markings, 10¢ 1847 cover from Buffalo to Elizabethtown, New York, but "MISSENT" to New York City

10¢ Black (2), Position 83R, large margins to clear, cancelled by blue grid with matching "Buffalo N.Y. 10 Apr. 30" (1850) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Elizabethtown, New York, red "MISSENT" straightline handstamp struck in New York City where it was misdirected, matching "New-York May 2" circular datestamp and blue manuscript "5" due, stamp with slight internal creases and lightly toned file folds, some back panels missing, still Very Fine and rare auxiliary marking on an 1847 Issue cover, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
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