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

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

Category — 1847 Issue—Plate Varieties

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 26, 1847 Issue—Plate Varieties, Pair of 5¢ 1847s showing the "Mower Shift" double transfer

5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type E (1-E), vertical pair, top stamp showing double transfer of "U", "Post Office" and left numeral "5", large margins to just touched at lower right, tied by bold strikes of red square grid cancel with matching "New-York Jan. 8" (1849) circular datestamp on blue folded New York Supreme Court document to Rochester, New York, file fold barely creases bottom stamp at bottom (not the double transfer stamp), still Very Fine and extremely rare pair showing the "Mower Shift" double transfer, this may be the only on-cover vertical pair extant, ex Saadi

E. 750-1,000
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 27, 1847 Issue—Plate Varieties, A magnificent sheet-margin copy of the 10¢ 1847 with Double Transfer Type B

10¢ Black, Double Transfer Type B (2-B), Position 31R, showing dramatic double transfer in "Post Office", "U.S." and top right frameline, strong impression allowing the doubling to be seen without the aid of magnification, large margins including left sheet margin, full at bottom, tied by red circular grid cancel with matching "St. Louis Mo. 10 Jun. 4" (1851) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Extremely Fine, an outstanding combination of sheet margin and double transfer on a 10¢ 1847 stamp, ex Newbury, Grunin, Garrett and Boker, illustrated in Brookman (Volume 1, p. 52), see lot 153 for another exampe of this double transfer

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 28, 1847 Issue—Plate Varieties, 10¢ 1847 with the "Stick Pin" plate variety cancelled in red on a beautiful cover

10¢ Black, "Stick Pin" in Tie (2 var), Position 52L, large margins to full at bottom right, tied by red grid cancel with matching "Norfolk Va. 8 Aug." (1850) circular datestamp on folded letter to Holmesburg, Pennsylvania, bit worn file fold not affecting stamp or postal markings, Very Fine and choice stamp, a scarce on-cover example of this plate variety, ex Kelley and Boker

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 29, 1847 Issue—Plate Varieties, An outstanding sheet-margin 10¢ 1847 with dramatic pre-printing paper fold

10¢ Black (2), huge margins to full at bottom including left sheet margin and pronounced vertical pre-printing paper fold, tied by two strikes of red circular grid cancel with matching "New-York Feb. 2" (1850) circular datestamp on bluish folded letter to New Orleans, Extremely Fine, probably the finest on-cover 10¢ 1847 known with a pre-printing paper fold, ex, Grunin, Garrett and Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
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