Sale 1255 — The David W. Gorham Collection of Outstanding Used U.S. Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 17-20 May, 2022

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Category — 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
99
 
Sale 1255, Lot 99, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins including trace of adjoining stamp at right, bright shade and detailed impression complemented by red New York square grid cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2009 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00)

750
2,500
100
 
Sale 1255, Lot 100, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins all around, intense shade, red cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

With 2000 P.F. certificate.

750
1,600
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101
 
Sale 1255, Lot 101, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Deep shade called "intense black" on certificate, large margins, vivid red grid cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2007 P.F. certificate (XF 90), this stamp is a solid 95 in our opinion

750
1,500
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102
 
Sale 1255, Lot 102, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins including sheet margin at right, intense shade on deeply blued paper, complemented by blue grid cancel, break in frameline at lower right and dot in margin above "O" of "Office", Very Fine and choice, a beautiful sheet-margin single, with 1980 and 2013 P.F. certificates

800
1,000
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103
 
Sale 1255, Lot 103, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full to large margins, intense impression with double frameline at lower left, bold strike of brilliant red "Burlington Vt. Nov. 8" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE 10-CENT 1847 WITH A BRIGHT RED BURLINGTON, VERMONT, CIRCULAR DATESTAMP. NO 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVERS ARE KNOWN FROM BURLINGTON.

Burlington, Vermont, received 14,600 5c stamps, but only 200 10c stamps. No 10c covers are reported.

With 2001 P.F. certificate. The Scott Catalogue assigns a $150.00 premium for red town cancel to the 5c 1847, but inadvertently omits the same premium for the 10c

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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104
 
Sale 1255, Lot 104, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large margins, neat strike of red "St. Louis Mo. Mar. 3 10" integral-rate circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 10-CENT 1847 CANCELLED BY RED ST. LOUIS INTEGRAL-RATE DATESTAMP.

With 1988 and 2007 P.F. certificates (XF 90). The Scott Catalogue assigns a $150.00 premium for red town cancel to the 5c 1847, but inadvertently omits the same premium for the 10c

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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105
 
Sale 1255, Lot 105, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Huge margins to merely large at bottom left, intense shade showing double frameline at top, tied to small piece by both red grid cancel and blue "Baltimore Md. ? 1" circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB 10-CENT 1847 STAMP WITH BOTH RED AND BLUE CANCELS.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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106
 
Sale 1255, Lot 106, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large even margins all around, light strikes of both red and blue cancels, Extremely Fine and desirable with two colored cancels, with 1991 and 2002 P.F. certificates

800
850
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107
 
Sale 1255, Lot 107, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Position 42R, with stitch watermark, large margins, red "PAID" handstamp struck diagonally, Extremely Fine, a beautiful stamp, ex Koppersmith and from our 1995 Rarities sale, with 1987 P.F. and 2005 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $1,300.00)

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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108
 
Sale 1255, Lot 108, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large to huge margins, intense shade and impression, clear strike of blue "PAID" handstamp, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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109
 
Sale 1255, Lot 109, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Ample to huge margins all around showing part of frameline of adjacent stamp at left, crisp impression, neat strike of red "PHILADA. (RAILROAD)" straightline handstamp applied at New York City, fresh and Very Fine, ex Matthies and Wall, with 1997 and 2010 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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110
 
Sale 1255, Lot 110, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full even margins all around, proof-like impression on bluish paper, deep shade providing background to a perfect strike of vivid "paint red" grid cancel of Mobile Ala.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 10-CENT 1847 WITH A VIVID "PAINT RED" GRID CANCEL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA.

Ex Moody, Mayer, Grunin, Wall and Barwis. With 2000 and 2008 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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111
 
Sale 1255, Lot 111, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Three large margins, full at left, intense shade and impression, clear strike of bright red 13-bar grid cancel of Brattleboro Vt.

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE STRIKE OF THE BRATTLEBORO VERMONT, 13-BAR GRID ON A SOUND, FOUR-MARGIN 10-CENT 1847 STAMP.

Ex Grunin, Wall (who recorded only two 10c 1847 stamps with this cancel) and Mirsky. With 1989 and 2012 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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112
 
Sale 1255, Lot 112, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Position 20L, three huge margins including portions of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, full at right, excellent strike of red Hudson River Mail 17-bar grid in circle cancel, tiny corner crease at bottom right entirely in margin and is so insignificant it is not mentioned on either accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL STAMP AND CHOICE STRIKE OF THIS DESIRABLE CANCEL, WHICH IS PARTICULARLY SCARCE ON THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.

Illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 24). Ex Stollnitz, Saadi and Gross. With clear 1996 and 2013 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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113
 
Sale 1255, Lot 113, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Position 47L, full margins except close at top, clear St. Johnsbury Vt. red Scarab fancy cancel, light corner and vertical creases, slight toning at top edge, Very Fine appearing stamp and a choice nearly complete strike of this desirable fancy cancel, ex Stollnitz, Saadi and Gross, with 1996 and 2013 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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114
 
Sale 1255, Lot 114, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large margins all around, detailed impression and intense shade complemented by red grid of dots cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
950
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115
 
Sale 1255, Lot 115, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full to huge margins with framelines of two adjoining stamps showing at right and bottom, fine impression, red 7-bar grid precancel of Wheeling, (West) Virginia at bottom right, lightly struck blue grid cancels, certificates mention "light horizontal crease at top" which is barely discernible in or out of fluid

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE OFF COVER WITH THE WHEELING CONTROL GRID.

The post office in Wheeling, Virginia (later West Virginia), received its first supply of 1847 stamps on August 8, 184--1,200 5c and 400 10c--and soon after applied a red 7-bar grid to the center of blocks of four before or at the time the stamps were sold. We do not know if the red grids were struck on all 25 blocks in a pane of 100 stamps, or if they were applied to smaller units, but all of the known examples have the red grid in one corner of the stamp. Since most of the recorded examples with the red grid are additionally cancelled, some experts have been reluctant to define them as precancellations, which are usually not cancelled again. However, one of the seven recorded covers has a precancelled stamp without any other cancel, and a piece with a 5c has the stamp tied by the Wheeling November 6 (1847) circular datestamp, without any other cancel. Whether the grid was applied as a control mark, as some have suggested, or for reasons that qualify it as a precancel, is a technical point for specialists to debate. Everyone agrees that the Wheeling grid is unique in the manner in which it was applied to the 1847 Issue. See lot 58 for the 5c 1847 with Wheeling grid.

Ex Zoellner and Mirsky. With 1980, 1998 and 2012 P.F. certificates. Scott value $23,250.00

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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116
 
Sale 1255, Lot 116, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large margins to clear, intense shade and impression, bold strike of Canadian 7-ring target cancel indicating use of the stamp on mail from Canada, small thin spot at center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE 7-RING CANADIAN TARGET CANCEL.

Ex Mirsky. With 1995 and 2012 P.F. certificates. Scott value $3,750.00.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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117
 
Sale 1255, Lot 117, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Position 71R, full margins all around, deep shade, incredibly bold strike of red "20" numeral in circle handstamp, light vertical crease at right

VERY FINE APPEARING STAMP. A SPECTACULAR AND VERY RARE NUMERAL "20" CANCEL ON THE 1847 ISSUE.

Ex Saadi and Gross. With 1992 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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118
 
Sale 1255, Lot 118, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full margins to ample at top, bright shade, neat strike of blue serifed Roman numeral "X" handstamp of Watertown Wis.

VERY FINE. A LOVELY 10-CENT 1847 STAMP WITH A FULL AND PERFECT STRIKE OF THE WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN, ROMAN NUMERAL "X" CANCEL, WHICH COMPLEMENTS THE ROMAN NUMERALS ON THE STAMP ITSELF.

Watertown did not receive any 1847 Issue stamps, but more than 9,000 10c stamps were shipped to other towns in Wisconsin.

Ex Saadi and Gross. With 1989 and 2013 P.F. certificates.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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119
 
Sale 1255, Lot 119, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full even margins, neat strike of red Roman numeral "X" cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL FOUR-MARGIN 10-CENT 1847 CANCELLED BY A RED ROMAN NUMERAL "X", WHICH COMPLEMENTS THE ROMAN NUMERALS ON THE STAMP ITSELF.

With 1996 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (VF-XF 85; SMQ $1,100.00 for normal cancel).

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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120
 
Sale 1255, Lot 120, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Large margins to full at top, intense shade contrasted by blue numeral "5" cancel, Very Fine and choice, interesting use of the 5c numeral rate marking on 10c 1847 Issue, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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121
 
Sale 1255, Lot 121, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Position 88L, full margins all around, beautifully clear bold green cancellation, the color and shape are identical to the Tallahassee Fla. "greens"

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A BOLD GREEN CANCEL.

Ex Koppersmith, Saadi, Gross and from our 1991 Rarities sale. With 1987, 1991 and 2013 P.F. certificates. Scott assigns a $3,250.00 premium for a green cancel on the 10c 1847 Issue.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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122
 
Sale 1255, Lot 122, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full to ample margins, cancelled by bold and clear strike of green circular datestamp, probably Tallahassee Fla.

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH A CLEAR GREEN CANCEL.

The green ink used to cancel the stamp and postmark the letter is an unmistakable true green, not one of the impure greenish-blue green inks seen more frequently in this period.

With 1990 P.F. certificate. Scott assigns a $3,250.00 premium for a green cancel on the 10c 1847 Issue.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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123
 
Sale 1255, Lot 123, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Full to clear margins, bright shade, neatly struck black 11-bar grid cancel frames Washington's head and creates a "prison bars" effect, Very Fine, ex Saadi and Gross, illustrated in Chronicle 217 (p. 27), with 1976, 1989 and 2013 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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124
 
Sale 1255, Lot 124, 10c 1847 Issue: Gems and Cancellation Varieties (Scott 2)10c Black (2). Huge margins to just clear at top right, intense shade contrasted by bright orange cancel, Fine stamp and quite attractive with this vivid cancel, with 1986 and 2010 P.F. certificates

1,250
900
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