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The William H. Gross Collection: United States 1847 First Issue continued...

Plate Proofs, Proof Balance
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
28° TC ImageThe largest recorded multiple of the 5¢ Black trial color plate proof on India

5¢ Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India, "Specimen" Overprint (1TC3bS), block of 30, Positions 35-40L through 75-80L from the upper right of left pane with Dot in "S' variety in 5th vertical row (9th column on plate), dark red "SPECIMEN" overprint in all caps, large margins to just clear in a few places, India paper flaws as to be expected for a multiple such as this, including tiny edge tears and reinforced crease/tear through second row

Fine-Very Fine appearance and extremely rare. This is the largest recorded block of the 5¢ Black trial color plate proof with "Specimen" overprint.

The 1847 trial color plate proofs--with or without the "Specimen" overprint--are very scarce. Only one sheet was printed of the 5¢ in Black, with all of the stamps in the right pane and some of the stamps in the left pane receiving the "Specimen" overprint. This block of 30 from the left pane is by far the largest recorded multiple. The unique proof pane of 100 with "Specimen" overprint from our 2013 Rarities sale is in the issued color.

Ex Judge Robert S. Emerson, Karl Burroughs, Robert P. Hackett, Edward A. Ring, Philip G. Rust (Siegel Sale 681) and Guido Craveri. Scott value for 30 singles of No. 1TC3b without "Specimen" is $18,000.00 (footnote indicates overprinted proofs are worth slightly less). (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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29° TC ImageThe largest recorded multiple of the 5¢ Black trial color plate proof on India without "Specimen" overprint

5¢ Black, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (1TC3b), Positions 13-16/ 23-26L, horizontal block of eight on original card backing, full margins all around, intense shade, small scrape between Positions 15/25 resulting in break in India paper, also larger scrape on Position 24, both are typical and acceptable for a fragile India paper multiple, Very Fine appearance and extremely rare--only one other 5¢ Black plate proof block is known to us without the "Specimen" overprint; this block of eight is the largest recorded multiple--according to specialists, one sheet of the 5¢ was printed in Black; the entire right pane of 100 was overprinted "Specimen"; the left pane was divided prior to overprinting; a block of 50 from the fourth through eighth horizontal rows was overprinted "Specimen"--this exists today as the block of 30 offered in lot 28--some singles and an irregular block of twelve are also known with the "Specimen" overprint; the top three rows and bottom two rows of the pane escaped the "Specimen" overprint; only one copy from the bottom two rows has been identified--for the top three rows, a strip of four, the block of eight offered here, a single and the block of six offered in our Mirsky sale are known; in total approximately 20 are known without the "Specimen" overprint--ex Burroughs, Hackett and Rust (Siegel Sale 681), Scott value as singles $4,800.00 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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30° P Image10¢ Black, Plate Proof on India, Double Transfer Type B (2P3 var), Position 31R with dramatic double transfer of "Post Office, "U" and "S", India paper mounted on card, red "Specimen" overprint has been lightened, couple tiny India paper faults as often encountered, Very Fine appearance, this is the Scott listing example and probably unique, ex Earl of Crawford, with 1994 P.F. certificate stating "faint red Specimen Ovpt.", signed Weill, listed but unpriced in Scott (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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31° TC ImageAn extremely rare 5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Issue design composite trial color proof, struck from a special 1875 Reprint die

5¢ and 10¢ Green 1847 Reproductions, Composite Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (3-4TC1), side-by-side designs on 72 x 58mm India paper, mirror "2088" die number at bottom right, deep rich color, slight die corrosion causing extra green ink to print outside the borders of the proofs, faint vertical crease between proofs

Very Fine and exceedingly rare composite proof of the 5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Issue designs from a special 1875 Reprint die. Only one other in Green is recorded.

The June 30, 1875, report of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing states "Engraved two dies for the Post Office Department, Special Agent Commission, die No. 2088, with one 5 cent and one 10 cent stamp on the same die." One other example in Green is recorded, which was offered in the 2006 Bennett sale of the "Chesapeake" collection. On that example is a notation written and signed by master engraver Charles Skinner, stating "This die sent to the Continental Bank Note Co. from the Bureau of Eng. & Pt'g. Washington D.C. August 1877 and cleaned and restored by me/ Chas, Skinner." The Skinner notation explains why the other example does not show the die corrosion as seen here. Additional notes on the reverse of the "Chesapeake" example read "A. B. Slater thinks this is the original die--both stamps on the same die" and "only 1 other known with 5¢ & 10¢ on 1 piece." In addition to the two Green examples there is a composite trial color die proof in Black, offered in our 1987 Rarities sale. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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32° P Image10¢ Black, Reproduction, Hybrid Large Die Proof on India (4P1), India paper cut to shape, mounted on larger India paper and die sunk on 118 x 152mm card, pencil "worked over by Chas Skinner" in the master engraver's hand, minor wear at right far from the die sinkage area, Very Fine and rare, ex Earl of Crawford, Brazer and Garrett, with 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott value $900.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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33° TC Image5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Reproductions, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (3TC4, 4TC4), 10 proofs total, both denominations in all five colors, full to ample margins throughout, fresh colors, Very Fine, the Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta, only one sheet of 50 in each color was made available after 1881, they were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, pairs and singles, few have been kept together as intact sets, Scott value $3,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000


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34° TC ImageOne of only two sets of 1847 Reproduction Atlanta trial color proof blocks of four

5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Reproductions, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (3TC4, 4TC4), both denominations in all five colors in blocks of four, vivid colors, each with ample to full margins--these were carefully cut from the sheets without any margins touching the designs

Very Fine. A beautiful and rare set of blocks of four of the Atlanta Trial Color Proofs for the 5¢ and 10¢ 1847 Reproductions.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 50 in each color was printed. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition (along with the 1869 invert card proof sheets). Petrie claimed that he rescued the proofs just before they were to be burned. They were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, pairs and singles. The set of blocks of eight was offered in our Sale 1040 in 2013 and realized $27,000 hammer. The other set of blocks of four, ex Middendorf, was offered in our Sale 1209 and realized $17,000 hammer. Both realizations for the other existing blocks exceeded Scott Catalogue value.

Ex Duane B. Garrett ("Elite"). Scott value $12,000.00 as singles. (Image)

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35° P Balance of the William H. Gross 1847 Issue Proof Collection, 13 items mounted on annotated exhibit pages, most are large die or large die trial color proofs cut down to stamps size, range of colors, also a 5¢ Large Die Proof on Orange Bond with full cross-hatching but oxidized, a 5¢ Roosevelt Album Small Die Proof and a couple plate proofs, Very Fine and attractive group, seven P.F. certificates accompany

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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