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

Double Transfers
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
39°   Image5¢ Deep Red Brown, Double Transfer Type A (1-A), Position 80R, large to full margins including at top showing the clear double transfer in top frameline, wonderful deep shade and proof-like impression from the First Printing, bold red square grid cancel, Very Fine and choice, ex Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate, Scott value $550.00 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750


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40°   Image5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type A (1-A), Position 80R with right sheet margin, other sides full to clear at bottom center, showing clear double transfer of the top frameline, lightened manuscript cancellation, otherwise Very Fine, ex Saadi, with 1987 P.F. certificate, Scott value $550.00 (Image)

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E. $ 200-300


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41° c Image5¢ Grayish Brown, Double Transfer Type A (1a-A), Position 80R, large to huge margins including part of right sheet margin, showing clear double transfer of the top frameline, deep shade and early impression, tied by light strike of blue grid of dots cancel with matching "Amherst Mass. Mar. 10" circular datestamp on folded cover to Bernardston, Massachusetts, stamp and cover with some very minor small bleaching spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate, still an Extremely Fine stamp, ex Saadi, with 1995 P.F. certificate, Scott value for No. 1a on cover without premium for the double transfer is $900.00 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750


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42°   Image5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type B (1-B), Position 90R, large margins to full at bottom right, showing the clear double transfer of top and bottom framelines, dark shade and early impression, light strike of red grid cancel, small owner's handstamp on back just shows through at bottom right but is not particularly noticeable as it blends into the cancel, Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate calling the color Brown, Scott value $550.00 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400


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43°   ImageA superb example of the rare 5¢ 1847 Double Transfer Type C--Position 84 in the left pane

5¢ Brown Orange, Double Transfer Type C (1d-C), Positions 83-84L, horizontal pair, the right stamp showing the prominent Type C double transfer, evident in the framelines at bottom and lower left, and in the right frameline at top and "5" and "Five Cents", brilliant shade which the P.F. incorrectly identifies as "Red Brown"--the Type C double transfer is always found in the 5th Delivery Brown Orange (or Orange Brown) shade--large margins that are beautifully even on the double transfer stamp, shows parts of surrounding stamps' framelines, left stamp with tiny corner defects at left but this is immaterial as it is a normal stamp

Extremely Fine and very rare large-margined example of the 5¢ 1847 Issue with Type C double transfer.

In Jerome S. Wagshal's August 1995 Chronicle article, he summarized previous articles on the rare Type C double transfer. It was first discovered by Dan Hammatt around 1920. Mr. Wagshal recorded a total of 13 copies plus a half-stamp in the left sheet-margin strip from the Newbury collection; two of the double transfer stamps are contained in pairs. He also echoed Ashbrook's theory that the Type C and D double transfers were created when the plate was reworked in late 1850 and were only part of the 5th Delivery from RWH&E in December 1850. This would account for their greater scarcity compared to the Type A and B double transfers, and it seems to be confirmed by the two examples known on cover, which were described by Ashbrook as 1851 uses. The distinctive shades also point to the 5th Delivery.

The parts of framelines of adjoining stamps in this pair are instrumental in identifying the Type C double transfer's plate position. Specialists have known for some time that it must come from the fourth column, based on the Newbury strip. As this pair reveals, it cannot be a top or bottom row position, since there are framelines of adjoining stamps in this pair's top and bottom margins. We successfully ruled out the right pane through a Photoshop overlay using the complete pane of plate proofs with "Specimen" overprint (Siegel Sale 1047, lot 103). We also ruled out Positions 14L, 24L and 34L in the left pane by overlaying the pair on the plate proof block offered in this sale as lot 29. Therefore, we narrowed the possibilities down to Positions 44L, 54L, 64L, 74L or 84L.

The final piece of evidence establishing the Type C double transfer's position is the stamp on the cover offered in this sale as lot 490. Its top margin shows the bottom frameline of the Type C double transfer, and the bottom margin, although cut at an angle, is too wide at the left to be anything other than a bottom sheet margin. Therefore, the Type C double transfer is Position 84 Left, and the stamp on the cover in lot 490 is Position 94 Left.

No. 12 in the Wagshal Chronicle article census. Ex Weill Brothers, Van Koppersmith and Wade E. Saadi. With 1969 (copy), 1990 and 1991 P.F. certificates calling the color Red Brown--scholarship supports our classification of the color as Brown Orange. Scott value $10,500.00. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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44°   ImageA rare original-gum block containing the elusive Double Transfer Type D--the only recorded unused example of this plate variety

5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type D (1-D), block of four, top left stamp the double transfer, crackly original gum, ample margins to in, late impression from the cleaned plate, the original color was probably closer to Orange Brown but has since changed to a Red Brown, few small faults, Fine appearance, a rare original-gum block of four of the 5¢ 1847 Issue, with the top left stamp showing the Type D double transfer position--in an article in the 1942 Stamp Specialist, Stanley B. Ashbrook describes the four double transfers that were known at the time; the Type D was discovered by Ashbrook in 1921 in the collection of noted philatelist Judge Robert S. Emerson; after publishing his discovery, serious philatelists of the day looked for confirming copies but were unable to find any; finally, more than 20 years later, Lambert Gerber found one--the top left stamp in this block of four--it is believed that this and the Type C double transfer were created when the plate was reworked in December 1850 and were only part of the 5th Delivery from RWH&E in January 1851; this would account for their greater scarcity compared to the Type A and B double transfers--today perhaps a half-dozen are known--ex Dr. J. M. Coopersmith (1946 Colby sale), Hart, Gerber and Saadi, with 1990 P.F. certificate, Scott value $50,000.00 as a normal block with original gum; the double transfer catalogues $11,000.00 as used and is unlisted as unused (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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45°   Image5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type E (1-E), large margins all around including trace of adjoining stamp at top, rich color and early impression, cancelled by Baltimore blue numeral "5" in oval handstamp on small piece, Extremely Fine, a beautiful example of the "Mower Shift" Type E double transfer, ex Saadi, with 1989 and 1990 P.F. certificates, the latter specifically stating it is the "Mower Shift", Scott value $1,750.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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46°   Image5¢ Brown, Double Transfer Type E (1-E), large to full margins all around, early impression, cancelled by light strike of red circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a choice example of the "Mower Shift" Type E double transfer, ex Ishikawa and Saadi, with 1991 P.F. certificate specifically stating it is the "Mower Shift", Scott value $1,750.00 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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47°   Image5¢ Red Brown, Double Transfer Type E (1-E), large margins to full at bottom right, bright shade and intermediate impression, light strike of orange-red crosshatch cancel (called "Orange" on accompanying certificate), Very Fine and choice example of the "Mower Shift" Type E double transfer, ex Saadi, with 1989 P.F. certificate specifically stating it is the "Mower Shift", Scott value $1,750.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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48°   ImageAn extremely rare example of the "Wagshal Shift"

5¢ Brown, Triple Transfer Type F (1-F), clear secondary transfer of top frameline, upper part of side frameline, "U" and "Post Office", the so-called "Wagshal Shift", large to ample margins, bright shade, neat strike of red New York square grid cancel, Very Fine and choice example of the extremely rare "Wagshal Shift", which is stated to be a triple transfer; only a half-dozen copies are known--discovery of the "Wagshal Shift" was first published in The Philatelic Foundation's Opinions V book in 1988; the sole discovery copy (offered in our Sale 993, lot 134) was confirmed by a photograph of one in a pair in the P.F.'s records and another in a pair in Ashbrook's notes; the stamp offered here was discovered by Mr. Wagshal in the "Elite" sale in 1989, and gave confirmation that this is indeed a triple transfer and not just a double transfer; Mr. Wagshal also confirmed that the stamp offered here was originally part of the pair in Ashbrook's notes--ex Garrett ("Elite"), Wagshal and Saadi, with 2010 P.F. certificate specifically stating it is the "Wagshal Shift," Scott value $14,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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49°   Image10¢ Black, Double Transfer Type A (2-A), Position 1R, large margins to just clear at left, intense shade and detailed impression clearly showing the double transfer in the "X" at lower right, blue cancel, Fine, ex Saadi, with 1995 P.F. certificate, Scott value $1,500.00 (Image)

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E. $ 400-500


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