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The William H. Gross Collection: United States Multiples continued...

1894-98 Bureau Issue (Scott 246-278) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
167° ogbl ImageThe finest imprint and plate number block of the $2.00 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue, of which only five are recorded

DESCRIPTION

$2.00 Dark Blue (277a), full top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 84 block of six, bottom side stamps hinge remnants, tiny hinge slivers are barely noticeable and placed as a preventive measure, unusually choice centering throughout, rich color

PROVENANCE

Order of U.S. Trust Company, H. R. Harmer 1/19/1971, lot 306

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1986 Rarities of the World, 4/5/1986, lot 187

"MLG" collection, Siegel Auction Galleries, 4/21/2009, lot 1167, to William H. Gross

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1971)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$85,000.00

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

A Gem Quality "Little Jemmy" Plate Block

The $2.00 regular issue designed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1894 was the first stamp to depict this Founding Father and the nation's fourth president, James Madison, whose diminutive stature earned him the unflattering nickname "Little Jemmy." This was also the first $2.00 regular issue (preceded by the Columbian $2.00 stamp).

The die was engraved by Lyman F. Ellis and George F. C. Smillie. It was printed from one printing plate--Plate 84. Lewis Kaufman's records contain five plate blocks of this stamp (all described as the Dark Blue shade), but only three are free of serious condition problems, which are noted below:

1) Full top plate block of 6, 1986 Rarities of the World sale and "MLG" collection, offered in this sale

2) Bottom plate block of 6, 1985 Rarities of the World sale, ex Wampler and "MLG" collection

3) Wide top plate block of 6, 1967 Rarities of the World sale, illustrated in Durland book

4) Top plate block of 6, regummed, ex Simon (1975 Siegel sale)

5) Full top plate block of 6, selvage partly separated and rejoined, October 1974 Siegel sale and more recently in the 2008 "Newport" sale (Weiss). (Image)

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E. $ 75,000-100,000

SOLD for $85,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
168° ogbl ImageThe unique top left corner position block of four of the $2.00 imperforate 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue

DESCRIPTION

$2.00 Dark Blue, Imperforate (277b), the unique top left corner sheet margin block of four, original gum, bottom stamps and top right stamp Mint N.H., top left stamp barest trace of what may be hinging, wide margins other sides, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Siegel Auction Galleries, 1984 Rarities of the World, 4/14/1984, Sale 632, lot 380

CERTIFICATION

The Philatelic Foundation (1988)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; top left stamp with small thin spot at top just touches design (not mentioned on certificate)

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$7,500.00 as a block of four (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
169° nhbl ImageA beautiful Mint Never-Hinged wide top plate block of the 2¢ Type III 1895 Watermarked Bureau Issue

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine, Type III (267), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 219 block of six, choice centering with well-balanced margins, rich color on bright paper

PROVENANCE

Paul Cheyney (collection sold privately to Mr. Gross)

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$325.00 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction

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