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

1902-08 Issues (Scott 300-320) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
191° nhbl ImageA stunning Mint Never-Hinged plate block of fourteen of the 5¢ 1908 imperforate

DESCRIPTION

5¢ Blue, Imperforate (315), Mint N.H. wide top "BUREAU, ENGRAVING & PRINTING" imprint and plate number 4075 block of fourteen, huge margins all around, deep rich color

PROVENANCE

Weill Brothers' Stock, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 10/12/1989, lot 278

James H. Gray, Jr., Shreves sale, 9/30/2005, lot 25, to Mr. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Extremely Fine; bottom left stamp tiny natural inclusion

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

$9,350.00 as plate block of six and eight Mint N.H. singles

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

The 5¢ was issued as an imperforate stamp to be used by private vending machines. Only 34 sheets--13,500 stamps--were issued. 10,000 were sent to the Indianapolis post office and most were used in vending machines. A small quantity was saved in imperforate form, primarily by collectors who heard about the issue and were able to obtain small quantities at post offices in Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and New York. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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192° ogbl ImageThe largest recorded multiple of the 2¢ Shield Issue imperforate horizontally

DESCRIPTION

2¢ Carmine, Type I, Vertical Pair, Imperforate Horizontally (319d), block of six containing two strips of three, hinge remnants at top and bottom, large margins at top and bottom where imperforate, radiant color

PROVENANCE

George H. Worthington, J. C. Morgenthau sale, 8/21-23/1917, lots 965 and 966

Caroline Prentice Cromwell, Irwin Heiman, 11/7-8/1957, lot 157, the catalogue notes ex Sperling, Hawkins and Helme

Roger S. Brody, Shreves Philatelic Galleries, 12/6/2002, lot 105, to William H. Gross

CONDITION NOTES

Very Fine; light horizontal crease between top stamps, bottom two stamps small thin spots from hinge removal, bottom right stamp with H. F. Colman backstamp, signed in pencil "E. Stern"

SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)

Unpriced as strips of three; $15,000.00 as two pairs

HISTORY AND COMMENTARY

One of the Rarest 20th Century Errors

All examples of the 2¢ Shield Imperforate Horizontally error (Scott 319d) come from a block of 25 stamps bought at the Washington, D.C. post office. The block of six offered here and the strip of three with the selvage and guide arrow at right indicate that the discovery block came from the upper half of the lower right pane--a digital reconstruction with an additional block at left is shown below. We have located three pairs, one strip of three, two blocks of four (one with two stamps removed from top, shown below) and this block of six, for a total of 25 stamps. Since this error must be collected in pairs (at a minimum), there can only be ten examples--the three recorded blocks reduce the number of available examples to seven. (Image)

Digital reconstruction of Gross block of 6 with right margin strip and block of 4 at left in their original positions in discovery block of 25. There can be only 10 possible error pairs in total. Note: the different shades are the result of varying images and do not accurately reflect the items’ color.

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E. $ 10,000-15,000


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