10¢ Green, Ty. II (14), Position 10L1, top right corner position with interpane margin at right with full centerline and wide top sheet margin, full margins on other sides, intense dark shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 20 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to Monticello, South Carolina, Extremely Fine Gem, an extraordinary corner-margin example, ex Grunin and Zoellner, and from our 1983 Rarities of the World sale
10¢ Green, Types IV-II-IV (16-14-16), Positions 74-76L1, horizontal strip of three, left and right stamps both Type IV--recut at top and bottom, respectively--center stamp Type II, three large margins, clear to barely touched at left, deep rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 8, 1857" circular datestamps on address panel to Bordeaux, France, with one full back panel bearing all backstamps, sender's directive "pr st. ship of 15th", red "New York Paid 12 Apr. 18" 12¢ credit datestamp--missed the intended sailing of the Cunarder Asia on the 15th and carried on the Ocean Line's Washington, departing New York on April 18, 1857, and arriving at Southampton May 3--red "P.D." framed handstamp, French transit datestamp (May 4), "Paris a Bordeaux 5 Mai 57" and "Bordeaux 5 Mai 57" circular datestamps on back
Very Fine-Extremely Fine and rare combination strip with two Type IV stamps--a very attractive use to France.
The 1857 U.S.-France treaty set a fully prepaid rate of 15¢ per quarter-ounce, effective April 1, shortly before this was sent. The amount credited to other countries varied according to the ship used to convey the mail. In this case, the British Cunard steamer had already departed, so it was put on an American vessel; therefore, the credit was 6¢ of the 15¢, or in this case, a double credit of 12¢.
Ex Ryohei Ishikawa and Joseph Hackmey.
10¢ Green, Type II (14), large margins to just in at top right, tied at left by beautiful strike of circle of 13 wedges cancel, red "Eastport Me. May 12" (1855) circular datestamp on cover to John H. Webster in Stockton, California, pencil "Sophia May/55" docketing at left, missing top and left flaps, minor soiling, Very Fine, the earliest reported use of any 10¢ 1855 Issue stamp, another cover from the same correspondence, with the same cancellation, town marking and docketing, is known used on August 28, 1855, which substantiates the docketing on the cover offered here, ex Jessup, Neinken and Fisher, illustrated in Neinken, The United States Ten Cent Stamps of 1855-1859 (p. 13), with pencil note on back "I am certain this to be the earliest known cover 10¢" and initialled by Edgar B. Jessup, this is the Scott-listed EDU for any 10¢ 1855 stamp (Scott 14-16) and the next earliest date is May 19, 1855, for Type III, Scott 15
10¢ Green, Type II (14), large to huge margins, tied by bold strike of grid cancel, red "New Orleans La. Jun. 1" (1855) circular datestamp on blue folded letter written in French to Mexico, neat "Vera Cruz 4 Junio 1855" oval datestamp, bold "4" reales due handstamp, stamp affixed over red crayon "10" rate, Extremely Fine, a beautiful early use of the 10¢ 1855 paying the direct 10¢ rate to Mexico via American Packet, ex Ishikawa and Hackmey
10¢ Green, Type II (14), large margins to clear, used with two 1¢ Blue, Type IV (9) and 3¢ Dull Red, Type I (11), the 3¢ and one 1¢ small corner creases, large margins to in, tied by "Sacramento City Cal. May 19" (1856) circular datestamps on cover to Bedique, Prince Edward Island, one 1¢ also tied by red "United States" in oval handstamp, found to be overweight so manuscript "30" due marking applied which is converted into "1/6" (1sh6p) due from recipient, "St. John's, New Brunswick JU 17, 1856" and "Prince Edward Island JU 23, 1856" circular datestamps on back, missing top flap, edge tears, overall wear, otherwise Fine, an unusual use from California to Prince Edward Island, found to be overweight and so treated as unpaid, ex Hackmey
10¢ Green, Type II (14), two singles, large margins except right stamp just in at bottom and small corner crease at bottom left, used with 1¢ Blue, Type IV (9), recut once at top and bottom, large margins to clear, light vertical crease at right from file fold, and 3¢ Dull Red, Type II (11A), large margins to just in, barely affected from placement near edge, cancelled by grids, manuscript "Glasgow Mo.", neat strike of "Glasgow Mo. Aug. 2" (1855) circular datestamp on folded letter to Liverpool, England, red "3" credit handstamp ties 1¢ stamp--carried on the Ocean Line Washington, departing New York August 11, 1855, arriving Southampton August 24--red London transit datestamp (August 25), Liverpool circular datestamp on back (August 27), Very Fine appearance and very unusual, the Cunarder Asia did not depart from New York until August 15, four days after this was sent, but it arrived at Liverpool on August 25, so would have gotten to the recipient faster on a British steamer, ex Giamporcaro and Hackmey
10¢ Green, Type II, III (14, 15), three singles arranged as a vertical strip of three, large margins to slightly in, intense shade, one stamp has tiny corner crease, some gum stains removed from area around stamps, tied by two strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 5 Jun." (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hirschholm, Denmark, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Jun. 30" 7¢ credit datestamp--after the journey from San Francisco to New York via Panama, it was carried on the Cunarder Europa, departing New York July 1, 1857, arriving at Liverpool on July 11--red "AACHEN 14/7 FRANCO" (July 14) framed datestamp and red framed "Franco Preuss:/resp. Vereinsl:AusgGr" handstamp (paid only to limits of German-Austrian Postal Union), Hamburg "St.P.A. 15 Jul 57" oval and "KDOPA HAMBURG 15/7" (July 15) Royal Danish Postal Agency in Hamburg double-circle backstamps, Very Fine--the prevailing rates to Denmark in June 1857 were 27¢ Bremen Packet, 21¢ British Open Mail, 35¢ Prussian Closed Mail and 27¢ French Mail; the 30¢ franking on this cover and German transit markings indicate that this was sent to Denmark as if it were a 30¢ Prussian Closed Mail rate cover to Germany, as there is no evidence of postage collected from the addressee--ex Arthur White and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate
10¢ Green, Type II (14), horizontal pair and single, the pair large margin at left and in on other sides, the single three large margins and in at bottom, used with 3¢ Dull Red, Type I (11), two large margins, in on two sides, cancelled or tied by grid, "Hartford Ct. Apr. 13, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Shanghai, China, sender's routing directive "Overland Mail via Southampton, England" and ship name "Asia", red "New-York Apr. 15, 1857" circular datestamp on back--carried on the Cunarder Asia, departing New York April 15, 1857, arriving Liverpool April 28--red London datestamp (April 28), Hong Kong datestamp on back (July 8), fresh and Fine, scarce 1851-56 Issue cover to Shanghai from the Blodgett correspondence, ex Giamporcaro and Hackmey, with 1990 P.F. certificate