15¢ Brown & Blue, Type I (118), rich colors, attractive margins and centering, tied by "Washington D.C. Oct. 20" (1869) circular datestamp and by red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 21" circular datestamp on cover to Padua, Italy, clear strike of "U.S.N. Observatory, Washington Oct. 20, 1869" double-oval datestamp, receiving backstamps, opened a bit roughly at top, Very Fine, the United States Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a current primary mission to produce positioning, navigation and timing for the United States Navy and the United States Department of Defense, the use of this oval datestamp on an 1869 Pictorial Issue cover is most unusual
VERY FINE. A COLOFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER TO FRANCE, WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO ENGLAND WITH FRENCH POSTAGE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED USES OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I WITH FORWARDING POSTAGE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.
This was carried on the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique line’s St. Laurent, which departed New York May 29 and arrived Havre on June 9. It was then forwarded to Baring Brothers in London. The PRA Census lists four examples of Scott 118 used with stamps of another country. Three are with French stamps, forwarded to England (offered here), Switzerland and Belgium. The fourth is forwarded within Italy.
Ex Moody. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE TRIPLE-RATE USE TO FRANCE VIA ENGLAND, COMBINING THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL WITH 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Fewer than five combinations of the 30c F Grill and 15c Ty. I Pictorial Issue are recorded. We are aware of only two other such combinations to France, one offered in lot 603 and the other last sold in our Sale 948, lot 450.
Ex Dr. LeBow
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE TRIPLE-RATE USE COMBINING THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL WITH THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, ON A FRENCH PACKET DIRECT COVER TO PARIS.
This was carried by the CGT Ligne H steamer Ville de Paris from New York on June 12, arriving Brest on June 21. Fewer than five combinations of the 30c F Grill and 15c Ty. I Pictorial Issue are recorded. We are aware of only two other such combinations to France, one offered in lot 602 and the other last sold in our Sale 948, lot 450.
Ex Gibson. Illustrated in Walske article (Chronicle 246)