ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKINGS WITH THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER WITH THREE 24-CENT STAMPS (A STRIP) IS IN PRIVATE HANDS. THE QUINTUPLE FRANKING IS CONTAINED IN THE SWISS POSTAL MUSEUM'S COLLECTION AND IS UNAVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
In total there are seven recorded 1869 Pictorial covers with multiple copies of the 24c. Only three of those contain more than two stamps and one of those is permanently ensconced in the Swiss PTT Museum.
Illustrated in Rose book (p. 138). Ex Clarence Eagle, Hessel and from our 1998 Rarities sale. With 1975 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC USE OF A PAIR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The franking pays 17-times the 3c rate, so the depositions must have been fairly long. Only four covers are known bearing two copies of the 24c 1869 Pictorial (plus three with more than two stamps, one offered in lot 881)
AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.
This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India
24¢ Green & Violet (120), rich colors, centered to upper right, used with horizontal pair of 10¢ Yellow (116), well-centered, intense shade, tied by circle of wedges cancels, mostly clear “New-York Apr. 5” (1870) circular datestamp on bright white cover to Lima, Peru, sender’s notation “Photograph” at lower left, red “24” credit handstamp, large red crayon “2”--carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. steamer Alaska, departing New York on April 5, 1870--blue Lima receiving backstamp
* Siegel Auction Galleries, 5/29/1974, Sale 452, lot 567, to Grunin
* Louis Grunin (cover collection sold privately, 1979-80)
* Siegel Auction Galleries, 9/7/1984, Sale 637, lot 842, to Dr. LeBow
* Dr. Robert LeBow, Siegel Auction Galleries, 9/26/1994, Sale 761, lot 762, to Mandel for Kuphal
* Edgar Kuphal (“A European’s Large Gold Collection of The 1869 Pictorial Issue”), Siegel Auction Galleries, 12/13/1999, Sale 819, lot 2323, to William H. Gross
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
* Michael Laurence, United States Ten-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey, fig. 7-11, p. 89
* Extremely Fine; tiny opening tear at bottom right corner
* “R.H.W. Co.” backstamp (Weill)
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VERY FINE AND FRESH. A COLORFUL MIXED-ISSUE 1869 FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT RATE TO SPAIN -- ONE OF FOUR RECORDED WITH THIS FRANKING.
Ten 24c 1869 covers to Spain are recorded in the 1869 PRA census, but one of these (with 1c and 3c stamps, ex Ishikawa) has been declared a forgery, leaving nine genuine covers. Four covers are prepaid with a combination of the 24c and two 2c Bank Note stamps.
Ex Hart, Walske and Dr. Heimburger. With 1968 P.F. certificate
FINE. THE SECOND EARLIEST USE OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Mack. With 1949 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COVER BEARING TWO COPIES OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE AND 1870 BANK NOTE STAMPS FOR THE TRIPLE 22-CENT RATE TO PERU. THIS COVER FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR OF ALL 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVERS.
The mixed-issue franking of 66c postage pays three times the 22c rate to Peru by American Packet and British Packet via Panama.
Ex Klein. With 2014 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER TO CHILE. AN OUTSTANDING FRANKING AND IN UNUSUALLY PRISTINE CONDITION.
The 34c rate to Chile via Panama was reduced to 22c after February 16, 1870. The 12c reduction corresponds to the reduced British rate for transit beyond Panama on Pacific Steam Navigation Co. vessels, from one shilling (24c) to six pence (12c). 34c rate covers sent prior to February 16 show the 24c credit, but a "12" credit is definite proof that the cover was mailed after the rate reduction, as in this case. It is not unusual to see the old 34c rate paid by stamps for a period of months after the rate was reduced. The "25" handstamp is the Chilean charge for an incoming postage due. All incoming mail was subject to an "ultramar" (overseas) charge, and it was made up of 5 centavos plus twice the domestic postage (two times 10 centavos in this instance). This rate was in effect from 1853 though 1874 (our appreciation to Brian Moorhouse for this information).
During the first six months of 1870, the PMSS Co. steamer Alaska sailed from New York on January 21, February 21, April 5, May 5 and June 4 (see Laurence's Ten-Cent 1869 Covers, page 78). This cover was most likely carried on one of the sailings in February, April or May.
Ex Ullery (according to Ashbrook's notation in an old photograph) and Krug. Ashbrook notes on back of cover. With 1951 and 2015 P.F. certificates
A FINE AND COLORFUL COVER. THE ONLY GENUINE COVER WITH THIS COMBINATION OF 1869 STAMPS AND ONE OF TWO RECORDED 24-CENT 1869 COVERS TO ARGENTINA.
The 1c and 24c stamps were intended to prepay the 25c rate (between -1/4 and -1/2 ounce) for American Packet service to Rio de Janeiro and from there by French Packet to Buenos Aires. However, the French Packet service ended by January 1870, and the cover was sent via the new British Packet. The 18c per -1/2 ounce rate applied to British mail, and the cover was correctly marked with the 8c credit.
?Only two 24c 1869 covers to Argentina are recorded in the 1869 PRA census book. Although two 1c and 24c combination covers are listed in the same census, subsequent to publication the other cover (ex Ishikawa) was determined to be a forgery, leaving only this cover with the 1c Franklin and 24c Declaration of Independence pictorial stamps.
The 24c vignette was engraved by James Smillie from John Trumbull’s oil painting Declaration of Independence. There are two versions of this painting; one hangs in the Capitol Rotunda, and the other at Yale University. Contrary to the popular belief that this painting depicts the signing ceremony, Trumbull actually painted a romanticized image of the presentation of the Declaration draft. There are 47 individuals portrayed in the painting, and the tiny engraving captures virtually all of them in minute detail. Franklin is shown standing in front of the desk, the fifth figure at right in the group of five.
Ex White, Emerson, Krug and Kuphal. Signed Ashbrook. With 1990 and 2002 P.F. certificates