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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Caribbean

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1107
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1107, Caribbean10c Brown (150), 10c Brown (150)10c Brown (150). Used with Great Britain 1865 4p Vermilion (43), both stamps affixed by the sender in Matanzas, Cuba, on Nov. 18, 1872 folded letter to Buenos Aires, Argentina, via St. Thomas D.W.I. and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, blue "FRANCISCO ABALLI/ MATANZAS" two-line forwarder's handstamp, additional J. Niles & Co. St. Thomas forwarder's backstamp, "St. Thomas 31/12" circular datestamp applied upon entry into mail system, stamps cancelled and tied by blurry strike of "C83" British Post Office numeral grid applied at Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 5, 1873 receipt docketing, 4p stamp with bit of bottom left corner reduced, barely noticeable due to the postmark

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM CUBA TO BUENOS AIRES VIA ST. THOMAS AND RIO DE JANEIRO. ALTHOUGH THIS COVER NEVER TOUCHED UNITED STATES SOIL, IT REQUIRED 10-CENT POSTAGE FOR TRANSPORT ON A UNITED STATES AND BRAZIL MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY VESSEL FROM ST. THOMAS TO RIO DE JANEIRO. A FASCINATING USE OF THE BANK NOTE ISSUE.

A few covers sent from Cuba to correspondents in Buenos Aires show the unusual routing via St. Thomas and Rio de Janeiro. The senders evidently arranged for letters to be carried on a Spanish packet outside the mails from Havana to St. Thomas, which explains the absence of Cuban postmarks. This letter entered the mails through the St. Thomas post office. Danish West Indies postage was paid in cash, and the U.S. and Great Britain stamps were left uncancelled. The only way for mail to reach Rio de Janeiro from St. Thomas was on a regular U.S. & Brazil Mail Steamship Co. sailing, which required 10c U.S. postage (in this case, paid by the stamp affixed in Matanzas). On arrival at Rio, the letter was handed over to the British Post Office, which applied the "C83" cancel and sent it by a Pacific Steam Navigation Co. vessel to Buenos Aires.

With 2002 P.F. certificate mentioning only a "sealed tear" on 4p stamp

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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