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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

Category — N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1068
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1068, N.Y. Postmaster's Provisional, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 82R (plate notation on back of cover), ample to large margins, tied by bold manuscript cross-hatch cancel on dull green folded tissue-paper letter to Stuttgart, Germany, manuscript "Naples Ill./24 Sept." (1849) postmark above stamp where it entered the mails, dateline inside letter (which is written in German) indicates letter was begun in Quincy, Illinois, on September 21, 1849, and continued in Naples on September 23, sender's routing directive "p. British Mail Steamer via New York & Liverp.", no New York foreign-mail office markings--carried on the Cunarder Cambria, departing New York on October 3, 1849, and arriving at Liverpool October 18--red London transit backstamp (October 18), mostly readable strike of red "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (October 19), red crayon "42" kreuzers due, small blue German "D1 22/10" in circle receiving backstamp (October 22), receipt docketing notation to the right of stamp, which has a negligible small corner crease at top right, minor ink erosion in docketing at bottom.

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR CONFIRMED 10c 1847 ISSUE COVERS TO GERMANY -- AND, OF THE THREE 1847 COVERS TO GERMANY WITH THE "COLONIES/&C ART. 13" HANDSTAMP, ONLY THIS ONE HAS A 10c STAMP.

This cover is one of four verified 10c 1847 covers to Germany (of the five in the USPCS census), and it is one of three with either denomination bearing the "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" marking.

The 10c stamp was clearly intended to pay the over-300 miles rate from Naples, Illinois, to New York City for the next available Cunard sailing. However, unbeknownst to the sender and possibly the postmaster of this small midwestern town, the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty required only 5c internal U.S. postage on covers sent by Open Mail to or through Great Britain; therefore, since all other markings indicate this was a single-rate letter, the 10c stamp overpaid the 5c shore-to-ship rate.

USPCS Census no. 1299. Ex Knapp, Rust, Stollnitz, "Sevenoaks", Craveri, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in The United States 1847 Issue: A Cover Census (in color section and also on p. 932) and in Burkhard Krumm's article, "1847 Covers to the German States" (Chronicle 256). With 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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