Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998

Category — General Foreign

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
394
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Sale 800, Lot 394, General ForeignCANADA, 1855, 6p Slate Gray, Wove (5; SG 9). Large margins all around, fresh and bright color, unused (no gum), small thin spot at bottom, Extremely Fine appearance, very rare unused, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, SG £12,000

8,250
2,500
395
nh
Sale 800, Lot 395, General ForeignCANADA, 1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a). Mint N.H., Extremely Fine, fresh and choice, with 1971 P.F. certificate, SG £9,000

8,000
6,250
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396
 
Sale 800, Lot 396, General ForeignCANADA, 1959, 5c Seaway Invert (387a; SG 513a). Fresh colors, bold wavy-lines postmark, fresh and Very Fine, with 1977 P.F. certificate, SG £5,000

6,250
4,500
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397
c
Sale 800, Lot 397, General ForeignCEYLON, 1857, 1p Blue (3; SG 4). Clear to full margins, tied by grid on 1860 blue folded letter to Uleaborg, Finland, sender's routing "Via Marseilles", red "Galle Post-Paid MR 10 1860" rimless cds on back, "F. / 39" framed accountancy handstamp, red French transit cds on front and additional transits on back, red Aachen transit backstamp, ms. rates, Uleaborg receiving backstamp, ms. 66 kopeks due marking, minor wear, Very Fine, an extremely unusual destination for a Ceylon first issue cover

E. 4,000-5,000
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398
c
Sale 800, Lot 398, General ForeignTHURN & TAXIS, Southern District, 1852, 9kr Black on Brownish Yellow (46; Michel 10). Horizontal strip of seven, mostly full margins all around, used with strip of three (slightly cut in at top) and 1852-53, 1kr Black on Light Green, 3kr Black on Blue (42, 44; Michel 7, 8), tied by "100" target cancels on March 1857 blue folded cover to Ebenezer Society at Ebenezer ("near Buffalo") New York, Budingen cds, red "P." in circle hs, magenta ms. "2/" credit, red London transit, New York 10c due cds, small piece of backflap torn away

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND COLORFUL FRANKING FOR MULTIPLE RATE TO THE UNITED STATES.

Ex Schuh

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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399
c
Sale 800, Lot 399, General ForeignTHURN & TAXIS, Northern District, 1859-63, 1sgr Rose, 3sgr Bister, 5sgr Lilac (13, 18, 20; Michel 18, 38, 40). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by "39" target cancels, Marburg cds on Feb. 1865 cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, blue "Tour-T. Erqueline" French transit cds, red London transit and "PP" hs, "2" reales internal due hs, Frankfurt transit backstamp

VERY FINE AND COLORFUL FRANKING ON AN EXTREMELY RARE TRANSATLANTIC COVER TO MEXICO.

With 1984 Friedl certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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400
c
Sale 800, Lot 400, General Foreign"A92" S.S. Asia. Full and clear strike of numeral in oval ties Great Britain 1p Red, trimmed perfs at left, on cover to Haverhill, England, concessionary rate with proper endorsement "From Joseph Backler RM, HMS Pylades, St. John, New Brunswick, [signed] Commanding Officer", New Market backstamp (Mar. 22, 1866), flap tear just touches top edge, lightly soiled, otherwise Fine, carried on the S.S. Asia on its 114th return crossing of the Atlantic, an extremely rare concessionary rate usage with the Atlantic mail boat numeral cancel, with 1964 B.P.A. certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
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401
c
Sale 800, Lot 401, General Foreign"A93" S.S. Java (Cunard). Partly clear numeral in oval on Great Britain 1p Red tied by gum staining on pink cover to Brighton, England, concessionary rate with proper endorsement "From William Lintott, Steward, HMS Phoebe, Halifax", Brighton backstamp (Oct. 19, 1867), edges frayed and torn, backflap removed - modest restoration could significantly improve appearance - Fine and extremely rare "A93" mail boat numeral on a seaman's concessionary rate cover, carried on the S.S. Java on her 16th transatlantic round trip

E. 2,500-3,500
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402
c
Sale 800, Lot 402, General Foreign"A94" S.S. Arabia (Cunard). Partly clear ("94" distinct) strike of numeral in oval ties Great Britain 1p Red on small cover with blue-trimmed scalloped flaps to Bath, England, concessionary rate with endorsement "From James Young, Yeoman of Signals, H.M.S. Mersey, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1861, [signed] Commanding Officer", Bath backstamp (Nov. 11, 1861), Very Fine, a significant and very rare Atlantic mail boat usage - this was the S.S. Arabia's 58th return transatlantic crossing, and this cover confirms that the Arabia had been allocated "A94" as well as "A92" and "A98" numerals (three different mail clerks served on this ship)

E. 4,000-5,000
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403
c
Sale 800, Lot 403, General Foreign"A95" S.S. Africa (Cunard). Five bold perfect strikes cancel a remarkable Great Britain franking comprising horizontal strip of three 1p Red, 3p Rose and 6p Lilac, paying 12p U.S.-British treaty rate on orange cover to New York City, red "Paid" in arc and "5 Cents" credit hs, no backstamp, docketing dated Feb. 4, 1865, 6p had small sealed tear

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE ATLANTIC MAIL BOAT USAGE TO THE UNITED STATES.

With 1981 B.P.A. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
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404
c
Sale 800, Lot 404, General Foreign"A97" S.S. Europa (Cunard). Clearly struck numeral in oval ties Great Britain 6p Lilac on pink cover to London, England, pencil docketing indicates Bermuda origin, London backstamp (Aug. 4, 1862), 6p has rounded corner, otherwise Very Fine, choice example of the "A97" mail boat cancel carried on the Europa's 89th transatlantic voyage

E. 2,500-3,500
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405
c
Sale 800, Lot 405, General ForeignMEXICO, 1867, 2r Black on Pink, Printed on Both Sides (37a). Ample margins, half of stamp popped up to show second impression on back, used with 1867, 1r Black on Green (36), tied by "Franco Mexico" cds on Apr. 1868 blue folded cover to San Luis Potori, small hole in cover at upper left has been repaired, otherwise Very Fine, the only recorded cover with the 2-reales printed on both sides, signed Bash, with 1997 MEPSI certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
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406
c
Sale 800, Lot 406, General ForeignMEXICO, 1867, 4r Rose, Without Overprint (45a). Ample to large margins, tied by "Franco Mexico" in circle cds on folded cover to Mont Vaule, France, ms. "Por estraorde." (Por estraordinario - special service), "Vera-Cruz Paq. Fr. B. No. 1 13 Aout 67" octagonal ds, "10" decimes due hs, transit and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, one of two recorded examples of the 4-reales without overprint used on cover (only six covers are recorded with the overprinted 4-reales), signed Bash

E. 3,000-4,000
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407
nhbl
Sale 800, Lot 407, General ForeignMEXICO, 1975, 60c Yellow Green, Air Post, Unwatermarked (C471A). Mint N.H. block of four, fresh and Very Fine, a great 20th Century rarity of Mexico, the top 20 stamps from the two sheets of 50 discovered on unwatermarked paper (in 1975) were stuck down and ruined - no stamps in addition to the surviving 80 have been found - with 1995 MEPSI certificate, Scott Retail $4,000.00 for four singles

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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408
c
Sale 800, Lot 408, General ForeignMODENA, 1852, 1l Black (9). Large margins all around, used with 1852, 40c Black on Blue (8), large margins showing sheet margin at top, tied together by single pen stroke on folded letter to Philadelphia, U.S.A., letter datelined "Carrara ad. 5. Setembre 1857" and with "Carrera 6 Set" double-circle datestamp and matching "P.D." and "VIA DI SARZANA" handstamps, red Sardinia transit, small boxed "Br. Service" handstamp, Philadelphia receiving datestamp (Sept. 25), light file fold between stamps and miraculously not affecting either, a Very Fine and extremely rare usage fully pre-paying the rate into the United States

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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409
c
Sale 800, Lot 409, General ForeignNEVIS, 1861-66, 4p Rose, Perf 13, 4p Deep Orange, Perf 15 (6, 10; SG 6, 12). Matching covers (both Position 11) to same addressee in Philadelphia: SG 6 small tear, tied by "A09" oval grid, "Nevis MY 27 69" cds and "St. Thomas D MY 29 69" cds on back, New York "Steamship 20" in circle hs; SG 12, rich color, tied by "A09" oval grid, "St. Thomas D SP 29 69" cds on back, "N.Y. Steamship 10 Oct. 22" due cds, horizontal fold, pencil "Due Vaux 10c", Very Fine pair, extremely scarce usages, with 1997 R.P.S. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
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410
c
Sale 800, Lot 410, General ForeignNEW BRUNSWICK, 1851, 6p Olive Yellow (2, SG 4). Fresh color, huge margins all around, tied by light strike of grid cancel on buff cover to Tonawanda New York, "St. John New Brunswick DE 1, 1858" datestamp, red "Paid 10" in circle, transit backstamp, cover has small repair where name of addressee was obliterated and restored

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS STAMP, ON OR OFF COVER, KNOWN TO US.

Signed Bloch. With 1980 Friedl certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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411
c
Sale 800, Lot 411, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1857, 2p, 4p Scarlet Vermilion (2, 4; SG 2, 4). Two covers posted on consecutive days to the same addressee in Berkenhead, Cheshire, England, one franked with horizontal pair and single 2p, ample margins to slightly in, other with combination of 2p and 4p, mostly ample to large margins, cancelled or tied by oval grids, faint red St. John circular datestamps - Jan. 3 and 4, 1859, respectively - clear strikes of bluish "Galway A JA 23 59" transit cds, Dublin and Berkenhead backstamps, 2p cover has minor piece missing from backflap, 2p/4p cover has minor bleached spots and neatly refolded along edges

A FINE AND INCOMPARABLE PAIR OF COVERS CARRIED BY THE GALWAY (LEVER) LINE BETWEEN NEWFOUNDLAND AND IRELAND. THE 2-PENCE COVER IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED WITH THREE STAMPS. THE 2-PENCE AND 4-PENCE COMBINATION IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH TWO DIFFERENT VALUES OF THE SCARLET-VERMILION PRINTING.

The troubled Galway line operated by John Orr Lever was founded as the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company in 1858. It proposed a steamship line from Galway (Ireland) to New York via Halifax. These two covers posted from St. John were carried on the same trip, almost certainly on the Pacific, which departed St. John for Galway on January 14, 1859, arriving January 23rd. Examples of covers carried via Galway are very scarce.

2p cover ex Goody, Fox and Pratt. 2p/4p cover ex Goody, Fox, Hubbard and Clifford-Jones (with 1968 R.P.S. certificate)

E. 50,000-75,000
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412
 
Sale 800, Lot 412, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1857, 1sh Scarlet Vermilion (9; SG 9). Large and even margins all around, neat grid cancel, remarkably intense shade except some oxidation at top

EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. POSSIBLY THE FINEST KNOWN USED EXAMPLE OF THIS PENCE ISSUE RARITY.

Ex Pack, Dale-Lichtenstein (where it brought $3,700 in 1970). With 1979 Diena certificate and 1997 Greene certificate. SG £4,750

4,500
5,000
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413
c
Sale 800, Lot 413, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1857, 8p Scarlet Vermilion, Half Used as 4p (8a; SG 8a). Right half, large margins, tied by oval grid, red "St. John's Newfoundland FE 29, 1860" cds on blue folded letter sheet to Baltimore, Md., Tucker correspondence, neat "Boston Br. Pkt. 5 Mar. 14" transit cds, light file folds not affecting the bisect, fresh and Very Fine, rare, with 1986 Brandon and 1995 Holcombe certificates

E. 2,000-2,500
2,000
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414
ogbl
Sale 800, Lot 414, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1929, 3c on 6c Gray Black, Ty. I, Surcharged in Black (160 var; SG 188b). Block of four, two stamps Mint, others h.r., offset on back, a Very Fine and rare block, only 100 were printed with the 5mm spacing, with 1979 P.F. and 1997 B.P.A. certificates, unlisted in Scott, Stanley Gibbons value as singles

2,800
1,900
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415
c
Sale 800, Lot 415, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1919, 3c Red Brown, Hawker Air Post (C1; SG 142). Well-centered, tied by strike of "St. John's Nfld Apr. 1919 2-PM" postmark on small cover to Droxford, England, faint trace of red endorsement above the postmark, the postmark and cover only slightly affected by water damage as are all from this unsuccessful flight

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST HAWKER FLIGHT COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

This cover, addressed to Navigator Capt. MacKenzie Grieve, is written in his own hand. Postmaster J. A. Robinson of St. John's overprinted 200 stamps, of which only 95 were used. The plane was forced down at sea due to a defect in the plane's cooling system after covering only 1,100 miles. The mail bag was immersed, and some of the stamps were washed off of the covers and replaced at a later date. This cover is remarkable for its freshness.

With 1939 B.P.A. and 1980 Nussbaum certificates. AAMC catalogue value

20,000
9,500
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416
c
Sale 800, Lot 416, General ForeignNEW SOUTH WALES, 1859, 2p Pale Cobalt Blue, Lithographed (34C; SG 110). Ample to large margins except just touched at lower left, used with 1854, 1sh Pale Red, Wmk. "12" (31; SG 128), huge margins all around, tied together by Sydney duplex with "NSW" oval on August 1859 bluish folded cover to Prospect Ferry, Maine, red London transit, black New York "5" cents debit cds, carried on the Salsette and Delta, arriving Southampton Oct. 14, prepaid for the -1/2 oz. rate to U.S. via England, ms. "8" pence due to the British Post Office, New York debit for postage due on arrival, minor creasing in cover and tape stain at bottom right, still Very Fine, this is the only recorded usage of the the 2p Diadem lithograph on an overseas cover and the only recorded usage in combination with another value, ex Wiggins, with 1967 B.P.A. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
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417
c
Sale 800, Lot 417, General ForeignWESTERN AUSTRALIA, 1854, 1p Black (1; SG 1). Vertical strip of four, large margins to ample showing part of adjacent stamps at top and left, tied by barred oval handstamps on 1858 cover to South Wales, England, bold strike of oval "Post Office York, Western Australia" with crown handstamp, receiving backstamp, reduced at left, stamps and cover creased and lightly cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE VERTICAL STRIP OF FOUR USED ON COVER. ONLY FOUR STRIPS KNOWN.

The rarity of this franking is confirmed by the fact that none was present in the great Hind, Caspary, Burrus or Dale-Lichtenstein collections. With 1982 R.P.S. certificate

E. 10,000-12,000
7,000
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