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Sale 825 — U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2000

Category — The Douglas and Nancy Clark Collection of Private Ship Letter Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
578
c
Bo Sh 3/8. Neat ms. pmk on 1749 folded letter to New Port R.I., from London, ms. "Forwarded by Gentle(men), your h(um)ble servant, Steph. Greenleaf." on back, vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine, very early usage showing the shillings and pence rate with Colonial currency inflation factor of 2.2

E. 500-750
600
579
c
Bo Sh 4/6. Ms. pmk on 1752 folded letter to Newport R.I., unspecified origin, part of cover repaired at right, still Fine marking with inflation factor of 2.7

E. 300-400
150
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580
c
BSh 15.16. Ms. pmk. on 1755 folded letter to Perth Amboy N.J. from London, ms. "via Boston", vertical file fold, some edgewear, Fine and scarce rating, the two sheets of enclosures triples the domestic rate charged

E. 300-400
160
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581
c
Bo Sh 2.16. Ms. pmk. on 1755 folded letter to Newport R.I. from London, vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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582
c
Bo Sh 2.16. Ms. pmk on 1767 folded letter to Newport R.I. from London, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
210
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583
c
Boston 29 NO. Magenta straightline handstamp on 1773 folded letter to Salem Mass.,ms. "To Sh 4.16", some toning along vertical file fold, Fine

E. 200-300
240
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584
c
New/York 13 AP. Straightline handstamp on back of 1767 folded letter to Newport R.I. from Bay Honduras, ms. "Sh 7.8" rating, minor edgewear, Very Fine double-rate usage

E. 300-400
325
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585
c
New/York. Light strike of red two-line handstamp on legal-size cover to Penn., unspecified origin, ms. "On his Majesty's Service" and "6.16" rating for overweight, split along folds and some edgewear, still Fine, charged for three times the 6dwt rate plus 16gr ship fee

E. 300-400
210
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586
c
New York. Light strike of straightline hs on back of 1773 folded letter to Philadelphia from London, rated "Sh 4.16" and with ms. "pr Capt. Deane, Via New York", some slight edgewear, Fine

E. 200-300
0
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587
c
1775 Rates. Four folded covers, entry ports incl. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newport and Boston, origins incl. Surinam, Bilboa, France and Charleston, each a different rate incl. 2, 3.8, 4.16 and 9.8, all are fresh and Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 400-500
550
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588
c
1788 Rates. Eight folded letters, different entry ports incl. New York, Boston, Baltimore, range of origins incl. London, Grenada, Cork (Ireland), France and Spain, various rates paid incl. 4.16, 2dwt, 3.8, 6, 6.16, 3.16, overall a fresh and Very Fine group

E. 500-750
525
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589
c
Baltimore Dec 10. Bold straightline with last few letters strengthened in contemporary ms. on 1790 cover to Philadelphia, unspecified origin, ms. "sh 4.16" due marking, light vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 300-400
260
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590
c
Balt*Sep*8. Bold straightline on 1790's folded letter originating in Jeremie, Haiti, to Philadelphia, ms. "sh 29" at top right, some faint overall, wear, Fine cover paying 4c ship's fee plus double the domestic rate

E. 200-300
100
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591
c
Balt Jun 12. Well-struck straightline hs on 1794 folded letter originating in Antwerp, Belgium, to Philadelphia, ms. "Sh 16-1/2", fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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592
c
Baltimore. 1793-98, three covers, all entering at Baltimore, origins incl. Bremen, two from Hamburg, rates incl. 26c, 29c and 54c, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
160
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593
c
Boston 4 Ma. Bold strike of straightline hs on 1789 folded letter from London to Providence R.I., ms. "sh 1.16" due marking, some splitting along vertical file fold expertly reinforced, tiny nick out at top left corner, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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594
c
Boston. 1794-1810, eleven folded letters entering at Boston from a range of origins incl. Isle of Wight, London, Amsterdam, France, destinations incl. Newburyport (5), various ratings incl. 12c, 14c, 18c, 20c, 28c, 32c, 44c, 64c, few small faults, a Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 500-750
500
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595
c
New York. 1796-1814, nine covers entering the port of New York from a range of origins incl. London, Dublin, Liverpool, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Le Havre, each with New York marking incl. three clamshell handstamps, a Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 400-500
625
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596
c
Providence Mar 20. Bold straightline hs with date in magenta ms. on 1797 folded letter originating in Surinam to East Greenwich R.I., matching magenta "Sh. 10", Very Fine and choice usage

E. 300-400
375
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597
c
Salem August 9. Neat straightline hs, matching "Ship" with ms. "26" on 1796 folded letter originating in Rochefort, France, to Philadelphia, letter datelined "Year 4", Very Fine and choice incoming letter from the French Revolution

E. 400-500
600
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598
c
4c Ship Rate Covers. 1795-97, three, origins incl. Wakefield, London and Hamburg, each with ms. "4", ports of entry incl. New York, Philadelphia and Newport, few faults, all appear Fine-Very Fine, rare rate

E. 400-500
290
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599
c
1799 Rates. Two covers, first from 1803 originating in Rotterdam to Providence via Norfolk and charged 52c; second originates in Batavia to New York via Norfolk and charged 27c, latter with some toning, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

E. 100-150
50
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600
c
War of 1812 Surcharge Rates. Eight covers, each showing the 1815 surcharge of 50% on postal rates (but not the 2c ship captain's fee), origins incl. Martinique, New York, Dublin, Cadiz, Goteborg, entries at New York, Boston, Providence, various markings for rates incl. 14c, 38c, 17c, 20-3/4c, 27-1/2c, 32c, 39-1/2c, mounted and annotated on exhibit pages, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, an interesting and scarce group

E. 750-1,000
950
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601
c
Albany N.Y., War of 1812 Surcharge. Two covers, both dated 1815 and both New York origins, one to Albany and one to Lansingburgh, one rated "9" (6c plus 3c), other "15" (10c plus 5c), the latter with straightline "Ship" hs, Fine-Very Fine usages showing the 50% war surcharge

E. 200-300
450
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602
c
Baltimore Md. Mar. 21. Bold circular datestamp, matching "Ship" on folded part-printed prices current to Charleston S.C. from Bordeaux, France, ms. "39-1/2" rate, minor edgewear, Very Fine and choice, rated 25c for over 500 miles plus 50% surcharge (37-1/2c) plus 2c ship fee

E. 200-300
230
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603
c
Restored 1799 Rate. Four covers from 1816 with the scarce restored rates, origins incl. Martinique (2), Newcastle and New York, entries incl. Boston, Salem, Plymouth and Athens N.Y., rates paid incl. 8c, 10c (2) and 12c, all on exhibit pages, usual file folds, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 400-500
675
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604
c
1816 Rate Covers. 1828-44, four covers from England, two entered in New York, one each in Philadelphia and Boston, one with London forwarder's hs, all are fresh and Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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605
c
1816 Rates. Eighteen covers on exhibit pages, range of origins incl. England, Amsterdam, Germany, France, Cuba, entry points incl. Boston, Salem, New York, Delaware City, Boston, Newport and Charleston, various rates from 14c to $1.02, overall fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating group

E. 400-500
450
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606
c
Newburyport Mass. Nov. 20. Bold red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" hs on 1819 folded letter to Marblehead Mass. from Havana, Cuba, ms. "8" due marking for 6c rate under 30 miles plus 2c ship fee, fresh and Very Fine usage

E. 150-200
170
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607
c
1825 Rates. Seven covers on exhibit pages, origins incl. England, Cuba, St. Croix, Scotland, entry points incl. New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, several different rates represented from none (transit from Cuba to France via Philadelphia) to $1.33, range of markings, all are Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 300-400
160
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608
c
Annapolis Md. Mar. 13. Red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" straightline on 1844 folded letter originating in Albany to Rio de Janeiro and forwarded to New York, ms. "20-3/4" rating, also bearing strike of U.S. Naval Lyceum illustrated hs, second strike on back, part of address eroded from crossed-out forwarding ms., Very Fine

E. 400-500
450
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609
c
Charleston S.C. Mar. 28. Red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" hs on 1837 folded letter to New York from Mantanzas, ms. "Express Mail" at top and rated "77" due, light horizontal file fold, sealed tear at top, otherwise Very Fine and rare, the domestic rate was tripled for the express usage, collect express only existed from Nov. 15, 1836, thru Oct. 31, 1837

E. 200-300
500
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610
c
Liberty Pa. Apl. 9th. Ms. pmk on 1842 folded letter to Wurttemberg, Germany, matching "Paid 20-3/4" rating, red "New-York Apl 13" circular datestamp, French transit, red crayon rating, Very Fine and choice usage, illegally charged a 2c outgoing ship fee -- this fee was applicable only to arriving mail -- reportedly only a half-dozen such usages are known

E. 200-300
325
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611
c
New Haven Ct. Jan. 14. Red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" illustrated hs on 1828 folded letter to Philadelphia from Nassau, Bahamas, ms. "95-3/4" rating, routing instructions at bottom for "via St. Thomas", some toning and minor edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, five-times rate usage

E. 200-300
125
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612
c
New-York Feb. 10. Bold red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" on 1838 folded letter to Providence R.I. from New Orleans, ms. "39-1/2" rating, faint vertical file fold, Very Fine triple-rate usage

E. 100-150
100
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613
c
New-York Jul. 3. Bold red circular datestamp, matching "Ship" hs on 1843 folded letter to R.I. from Charleston, ms. "2.08-1/4" rating and "2-3/4 Oz.", some minor splitting along vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine, rare eleven-times rate plus 2c ship fee

E. 150-200
100
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614
c
Phila. 26 Dec. Octagonal hs, matching Full-Rigged Ship handstamp on 1834 folded letter to Bristol R.I. from Havana, Cuba, ms. "20-3/4", light file folds, Very Fine, scarce full-rigged ship marking

E. 500-750
300
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615
c
Plattsburgh N.Y. Jun. 16. Red circular datestamp on 1834 folded letter to Champlain N.Y. from Vermont, marked with ms. "Ship 8", light file fold and minor edgewear, Very Fine usage, this is a Great Lakes steamboat letter that was treated as a ship letter

E. 100-150
50
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616
c
Free Ship Mail. Four covers, each marked "Free", incl. three in ms. and one with straightline hs, origins incl. Paris, London, Matanzas and Liverpool, three entered at New York, one at Savannah, two sent to government officials, two to postmasters, overall a Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-300
220
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617
c
Freight Money Rates. Four covers to London, three from Baltimore and one from Philadelphia, rates incl. 31-1/4, 37-1/2, 62-1/2 and $1.75, on exhibit pages, usual file folds, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
600
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618
c
Texas Republic. Two covers on exhibit pages, one originating in Salisbury N.C. to Galveston with ms. "25" and "Ship 12-1/2" with New Orleans forwarder's handstamp on bottom flap; second from Potosi Mo. to Brazoria Tex. via New Orleans with "Ship 56" rating and "Steam Packet Columbia" hs, few small faults, a Fine pair of usages

E. 300-400
500
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619
c
1845 Rates. Nine covers on exhibit pages, range of origins inc. Baltimore, England, Cuba, Guadeloupe, France, ports of entry incl. Urbanna Va., Philadelphia, New York, Wilmington N.C., Boston, excellent showing of rates from 5c thru 32c, few better markings incl. Liverpool Ship Letter, all are fresh and Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 300-400
250
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620
c
Mobile Ala. Oct. 5. Blue circular datestamp, matching "Ship" in circle and "10" on 1849 folded letter to New York City from Carthagena, with "Carthagena AU 30, 1849" and "Kingston-Jamaica SP 2, 1849" backstamps, Very Fine, ship fees were waived on Royal Packet mail from the West Indies

E. 100-150
240
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621
c
Mobile Ala. 9 Mar/10. Blue integral-rate circular datestamp and matching "Ship" straightline on folded printed prices current with handwritten note datelined "Demerary 4th February 1850" and addressed to Fair Haven Conn., neat "Demerara FE ?, 1850" and "Kingston, Jamaica FE 15, 1850" backstamps, carried on the R.M.S.P. Conway via Kingston to Cuba and aboard the Avon to Mobile, minor splitting along folds, Very Fine and rare usage, illustrated in Stone book on p. 282

E. 300-400
300
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622
c
New-York Ship Jun. 18 29cts. Black circular datestamp on 1851 folded letter to Lowell Mass. from Naples, Italy, various Italian and French transits, carried aboard a ship of the Havre Packet Line, lettersheet shows illustration of Trajan Column, some slight wear, otherwise Fine and rare, only six France-U.S. sailings were made at this rate

E. 150-200
220
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623
c
U.S.-British 1849 Treaty Rate. Five covers entering the U.S. incl. one each from Hong Kong and Switzerland, three from England, range of markings, rates paid and destinations, all are Fine-Very Fine, interesting group

E. 200-300
180
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624
c
U.S.-British Retaliatory Rate Covers. Three covers, originating in New Ross, Manchester and Liverpool, charged 24c, 29c and 34c respectively, last bears G.B. 1sh Green, few faults, all appear Fine, an interesting group

E. 300-400
260
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625
c
Restored Rate Usages. Two covers from 1849, one paying 6c rate to Boston, other paying 7c rate to Newbury Mass., few small faults, a Fine pair, scarce restored-rate usage

E. 200-300
350
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626
c
1851 Rates. Five covers, origins incl. California, Guayama, Liverpool, two pay 6c rate, others incl. double rate, few faults, most appear Fine, interesting group

E. 200-300
115
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627
c
Ship-Rated Covers. 1855-63, 23 covers, range of origins incl. England, France, St. Thomas, New South Wales (bearing 6p stamp), range of entry points and rates, few with stamps, few faults, many are Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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628
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 628, The Douglas and Nancy Clark Collection of Private Ship Letter CoversFavor's Express, Boston, Favor's Express, BostonFavor's Express, Boston. Well-struck red circular handstamp on top flap of 1851 folded letter datelined "St. John N.B. May 28, 1851" to New York City, partial strike of "Steam" hs, bold red "Boston 31 May 10cts" circular datestamp, two light file folds, otherwise Very Fine, rare marking

E. 750-1,000
950
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629
c
New Bedford Mass. Mar. 2. Bold circular datestamp ties New South Wales 3p Victoria on blue 1853 cover to Natchez Miss., matching "Ship" and "7" hs, neat "Ship Letter Sydney Sep. 7, 1853" backstamp, cover cleaned and stamp with crease at bottom right, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
325
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630
c
New Orleans La. Aug. 2, 1858. Light strike of circular datestamp ties France 20c and 10c Napoleon on folded letter to New Orleans, matching "Ship 6 Cents" circular datestamp, stamps also tied by diamond of dots cancel, red origination and "P.P." hs, some edgewear, staining on back, still a Fine usage

E. 150-200
220
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631
c
Norfolk Va. Aug. 22, 1858. Light strike of blue circular datestamp and matching "Ship" on orange cover from New York to St. Thomas and forwarded back to New York, bearing 10c 1857 (type obscured due to scissors-separation at top), tied by grid, matching "New-York Jul. 15" circular datestamp, boxed "Not Paid" hs, St. Thomas backstamp, cover and stamp torn, still an unusual usage

E. 200-300
160
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632
c
Norfolk Va. Dec. 29, 1860. Neat strike of double-circle datestamp, matching "5" and "Ship" on folded letter originating at Matanzas, to New York, bold "Steamship 10" struck over 5c rating, light file folds, fresh and Very Fine, interesting usage, the steamer Matanzas met with heavy gales and put into port at Norfolk, the letter was ship-rated, then carried to New York and re-rated at the steamship rate

E. 200-300
240
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633
c
San Francisco Cal. 11 Aug. Red circular datestamp with matching "Ship 6" clamshell hs on 1855 folded letter to San Francisco from Bordeaux, bearing 20c and 40c Napoleon, cover file fold affects 40c stamp, otherwise Very Fine and scarce usage

E. 300-400
160
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634
c
Incoming Covers to San Francisco, California. Three covers: one with red "San Francisco 21 Oct. Recd." circular datestamp and matching "Ship 6" clamshell hs on folded letter datelined "July the 12th, 1850, Hobart Town, Van D. Land",; next bears similar circular datestamp and clamshell marking (both struck in Black) on cover originating in Sydney, New South Wales; last bears red "New-York Oct. 2" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" in arc to San Francisco, few faults, overall Fine and scarce group

E. 500-750
425
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635
c
U.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee Apr. 21, 1866 St. Jago. Handstamp and "Steamship 10" in circle on folded letter datelined "Santiago, Cuba Abril 20 de 1866" to New York City, light vertical file folds, Very Fine and rare, perhaps ten covers are known carried aboard this steamship from Santiago and this is the only one recorded with the "Fah Kee" marking struck on the front of the cover, the Fah Kee was a U.S. Naval vessel during the Civil War and was sold to Waydell & Co. of New York, who made an arrangement in 1865 with the Postmaster General to carry mails from New York to Santiago de Cuba via Bermuda, illustrated in Stone book on p. 285

E. 200-300
230
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636
c
New York Ship. Dateless circle with segmented cork cancel on 10c Green entire to Boston, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine

E. 100-150
55
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637
c
New York 6 Ship Feb. 17. Two strikes of circular datestamp, one ties 3c Bank Note on cover to Portsmouth N.H., red crayon "6" due marking, ms. "Ship Letter" at top, Fine, postage applied on arrival in New York

E. 150-200
120
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638
c
New-York Ship Letter Apr. 24. Well-struck rimless circular datestamp, matching "12" and boxed "Due" on cover from U.S. Consulate on Trinidad to Yonkers N.Y., consular wax seal on back, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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639
c
Incoming Ship Letters. 1876, three covers, one entering at New Orleans to Houston Tex. bearing 10c Bank Note, one 5c entire to Azores and forwarded to New Bedford Mass., last bears Mexico 25c stamp tied on cover to Louisiana with "Not Found" hs, a Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 150-200
95
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640
c
Yokohama Japan 3 Jul. 1886. Bold circular datestamp, matching "Ship" cancels 5c entire to Yokohama, Japan, and forwarded to Canton, Yokohama, Hong Kong and Canton backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine and rare usage

E. 400-500
325
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641
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 641, The Douglas and Nancy Clark Collection of Private Ship Letter Covers2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Tied by segmented cork, matching "Ship" in circle and "U.S. Charge To Collect 2 Cents" hs on cover to East Oakland Cal., neat "San Francisco Aug. 18" and receiving backstamps, also bearing 2c Brown, Postage Due (J2) cancelled by purple hs, bottom flap opened to show "Forwarded by Alaska Commercial Co." hs, reduced at right affecting No. 210, otherwise Fine and rare usage

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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642
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 642, The Douglas and Nancy Clark Collection of Private Ship Letter Covers2c Green (213), 2c Green (213)2c Green (213). Tied by New Orleans La. circular datestamp, matching "Ship" in circle and "Due 2" on cover to Washington D.C., also bearing 2c Red Brown, Postage Due (J16) tied by purple oval hs, 1889 New Orleans and receiving backstamps, cover edge tear at top, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
375
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643
c
Sale Number 825, Lot Number 643, The Douglas and Nancy Clark Collection of Private Ship Letter Covers1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Two singles, cancelled and tied by "Port Townsend Jul. 14" circular datestamp and hs on cover to Beverly Mass., large purple "Ship" and "Due 2cts" handstamps with amount in blue crayon, also bearing 2c Postage Due tied by mute hs, 1900 receiving backstamp, left stamp small piece missing at top left, right stamp small crease, otherwise Fine and rarer usage

E. 200-300
170
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644
c
Postage Dues on Incoming Ship Letters. 1886-1907, four covers, one from Cuba on 1898 soldier's letter to Buffalo N.Y. with 2c Postage Due (Buffalo precancel), two have pairs of 2c Dues, last with single 5c Due, few small faults, all appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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645
c
Steam and Ship Markings. Two albums of covers, range of markings incl. various "Way", "Ship" or "Steam" with rates, most have New Orleans datestamps, many from Buchanan, Carroll & Co. correspondence, some faults, many are Fine-Very Fine, interesting group

E. 400-500
675
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646
c
Incoming Ship Letters. Album of folded covers, various destinations incl. New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, couple to Petersburg Va., mostly South America origins, few different markings, overall Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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647
c
Balance of Ship-Rate Collection. 20 covers, many on exhibit pages, range of origins, markings and rates, several with European origins, few faults, generally Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
400
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