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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
247
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 247, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. II-IV (14-16), 10c Green, Ty. II-IV (14-16)10c Green, Ty. II-IV (14-16). Positions 53-54L1, combination pair, left stamp Type II, right stamp Type IV recut at bottom, large to huge margins, rich color and beautiful impression, scissors-cut between stamps at bottom, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), huge bottom margin with part of stamp below, others full to just barely in, faint corner crease, tied by red grids, matching "Trenton N.J. Nov. 21, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via American Mail Steamer" with correctly prepaid 21c American Packet rate, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Nov. 22" transit, ms. "1/4" for British transit, Liverpool (Dec. 6, 1856) and Hong Kong (Feb. 1, 1857) backstamps, with original enclosure

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE USE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV AS PART OF THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO HONG KONG. CARRIED FROM NEW YORK TO LIVERPOOL BY THE COLLINS LINE.

The Collins Line Baltic left New York City on Nov. 22, 1856, arriving in Liverpool on Dec. 5.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
248
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 248, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. III-II (15-14), 10c Green, Ty. III-II (15-14)10c Green, Ty. III-II (15-14). Positions 2-3L1, combination pair, left stamp Ty. III from misplaced transfer position, right stamp Ty. II, large even margins, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), enormous margins all around incl. parts of two adjoining stamps, tied by "Trenton N.J. Sep. 2?, 1856" circular datestamp on small cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via English Mail Steamer" but prepaid for and sent via American Packet, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Sep. 27" transit, ms. "1/4" for British transit, Liverpool (Oct. 10) and Hong Kong (date unreadable) transit backstamps, with original enclosure

EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND SUPERB FRANKING FOR THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO HONG KONG. CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE.

The Collins Line Atlantic left New York City on Sep. 27, 1856, arriving in Liverpool on Oct. 9.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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249
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 249, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), large margins except touched at bottom, few faint gum toned spots, tied by "Trenton N.J. Mar. 4" circular datestamp on cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via Southampton England", red "New-York Am. Pkt. Mar. 8" transit, ms. "6" for British transit, bold red "Forwarded by Desilver & Co. Hong Kong" oval backstamp, Southampton (Mar. 22, 1856) and Hong Kong (May 23) transit backstamps, with original enclosure

VERY FINE. A SCARCE FRANKING FOR THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO HONG KONG. CARRIED BY THE HAVRE LINE.

The Havre Line Arago left New York City on Mar. 8, 1856, arriving in Southampton on Mar. 22.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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250
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 250, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Margins touching on two sides, others cutting slightly into design, rich color, tied by "Trenton N.J. Oct. 21, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via English Mail Steamer", pencil "21" crossed out and re-rated "5" for shore-to-ship rate, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Oct. 21" transit, ms. "1/2" for British transit, Liverpool (Nov. 3) and Hong Kong (Dec. 24) transit backstamps, with original enclosure

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE ON MAIL TO HONG KONG.

The Cunard Line Niagara left New York City on Oct. 22, 1856, arriving in Liverpool on Nov. 2.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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251
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 251, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Horizontal pair, huge even margins, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), ample margins to slightly cut in, corner creases, some toned spots affect stamps, tied by "Trenton N.J. Jul. 29, 1856" circular datestamp on small cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via Southampton", correctly prepaid 21c American Packet rate, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Aug. 2" transit, ms. "6" for British transit, Hong Kong (date unreadable) backstamp, with original enclosure, Very Fine, scarce American Packet usage, the Collins Line Ericsson left New York City on Aug. 2, 1856, arriving in Liverpool on Aug. 17

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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252
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 252, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal pair, huge margins to touching at right, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), ample margins to cut in at lower right, some toned spots affect stamps, tied by red "Trenton N.J. Oct. 10, 1856" circular datestamp on small cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via American Mail Steamer", correctly prepaid 21c American Packet rate, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Oct. 11" transit, ms. "1/3" for British transit, Liverpool (Oct. 23) and Hong Kong (Dec. 24) backstamps, with original enclosure, Fine, scarce American Packet usage, the Collins Line Baltic left New York City on Oct. 11, 1856, arriving in Liverpool on Oct. 22

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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253
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 253, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence10c Green, Ty. III (15), 10c Green, Ty. III (15)10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal pair, large margins to deeply cut into at left, rich color, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), large margins to just touched, tied by red "Trenton N.J. Nov. 14, 1856" circular datestamp on cover to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing "Via English Mail Steamer" crossed out and marked "American" in another hand, correctly prepaid 21c American Packet rate, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Nov. 15" transit, ms. "1/" for British transit, Southampton (Dec. 1) and Hong Kong (Feb. 1, 1857) backstamps, with original enclosure, Fine, unusual American Packet usage with route notation changed, the Havre Line Fulton left New York City on Nov. 17, 1856, arriving in Southampton on Nov. 30

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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254
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 254, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U10), 3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U10)3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U10). With original letter from Holly Springs, Miss., Jan. 16, 1857, carried outside the mails to New York City, addressed to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, routing instructions "by U.S.M. Steamer Atlantic" and "Liverpool" written in another hand, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 31" transit, pencil "21" debit, ms. "6" for British transit, red "Forwarded by Desilver & Co. Hong Kong" oval handstamp, Liverpool (Feb. 14) and Hong Kong (Apr. 30) backstamps, minor edgewear, still Very Fine, rare and unusual American Packet usage, the Collins Line Atlantic left New York City on Feb. 1, 1857, arriving in Liverpool on Feb. 14

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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255
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 255, The Lieut. Earl English Correspondence3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U9), 3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U9)3c Red, Nesbitt entire (U9). With original letter from Memphis Tenn., Jan. 3, 1857, carried outside the mails to New York City, addressed to Lieut. Earl English, U.S. Sloop of War Levant, care of American Consul in Hong Kong, sender's routing instructions "By U.S.M. Str. Ericsson", red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 17" transit, pencil "21" debit, ms. notations for for British transit indicate some confusion with "6" as the final rate, Liverpool (Feb. 2) and Hong Kong (date unreadable) backstamps, minor edgewear and toning, still Very Fine, scarce American Packet usage, the Collins Line Ericsson left New York City on Jan. 17, 1857, arriving in Liverpool on Feb. 2

E. 750-1,000
950
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