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Sale 886 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 2: United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3077
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3077, 1861-66 Issue10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Two, intense early shade, used with 1c Blue (63), tied by large Boston "Paid" grids, "Boston Am. Pkt. Oct. 25" circular datestamp on back of 1861 folded letter to Calcutta, India, ms. "8", red London transit backstamp (Nov. 9), large bold Calcutta Steam Letter backstamp

VERY FINE. AN IMMACULATE COVER FROM THE FAMOUS GODDARD CORRESPONDENCE. ONE OF THE RAREST FOREIGN-MAIL USAGES OF THE 10-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN EXTANT.

This cover was carried at the 21c British Mail rate. Because it is marked with the Boston "Am. Pkt." datestamp on Oct. 25, it was probably sent to New York for the next-day sailing of the NGL Bremen, which arrived in Southampton on Nov. 9. However, there was a Cunard sailing that left Boston on Oct. 30 and arrived in Queenstown on Nov. 9. The London Post Office datestamped the letter on Nov. 9.

This cover was acquired by William S. Weismann from the original Goddard find handled by Seymour Kaplan. It was offered at auction for the first time in the Christie's Robson Lowe October 1987 sale of 1861-68 Issues, where acquired by Dr. LeBow.

E. 4,000-5,000
7,000
3078
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3078, 1861-66 Issue10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Intense early shade and impression, used with 5c Buff and 30c Orange (67, 71), both bright shades from early printings, 30c tiny corner crease and few short perfs, tied by two clear strikes of red "New York Paid Oct. 12" (1861) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Hong Kong, from the Smith, Archer & Co. correspondence, sender's endorsement "Per 'Fulton'" and "Via Marseilles", mostly clear strike of red "Supplementary Mail" Type A handstamp, red crayon "24" credit, red London transit datestamp (Oct. 25), large ms. "1" for 1p British Colonial rate, Hong Kong receiving backstamp (Dec. 13), light fold at bottom and tiny bleached spots in lettersheet

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE COMBINATION OF 1861 ISSUES, INCLUDING THE 10-CENT FIRST DESIGN. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STAMPS, SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL USAGE AND HONG KONG DESTINATION.

As per the sender's routing instructions, this letter was carried on the New York & Havre Line's Fulton, departing Saturday, October 12, and arriving in Southampton on October 24. The "Supplementary Mail" handstamp indicates that it was placed by the post office into a special mail bag brought on board immediately prior to sailing. A full additional rate was required on supplementary-mail letters, which was payable in stamps or cash; in this case, the stamps prepay the 45c British Mail rate via Southampton, and the supplmentary-mail fee was paid in cash. We know of no other cover involving this combination of stamps and usage.

This was the last eastbound voyage of the Fulton before it and the Arago (both Havre Line vessels) were chartered to the U.S. War Department as transport ships during the Civil War. The Fulton returned to service as a North Atlantic steamer in late 1865.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Worthington, Emerson, Krug and Rust..

E. 10,000-15,000
24,000
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3079
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3079, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). S.e. at top and with part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by "Philada. Post Office Apr. 12, 1864" double-circle datestamp on red Great Central Sanitary Fair illustrated cover to local address, with original printed enclosure of a Resolution of the Executive Committee, trivial edge toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Very Fine, a beautiful cover, especially desirable in red with the Blue stamp, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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3080
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3080, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Bright color, nicely contrasted by perfect strike of blue "Woonsocket R.I. Dec. 11" circular datestamp with date changed in ms. to "10", on orange cover to Washington D.C., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, ex Newbury

950
650
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3081
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3081, 1861-66 Issue3c Pink (64), 3c Pink (64)3c Pink (64). Vertical pair with s.e. at right, used with another single and 12c Black (69), tied by red grids on 1861 blue folded letter to Zurich, Switzerland, red "New York Paid 18 Oct. 1" credit datestamp, red French transits incl. boxed "P.D." also tying pair, horizontal filing crease thru one 3c stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE MULTIPLE USAGE OF THE 3-CENT PINK TO PAY THE 21-CENT FRENCH MAIL RATE TO SWITZERLAND. VERY FEW FOREIGN-MAIL USAGES OF THE PINK SHADE EXIST, THIS BEING ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL AND ATTRACTIVE.

Signed Ashbrook.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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3082
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3082, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). S.e. at right, tied by "Washington D.C. Oct. 25" double-circle datestamp on back of multicolored "U.S. Naval Expedition" No. 2 Magnus Patriotic cover to Hartland Vt., minor edge toning, Very Fine, the sender obviously did not want to obscure the beautiful design

E. 300-400
625
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3083
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3083, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Choice centering, crisp impression on bright paper, tied by blue "Norfolk Va. May 24" circular datestamp on red and black "The Soldier's Dream of Home" Patriotic cover to Medina N.Y., slightly reduced at right, some wear, additional 3c stamp affixed to back and cancelled by pen (not tied), Very Fine and scarce design

E. 300-400
260
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3084
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3084, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by "Rolling Springs Pa. Dec. 13" circular datestamp on "Contraban" cartoon cover to East Hemfield P.O. Pa., some slight wear incl. few toned spots, Very Fine, choice example of this scarce design

E. 300-400
425
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3085
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3085, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Choice centering, tied by blue grid and matching "Sheldon Vt. Nov. 22" circular datestamp on red and blue "Contraband of War" Cartoon Patriotic cover to Providence R.I., central toned spot, repaired at right, Very Fine appearance, rare design

E. 150-200
290
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3086
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3086, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Choice centering, tied by well-struck "Saint Louis Mo. Sep. 19" circular datestamp on red and blue "Liberty or Death" Eagle, Shield and State Stars Patriotic cover to Geneva Ill., some edgewear and toned spots, barely reduced at left, Very Fine

E. 300-400
160
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3087
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3087, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by "Strode's Mills Pa. Mar. ?" circular datestamp on red and blue "The Union Now and Forever" Patriotic cover to Prussia, grossly underpaid and marked in ms. "Due 30 cts.", "New York Hamb. Pkt. 5 Mar. 14" debit datestamp, blue transit, 3c tiny tears at left, overall wear, still Fine, unusual usage, the sender tried to pay domestic postage only but this was treated as completely unpaid and 30c was charged the recipient, ex Brown

E. 500-750
500
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3088
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3088, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by perfect strike of Waving Flag fancy cancel, "New York May 3" circular datestamp on immaculate cover to Harmony Me., Extremely Fine, one of the finest examples of this patriotic fancy cancel extant, used in May 1866

E. 1,000-1,500
2,900
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3089
FC
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3089, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Two, tied on small yellow piece by two strikes of Brattleboro Vt. blue negative Square and Compass Masonic fancy cancel, Extremely Fine strikes

E. 200-300
525
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3090
FC
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3090, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Horizontal strip of four, tied on yellow piece by four strikes of Albany N.Y. Negative "Lincoln" and Stars fancy cancel, stamps with some faults, still Very Fine

E. 200-300
375
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3091
FC
Fancy Cancellations on 3c 1861 Issue. Seventeen off-cover and two covers, incl. negative "Union" in star, Skull & Crossbones, several Eagles, Flag, few other better, couple reference items, stamps generally defective but cancels Very Fine or better

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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3092
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3092, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Block of fifteen, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 9, 1864" double-circle datestamps on back of cover to Alexandria, Egypt, printed "U.S. Customs House, New Orleans. Collector's Office. Official Business" imprint and endorsed "George S. Denison Spe. agt. & act. Coll. of Customs", blue boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, magenta ms. "34" and indication of double-rate usage, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Dec. 17" datestamp, Trieste and Alexandria backstamps, barely reduced at right and minor edgewear, Very Fine, highly exhibitable and almost certainly unique usage, franked to pay a nonexistent rate, this was likely accepted as prepaid in deference to the sender

E. 1,500-2,000
2,700
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3093
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3093, 1861-66 Issue10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Deep rich color, used with Hawaii, 1866, 5c Blue (32), tied together by patent punch grid, "Lahaina P.O. Hawaiian-Islands Jan. 1" backstamp on 1868 folded letter to Cambridge Mass., red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jan. 20" circular datestamp, 10c cancelled by circle of V's, "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 10" circular datestamp, light strike of oval "Hawaiian Steam Service" handstamp, endorsed "via Panama" at bottom by the sender, fascinating content from a naturalist at Palawai to the well-known educator, Horace Mann, at Harvard, remarkably fresh condition, 10c faintly creased prior to use

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MIXED FRANKING OF THE HAWAIIAN 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA ISSUE AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON A PRISTINE COVER.

The 5c stamp paid the internal Hawaiian postage, and the 10c stamp paid the Pacific Mail Steamship Company contract mail rate from Hawaii to the U.S.

Ex Harris, Grunin and Weismann. Signed Ashbrook.

E. 7,500-10,000
17,500
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3094
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3094, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Sheet selvage at right with part imprint, used with Danish West Indies, 1866, 3c Rose on White (2), two large margins, other sides slightly in, bright color, tied by three-ring target, "St. Thomas 18/2/1868" circular datestamp, both stamps tied by bold "N. York Steamship Feb. 26" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, folds on all four sides have split apart, rejoined with archival tape

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE DANISH WEST INDIES SECOND ISSUE AND 10-CENT 1861 WITH INTACT IMPRINT MARGIN.

With 1990 P.F. certificate noting "small repairing at top right"

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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3095
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3095, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Choice centering with wide margins, tied by perfect strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 2, 1864" circular datestamp on orange cover to Guatemala, Crosby correspondence, blue "4" due marking, Extremely Fine, superb in every respect

E. 300-400
950
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3096
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3096, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Horizontal pair and single, used with 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), tied by grids, "Cambridge Mass. Nov. 18" double-circle datestamp on 1862 folded letter to Santiago, Chile, neat Panama transit datestamp, red "24" credit handstamp, red "15" in circle handstamp, few lightly toned perf tips, fresh and Very Fine, an extremely colorful franking and rare usage to Chile, ex Weismann

E. 1,500-2,000
10,000
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3097
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3097, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Two in Deep Yellow Green used with 1c Blue (63), each tied by "Union" Star within Star fancy cancel, "West Hampton Mass. Jun. 4, 1867" circular datestamp on cover to Geneva, Switzerland, sender's "Poste Restante" instructions, a third 10c in Dark Green on back of cover with 1c Light Blue, 5c Brown (63, 76), an additional 5c fell off in transit, tied by "Northampton Mass. Jun. 4 '67" double-circle datestamp and targets, forwarded to Berlin with an array of transits incl. "Paid Only to England", "GB/40c" oval, Swiss backstamps and numerous rates and cross-outs, opened for display, stamps on back lifted and hinged in place, minor faults from a long journey

A FINE AND SPECTACULAR FOREIGN-MAIL USAGE, REFLECTING CONFUSION OVER THE FRANKING AND THE PURSUIT OF THE ADDRESSEE THROUGH SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY.

This visually fascinating and intellectually challenging cover was summarized in Baker's U.S. Classics and the Chronicle. The cover was originally franked with 21c postage (on the front) and postmarked at West Hampton. An additional 21c in stamps (including the missing 5c) was applied on back and cancelled at Northampton. By the time the cover reached the British foreign-mail office, both 5c stamps had become separated from the cover, as evidenced by the blue London receiving datestamp beneath the intact 5c. Consequently, the British clerk rated the cover as "Paid Only to England" (by handstamp). Realizing that some postage had been lost in the mails (one of which was retrieved and put back on), the clerk evidently sent the cover to Switzerland as fully prepaid for the double 21c rate. At Geneva the cover was redirected to Germany, thereby incurring yet another series of transit and due markings.

Ex Baker and Weismann.

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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3098
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3098, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Two, choice centering, one s.e. at right, used with 1c Blue (63) and tied by red grids, matching "New York Paid 18 Aug. 19" credit datestamp on blue 1862 folded letter to Barcelona, Spain, French transits, bold "4Rs" due marking for local postage, light vertical file fold, fresh and Very Fine, a colorful and scarce usage to Spain via French Mail

E. 500-750
1,250
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3099
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3099, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Three, tied by targets and well-struck "New Orleans La. Apr. 9, 1865" double-circle datestamp on blue folded cover to Gironde, France, red "New York Paid 24 Apr. 19" credit datestamp, French transits, fresh and Very Fine, used on the day of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomatox, the most important event in the close of the war

E. 300-400
1,600
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3100
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3100, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Used with 5c Brown (76) and tied by blue grid and matching "Kenosha Wis. Jan. 8" double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red "Chicago Ill. Paid 12" credit handstamp, French transits, receiving backstamp, each stamp with tear at top, otherwise Fine, scarce usage via Chicago exchange office

E. 300-400
300
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3101
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3101, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Horizontal pair, used with 1c Blue (63), tied by bold strikes of cork cancel on 1867 folded letter addressed to Guiseppe Verde in Palermo, Italy, red "New York Paid 18 May 4" datestamp, French transits, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
260
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3102
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3102, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Used with four 3c Rose (65), tied by red "Paid" cancels and matching "Tarrytown N.Y. Feb. 20" circular datestamp on orange cover to High Hazles, England, red "3" credit handstamp on stamps, red "London MR 13, 1862" transit, receiving backstamp, minor wear, Very Fine, extremely unusual franking to pay the 24c rate (usually paid with either a 24c or two 12c stamps), ex Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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3103
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3103, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by well-struck targets, "New Orleans La. Feb. 28, 1863" double-circle datestamp on blue cover from Federal-occupied New Orleans to Mulhouse, France, red "New York Mar. 11 Paid 12" credit datestamp, French transits and backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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3104
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3104, 1861-66 Issue12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Vertical pair, used with slightly overlapping horizontal pair of 3c Rose (65), tied by targets, "Jamaica Plain Ms. Jun. 21, 1864" double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red "Boston Paid 12 Jun. 22" credit datestamp, various transits, 3c stamps small faults, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
190
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3105
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3105, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Bright color, tied by negative Star of David cancel, red "New Haven Ct. Sep. 12" double-circle datestamp on cover to Malton, England, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 19 Paid Sep. 13, 1865" credit datestamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
200
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3106
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3106, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Bright color, used with 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), tied by targets and "Newport R.I. Jul. 25, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Jul. 29" datestamp, French transits, red "Paid 28" handstamp, also boxed "Netto Fuori e dentro" disinfected marking and disinfection slits incl. one affecting 1c stamp, Very Fine, rare disinfected usage

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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3107
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3107, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Used with 10c Green (68) and 1c Blue (63), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 27, 1865" datestamps on folded cover to Zurich, Switzerland, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Apr. 28 Paid" and transit backstamps, faint vertical file fold barely affects 1c stamp, otherwise Very Fine, apparent overpayment of the old 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate, which was lowered to 33c almost two years earlier

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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3108
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3108, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). S.e. at left, used with 10c Yellow Green (68) and tied by "Portland Me. Oct. 9, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, 1c stamp probably removed prior to sending (probably at post office) and with two strikes of red "Portland Me. Paid Oct. 13" exchange office datestamp, French transit, red boxed "P.D." handstamp struck over area where 1c removed, blue Aachen double-circle datestamp and matching "Wfr.3" rate handstamp, trivial wear, Very Fine, unusual and scarce usage, originally sent to the Portland exchange office with 35c in postage to pay the Prussian Closed Mail rate, the 1c stamp was removed and accepted at 30c French Mail rate, accompanied by explanatory note from Daniel Kelleher, see lot 3121 for a similar usage

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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3109
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3109, 1861-66 Issue24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color, used with 3c Rose (65) and tied by large Boston "Paid" grid, red "Boston Paid 24 Dec. 31" credit datestamp on blue 1862 folded letter to Rome, Italy, bold "P.D." handstamp, French transits, fresh and Very Fine, scarce Steel Blue usage paying the 27c rate via French mails

E. 1,500-2,000
1,250
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3110
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3110, 1861-66 Issue24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c), 24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c)24c Violet, Thin Paper (70c). Proof-like impression, used with 1c Blue (63) and two 3c Rose (65), tied by red grids, matching "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Nov. 6" credit datestamp on cover to Berlin, Prussia, red "Aachen Franco" handstamp, receiving backstamp, endorsed "Pr. 'Africa'", 1c pays carrier fee, sailing information points to 1861 usage (as does the rate), trivial edgewear, few tiny perf creases not mentiond on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE FRANKING PAYING THE 30-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO BERLIN AND ONE-CENT CARRIER FEE.

Ex Haas. With 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
9,000
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3111
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3111, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright shade, used with 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c intense shade, 3c rich color, each centered and tied by a clear strike of magenta circle of V's cancel, matching "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 29 Paid" datestamp and "24 Cents" credit handstamp on blue folded cover to Lima, Peru, sender's blue oval handstamp, "A Panama SP 12 68" transit, Lima Oct. 1 (1868) receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE IN EVERY RESPECT. A MAGNIFICENT "CANVAS" OF COLOR AND EXTREMELY RARE THREE-STAMP FRANKING FOR THE 34-CENT RATE TO PERU VIA AMERICAN AND BRITISH PACKETS.

The use of colored ink to cancel high-value 1861 Issue stamps on foreign-bound mail is most unusual.

Ex Haas. With 1980 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
32,500
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3112
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3112, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, used with 3c Rose (65) and tied by targets, "Elyria O. Mar. 8, 1868" double-circle datestamp on cover with printed label to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, red 1868 London transit and "24" credit handstamp, red New York and blue receiving backstamps, small cover tear at right, Very Fine, attractive usage, despite the printed "By direct Steam line from N.Y. to Rio de Janeiro" instructions on the label this was probably franked to pay the 33c rate by French Mail, but was routed thru England and so is underpaid by 1c for the 34c British Mail via England rate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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3113
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3113, 1861-66 Issue5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Choice centering, deep rich color, used with 1c Blue (63) and pair of 30c Orange (71), right stamp slightly faulty at top, tied by two clear strikes of large Boston "Paid" grid on blue Sep. 17, 1861 folded letter to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, double 33c rate with appropriate red crayon "56" credit and large ms. "2" for double 1p British Colonial rate, blue "Lasigi, Goddard & Co. Boston" oval backstamp, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Sep. 18" datestamp on back, red London transit (Sep. 30), red receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING FOR PREPAYMENT OF THE DOUBLE 33-CENT RATE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE VIA BRITISH MAIL.

Our Levi records contain three double-rate covers to the Cape of Good Hope with 1c, 5c and two 30c 1861 stamps. One has a 5c Buff (ex Emerson, Knapp), and the other has a 5c Red Brown.

Ex Newbury, Baker and Paliafito.

E. 3,000-4,000
8,500
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3114
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3114, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, choice centering, used with 10c Yellow Green (68) and 5c Brown (76), tied by segmented corks, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 May 17" credit datestamp on 1864 folded letter to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red London transit, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover from the famous Howland correspondence

E. 1,500-2,000
4,000
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3115
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3115, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Radiant color, choice centering, tied by blue criss-cross grid, matching "Frederick Md. Aug. 5" circular datestamp on cover to Marseilles, France, French transits, blue "30" in circle and marked Due 6 Cents, clear strike of blue "Dead Letter Office Dec. 11, 1863" handstamp, two strike of French "Inconnu" backstamps, docketed "Gen'l. Kimmel Lingamore Recd. Co. Md.", blue "Paid" handstamp indicates 6c due was paid to reclaim letter from Dead Letter Office

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE USAGE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE TO FRANCE AND RETURNED TO THE DEAD LETTER OFFICE.

Ex Brown, Haas and Paliafito

E. 2,000-3,000
6,500
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3116
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3116, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Perfectly centered with well-balanced margins, radiant color, tied by well-struck segmented cork, red "New York Paid 12 Aug. 27" credit datestamp on 1868 folded letter to Havre, France, ms. "pr 'Deutschland' via Southampton" route instructions, French transits, Extremely Fine, superb in every respect

E. 500-750
1,600
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3117
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3117, 1861-66 Issue24c Lilac, 30c Orange (78, 71), 24c Lilac, 30c Orange (78, 71)24c Lilac, 30c Orange (78, 71). Deep rich color, used with horizontal pair of 3c Rose (65) and tied by four perfect strikes of negative Star in Circle New York Foreign Mail cancel on blue 1865 folded cover to Prussia, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 14 Mar. 18" credit datestamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, originally endorsed "via Belgian Closed Mail" and changed to Prussian, receiving backstamp

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF THE 1861 ISSUE ON A COVER TO PRUSSIA.

This double-rate cover was apparently franked to pay the old 30c rate via Prussian Closed Mail, which had been lowered to 28c in 1861. The sender was obviously behind the times, as the Belgian Closed Mail route to Germany was discontinued in July 1857.

E. 3,000-4,000
7,500
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3118
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3118, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65), each tied by remarkably bold strike of Star and Diamonds in Circle fancy cancel applied by New York foreign mail office on cover to Geneva, Switzerland, with blue illustrated cameo corner card for an importer and manufacturer of "Watchmakers, Jewellers and Other Mechanics Tools", red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Feb. 5" (1868) circular datestamp, red "5" in circle credit handstamp, blue Verviers-Cologne transit ties 30c, bold blue "Wfrco 2" rate handstamp with red crayon thru "2" and re-rated "6", Swiss receiving backstamps, light vertical bend in cover barely affects 3c stamp

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF ELEMENTS -- NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCEL, CAMEO CORNER CARD AND COLORFUL USAGE TO SWITZERLAND -- IN ONE SPECTACULAR COVER.

This cover is prepaid for the 33c Prussian Closed Mail rate, but PCM service was terminated in January 1868. The cover was actually sent by North German Union Closed Mail, which required only 20c. The NGU Closed Mail was in service briefly between January and April 1868.

Ex Paliafito.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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3119
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3119, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by targets, "New Orleans La. Jan. 28 '66" double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Colombier, Switzerland, red New York and blue Aachen transits, red "12' credit handstamp, Swiss transit backstamps, cancels applied along edge of letter but stamps are not creased, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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3120
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3120, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Rich color, tied by "Sherrill's Mount Ioa. Sep. 7" circular datestamp on cover to St. Gallen, Switzerland, clear strike of red "Chicago Ill. Am. Pkt. Paid 7" handstamp, red boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp and red ms. credit, 1863 transit and receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, scarce usage thru the Chicago exchange office

E. 750-1,000
350
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3121
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3121, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Cancelled by target, "Portland Me. Oct. 2, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, 5c removed prior to sending and blue "Aachen Franco" circular datestamp struck partly where stamp was originall affixed, red "Portland Me. Paid Oct. 6" exchange office datestamp, French transits, some slight wear, Very Fine, unusual usage, probably originally franked with an additional 5c stamp to pay the 35c rate via Prussian Closed mail, the stamp was removed prior to sending (probably at the Portland post office, which was also the exchange office) and sent at the 30c rate via French Mail, see lot 3108 for a similar usage

E. 500-750
1,100
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3122
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3122, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Two, used with 24c Lilac (78) and tied by segmented gridson cover to Bombay, India, 24c also tied by red "London JY 2, 1865" circular datestamp, red crayon "74/2" credit for double rate, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Jul. 19" and Bombay backstamps, slightly reduced at left, 24c tiny perf tear at top left and faint bend at top, otherwise Very Fine usage most likely overpaying double the Bremen-Hamburg rate via Marseilles

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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3123
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3123, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Three, used with 24c Lilac (78) and tied by grids on 1862 folded letter to Shanghai, China, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 3" circular datestamp, red London transit, magenta "104" credit, Hong Kong transit backstamp, horizontal file fold, right stamp corner crease at top right, otherwise Very Fine, colorful quadruple-rate usage sent by British Mail via Marseilles

E. 2,000-3,000
5,000
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3124
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3124, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Tied by blue corks, matching "Easton Pa. Jan. 27" circular datestamp and used with 3c Rose (65) and 1c Blue (63) on cover to Singapore, Siam, East Indies, red London exchange handstamp, red "24" credit handstamp, receiving backstamp, it appears that the 1c stamp is a replacement for one that fell off, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
1,300
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3125
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3125, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Centered to left, cancelled by lightly struck circle of V's with duplex "Salem Mass. Sep. 24" (1867) circular datestamp, stamp tied by red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Sep. 24" circular datestamp on blue cover with printed address to Zanzibar, printed "Via Marseilles" route endorsement at upper left with "Per French Steamer" and "Aden and Seychelles" added in manuscript, original "Care of" instructions at lower left covered with label "Dr. Brooks, Seychelles Isles", red crayon "80/2" credit for double rate, red crayon "2" for 2p British Colonial rate, red London transit datestamp (Oct. 5), blue oval datestamp on back applied by sender or forwarder, docketing on back indicates letter originated in San Francisco on Aug. 29, faint brownish stain from wax seal, minor edge wear

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE 90-CENT 1861 COVERS TO ZANZIBAR RECORDED IN THE 1988 HERZOG-STARNES CENSUS. A WONDERFUL FOREIGN-MAIL USAGE AND DESIRABLE SINGLE-STAMP FRANKING WITH THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Although directed by the sender to go via a French steamer, this cover was actually carried by the Cunarder Africa, departing from New York on Sep. 25 and arriving in Queenstown on Oct. 5. It is franked at the double 45c British Mail rate via Marseilles, with an 80c credit to Great Britain for Cunarder service.

Signed Ashbrook.

E. 15,000-20,000
21,000
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3126
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3126, 1861-66 Issue2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a), 2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a)2c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (73a). Used with full stamp for 3c rate and tied by targets, "Shippensburg Pa. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on cover to a theological seminary in Mercersburg Pa., slightly reduced at right, few slightly toned perf tips, otherwise Fine, attractive bisect usage, with 1954 P.F. certificate

1,750
625
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3127
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3127, 1861-66 Issue24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Two, deep rich color, used with 3c Rose (65) and 2c Black (73), tied by geometric cancels on 1865 folded letter to Batavia, Java, sender's oval handstamp and ship routing "Per Australasian", red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Jan. ?" circular datestamp, red London transit (Jan. 28), magenta ms. "48" credit, few perf flaws on 2c and 3c stamps

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR FRANKING TO BATAVIA, JAVA. ONLY A FEW BLACK JACK COVERS ARE KNOWN TO THE DUTCH EAST INDIES.

The 53c postage pays the rate by British Mail via Marseilles.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,600
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3128
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3128, 1861-66 Issue10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Two, used with 2c Black (73), tied by light strikes of "New York N.Y. Jan. 13" datestamp on 1865 folded letter to Callao, Peru, clear Panama transit, red "12" credit, receiving backstamps, faint overall toning, Very Fine usage paying the 22c rate by American Packet to Panama and then by British Packet

E. 400-500
350
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3129
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3129, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Black (73) and tied by grids on cover to Berlin, Germany, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Jul. 25" credit datestamp, stamps also tied by red boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, blue receiving backstamp, few expertly repaired tears, still Very Fine usage paying the 28c rate via Prussian Closed Mail

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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3130
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3130, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Two, used with 10c Yellow Green (68) and 2c Black (73), tied by circle of V's on 1866 folded letter to Palermo, Italy, red "New York Oct. 31 Paid 36" credit datestamp, red French transit and endorsed "pr French Mail", receiving backstamp, faint file folds do not affect stamps, Fine, scarce franking paying double the 21c rate via French Mail to Italy

E. 750-1,000
850
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3131
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3131, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 10c Yellow Green (68), tied by rosette and "Buffalo N.Y. Feb. 18" circular datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 12 Feb. 20" credit datestamp, 1867 backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine, pretty cover

E. 300-400
325
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3132
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3132, 1861-66 Issue15c Black (77), 15c Black (77)15c Black (77). Used with two 2c Black, E. Grill (87) and tied by bold strikes of circle of V's cancel on 1868 folded cover to Palermo, Sicily, also tied by red "New York Paid All Direct Apr. 22" circular datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps as well as boxed "22" handstamp, stamps with faint crease at top, few toned spots at top of 15c, otherwise Fine, scarce and unusual franking of Black stamps of the 1866 and Grilled Issues paying the 19c rate via North German Union Closed Mail

E. 500-750
260
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3133
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3133, 1861-66 Issue24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Deep rich color, used with 3c Rose (65), tied by cork cancels on orange cover to Mons, Belgium, neat "New Orleans La. Jan. 17" circular datestamp, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Jan. 23" credit datestamp, Ostende and receiving backstamps as well as "Br. Packet" handstamp, 24c single pulled perf at bottom, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
260
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3134
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3134, 1861-66 Issue24c Grayish Lilac (78a), 24c Grayish Lilac (78a)24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Horizontal pair, tied by well-struck quartered corks, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 36 Mar. 27" credit datestamp on folded cover to London, England, red 1866 London transit, fresh and Very Fine, beautiful cover

E. 500-750
2,900
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3135
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3135, 1861-66 Issue24c Gray (78b), 24c Gray (78b)24c Gray (78b). Horizontal pair, used with 5c Brown (76), deep shade, tied by hollowed-out quartered cork cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Sep. 24" circular datestamp on 1867 cover to Hong Kong, China, red "48" credit handstamp, red London transit and "1d" British Colonial rate handstamp, receiving backstamp, endorsed "Via Marseilles", pressed-out vertical crease at right slightly affects one 24c stamp, few faint toned spots, Very Fine

E. 400-500
700
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3136
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3136, 1861-66 Issue24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Fresh color, used with 1c Blue, F. Grill (92), tied by "Boston Mass. Oct. 21" duplex datestamp and quartered cork on 1868 cover with printed address to Rosario, Argentina, octagonal "Et Unis Paq. Fr. K. No. 1 22 Nov 68" French packet datestamp, blue crayon rates and red "15" credit handstamp, stamps also tied by docketing, 1c with pre-printing paperfold, missing part of top flap, light toning at top left, Fine, scarce double-rate usage sent by American Packet from New York to Rio de Janeiro and thence by French packet to Buenos Aires, ex Grunin

E. 1,000-1,500
1,150
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