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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

Category — 1867-68 Grilled Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3137
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3137, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, E. Grill (91), 15c Black, E. Grill (91)15c Black, E. Grill (91). Tied by Leaf cancel and red "New York Am. Pkt. Sep. 3" circular datestamp on 1868 folded cover to Madrid, Spain, endorsed "Per steamer 'Deutschland'", red "London Paid" transit obliterated by bold duplex and red London transit backstamp, red "4R" handstamp, light horizontal file fold, Fine, unusual usage, carried aboard the North German Lloyd ship Deutschland, this was dropped at Southampton on its way to Bremen, it was then carried to London where sent to Spain, the London "Paid" datestamp was obliterated and 4 reales was credited to Spain

E. 500-750
950
3138
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3138, 1867-68 Grilled Issue2c Black, 12c Black, 15c Black, F. Grills (93, 97, 98), 2c Black, 12c Black, 15c Black, F. Grills (93, 97, 98)2c Black, 12c Black, 15c Black, F. Grills (93, 97, 98). Cancelled or tied by red cork cancels, matching "Baltimore Md. Apr. 15" circular datestamp on 10c Green entire to Rome, Italy, red Verviers-Cologne transit, red "4" credit handstamp, "P.P." (Paid to Port) handstamp and various rate markings, with original enclosure, barely reduced at left, 12c few perf faults

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COVER FRANKED WITH THREE DIFFERENT BLACK STAMPS OF THE 1868 GRILLED ISSUE AND CANCELLED IN RED AT THE BALTIMORE FOREIGN-MAIL OFFICE.

The 39c postage on this cover overpays by 1c the double 19c rate by North German Union closed mails. Very few covers exist with the three different Black stamps of the 1861-68 series.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,750
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3139
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3139, 1867-68 Grilled Issue5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Used with three 3c Red, F. Grill (94) and horizontal pair of 12c Black, F. Grill (97), tied by red cork cancels, matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 3" circular datestamp on 1869 cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 6", transit and Rome backstamps, endorsed "Per English Mail" but with red German transit, with original enclosure, some faults incl. few stamps small tears, still Fine, a colorful and very rare three-value 1868 Grilled Issue franking paying the double 19c rate via North German Union closed mails

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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3140
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3140, 1867-68 Grilled Issue10c Dark Yellow Green, F. Grill (96), 10c Dark Yellow Green, F. Grill (96)10c Dark Yellow Green, F. Grill (96). Two, one with wide straddle-pane margin, deep rich color, tied by perfect bold strike of negative mirror-image "20" in circle cancel with equally perfect strike of "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Mar. 20" circular datestamp (matching date and numeral in cancel) on blue 1869 folded letter to Montreal, Canada, bold red "China and Japan Steam Service" double-line oval handstamp, Montreal receiving backstamp (May 8, 1869), light file fold, slight wrinkle in letter but clear of stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT 1861-67 ISSUE USED FROM CHINA TO CANADA VIA THE UNITED STATES CONSULATE POST OFFICE IN SHANGHAI. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE THREE WITH THE "20" NUMERAL CANCEL APPLIED AT SHANGHAI, OF WHICH ONE OTHER EXAMPLE ON COVER IS RECORDED.

The 20c postage overpays by 4c the 10c transpacific postage and 6c U.S.-Canada rate, which went into effect April 1, 1868. This cover was carried by branch steamer from Shanghai to Yokohama, where it was placed on board the PMSS Japan, which arrived in San Francisco on April 24. We record three such usages: 1) Shanghai Jan. 21, 1869, to Matthewson, ex Drucker (Siegel Sale 855, lot 14); 2) Shanghai Jan. 21, 1869, to Gunn & Co., ex Ishikawa, Schloss (Siegel Sale 820, lot 248); and 3) Shanghai Mar. 20, 1869, "20" cancel, to Gunn & Co., ex Ishikawa, the cover offered here. Two of these covers, including the one offered in this sale, are illustrated and discussed in Richard B. Graham's series on the China and Japan Steam Service (Chronicle Nos. 75 and 76). Of the three, only this cover has the "20" numeral cancel, which is known on one other cover, also datestamped at Shanghai on March 20, 1869. Evidently, the canceller was made expressly for the 20th.

Ex Ishikawa

E. 5,000-7,500
18,000
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3141
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3141, 1867-68 Grilled Issue12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Clear grill, tied by cork, "Meadville Pa. Oct. 13" circular datestamp on cover to France and forwarded to London, England, marked with "Insufficiently Paid" handstamp, "New York 3 Oct. 16" debit datestamp, forwarding postage paid by France, 1863, 40c Pale Orange on Yellowish (35) and tied by star of dots cancel, note on back reads "80 Centimes short paid for this letter and 40c present postage covers amount to your credit", small piece out at top left and some edge tears at left from opening, some overall wear, still Very Fine, a most unusual usage, the sender must have accidentally affixed the 12c stamp instead of a 15c (both are black) and so it was treated as completely unpaid, the forwarder in France paid for forwarding and unpaid sending

E. 750-1,000
2,400
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3142
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3142, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Clear grill points, tied by Pa. town datestamp on Nov. 1869 cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Heidelberg, Germany, forwarding postage paid by France 10c Bister on Yellowish and 40c Pale Orange on Yellowish (32, 35), tied by "3" in star of dots, various transits incl. red "PD" and Munroe & Co. forwarder's oval, receiving backstamps, barely reduced at right, French stamps have tiny flaws

VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT MIXED-COUNTRY FRANKING WITH THE 1868 15-CENT F GRILL. ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL AND DESIRABLE OF ALL 15-CENT LINCOLN COVERS.

Munroe & Co. was a well-known forwarding agent in Paris. This cover was sent in care of Munroe and redirected to the addressee's current address in Heidelberg. The 50 centimes French postage was applied by Munroe.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,500
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3143
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3143, 1867-68 Grilled Issue15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Used with 3c Red, F. Grill (94), tied by negative Star cancels, "Chester Pa. ? 23" circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, 3c also tied by blue French transit datestamp, small red boxed "PD" handstamp, slightly reduced at left, fresh and Very Fine, 3c overpayment of the 15c rate, the sender apparently misunderstood the rate to a foreign destination and included the 3c for U.S. postage

E. 300-400
700
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3144
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3144, 1867-68 Grilled Issue10c Yellow Green, 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (96, 99), 10c Yellow Green, 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (96, 99)10c Yellow Green, 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (96, 99). Cancelled by bold quartered cork, "New Bedford Mass. Jul. 19" circular datestamp on light yellow cover to San Carlos, Chile, "Panama JY 29, 1869" transit, red "25" and "24" handstamps, transit and receiving backstamps, with original enclosure, extensively and expertly repaired, Fine appearance

E. 400-500
575
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3145
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3145, 1867-68 Grilled Issue24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99), 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99)24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99). Unusually clear grill, tied by circle of wedges on blue 1869 folded letter to Cadiz, Spain, Gomez correspondence, red "London Paid 5 NO 1869" datestamp, red New York datestamp, "12" credit handstamp and "PD" in oval, red crayon "4" credit, stamp with minute tear at top left, appears Very Fine, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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3146
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3146, 1867-68 Grilled Issue30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Brilliant color, clearly-defined grill, tied by circle of wedges on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Nice, red "New York Paid 12 Oct. 23" credit datestamp, various transits, forwarding postage paid by France, 1867, 20c Blue on Bluish (33) tied by "3" in star of dots, slight waterstaining at bottom, Very Fine, extremely rare combination usage of the 30c F. Grill and French stamp

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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