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.
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.
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.