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.
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..
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.
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.
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"
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.