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Sale 922 — United States Bank Note Issues, featuring the Mercedes Collection

Sale Date — Thursday, 19 October, 2006

Category — Mail to France

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1296
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1296, Mail to France2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147), 2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147)2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147). Rich colors, used with 2c Brown (113) and 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by bold cork cancels, "Chicago Ill. Jun. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red New York circular datestamp, stamps also tied by blue French cancels incl. "8" decimes marking, No. 113 s.e. at right, couple small tears in stamps, appears Very Fine, scarce and colorful combination cover

E. 750-1,000
1,100
1297
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1297, Mail to France1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (145, 147), 1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (145, 147)1c Ultramarine, 3c Green (145, 147). Tied by New York Foreign Mail cancel on 1871 folded letter to Lyons, France, red "New York Jan. 11" circular datestamp, British and French transits incl. Anglo-French accountancy marking, receiving backstamp, horizontal file fold clear of stamps, 1c tiny perf tear at right, Fine, scarce franking for 4c British Open Mail rate to France (see lot 1240)

E. 400-500
300
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1298
 
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1298, Mail to France2c Brown (157), 2c Brown (157)2c Brown (157). Horizontal pair, deep rich color, tied by neat strike of New York Foreign Mail Circle of Wedges cancel, red "New York Paid to England Jun. 27" circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Bordeaux, France, 1874 transit and receiving backstamps, neat "GB 40c" Anglo-French accountancy marking, fresh and Very Fine, a gorgeous cover, ex Klein and Gallagher

E. 750-1,000
650
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1299
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1299, Mail to France2c Red Brown, 6c Carmine (146, 148), 2c Red Brown, 6c Carmine (146, 148)2c Red Brown, 6c Carmine (146, 148). Two 2c, tied by corks, "Groton Mass. Aug. 12" (1872) circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red Boston circular datestamp also ties stamps, London and French transits, Very Fine, a pretty cover at the 10c rate via England

E. 150-200
110
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1300
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1300, Mail to France3c Green, 7c Vermilion (149), 3c Green, 7c Vermilion (149)3c Green, 7c Vermilion (149). Bright colors, cancelled by small grids and tied by "Medford Ms. Jul. 9" circular datestamp on 1873 cover to Paris, France, red Boston transit datestamp also ties stamps, red London transit, receiving backstamp, 7c trivial perf flaws, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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1301
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1301, Mail to France10c Brown (150), 10c Brown (150)10c Brown (150). Bright color, tied by cork, indistinct Mass. circular datestamp on 1872 cover to Paris, France, red "Boston Paid Feb. 2" circular datestamp also ties stamp, Liverpool and London transits, red "6" crayon credit, missing top flap, stamp with small corner crease at bottom right, appears Very Fine, unusual use of the Liverpool marking

E. 200-300
100
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1302
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1302, Mail to France1c Ultramarine, 15c Yellow Orange (156, 163), 1c Ultramarine, 15c Yellow Orange (156, 163)1c Ultramarine, 15c Yellow Orange (156, 163). Cancelled by large open grid, red "New York P.D. 12 Jan. 21" credit datestamp on 1874 folded letter to Lyon, France, red London transit and "PD" in oval, blue "Via England" handstamp, minor wrinkle at top of 15c from placement near edge of cover, Very Fine, attractive cover with correctly prepaid 16c rate to France via England

E. 500-750
300
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1303
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1303, Mail to France6c Carmine, 10c Brown (148, 150), 6c Carmine, 10c Brown (148, 150)6c Carmine, 10c Brown (148, 150). Tied by diamond-shaped corks, "Atlantic City N.J. Jul. 24" circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Paris, France, red "Philad. Paid All Jul. 25" and 1873 London transits, red crayon "12" credit, stamps barely affected at top from placement near edge of cover, Very Fine, colorful example of 16c rate to France via England (progression was 10c, 16c, 20c, 26c, etc.)

E. 200-300
150
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1304
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1304, Mail to France6c Carmine, 24c Purple (148, 153), 6c Carmine, 24c Purple (148, 153)6c Carmine, 24c Purple (148, 153). Rich colors, tied by quartered corks, "New Orleans La. Jul. 17" circular datestamps on 1872 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 24" (1872) credit datestamp, red London transit and "PD" oval handstamp, receiving backstamp, stamps with minor imperfections at top, Very Fine, scarce franking overpaying 26c rate to France via England, ex Gibson

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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1305
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1305, Mail to France2c Brown, 5c Blue (157, 179), 2c Brown, 5c Blue (157, 179)2c Brown, 5c Blue (157, 179). 2c horizontal pair, tied by New York Foreign Mail cancel (Ty. ???), red "New York Paid Aug. 11" circular datestamp on 1875 folded letter to Lyon, France, boxed "P.D." handstamp, various transits, Fine, scarce franking to pay the 9c rate

E. 400-500
375
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1306
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1306, Mail to France30c Full Black (190), 30c Full Black (190)30c Full Black (190). Intense shade, tied by New York registry oval on registered postage stamp dealer's corner card cover to Paris, France, purple "Registered Dec. 14, 1888 Branch D New York P.O." boxed datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, stamp with few toned perfs, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
475
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1307
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1307, Mail to France2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Tied by circle of wedges and used as forwarding postage on 1884 folded cover from Paris, France to Baltimore Md. and forwarded to Maine, originating postage paid by France, 1879, 25c Yellow on Straw (99) tied by "Paris 25 Jul. 1884" circular datestamp, purple "Forwarded Balto. Md. Aug. 4, 1884" datestamp also ties stamp, various transits, Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 200-300
225
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1308
 
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1308, Mail to France30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Tied by "Philadelphia Pa. R D" oval on part of registered stamp dealer's catalogue (front only) to Narbonne, France and forwarded to Paris, purple "Philadelphia Jan. 29, 1890 Registered" boxed datestamp, stamp with small creases and tears from placement near edge, Fine appearance, Scott Retail as on cover $1,400.00

E. 200-300
150
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1309
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1309, Mail to France30c Orange Brown (217), 30c Orange Brown (217)30c Orange Brown (217). Used with 10c Brown (209), tied by "New York Nov. 30, 1888" duplex cancels on cover with printed address to Paris, France, blue receiving datestamp, small piece cut out of return address at top left, central toned spot from wax seal on back, Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1310
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1310, Mail to France10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217), 10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217)10c Brown, 30c Orange Brown (209, 217). Horizontal pair of 10c, tied by "New York Oct. 3, 1889" duplex cancels on blue legal-size cover to Paris, France, some overall wear, appears Very Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1311
c
Sale Number 922, Lot Number 1311, Mail to France90c Purple (218), 90c Purple (218)90c Purple (218). Two singles, tied together by twice-struck "Hoboken N.J. Mar. 28" duplex datestamp and star oval cancel on legal-size cover paying 36 times the UPU rate to France (possibly a Supplementary Mail usage), printed address and ship endorsement, 1890 Paris backstamp; cover with some edgewear and vertical file fold at left, right stamp tiny tear at top right not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A HANDSOME AND VERY RARE USAGE OF THE 90-CENT 1888 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST HIGH-VALUE BANK NOTE ISSUE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

Although the 90c Purple saw extensive use on parcels -- several large used blocks are known -- very few covers survive. This is probably the finest known usage on a full cover.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
8,500
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