Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
114
c
Sale 973, Lot 114, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers6c Ultramarine (115). Wide margins with natural s.e. at right, tied by clear strike of "St. John N.B./Ship Letter" two-line handstamp on cover to Newcastle, New Brunswick, sender's route instructions "Pr. Stm. Mail", "St. John N.B. SE 7 69" backstamp where it entered the mails, Newcastle receiving backstamp, neatly docketed with Sep. 4, 1869 origin date

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "ST. JOHN N.B./SHIP LETTER" HANDSTAMP ON AN 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER. A REMARKABLE POSTAL HISTORY RARITY IN IMMACULATE CONDITION.

This cover was correctly prepaid for the 6c rate to Canada and the maritime provinces, but instead of entering a U.S. post office, it was evidently posted directly on the northbound steamer on one of its regular runs between Boston, Portland, Eastport and St. John. It was probably mailed from Eastport, Maine. On arrival at St. John, it was treated as a fully prepaid letter, and the stamp was cancelled with the St. John ship-letter marking.

Illustrated in Baker's U.S. Classics (p. 268). Ex Colonel Green, Newbury, Baker, Haas and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
115
c
Sale 973, Lot 115, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers6c Ultramarine (115). Tied by cork cancel, "Lewiston Me. May 13" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to London, England, forwarded to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France, and back to London, an array of transit markings incl. scarce red "Portland Me. Paid" exchange office datestamp and J. S. Morgan & Co. forwarder's blue oval backstamp, forwarding postage to France paid by pair of Great Britain 1865 4p Vermilion, Pl. 11 (43) tied by London duplex datestamp and oval grid

EXTREMELY FINE. A WELL-TRAVELLED COVER WITH A COLORFUL AND RARE COMBINATION OF UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS TO PAY 6-CENT TREATY RATE AND 8-PENCE BRITISH RATE TO FRANCE.

Illustrated in Forster article on mixed frankings (1982 Register, p. 95).

Ex Juhring and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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116
c
Sale 973, Lot 116, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow (116). Intense shade and perfectly centered, barely noticeable sealed tear at right, tied by bold circle of V's cancel and red "New York Apr. 5" (1870) circular datestamp with matching "Too Late" straightline handstamp on small cover to Paris, France, sender's routing "Per Stm. Lafayette via Brest", blue Cherbourg transit (Apr. 17) and "8" decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS ARE REPORTED WITH THE "TOO LATE" HANDSTAMP.

A two-part article in Chronicle 88 and 91 discusses the "Too Late" handstamp and records only three examples on 1869 issue covers. It was used to indicate that the letter missed the designated sailing. The Lafayette sailed Apr. 2 and this cover was carried on the HAPAG's Hammonia II, illustrated in North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75 (p. 186).

Ex Haas and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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117
c
Sale 973, Lot 117, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair and single, vibrant color, small tear in one, tied by segmented cork cancels and "Newark N.J. Nov. 2" (1869) circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Beirut, Syria, printed route instructions "French Mail via Marseilles" and "Paid Under 1/4 oz.", red New York (Nov. 3) and blue Calais (Nov. 14) transits, red crayon "21" credit, blue "PD" framed handstamp, Beirut receiving backstamp (Nov. 30), small piece of backflap missing

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND BEAUTIFUL COVER FROM THE REVEREND DENNIS MISSIONARY CORRESPONDENCE TO BEIRUT, SYRIA. ONLY TWO OF THE NINE RECORDED 10-CENT 1869 COVERS TO SYRIA WERE SENT VIA FRENCH MAIL.

The 30c French Mail rate to Syria was in effect until December 31, 1869. There are nine 10c 1869 covers to Syria (eight listed in the 1869 PRA Census), but only two were prepaid 30c for the French Mail rate while it was in effect. The others were sent via North German Union Mail. This cover missed the HAPAG sailing to Cherbourg on Nov. 2 and was sent instead on the Cunarder Scotia, which departed N.Y. on Nov. 3 and arrived in Queenstown on Nov. 12. The 21c credit and the Calais transit datestamp indicate transit through England. The other recorded 30c French Mail cover to Syria has an 18c credit and Cherbourg transit (direct to France).

Ex Juhring, Grunin and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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118
c
Sale 973, Lot 118, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow (116). Bright shade, tied by "N. York Steamship Apr." circular datestamp on Apr. 9, 1869 folded letter from Arroyo, Puerto Rico, to New York via St. Thomas D.W.I., sender's blue oval datestamp on back, unusual red "Lamb & Co. Ship Insurance Agents, St. Thomas W.I." forwarder's oval handstamp with anchor illustration, entered mails with "St. Thomas 14/4 1870" circular datestamp, route notation "p. Brazil Str.", light file fold

VERY FINE. A SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON AN INBOUND BRAZIL LINE COVER FROM PUERTO RICO TO NEW YORK VIA ST. THOMAS. THE FORWARDER'S ANCHOR-ILLUSTRATED MARKING IS AN UNUSUAL AND DESIRABLE ELEMENT OF THIS COLORFUL USAGE.

This cover was pictured and discussed in Michael Laurence's article on 10c 1869 covers in the Pan-American mails (Chronicle 118).

Ex Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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119
c
Sale 973, Lot 119, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow (116). Two, each with corner crease and one with rounded corner, bright color, tied by corks, "Yokohama, Japan, Jul. 22" circular datestamp on cover to New York, endorsed "per P M (Pacific Mail) Str. & Overland Mail", slightly reduced at left, some slight overall wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON AN INBOUND DOUBLE-RATE COVER FROM YOKOHAMA, JAPAN.

The 1869 Census book records only 17 covers used from Yokohama; of these only five have more than one 10c stamp.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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120
c
Sale 973, Lot 120, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow, 12c Green (116, 117). Remarkably bright and rich colors, tied by beautiful bold Leaf cancel on blue folded letter to Barcelona, Spain, , red "12" credit handstamp and matching "New York Paid All. Jul. 13" (1869) backstamp, red London transit (Jul. 24) and matching "PD" in oval handstamp, red "2d" handstamp credit for England to Spain, Barcelona receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND BREATHTAKING 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER SENT FULLY PREPAID BY BRITISH MAIL AT THE 22-CENT RATE. EXAMPLES OF THIS RATE PAID BY THE 1869 ISSUE ARE EXTREMELY RARE.

This cover is pictured and discussed in U.S.-Spain Mails via British Convention, 1849-1876 by Richard F. Winter (supplement to Chronicle 147, pp. 15-16). The Convention rates effective from Jan. 1, 1868, to Dec. 31, 1870, followed a progression of 10c U.S. per -1/2 oz. and 12c credit to G.B. per 7.5 grams (-1/4 oz.). Therefore, this letter must have weighed no more than a quarter-ounce and was prepaid with 22c postage (12c U.S. credit to G.B. and 2p G.B. credit to Spain). It was carried on the Cunarder Java, departing New York on Jul. 14, 1869, and arriving off Queenstown on Jul. 22.

Ex Juhring, Grunin and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
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121
c
Sale 973, Lot 121, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow, 12c Green (117). Used with 6c Carmine (148), each stamp has brilliant fresh color, tied by three strikes of Negative 5-Point Star in Circle fancy cancel, "Stroudsburg Pa. Aug. 3" (1870) circular datestamp on immaculate cover to naval office aboard the U.S. Flag Ship Delaware in care of the U.S. consul at Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, sender's route instructions "Via Southampton", red "24" credit handstamp and matching "New York Aug. 4" backstamp, red London transit (Aug. 16) and red crayon "1" British colonial rate, "Cape Town Cape-Colony F SEP 26 70" receiving datestamp ties 10c, flawless in every respect

EXTREMELY FINE AND SIMPLY SPECTACULAR. THE USE OF THREE DIFFERENT COLORFUL STAMPS FROM THE 1869 PICTORIAL AND ITS SUCCESSOR 1870 PORTRAIT ISSUE IS RARE IN ANY FORM. HAVING THEM ON A 28-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE COVER TO SOUTH AFRICA IS EVEN MORE DESIRABLE. FINALLY, THE CONDITION OF THIS PALETTE OF COLORS IS IMPECCABLE. IN OUR OPINION, THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ALL 1869 PICTORIAL FOREIGN-MAIL USAGES.

Illustrated in Rose book (p. 97) where described as one of two known 12c 1869 covers to South Africa (there are only a few other 1869 Pictorial covers to this destination). Illustrated in color in the 1869 PRA Census (p. 130).

Ex Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
19,000
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122
c
Sale 973, Lot 122, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers10c Yellow, 12c Green (116, 117). 10c vivid color and beautifully centered, used with two 12c, all tied by fancy rosette cancel on blue folded cover to Valparaiso, Chile, sender's ship-name designation "pr 'Henry Chauncey'", faint New York circular datestamp, red "24" credit handstamp also ties 10c

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING FOR THE 34-CENT RATE TO CHILE VIA BRITISH PACKET. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE OF THE 1869 COVERS TO SOUTH AMERICA.

Although there is no year date, this must have been mailed in 1869 or early 1870, because the 34c rate was only valid until mid-February 1870. There are only a dozen or so 1869 Pictorial covers to Chile known to exist.

Illustrated in color in the 1869 PRA Census (p. 133). Ex Haas and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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123
c
Sale 973, Lot 123, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Tied by rosette cancel and duplex "New-York Jun. 1" circular datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Cartagena, Colombia, and forwarded to Monteria, large red "8" credit handstamp, "Albert Mathieu & Co. Carthagena N.G." blue double-oval forwarder's handstamp on back, neatly docketed with Jun. 30, 1869 receipt date

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER. THE 15-CENT TYPE I AND 3-CENT ENTIRE PAY THE 18-CENT RATE TO THE GULF COAST BY BRITISH PACKET VIA ASPINWALL (COLON). THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1869 PICTORIAL COVER TO COLOMBIA.

The 18c rate to the Gulf Coast included 10c for carriage from New York to Aspinwall (Colon) and 8c (credit) for British transit to Carthagena. The forwarder in Carthagena arranged for delivery to the addressee in Monteria, about 120 miles south. There are no other covers to Colombia listed in the 1869 PRA Census.

Illustrated in Searing article on 15c Type I covers (Chronicle 108) and in color in 1869 PRA Census (p. 135). Ex Juhring and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
12,000
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124
c
Sale 973, Lot 124, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Intense shades and impressions, couple trivial pulled perfs at bottom, cancelled by grid at origin and by ms. "X" in transit (as later explained), "Haverhill Mass. Feb. 9" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover to Aleppo, Syria (Turkey), red "5" in circle credit handstamp and matching "New York Paid All Direct Feb. 12" backstamp, red "Bremen Franco" transit and matching "Weiterfr. 2 Sgr." German rate handstamp, sequential transits on front and back are Vienna (Mar. 2), Constantinople (Mar. 10), Beirut (Mar. 31) and Alexandretta (Apr. 3), bluish-black "TAXE" handstamp and matching boxed cancels tying Turkey 1869 20pa and 1pi, Red Brown Border, Postage Dues (J16, J17) on back, ms. "6" decimes due marking and pen lines applied by French postal clerk thru all prior transits and rate notations (and 15c stamp), ms. "Trouve a la boite" notation, blue crayon "12" due on front, other blue crayon arithmetic notations on back, opened up for display, a few minor faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN INCOMPARABLE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER, PASSING THROUGH FIVE DIFFERENT POSTAL SYSTEMS ON ITS JOURNEY FROM MASSACHUSETTS TO A MISSIONARY IN ALEPPO, SYRIA, ONE OF THE OLDEST INHABITED CITIES IN THE WORLD.

This cover is pictured and described in Jeffrey M. Forster's 1982 Register article on 1869 mixed frankings (pp. 104-106), where he states "This cover is remarkable inasmuch as it passed through the United States, German, Austrian, Turkish and French postal systems. This writer knows of no other cover which demonstrates this outstanding accomplishment."

To summarize the cover's journey, it was stamped 15c for the North German Union Direct rate to Syria (Turkey). The U.S. retained 10c and credited the North German Union with 5c for postage beyond NGU boundaries. From Bremen the cover was sent to Vienna (Mar. 2) to enter the Austrian postal system, which maintained offices in Turkey. It was postmarked at the Austrian P.O. in Constantinople on Mar. 10. However, without an office in Aleppo to receive the letter, the Austrians turned it over to the Turkish P.O., which determined that it should be sent by French Mail. Two Turkish postage due stamps amounting to 1 piastre and 20 paras (approximately 7-1/2 cents) were affixed on back and tied by Turkish cancels (the "TAXE" handstamp is in identical ink). From Constantinople the cover was carried by French Mail to Beirut (Mar. 31), then to Alexandretta (Apr. 3) for the final leg of the journey inland to Aleppo. Evidently the French P.O. assessed postage due at 6 decimes (12c).

Ex Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 15,000-20,000
27,000
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125
c
Sale 973, Lot 125, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors, tied by blue "Paris Ky. Jul. 4" (1870) circular datestamp and duplex cork cancel on Phantom Rate cover to Paris, France, indistinct red "New York Paid All Br. Transit" backstamp and matching "6" credit handstamp on front, red London (Jul. 19) transit and "PD" oval, Calais transit and Paris receiving backstamp, reduced approx. -2/3 in. at left

FINE AND COLORFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PHANTOM RATE TO FRANCE SHOWING A VERY EARLY APPLICATION OF THE 6-CENT CREDIT TO ENGLAND.

Effective July 1, 1870, the new Anglo-French postal convention reduced the rate between Great Britain and France to 3p per 10 grams, which in turn reduced the Phantom Rate from 12c to 10c (with a corresponding reduction in credit to GB from 8c to 6c). The 15c stamp is a typical overpayment of the 10c Phantom Rate. The cover was carried on the Cunarder Aleppo on its first voyage, departing New York on July 7, 1870.

Ex Hubbard and Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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126
c
Sale 973, Lot 126, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors, few lightly toned perfs, used with 1c Buff, 3c Ultramarine (112, 114), tied by segmented circular cork cancels, "Dunkirk N.Y. Feb. 16" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover addressed in blue to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Feb. 19" transit datestamp on back and "4" credit handstamp on front, red Verviers-Cologne transit, purple "P.D." handstamp ties 1c, blue "fr 1-1/2" rate, Rome receiving backstamp, vertical fold clear of stamps, long sealed opening tear passes beneath stamps (between 1c and 3c) but does not affect them, cover refolded at top where 3c stamp overlaps edge (slightly creased), 1c has small faults at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLY COLORFUL COVER AND VERY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL COMBINATION FOR THE 19-CENT NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL RATE TO ROME.

Illustrated in color in the 1869 PRA Census (p. 124). Ex Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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127
c
Sale 973, Lot 127, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers3c Ultramarine, 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, tied by dotted grid cancel, red "Providence R.I. Jan. 5" (1870) double-circle datestamp with matching "Paid" in circle on small cover to Athens, Greece, routing instructions "via North German Union Direct", "New York Paid All Direct Jan. 8" transit backstamp, red crayon "8" credit, "P.D." (Paid to Destination) handstamp, red "Bremen Franco" transit, red "Wf 3-1/2" (silbergroschen) German rate notation, Athens receiving backstamp (Gregorian calendar), backflap removed, one-inch edge tear at right not affecting stamps or appearance

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1869 15-CENT TYPE II COVERS TO GREECE. A COLORFUL AND EXTRAORDINARY FOREIGN-MAIL USAGE.

The 18c rate to Greece applied to North German Union Direct Mail (the NGU Closed Mail rate was 23c). In July 1870 the rate was reduced to 15c (with a corresponding reduction of the 23c NGU Closed Mail rate to 18c).

Ex Coulter. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
23,000
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128
c
Sale 973, Lot 128, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Bright colors, minor perf toning, tied by circular cork cancel and "Pittsburgh Pa. Jul. 14" (1870) duplex datestamp on Phantom Rate cover with printed address to Paris, France, red crayon "18/2" credit applied at New York (no datestamp), red London transit (Jul. 30) and matching "PD" in oval handstamp, Calais transit datestamp, faint Paris receiving backstamp, faint toning along top of cover and skillfully cleaned

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A PHANTOM RATE COVER. A MARVELOUS COMBINATION OF PHILATELIC RARITY AND POSTAL HISTORY SIGNIFICANCE.

This cover was mailed from Pittsburgh soon after the New York foreign-mail office began applying the newly-reduced (effective 7/1/70) 6c per 10 grams (-1/3 oz.) credit to letters sent fully prepaid to France via England. The sender would not have known about the unannounced prepaid rate to France, so this was probably stamped 30c for a letter weighing just over one ounce (3x 10c Direct rate with French postage collect). The New York office weighed the letter at just under one ounce, thus it had sufficient postage to be sent fully prepaid at the unannounced 10c per half-ounce rate with a 6c credit to G.B. for every -1/3 ounce (10 grams). The "18" of the "18/2" credit represents the 3x 6c credit (20-30 grams), and the "2" represents the second weight class of the 4c per half-ounce U.S. share of postage (over -1/2 oz., up to 1 oz.). Combined, the 18c credit to G.B. and 8c U.S. postage required 26c prepayment, thus the 30c 1869 overpaid the rate by 4c.

Illustrated in 1869 PRA Census (p. 201, where the rate is misinterpreted). Ex Lounsbery and Coulter. With 1967 and 2006 P.F. certificates.

E. 30,000-40,000
25,000
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129
c
Sale 973, Lot 129, 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Used with 10c Yellow (116) and tied by circle of wedges, matching "New York Aug. 19 2PM" circular datestamp on brown linen-lined 1869 cover to Havana, Cuba, blue company handstamp at left, light strike of oval "NA" handstamp, missing side flaps, edgewear affects a few perfs at top, cover somewhat acidified and in need of a skillful paper restorer's attention

FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT AND 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE FOR THE QUADRUPLE 10-CENT RATE TO CUBA VIA AMERICAN PACKET.

From a recent discovery and offered to the collector market for the first time.

E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
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