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Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1058
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1058, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Rich color, tied by blue Spokes fancy cancel on folded printed price list to New York, some splitting along folds, small filing hole, Very Fine strike of this colorful cancel, ex Haas

E. 200-300
80
1059
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1059, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Horizontal pair, tied by targets and by "Providence R.I. Sep. 18" circular datestamp on cover to Menton, France, red "New York Feb. 19" transit, stamps also tied by "GB 40c" Anglo-French accountancy marking, neat "10" decimes due marking, 1870 docketing at left, with original enclosure, Very Fine Open Mail use

E. 300-400
400
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1060
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1060, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114), 2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114)2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114). All three tied by quartered cork cancels on 1870 cover to Santo Domingo, West Indies, 3c originally affixed alone and tied by "Rochester N.Y. May 30" duplex datestamp, held for additional postage and marked with blue crayon "Due 7", 2c and 5c Brown, F. Grill (95), affixed over due marking and tied by cork cancels, "Rochester N.Y. Jun. 4" circular datestamp (struck after 7c postage was added), light strike of red New York circular datestamp, endorsed "Per Steamer Tyblii", receiving datestamp, some slight wear, 2c light corner crease and 3c with light gum soak

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING WITH THE 5-CENT F GRILL AND 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PAYING THE AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO SANTO DOMINGO IN WHAT IS NOW THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. SENT DURING PRESIDENT GRANT'S FAILED ATTEMPT TO ANNEX SANTO DOMINGO. A FASCINATING RARITY.

During late 1869 and early 1870 the Grant Administration, following the tenets of the Monroe Doctrine, attempted to annex Santo Domingo. Justifications included their lack of funds to maintain government, a potential place for the settlement of ex slaves, and security considerations which included keeping European powers out of the area and the establishment of a naval base. Frederick Douglass was one of the leaders of the effort, which was ratified in Santo Domingo but failed the ratification process in Congress. The U.S. would occupy the island from 1916-24 partly to ensure payment of debts.

From a new find.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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1061
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1061, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Rich color, tied by negative Star of David fancy cancel, "Bradenburg Ky. Aug. 10" circular datestamp on attorney's corner card cover to Belton Tex., sender's instructions "The P.M. will please forward to J.S. if not at Belton" and forwarded to Salado Tex., neat "Belton Tex. Aug. 20" circular datestamp at left, ms. "forw'd" at left, apparently not charged forwarding postage, stamp with some toning and small corner crease, cover tear at left and some overall wear, still Fine and unusual use

E. 200-300
250
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1062
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1062, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Horizontal pair, wide margins to just touching at bottom, tied by cork cancels, "Evansville Ind Mar. 26" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover to naval officer in care of B. F. Stevens, London, England, blurry red New York transit, London receiving datestamp on back, red B. F. Stevens oval forwarding datestamp, Very Fine, an attractive small double-rate cover directed to a U.S. Navy vessel by B. F. Stevens, the U.S. Despatch Agent, ex Moody

E. 400-500
650
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1063
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1063, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Two, each tied by "N. York Steamship Feb. 17" circular datestamp on 1870 shipping merchant's yellow corner card cover to Cardenas, Cuba, sender's blue datestamp, "NA" oval and "2" due handstamp for internal Cuban postage from Havana to Cardenas, slightly reduced and slight bend at right not affecting stamps, Very Fine, scarce double-rate American Packet usage, ex Coulter

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1064
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1064, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Tied by segmented cork cancel, red "New York Jan. 22" (1870) circular datestamp on baker's buff corner card cover to Strasbourg, France, no French entry datestamp but "16" decimes due handstamp for double rate (letter weight 10-15 grams), Strasbourg receiving datestamp, Very Fine, the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg was ceded to Germany in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War, ex Coulter

E. 300-400
160
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1065
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1065, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Enormous margins incl. inter-pane margin at right, tied by part strike of "Paid" Shield fancy cancel and "Dedham Mass. Nov. 14" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Hamburg, Germany, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Nov. 16" circular datestamp, reduced about -1/3 in. at left, otherwise Very Fine, ex Coulter

E. 200-300
110
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1066
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1066, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Tied by bold circle of wedges cancel, "Milwaukee Wis. Jul. 5" (1870) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hannover, Germany, red "Chicago Paid All Direct Jul. 7" and "Gronau 22/7" backstamps, red boxed "Bremen Franco" datestamp dated Jul. 21, 1870, Very Fine, carried on the NGL's Main, departing New York on Jul. 9 and arriving in Southampton on Jul. 19 -- the day the Franco-Prussian War was declared, which effectively closed down the route -- this is one of a few known 1869 Pictorial covers prepaid at the 7c NGU rate (overpaid 3c) prior to disruption of the service due to war, see Laurence book on the 10c 1869 Issue and article in PRA 1982 Register (pp. 8-9) for a discussion of the 7c NGU pre-war covers including mention of this cover, ex Juhring and Coulter

E. 300-400
160
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1067
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1067, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Two singles, vibrant color, tied by blue targets and matching "Cincinnati O. Aug. 25" circular datestamp on orange cover with European Exchange Office corner card to Bavaria, Germany, printed "Per Steamer via Bremen or Hamburg" at top crossed out by "Per Closed Mail via England" handstamp, red "N. York Paid All Br. Transit Aug. 27" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, few cover faults, still Very Fine, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
425
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1068
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1068, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Vertical pair, superb centering, tiny corner crease, cancelled by two strikes of blue target, "Nat. Mil. Asylum O. May 1" (Dayton O.) circular datestamp on brown legal-size cover to Ensisheim, Alsace, France, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 4" datestamp, "Ensisheim 2-3M 19 5" receiving backstamp, with original 1871 enclosure from an inmate to the mayor of his native town, Very Fine, carried on the Malta on the last Cunard sailing from New York for 2-1/2 years, when this was mailed on May 1, 1871, Alsace was still technically French, although German forces controlled the region -- by the time it reached Ensisheim, the treaty ending the Franco-Prussian War and ceding Alsace to Germany had been signed, ex Coulter

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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1069
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1069, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair, rich color, tied by quartered cork cancels, "Chicago Ill. Mar. 1" circular datestamp on 1870 cover to Dettingen, Prussia, red "Chicago Paid All Direct Mar. 3" transit datestamp on back with "3" inverted, red boxed "Bremen Franco" datestamp (Mar. 10, 1870), Stuttgart receiving backstamp, cover with overall soiling and a few edge nicks, otherwise Very Fine double-rate NGU use

E. 150-200
225
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1070
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1070, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Vertical pair and single, rich color, tied by cork cancels and indistinct red circular datestamp on cover to Dresden, Germany, red 1870 "Hamburg Franco" transit, endorsed "Per Steamer Hammonia", some slight wear incl. small tear at upper left, Fine and unusual franking, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate

E. 300-400
550
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1071
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1071, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Two covers, first tied by circle of wedges on Grant-Colfax Campaign cover to Leeds, England, red "New York Paid All May 22" circular datestamp, Chicago backstamp, slightly reduced at right, some trivial wear, Fine, scarce use, second tied by rosette, red "New York Paid All May 19" circular datestamp on architect's corner card cover to London, England, red 1869 London datestamp, stamp with short perf at top right, cover with edge tears, otherwise Fine, early use

E. 500-750
700
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1072
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1072, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Rich color, short perfs at top, used with 3c Ultramarine (114) and tied by quartered cork cancels, red "New York Paid 3 Sep. 28" circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red boxed "PD" handstamp, blue French transit datestamp, Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
300
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1073
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1073, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Full margins and attractive centering, tied by quartered cork cancel and "Gonzales Tex. Jun. 18" circular datestamp on registered 3c Pink entire (U58) corner card to Richmond Va., ms. registration numbers, light edge staining and cover with defective top left corner which does not affect the stamp or markings, otherwise Very Fine, scarce registered use of the 15c Ty. I, ex Seybold

1,900
325
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1074
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 1074, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Tied by circle of V's cancel, red "New York Br. Transit Paid All Jul. 24" circular datestamp on cover to Worms, Germany, endorsed "Pr City of London, Prussian Closed Mail" and with red Verviers-Coeln transit datestamp, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, some overall wear, still Very Fine

900
300
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