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

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

Category — U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
832
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 832, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State"Albany 1ye 21 of Decemb 1696", "Albany 1ye 21 of Decemb 1696""Albany 1ye 21 of Decemb 1696". Dateline on folded autograph letter signed by Robert Livingston to Andrew Russell in Rotterdam, Holland, red crayon "X I" marking indicating eight stuyvers due for transit across England, three stuyvers for delivery to Rotterdam (according to Cal Hahn), letter is difficult to read but mentions attacks on forts, in excellent condition for an early Colonial transatlantic letter

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EARLY LETTER FROM ONE OF THE WEALTHIEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MEN OF 17TH CENTURY COLONIAL AMERICA.

Fort Orange was established by the Dutch in 1624. In 1664 the Dutch relinquished Albany to British control. In 1686, largely due to the influence of Robert Livingston, Albany was granted the "Dongan Charter", recognizing it as a city. Early letters from Albany are extremely rare, and this one from Robert Livingston, an iconic figure in New York history and in Colonial America as a whole, is outstanding.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
833
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 833, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StatePensa F. Oct. 15, Pensa F. Oct. 15Pensa F. Oct. 15. Neat strike of fleuron-type circular datestamp with ms. "50" rate notation on 1833 folded cover to Dr. George Morton in Va., endorsed "mail via Milledgeville," bottom flap also with endorsement "The Post Master at Rockham Town will oblige a friend by forwarding this as soon as possible to Doct. Morton" and signed by Jackson Morton, opened for display, some slight wear, Very Fine, Morton Jackson was a prominent Senator from Florida, and a member of the Confederate congress from 1862-65

E. 200-300
250
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834
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 834, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateFlorida and New Orleans Stampless Covers, Florida and New Orleans Stampless CoversFlorida and New Orleans Stampless Covers. Two covers, first "St. Marks Fla., Dec. 31st" manuscript postmark with matching "10" rate on 1849 folded letter to Petersville Conn., vertical file fold, some edge tears and edgewear, still Very Fine, scarce, also "New Orleans Febr. 17, 1810" dateline on folded letter to Secretary of the Navy in Washington, purple "PHI 14 MY" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, minor wear, Very Fine, carried outside of the mails to Philadelphia, during this time maritime frictions with England had become acute, setting the stage for the War of 1812

E. 200-300
350
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835
c
Indian Territory Covers. 24 covers (a few are postcards), dates range from 1891-1907, franked with Bureau issues of those decades or on entires, range of nations and originations with 14 Chickasaw incl. Connersville on leather postcard, nine Cherokee and one Choctaw, little duplication of towns, some faults to be found, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
600
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836
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Kansas Postal History. 15 covers, mostly franked with Large Banknote stamps but also several earlier, incl. 3c Banknote on beautifully engraved Atchison Foundry Works cover, two different Fort Larned incl. one with 3c 1861, 3c 1857 tied by "Olathe Kan. Jul. 23" circular datestamp, 3c 1861 with Pawnee Fork circular datestamp (reduced into stamp), Cimarron horseshoe cancel, "Louisburg, Kan. May 7, '81" straightline, many others, some stamp and cover flaws, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
225
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837
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 837, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State"Express Mail", "Express Mail""Express Mail". Two covers with sender's endorsement, 1838 folded letter from New Orleans to London via New York forwarder, red "New Orleans La. May 13" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamp, ms. "1.50" express rate, ms. "3/2" due, second is 1837 cover from New Orleans to Petersburg Va., "75" express rate, file folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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838
c
Postal History Collection from the George Perkins Estate, New Bedford, Mass. Large collection housed in binders and stored in nine Priority Mail boxes, huge number and variety of covers, from stampless through early 20th Century, some collected by the owner but the bulk from the files of the New Bedford law firm of Prescott, Bullard & McLeod and its predecessor firms which date to the 1820's (and handled the Col. E.H.R. Green estate), the large number of stampless date beginning 1820's and incl. domestic as well as group of incoming ship letters, stamped covers 1851 Issue forward, incl. very extensive group of advertising and illustrated, an unfortunate 1862 Patriotic from Honolulu with stamp removed, 3c entire from New Bedford to Honolulu, some foreign inbound, a group from early 1900's used from U.S. Postal Agency Shanghai, postcards, railroads, WWI soldier's mail, diplomatic mail, etc., also a collection of U.S. and foreign stamps and revenues, mixed condition but an interesting group and less frequently seen original business correspondence from this period, Perkins was well-known in numismatic circles for his collection of Colonial Connecticut Cents

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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839
c
Massachusetts Covers. 46 covers, 28 from Northampton with the earliest a 1796 use (manuscript postmark), the majority of the Northampton stampless but a few with stamps, covering mostly 1820's-40's with a couple later, also Boston straightline from 1800, ten later Boston postal cards from 1870's-80's, few other towns stampless incl. Harrison Square fancy scroll, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 400-500
325
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840
c
Massachusetts Stampless Covers. 12 covers, all but one are folded letters, better cancels incl. red South Dedham "Paid 3" in circle with flowers, three 1830's Dedham double-line boxed datestamps in red and blue, two with W. Brookfield Ms. straightlines, N. Brookfield ms. with red "Railroad Car" straightline, five W. Brookfield fancy oval incl. two in red, Very Fine group

E. 500-750
325
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841
c
Holly Springs Miss. Postal History. 35 covers, majority stampless but also some with 1851-57 Issues and entires, one a C.S.A. use with pair of 5c London (6), variety of destinations, few different circular datestamps represented, a number of covers with content, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-300
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842
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 842, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateNew Hampshire Stampless Covers, New Hampshire Stampless CoversNew Hampshire Stampless Covers. Two covers, first beautiful strike of "PORTSMOUTH/MARCH 31" two-line datestamp on unrated folded cover addressed to Nicholas Gilman as Member of Congress in New York, minor wear, Very Fine strike, probably ca. 1789 use, second "Bath N.H. Mar. 22" red circular datestamp with matching "Paid 3" in circle handstamp on cover to Lyman N.H., with embossed steamship design at upper left, box charge no. at top center, Very Fine, a pretty cover

E. 200-300
160
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843
c
New Hampshire Covers. 23 mostly stampless covers, incl. 1788 Portsmouth straightline, manuscript Piscatagua, five from Hanover incl. negative blue, red double oval of dots and three circular datestamps, also group with 3c 1868 Grills (defective), overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 500-750
225
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844
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 844, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateNew-York Ship Dec. 7, New-York Ship Dec. 7New-York Ship Dec. 7. Red circular datestamp with matching "30" rate handstamp on folded cover to Fair Haven Mass., endorsed "pr Crescent City", light vertical file folds and some soiling, still Very Fine cover, scarce 30c rate on mail from the West Coast

E. 200-300
225
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845
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 845, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateCivilization of America, Civilization of AmericaCivilization of America. Blue cover with J. Valentine imprint at bottom, depicting the civilizing of America with Indians and pilgrims at lower left progressing thru trains at right, red "New-York 5cts. Apr. 17" circular datestamp and used to Boston, small corner repair at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, very few used examples are known, ex Grunin, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
1,300
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846
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 846, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateIRVING/MAY 24/NY, IRVING/MAY 24/NYIRVING/MAY 24/NY. Three-line datestamp in octagonal double-line frame boldly struck in red with ms. "F. Th B Stoddard PM" free frank on 1837 folded letter to Geneva N.Y., Extremely Fine, gorgeous strike of this scarce town marking

E. 200-300
700
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847
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 847, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateSandy Hill N.Y. Half-Dime Rate Handstamp, Sandy Hill N.Y. Half-Dime Rate HandstampSandy Hill N.Y. Half-Dime Rate Handstamp. In red and green, red handstamp with matching "Sandy Hill N.Y. June 25" dotted oval datestamp on folded cover to Schuylerville N.Y. docketed 1846, slightly toned but a sharp detailed strike, green handstamp with matching "Paid" and "Sandy Hill N.Y. Dec. 11" dotted oval datestamp on 1845 folded letter to Albany, eagle design shows clearly, accompanied by a third folded letter dated Oct. 1844 with Sandy Hill oval, "Free" and postmaster's free frank, Very Fine, the rate marking was impressed from the reverse of a Capped Bust Half-Dime (minted 1829-37), these are the only two recorded examples according to Hahn

E. 500-750
800
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848
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 848, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State"Southville N.Y. Dec. 24 Paid" Printed Town Marking, "Southville N.Y. Dec. 24 Paid" Printed Town Marking"Southville N.Y. Dec. 24 Paid" Printed Town Marking. Printed circular for Temperance advocates to "Sons of Temperance" at Sag Harbor N.Y. (address in manuscript), printed content datelined Carthage N.Y. Dec. 23, 1852, from Rev. Joseph P. Livingston, editor of Sinai and Calvary Reporter, usual diatribe against alcohol, docketed with Jan. 6, 1853 receipt date, some faint toning along file fold, otherwise Very Fine, this rare printed postmark is noted by Cal Hahn as listing item

E. 200-300
600
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849
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 849, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateNew York Straightlines with Free Franks, New York Straightlines with Free FranksNew York Straightlines with Free Franks. Three, "Springville N.Y." with ms. May 6 (1842) date and "Samuel Lake Postmaster free" frank on folded letter, "Rochester NY/May 29" two-line datestamp to comptroller's office in Albany with ms. "Free" on cover docketed 1815 (ex Jarrett), and "brownish "Walworth, N.Y." straightline with ms. Mar. 19 date and "Free T. G. Yeomans PM" frank to state treasurer at Albany, file folds, all three Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a scarce and attractive group

E. 300-400
600
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850
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 850, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateNew York "Steamship" Rates, New York "Steamship" RatesNew York "Steamship" Rates. 19 folded letters, mostly early 1860's, incoming to New York from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence with 10c steamship rate (three with 20c rate), most via Havana, variety of forwarders, one cover is to Liverpool, Very Fine group

E. 400-500
300
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851
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 851, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateWm. Bryan, Agent of the Texian Post Office Dt., New Orleans, Wm. Bryan, Agent of the Texian Post Office Dt., New OrleansWm. Bryan, Agent of the Texian Post Office Dt., New Orleans. Large double-line oval handstamp on back, ms. "Fleming N.Y. Dec. 3d" and "Paid 18-3/4" rate on 1839 folded letter to Austin City Tex., Jan. 5, 1849 receipt docketing, slight wear along folds, Fine

E. 200-300
170
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852
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 852, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State(Fall River Mass.) "STEAM-BOAT", (Fall River Mass.) "STEAM-BOAT"(Fall River Mass.) "STEAM-BOAT". Two folded covers to New Bedford Mass., each with deep red framed handstamp, matching "Fall River Ms." circular datestamps dated May 18 and July 6, 1837, ms. "10" rate, light vertical file folds, Very Fine pair of covers

E. 200-300
425
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853
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 853, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateSTEAMBOAT MAIL FROM BOSTON, STEAMBOAT MAIL FROM BOSTONSTEAMBOAT MAIL FROM BOSTON. Printed directional marking with pointing hand on two yellow covers with part-printed address to Saint John, New Brunswick B.N.A., each with New York circular datestamp and "U. States" or "United States" ovals, 1859 damaged at left, 1861 Very Fine

E. 300-400
200
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854
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 854, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateRichmond Va. to England, Richmond Va. to EnglandRichmond Va. to England. Two folded letters from Richmond Va., first with red "Richmond Va. Aug. 21" (1839) circular datestamp, matching "Paid" straightline and red ms. "18-3/4" rate, backstamped "Paid" and "Steam" with ms. "25" rate (applied at Richmond), sender's routing "Via N.York pr Steam Ship Liverpool", red "New-York Aug. 23" circular datestamp, "Liverpool/Ship Letter" backstamp and ms. "8" rate, second with green "Richmond Va. Jul. 16" (1842) circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and blue ms. "18-3/4" rate, backstamped green "Ship" and "Paid" with ms. "12-1/2" rate (applied in Richmond), sender's routing "pr packet of 20 July 1842 from New York to London", red "Ship Letter" straightline handstamp and Aug. 10 backstamp, Very Fine, accompanied by Cal Hahn's notes

E. 300-400
900
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855
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 855, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateGreat Western Freight Money Letter, Great Western Freight Money LetterGreat Western Freight Money Letter. Sender's directive "per Steamer Great Western", blue "Baltimore Md. Mar. 15" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" with magentas ms. "18-3/4" rate and "25" freight money charge on folded cover to London, England, ms. "8" pence ship letter due, "1 AP 43/Liverpool/Ship" framed datestamp on back, file fold and docketing, Very Fine

E. 200-300
700
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856
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 856, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateNew Orleans La. Apr. 26 (1843), New Orleans La. Apr. 26 (1843)New Orleans La. Apr. 26 (1843). Blue circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and blue ms. "50 + 50" freight money charge on folded letter to Guebwiller, France, sender's blue oval handstamp and ms. directive "Steamer Great Western New York", "8 JU 43/Liverpool/Ship" framed backstamp, red transit and "Colonies/&c ARt. 12" framed accountancy handstamp, red French transit datestamp, Guebwiller receiving backstamp, ms. due rate, slight ink erosion, still Very Fine and colorful, scarce double-rate freight money letter

E. 300-400
1,050
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857
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 857, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State"P President 10th Feby 1848" Last Trip, "P President 10th Feby 1848" Last Trip"P President 10th Feby 1848" Last Trip. Ship-name directive on Feb. 1841 folded letter to Auburn N.Y., red "Paid Ship Letter London 9 FE 9 1841" Crown oval datestamp and Paid tombstone datestamp, ms. "8" ship letter rate, red "New-York Ship Mar. 2" datestamp, forwarded to Dead Letter Office and then to Richmond Va., red Auburn and DLO datestamps, series of rate markings including "Triple $1.33-1/4", small repair at top and fragile along toned folds, accompanied by a separate Jul. 31, 1840 printed circular to Philadelphia carried on the President privately to New York where it entered the mails as a ship letter, Fine-Very Fine, the Feb. 1841 letter was carried on the last trip of the President before it became the first steamer lost on the Atlantic

E. 300-400
425
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858
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 858, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateFirst Westbound Trip with Retaliatory Rate, First Westbound Trip with Retaliatory RateFirst Westbound Trip with Retaliatory Rate. Red "Paid at/Liverpool/JU 23 1849" octagonal datestamp and matching "1/" rate handstamp on 1848 blue folded letter to New York City, bold red "24" retaliatory rate handstamp applied at New York, content shows thru, Very Fine, carried on the Cunarder Caledonia, arriving at New York on July 8, the first westbound mail subjected to the new U.S. retaliatory rate

E. 200-300
200
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859
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 859, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State1848 Retaliatory Rates, 1848 Retaliatory Rates1848 Retaliatory Rates. One cover and three folded letters from Great Britain with Retaliatory Rates, including early use with "24" handstamp and ""Paid at/Liverpool/JY 1 1848" datestamp on cover to Boston, also double rate on inbound folded printed prices and letter, other two inbound to Philadelphia and Boston, Very Fine group with colorful markings

E. 750-1,000
225
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860
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 860, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateFirst Eastbound Trip with Restored Rate, First Eastbound Trip with Restored RateFirst Eastbound Trip with Restored Rate. Folded letter to The Hague datelined New York, Jan. 10, 1849, sender's directive "p Steamer Europa", no U.S. postal markings, "America/Liverpool/JA 22/1849" receiving backstamp, ms. "1/8" restored rate, red Rotterdam transit backstamp, "120" due, Very Fine, the eastbound Europa sailing was the first to reach England under the restored rates

E. 200-300
350
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861
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 861, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateLast Westbound Trip with Restored Rate, Last Westbound Trip with Restored RateLast Westbound Trip with Restored Rate. Red "Paid at/Liverpool/FE 9 1849" octagonal datestamp and matching "1/" rate handstamp on folded letter to New Orleans, large red "12" restored rate handstamp, Extremely Fine, carried on the Europa, the last trip arriving from England to which the restored rates applied

E. 200-300
700
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862
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 862, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateFirst Westbound U.S.-G.B. Treaty Sailing, First Westbound U.S.-G.B. Treaty SailingFirst Westbound U.S.-G.B. Treaty Sailing. Feb. 8, 1849 folded letter from New Ross, Ireland, to New York City, backstamped with green and red datestamps and "Returned for Postage", ms. "1" shilling rate, large "3" handstamp, original directive crossed out and re-routed "By Contract Packet", "24" handstamp applied on arrival for U.S. packet postage, Very Fine, carried on the Ocean Line's Washington on its Feb. 20, 1849 westbound voyage, the first to arrive under the new U.S.-G.B. Treaty, Ashbrook notes at left

E. 200-300
325
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863
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 863, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StatePER U.S. MAIL PACKET/"ATLANTIC, PER U.S. MAIL PACKET/"ATLANTICPER U.S. MAIL PACKET/"ATLANTIC." Two-line handstamp boldly struck in bright red on folded letter from Penang, Straits Settlements, to Boston via London, England, letter dated July 4, 1850, "Bearing" framed handstamp, ms. rates for overland mail via Marseilles crossed out, London Aug. 17 receiving backstamp, Liverpool Aug. 20 and 21 datestamps, carried on the Collins Line's Atlantic, departing Liverpool Aug. 21, arriving NYC Sep. 1, Very Fine, the two-line "Atlantic" marking is very rare, especially on mail originating in Malaysia

E. 500-750
250
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864
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 864, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StatePr. Adams & Co. Express, Pr. Adams & Co. ExpressPr. Adams & Co. Express. Docketing at top of folded letter datelined "Mannheim 6 April 1854" and addressed to San Francisco, red boxed "Returned for Postage" struck twice at left and crossed out, "LS 12 AP 12 1854" in Maltese Cross handstamp, also with "Aachen 10/10 5cts." double-circle datestamp, "Boston Br. Pkt. 30 Oct. 26" debit datestamp, some slight wear, still Very Fine, very unusual use, this was twice refused transit by British Open Mail and returned for postage, it finally made it into the Prussian Closed Mail system at the Aachen exchange office in October, a full five months after it was sent, sent on the Cunarder Niagara which departed Liverpool Oct. 14 and arrived in Boston on Oct. 26, it was charged 30c for Prussian Closed Mail (versus 21c for U.S. Open Mail), the sender's attempt to save 9c in postage resulted in a delay of seven months

E. 400-500
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865
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 865, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateSaved from the Wreck of the Colombo, Saved from the Wreck of the ColomboSaved from the Wreck of the Colombo. Boxed handstamp on blue legal-size cover with "On Her Majesty's Service, Post Office" to New Bedford Mass., red "London JA 20, 1863" circular datestamp at right, "New York Br. Pkt. Feb. 8" circular datestamp and "10" in circle due marking, Feb. 9 receiving datestamp, with enclosure which is cover salvaged from the wreck, both with some faults, Very Fine, the P & O Company's Colombo was wrecked in fog on her way from Point de Galle to Suez on November 19 of 1862, the passengers and animals made their way to shore where they were helped by the natives, an officer was sent to the mainland to signal for help which did not arrive until the 30th, so the passengers and crew had to establish their own community until help arrived

E. 300-400
375
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866
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 866, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by StateEarliest Reported Depreciated Currency Cover, Earliest Reported Depreciated Currency CoverEarliest Reported Depreciated Currency Cover. Folded letter datelined Liege, Belgium, May 13, 1863, to New York City, sender's blue oval handstamp, "Liege 11-S 13-5 63" circular datestamp, "Etats-Unis Par Ostende 14 Mai 8-9 II" backstamp with matching "AM. PACKET" straightline and ms. "7" due rate, the exact transatlantic sailing is uncertain, but Cal Hahn thought it was carried on the City of Baltimore, arriving in N.Y. on May 26, bold "36" depreciated currency handstamp applied on arrival (27c rate plus 9c premium for greenbacks), a bit fragile along folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
550
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867
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 867, U.S. Postal History: Stampless and Covers by State$5.13 Depreciated Currency Rate, $5.13 Depreciated Currency Rate$5.13 Depreciated Currency Rate. Partly readable "Buenos-Ayres AP 2 1864" datestamp on back of cover endorsed "From the United States Consulate Buenos Ayres" in manuscript and addressed to U.S. Patent Office in Washington D.C., red London transit backstamp (Jun. 2), "New-York Br. Pkt. Jun. 15" receiving datestamp, ms. "240" rate, blue crayon "513/270" and pencil "Due 513" rates, $5.13 total postage due in greenbacks, Very Fine, Cal Hahn reported this as the highest-rated depreciated currency cover he had seen

E. 300-400
1,100
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