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Sale 1041 — The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
304
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 304, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large margins including huge top sheet margin, slightly in at left, gorgeous dark shade and proof-like early impression, tied by two strikes of orange-red grid cancel, matching "Mobile Ala. Nov. 22" (1847) circular datestamp on blue folded printed circular from New Orleans to Bordeaux, France, via Mobile and Boston, letter attached to circular dated November 20, red crayon "Way" applied at Mobile, per sender's directive carried on the Cunarder Acadia, which departed Boston on December 1 and arrived at Liverpool on December 16, red London backstamp (Dec. 17), red "COLONIES/&c ART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp also ties pair, faint red French transit datestamp at bottom (probably Boulogne), rated "20" decimes which is crossed out and re-rated "25" decimes for 15-20 grams weight category, Bordeaux receiving backstamp, lightly toned file fold away from stamps

VERY FINE. A "TRIPLE THREAT" COVER SHOWING USE OF A SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE FROM THE FIRST PRINTING (RARE ON OR OFF COVER), PAYING THE 10-CENT OVER-300 MILES RATE ON BRITISH PACKET MAIL TO FRANCE (RARE--ONLY SIX 5-CENT 1847 MULTIPLES ON COVERS TO FRANCE ARE RECORDED BY WALSKE), AND, FINALLY, SENT FROM NEW ORLEANS TO MOBILE AS MARKED "WAY" MAIL. WITHOUT QUESTION, THIS ONE OF THE GREAT 1847 ISSUE TRANSATLANTIC COVERS.

Steven C. Walske, collector and noted authority on U.S.-French mails, published a comprehensive article on 1847 Issue covers to France in Chronicle 234, in which he states that only six covers to France have multiples of the 5c 1847 Issue. The reason for this is that the under-and-over-300 miles domestic rates applied only for a brief time before the uniform 5c British Open Mail rate was applied to British Packet mail to France. Walske writes: "When the U.S. 1847 stamps first came into use, the principal route between the United States and France was by the British-operated Cunard line to England and then by Dover packet and railroads within England and France. The United States had no postal treaties with either England or France, so letters could not be fully prepaid to their destination. Within the United States, inland postage to the departure port was required to be prepaid. Rates on the entire route were governed by the U.S. postal act of 1 July 1845 (5c per half ounce for less than 300 miles, 10c for over 300 miles) and by the France-England postal treaty of 1 June 1843. This treaty set English transit and sea postage of 10 decimes (equivalent to 20c U.S.) per 7.5 grams (0.2646 ounces) to be debited from England to France and indicated by a 'Colonies &c. Art. 13' marking applied in London. French inland rates, also set out in the 1843 treaty, varied according to distance. Thus, a recipient in France would be charged the French inland postage from the Channel port of entry (typically Boulogne during this period) plus the English transit and sea charges."

Signed Ashbrook who notes "A rare way cover". Ex Knapp, Eno, Pope and Boker. With 1985 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
305
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 305, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Ample to large margins all around, sharp proof-like impression, tied by numerous criss-crossing pen strokes, neat red "Corning N.Y. Jul. 1" (1848) circular datestamp on cover to Nantes, France, Martial correspondence with sender's route directive "Pr Steamer from N. York", carried on the Cunarder Britannia, which departed New York on July 5 and arrived in Liverpool on July 19, red London transit backstamp (Jul. 20), red "COLONIES/&c ART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, stamp also tied by orange-red "Angl. Boulogne 21 Juil. 48" transit datestamp, manuscript "18" decimes French due marking, Nantes receiving backstamp (Jul. 22), with enclosure datelined "East Painted Post N.Y. June 30th 1848"

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVERS TO FRANCE RECORDED BY WALSKE -- ONLY TWO SHOW USE OF THE STAMP TO PREPAY THE OVER-300 MILES RATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH BRITISH PACKET SERVICE. AN IMPORTANT TRANSATLANTIC COVER OF THE CLASSIC IMPERFORATE STAMP ERA.

Steven C. Walske, collector and noted authority on U.S.-French mails, published a comprehensive article on 1847 Issue covers to France in Chronicle 234, in which he states that only six covers to France have the 10c 1847 Issue paying postage. One of these is the "Rush" cover with a strip of six, which really stands in a class of its own. Another cover is prepaid 10c, to which 24c was paid in cash for the full 34c postage during the Retaliatory Rate period -- that remarkable cover also falls into a different category. The remaining four covers divide into two prepaid for the over-300 miles rate, which applied to British Packet mail to France until July 1848, and two prepaid for the double 5c British Open Mail rate (they were over the half-ounce limit). Therefore, this cover is one of only two 10c 1847 Issue covers from the first period of British Packet mail to France.

Walske explains this period of U.S.-French mails: "When the U.S. 1847 stamps first came into use, the principal route between the United States and France was by the British-operated Cunard line to England and then by Dover packet and railroads within England and France. The United States had no postal treaties with either England or France, so letters could not be fully prepaid to their destination. Within the United States, inland postage to the departure port was required to be prepaid. Rates on the entire route were governed by the U.S. postal act of 1 July 1845 (5c per half ounce for less than 300 miles, 10c for over 300 miles) and by the France-England postal treaty of 1 June 1843. This treaty set English transit and sea postage of 10 decimes (equivalent to 20c U.S.) per 7.5 grams (0.2646 ounces) to be debited from England to France and indicated by a “Colonies &c. Art. 13” marking applied in London. French inland rates, also set out in the 1843 treaty, varied according to distance. Thus, a recipient in France would be charged the French inland postage from the Channel port of entry (typically Boulogne during this period) plus the English transit and sea charges."

Ex Hayes, Haas, Rose, Craveri and Hackmey. With 1970 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
11,000
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306
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 306, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, beautiful dark shade and sharp impression, tied by criss-crossing strikes of blue "Paid" straightline handstamp, matching "Owego N.Y. Mar. 3" (1848) circular datestamp on small blue-trimmed cover to Paris, France, red "Outre-Mer, Le Havre, 4 Avril 48" transit datestamp, railway transit and Paris receiving backstamps, "6" decimes due handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ON A MAGNIFICENT BLUE-LINED MOURNING ENVELOPE TO PARIS, FRANCE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO PRIVATE SHIP COVERS TO FRANCE WITH THE 1847 ISSUE, ACCORDING TO STEVEN C. WALSKE'S CENSUS.

Steven C. Walske, collector and noted authority on U.S.-French mails, published a comprehensive article on 1847 Issue covers to France in Chronicle 234, in which he states that only two covers are recorded that were carried by private ship to France. Regarding these covers, Walske writes: "Non-contract ships also carried small amounts of mail to France, and private ship rates applied to this type of mail in both the United States and France. In the United States, the 1845 inland rates applied: 5c per half ounce if sent less than 300 miles, and 10c if sent over 300 miles. France assessed a one decime (2c) ship fee plus variable inland rates until July 31, 1849. After that, collections in France were 3 decimes per 7.5 grams to the port of arrival or 6 decimes to other parts of France." The other cover, illustrated in Walske's article, also comes from the Octavius Yates correspondence.

Ex Matthies, Rust and Boker

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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307
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 307, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Mostly large to huge margins except at bottom left where well clear of frameline, cancelled by red grid, matching "Mobile Ala. Jun. 9" (1850) circular datestamp on folded letter from New Orleans to Bordeaux, France, via Mobile and New York, letter dated June 9, sent as unmarked way mail from New Orleans to Mobile, carried on the Cunarder America, which departed New York on June 19 and arrived at Liverpool on June 30, red London backstamp (Jul. 1), red "COLONIES/&c ART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, orange-red Calais transit datestamp (Jul. 2), "15" decimes due handstamp, Bordeaux receiving backstamp

VERY FINE. A VERY COLORFUL BRITISH PACKET COVER TO FRANCE WITH THE 1847 ISSUE. SENT FROM NEW ORLEANS TO MOBILE AS UNMARKED WAY MAIL.

Van Koppersmith refers to these Mobile covers as unmarked way mail (Chronicle 215, pp. 196-198).

Ex Haas and Garrett. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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308
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 308, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, bright shade, tied by two strikes of red grid cancel, matching "New Orleans La. Apr. 20" (1850) circular datestamp and "PAID/5" handstamp on folded printed circular to Marseille, France, red London transit datestamp (May 14), Calais transit datestamp (May 15), bold oily strike of red "COLONIES/&c ART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, "15" decimes due handstamp, Marseille receiving backstamp, small tear at top of fold at center

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON COVER TO FRANCE.

This was carried on the Cunarder America, which departed Boston on May 1, 1850, and arrived at Liverpool on May 13.

Ex Rust and Boker. With 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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309
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 309, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal pair, large even margins, pretty light shade of Brown, tied by red "Franklin La. May 29" (1851) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter to Bordeaux, France, carried on the Cunarder Canada, which departed Boston on June 11 and arrived at Liverpool on June 21, red London backstamp (Jun. 22), red "COLONIES/&c ART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, red Calais transit, black "15" decimes due handstamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY LATE USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE AT A SMALL LOUISIANA POST OFFICE ON BRITISH PACKET MAIL TO FRANCE. ONLY SIX MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE RECORDED BY WALSKE ON COVERS TO FRANCE.

The under- and over-300 miles domestic rates applied to U.S. mail to France for about one year, from July 1847 to July 1848. After the Retaliatory Rate conflict, the uniform 5c per half-ounce British Open Mail rate applied to British Packet mail to France, starting in February 1849. For this reason, multiples of the 5c 1847 (or, for that matter, a single 10c 1847) are rare on covers to France. This very late use in May 1851 was rated 15 decimes due in France; therefore, it did not exceed the half-ounce limit. The sender or clerk at the Franklin, Louisiana, post office may have been confused and paid the domestic rate for distance.

Ex Gibson, Rust and Boker.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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310
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 310, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to slightly in at top, beautiful bright shade with strong orange hue (based on date of use and color we think it is Orange Brown, but P.F. identifies it as Red Brown), tied by one of two strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts Dec. 7" ("7" inverted) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to Naples, Italy, addressed to Messrs. Meuricoffer, Sorvillo & Co. from Bailey & Co. on their letterhead dated November 29, 1850, carried on the Cunarder Niagara, which departed from New York on December 4 and arrived at Liverpool on December 17, red London transit backstamp (Dec. 18), red "COLONIES/&cART.13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, faint red Calais transit datestamp (Dec. 19), lightly struck Italian oval handstamp on front and back, manuscript "37" due marking

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVER TO ITALY. AN IMPORTANT "DESTINATION" COVER IN OUTSTANDING QUALITY.

Ex Pope and Kapiloff (this was not included in our 1992 sale).

E. 15,000-20,000
18,500
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311
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 311, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Full to large margins, bright shade, tied by black grid cancel on greenish folded cover to Neuweil-on-the-Rhine, Germany, from the Frederick Wahl correspondence, receipt docketing gives origin as Boston on February 24, 1851, sender's route directive "Pr Steamer Africa via N York", carried on Cunarder Africa, which departed New York on February 26 and arrived at Liverpool on March 9, red London transit backstamp (Mar. 10), stamp also tied by red Calais (Mar. 11) transit datestamp, Aachen receiving backstamp (Mar. 12)

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE 1847 ISSUE COVER TO GERMANY AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.

Signed Ashbrook who notes "Excellent shade of 5c." Ex Waterhouse, Krug and Rust.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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312
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 312, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Ample margins to mostly clear of framelines, tied by vivid "paint red" grid cancel, matching "New Orleans La. May 1" (1851) circular datestamp on cover to Coblenz, Rhenish Prussia, sender's endorsement "Per Steamer of 14th May", red "COLONIES/&cART.13" framed Anglo-French accountancy handstamp also ties stamp, red Calais transit (May 27), red Liverpool receiving datestamp (May 26) and German transits on back, blue manuscript "22-1/2" silbergroschen rate due from recipient, last name of addressee erased from cover

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE TO RHENISH PRUSSIA VIA ENGLAND AND FRANCE.

Coblenz is a historic city and fortress of Germany, capital of the Prussian Rhine Province, 57 miles southeast from Cologne by rail. It is located on the left bank of the Rhine at its confluence with the Mosel, from which its ancient name Confluentes was derived. This cover was carried on the Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston on May 14, arriving in Liverpool on May 25, 1851. It is the only reported use of the 1847 Issue to Coblenz.

Ex Ring, LeBow and Hackmey. With 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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313
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 313, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large margins, bright shade, tied by light strike of red "New-York Jun. 10" circular datestamp, second strike at left, on 1851 folded letter to Berlin, Prussia, endorsed "Via Ostende" at lower left, also endorsed "pr Canada" and carried on that Cunarder which departed Boston June 11 and arrived in Liverpool June 21, red London transit backstamp (June 22), Ostende (June 24) and receiving (June 25) backstamps, manuscript "1/6" British charge converted to "18-1/2" silbergroschen due from recipient, stamp lifted two creases pressed out then put back on this cover on which it originated, New York postmarks enhanced

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER TO BERLIN, PRUSSIA.

Only two covers bearing the 1847 Issue (5c or 10c) are known used to Berlin. The other was an attempted demonetized use where most of the stamp was torn away.

Ex Craveri and Hackmey. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,250
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314
 
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 314, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large to full margins at top, beautiful rich color, cancelled by perfect strike of red grid, used on rebacked address panel (the other panels expertly restored) to Bremen, Germany, matching red "BALTIMORE R.R." straightline handstamp applied on arrival at New York City, where "U.S. STEAMSHIP/POSTAGE NOT PAID" two-line handstamp was also applied, sender's route directive "Steamer of 19th March from NYC" refers to March 19, 1851, sailing of the Collins Line's Pacific, but without prepayment of the 21c American Packet postage it was held for the Cunarder Asia, which departed on March 26 and arrived at Liverpool on April 5, blue crayon "X" thru sailing notation ties stamp, manuscript "1/6" 1sh6p British debit, red crayon "44" grote Prussian due marking, addressee's last name crossed out

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS COVER-FRONT IS ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES OF THE "U.S. STEAMSHIP/POSTAGE NOT PAID" MARKING EXTANT, AND IT IS THE ONLY USE OF THE MARKING WITH THE 1847 ISSUE.

Richard F. Winter described this unusual New York foreign-mail office marking in an article in Chronicle 136 (pp. 285-286). At the time he was only aware of a few covers to France with this marking. Winter writes: "Taken literally, the 'U.S. STEAMSHIP/POSTAGE NOT PAID' marking would mean that the U.S. inland postage was paid and the sea transit was not paid... Lacking any definitive information on this marking, examination of the few covers seen does not provide any sensible reason for New York's use of the handstamp other than the incorrect rate mentioned above. Since so few of these markings have been reported it may be that the marking was abandoned soon after it was first used because it was ambiguous and confusing."

Ex Boker

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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315
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 315, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large even margins, beautiful rich color and true Orange Brown shade, tied by single clear strike of red "5" numeral handstamp, blue "Baltimore Md. 16 Jul." (1850) circular datestamp on folded cover to Freiwaldau, Silesia, then part of Austrian Silesia and now part of Poland, sender's directive "per Steamer of 17d from New York" and "via Berlin", red Liverpool transit datestamp (Jul. 29, 1850) and "AMERICAperENGLAND" rectangular framed handstamp on back, British "1/4" (1sh4p) and Prussian "32" (silbergroschen) due markings, illegible blue "Freywaldau" straightline backstamp, neatly docketed "Recd. August", very minor faint toning

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE 1847 ISSUE COVERS TO SILESIA FROM THE GLENN CORRESPONDENCE, OF WHICH EIGHT ARE REPORTED TO EXIST. A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF POSTAL HISTORY RARITY AND SUPERB QUALITY.

This was carried on the Cunarder Europa, which departed New York on July 17, 1850, and arrived in Liverpool on July 29.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Knapp, Caspary and Boker.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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316
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 316, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large margins to clear, radiant color, crisp impression, tied by red circular grid cancel, matching "New-York May 5" circular datestamp on buff 1850 cover to Prague, Bohemia, endorsed "Via Liverpool & Hamburg" at top, carried by the Cunarder Europa, which departed New York on June 5 and arrived in Liverpool on June 16, backstamps including London (June 17), Hamburg (June 21) and Prague (June 24), several manuscript rates including "55" (kr) crossed out, uprated with red crayon "75" which is also crossed out and uprated again to "1f40k" at lower left (100kr equivalent to be paid by recipient), cover with expertly sealed long vertical tear at center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER TO PRAGUE.

Ex Hackmey. With 2002 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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317
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 317, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Orange Brown (1b), 5c Orange Brown (1b)5c Orange Brown (1b). Large margins to clear, detailed impression, cancelled by blue cork, matching "Wilmington & Raleigh Rail Road Mar. 29" circular datestamp on blue 1850 folded letter to Gand, Belgium, from De Coster correspondence, sender's directive "per Steamer Niagara from Boston the 3rd of April", carried on that Cunarder which arrived in Liverpool April 16, red rectangular accounting handstamp also ties stamp, blue manuscript "16" decimes due, vertical file fold well away from stamp, light horizontal file fold barely affects stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND FASCINATING 1847 ISSUE COVER CARRIED BY RAILROAD TO BOSTON AND THEN BY CUNARD STEAMSHIP TO ENGLAND FOR TRANSPORTATION ACROSS THE CHANNEL TO THE FINAL DESTINATION IN BELGIUM.

A total of eight covers with stamps of the 1847 Issue are known addressed to Belgium, including three with single copies of the 5c, three with pairs of the 5c, two with single copies of the 10c and the famous combination cover with a strip of three of the 10c and single 5c used in the Retaliatory Rate period. Only three of these bear a railroad cancel (all from the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad); two of the three are single frankings.

Ex Ishikawa and Hackmey.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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318
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 318, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Huge margins showing framelines of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, tied by blue grid cancel, matching partly readable strike of "Philada. Pa. 5cts Apr. 16" integral-rate circular datestamp on 1850 folded letter to Amsterdam, Holland, sender's route directive "Steamer from N. York to Liverpool", carried on the Cunarder Europa, which departed from New York on April 17 and arrived at Liverpool on April 29, red London receiving backstamp (Apr. 30), manuscript "1/4" 1sh4p British and "100" Dutch cents due markings, red Amsterdam receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM 5-CENT 1847 ON AN EXCEPTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE FOLDED LETTER TO HOLLAND FROM THE ALSTORPHIUS & VON HEMERT CORRESPONDENCE.

There are approximately 21 1847 Issue covers to Holland, all with the 5c stamp.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Boker.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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319
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 319, Mail to France, Italy, Germany, Silesia, Prague, Belgium, Holland5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Large even margins, tied by one of two strikes of blue "Philada. Pa. Dec. 17" circular datestamp on green 1849 folded letter to Amsterdam, Holland, sender's route directive "Steamer from Boston to Liverpool", carried on the Cunarder Europa, which departed from Boston on December 19 and arrived at Liverpool on December 30, red London receiving backstamp (Dec. 31), manuscript "1/4" 1sh4p British and "100" Dutch cents due markings, red "ENGELAND/OVER OSTENDE" oval backstamp, red Amsterdam receiving backstamp, minor wear along folds

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE TO HOLLAND FROM THE ALSTORPHIUS & VON HEMERT CORRESPONDENCE.

There are approximately 21 1847 Issue covers to Holland, all with the 5c stamp. It is very unusual for covers to Holland via England to be marked with any type of auxiliary marking, such as this "Engeland over Ostende" handstamp.

Ex Rust and Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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