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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4111
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4111, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Bright shade, cancelled by deep green cork cancel, matching "Murfreesborough Tenn. Jan. 29" circular datestamp on square cover to local addressee, some minor soiling, Very Fine, the Murfreesborough green is one of the richest of green inks used to cancel stamps, it is rare on the 1c 1869, ex Coulter

E. 750-1,000
500
4112
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4112, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Balance of five covers, first tied by blue segmented cork cancel with matching "Lexington Ky. Feb. 9" (1870) circular datestamp on large piece of U.S. Internal Revenue printed tax form to local addressee, Very Fine, ex Wunsch, second used with 2c Red Brown (146), "Clarendon Springs Vt. Jul. 25" circular datestamp on orange cover to Highgate Vt., slightly reduced at right, Fine and scarce, ex "Mercedes", two local uses incl. one with Salt Lake City rimless circular datestamp, finally one used with No. 77 to Germany but 1c stamp defective, otherwise Fine, overall an attractive and worthwile group

E. 750-1,000
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4113
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4113, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Used with 3c Green and 10c Brown (147, 150), cancelled by quartered corks, "Stillwater Min. Oct. 14" circular datestamp on orange cover to Switzerland, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 19" circular datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, 1870 docketing at left, Fine use sent by Swiss Closed Mail via England, ex "Mercedes"

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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4114
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4114, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Balance of four covers, first with single 2c and horizontal pair 10c Yellow Green, F. Grill (96) on cover to Callao, Peru, neat "Bath Me. May 17" backstamp, 2c stamp clipped top right corner prior to use, still Fine mixed franking paying the 22c rate, second vertical pair on small cover to Paris, France, "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy marking, stamps slightly affected from placement near edge of cover, appears Very Fine, other two are domestic uses incl. pair from South Bethlehem Pa. and single on Scientific American illustrated advertising cover, overall Fine and desirable group

E. 500-750
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4115
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4115, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Cancelled by bold "R" fancy cancel, "Rochester N.Y. Aug. 30" circular datestamp on American Agriculturist illustrated advertising cover to Egypt N.Y., Very Fine, a marvelous combination of fancy cancel and advertising cover, ex Knapp and Forster, with 1979 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
950
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4116
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4116, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by quartered cork cancel, part strike of town circular datestamp (most likely Poughkeepsie N.Y.) on multicolored illustrated advertising cover for Eastman's Penmans Assistant, addressed in beautiful Spencerian script to La Porto Indiana, stamp with 5mm tear at top, still Very Fine appearance, a spectacular early multicolor advertising design, especially desirable with the 1869 issue franking, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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4117
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4117, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Two covers, first tied by odd cork in circle cancel and "Willimantic Ct. Nov. 30" circular datestamp on Seymour and Blair Campaign cover to Green R.I., with original 1869 enclosure, slightly reduced at right, stamp with nearly invisible small edge tear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Baker, second tied by boldly struck geometric cancel, matching "Winthrop Con. Jan. 18" circular datestamp on Grant and Colfax Campaign cover to North Killingworth Conn., slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, ex Juhring, a wonderful matched pair of 1868 Presidential Campaign covers and highly exhibitable, Grant and Colfax were elected with 72% of the electoral vote (including Connecticut and Rhode Island) and 52.7% of the popular vote in 1868

E. 500-750
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4118
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4118, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by green circle of wedges cancel with matching "(Owego) N.Y. Aug. 5" double-circle datestamp on cover to Van Hornesville N.Y., Very Fine scarce with the green cancel, with 2007 P.F. certificate, Scott assigns a premium of $400.00 for off-cover with a green cancel

E. 300-400
300
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4119
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4119, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Bright color, cancelled by green cork cancel, matching "Murfeesborough Tenn. Apr. 6" circular datestamp on cover to Clarksville Tex., minor perf flaw at top right, Very Fine and quite scarce with the green cancel, especially addressed to Texas, Scott assigns a premium of $400.00 for off-cover with a green cancel

E. 400-500
275
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4120
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4120, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine, Advertising Covers (114), 3c Ultramarine, Advertising Covers (114)3c Ultramarine, Advertising Covers (114). Three, first tied by target cancel with "Oneida N.Y. Sep. 3" double-circle datestamp on coffin and casket maker's illustrated corner card cover to Turin N.Y., Very Fine, unusual theme, second with Ann Arbor Mich. double-circle datestamp on buff "Dr. Chase's Steam Printing House" illustrated cover to Chelsea Mich., Very Fine, third on illustrated cover for "Prang's American Chromos" of Boston, to Andover Ohio, some slight wear, Fine, ex Gibson

E. 400-500
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4121
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4121, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Used with 1c Ultramarine (145), tied by target cancels, "Northampton Ms. Nov. 18" (1870) double-circle datestamp on cover to Benjamin Smith Lyman in Calcutta, India, backstamped "New-York Nov. 19" and "Insufficiently Paid" (in black) with blue crayon "6", changed to "4" (also in blue crayon) and annotated "Ret. for postage", red "New-York Dec. 15" datestamp and matching "Insufficiently Paid" straightline handstamp, red London transit (Dec. 27), "PAID-ONLY/TO ENGLAND" two-line handstamp, routed via Brindisi with blue Verviers-Cologne transit (Jan. 12) on back, Bombay and Calcutta backstamps, "St. Bo. A-P 8-8" due handstamp (8 annas--8 pie, or 26c U.S.), with original enclosure, 3c stamp with small tear, cover with sealed tear at top affecting postmark and minor repair along top left edge

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR 1869 AND BANK NOTE MIXED-ISSUE USE DEMONSTRATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF FOREIGN-MAIL RATES DURING THE 1869-70 PERIOD.

According to the PRA 1978 Register article on the Lyman correspondence, this cover was franked for the 4c British Open Mail rate, but the foreign mail clerk in New York rejected the prepayment. It evidently cleared New York on Dec. 15 (1870) and arrived in England after the route to India via Marseilles was terminated due to the Franco-Prussian War. It was sent via Ostende (Belgium), Coeln (Germany) and Brindisi, but the surcharge for this route was not charged in India, thus they applied the 8a-8p due marking for the old via Marseilles route (30c less 4c because of the "Paid Only to England" marking). The Via Brindisi route was in use for less than nine months.

Benjamin Smith Lyman was a mining engineer for the Department of Public Works in India. The small Lyman correspondence is a challenge to postal historians, each cover presenting a peculiar franking and complex array of markings. Elliott Coulter always considered this cover the "pick of the litter" of the Lyman group.

Ex Coulter. With 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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4122
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4122, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Pair, tied by targets, "New Providence Ioa. Feb. 3" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover to Dublin, Ireland, backstamped Montreal (Feb. 8), red New York transit (Feb. 12), forwarded to Belfast with Great Britain 1864 1p Red (33) tied by Dublin duplex datestamp and diamond numeral grid, "H. & A. Pct. A Fe 24 3 1870" and Belfast (Feb. 25), repaired tear at top clear of stamps, otherwise Fine, evidently sent by Chicago exchange office to Montreal for an Allan Line sailing but redirected to New York, illustrated in Rose book (p. 56) and Forster article on mixed frankings (1982 Register, p. 93), ex Coulter

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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4123
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4123, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Horizontal strip of three and single, intense shade and impression, tied by strikes of quartered cork cancels, light strike of magenta "Phila. Pa. O. Mail Oct. 12" circular datestamp on 1869 cover to London, England, red receiving datestamp, some slight edgewear, right stamp small flaw at right not mentioned on accompanying certificate, still Very Fine, carried aboard the Cunarder China, which departed New York on Oct. 13 and arrived in Queenstown Oct. 22, ex Juhring and Eubanks, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
500
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4124
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4124, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine, Life Insurance Covers (115), 6c Ultramarine, Life Insurance Covers (115)6c Ultramarine, Life Insurance Covers (115). Two, first deep shade, tied by circle of wedges, "Milwaukee Wis. Jun. 28" circular datestamp on Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance corner card cover to Mount Morris N.Y., Very Fine, scarce 6c advertising usage, ex "European" and Mack, second used with 3c Green (147), small "OK" cancels, matching "Tolland Ct. Jan. 20" circular datestamp on legal-size L.S. Fuller life insurance co. corner card cover to Putnam Conn., slightly reduced at right, Fine triple-rate mixed-issue franking

E. 500-750
275
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4125
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4125, 1869 Pictorial Issue1869 Pictorial Issue, Foreign Destination Covers (115-117), 1869 Pictorial Issue, Foreign Destination Covers (115-117)1869 Pictorial Issue, Foreign Destination Covers (115-117). Two covers each of the 6c-12c values, two 6c are solo uses to London and Montreal, 10c both solo uses to Germany, first 12c used with two 2c and 6c Bank Note (146, 148) to Callao, Peru, one 2c and 6c stamp defective, ex Arthur White, second 12c used with 3c Ultramarine (114) to Paris, each cover with appropriate credit and transit markings, a few additional small flaws but overall a colorful and attractive group, one P.F. certificate accompanies

E. 1,000-1,500
475
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4126
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4126, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Well-centered, tied by blue Star fancy cancel, magenta "Phila. Paid All May 4" circular datestamp on cover to Manchester, England, receiving backstamp, with original enclosure, missing part of backflap causing few small tears at top edge of cover, still the stamp is Extremely Fine, ex Gibson

E. 400-500
475
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4127
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4127, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Just tied by segmented cork cancel, red "Boston Paid Oct. 3" circular datestamp on 1869 cover to London, England, addressed to the Commander of the U.S. Frigate Sabine, red London receiving datestamp, also with red B.F. Stevens Despatch Agent's handstamp dated Oct. 18, manuscript "Villa Franca Oct.28.69" at top left (probably indicating where delivered by the despatch agent), Very Fine, the Sabine was originally involved in the Civil War as part of the Atlantic Blockade Squadron and in 1860-70 served as a training ship in Europe and the Mediterranean

E. 400-500
225
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4128
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4128, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Used with 12c Green (117), both tied by cork cancels on 1870 registered yellow courthouse cover to Greensboro Ga., manuscript Green County Ga. origination at top, "4803" registration no., extensive receiving court docketing on back, 12c stamp with tiny tear at right, 15c stamp with small nick at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce quadruple-rate domestic cover paying the 15c registry fee, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
160
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4129
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4129, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Tied by "New Orleans La. May 5" (1869) circular datestamp and cork cancel on blue folded letter to Chateau de Portels, Gironde, France, red "New York Paid 3 May 11" credit datestamp, blue "ETATS-UNIS PAQ. FR. 2 LE HAVRE 2 22 MAI 69" octagonal arrival datestamp and "PD" in frame, vertical fold creases stamp, which has been lifted and reaffixed, otherwise Fine

E. 400-500
225
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4130
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4130, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Tied by black cork cancel on 1869 cover to Paris, France, "New York 24 Jun. 8" debit datestamp struck over red New York 8c credit datestamp, with straightline "INSUFFICIENTLY PAID", blue French transit and "16" decimes due markings also tie stamp, some edgewear, Fine, the partial payment was not counted on this double-rate cover, ex Rose, with 1980 P.F. certificate

1,900
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4131
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4131, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Dark colors, tied by quartered cork cancel, indistinct red "New York Paid All Direct" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 1869 Basel and Zurich backstamps, faint horizontal file fold, Very Fine, ex Hillmer

E. 500-750
325
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4132
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4132, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Horizontal pair, intense shades and impressions, tied by cork cancels, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 15" circular datestamp on small cover to Naples, Italy, transit and receiving backstamps, Very Fine, scarce double-rate franking with 1869 Pictorial Issue

E. 400-500
300
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