Sale 1119 — The Steven Walske Collection of US-France Transatlantic Mail

Sale Date — Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Category — 1851-56 Issue, cont.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
536°
c
Sale 1119, Lot 536, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (12). Horizontal strip of three and single, full to large margins essentially throughout, close only at bottom of center stamp in strip, both tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 8" circular datestamp on 1856 blue folded letter to Pontay, France, red "New York Am. Pkt. Nov. 15" circular datestamp, carried by New York & Havre Line steamer Fulton on Nov. 17, arriving Le Havre on Dec. 1, red "Outre-Mer Le Havre 1 Dec. '56" arrival datestamp for incoming ship (non-contract) mail, "6" decimes due, transit and receiving backstamps, just a slight hint of cover toning mentioned for accuracy but not described on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. THE ONLY 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE COVER CORRECTLY PREPAYING THE 20-CENT RATE TO FRANCE VIA AMERICAN PACKET DIRECT. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING 1856 5-CENT JEFFERSON IMPERFORATE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

The Act of March 3, 1851, set the direct American Packet plus inland postage at 20c per half ounce, effective July 1. The two ships of the Havre line, Fulton and Arago, made only twelve trips during the twelve months between the 5c 1856 stamp's issue date and implementation of the new 15c U.S.-France treaty rate (Frajola and Mayer, p. 56). While there are a few other covers bearing multiple copies of the 5c 1856 stamp that were sent via American Packet, this is the only one on which the 20c rate was correctly prepaid. Two others from the Mayer collection bear 21c in postage, sufficient for any service to France.

Ex Brown, Knapp, Ishikawa and Mayer. With 1993 P.F. certificate. Illustrated in Henry Hill's 5c 1856-61 book on p. 18. Illustrated in Brookman Vol. I on p. 152 (where it is misdescribed). Illustrated in Frajola and Mayer on p. 56

E. 60,000-80,000
62,500
537
c
Sale 1119, Lot 537, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (12). Full even margins, deep rich color, cancelled by red segmented grid and tied by matching "New Bedford Mass. Paid Mar. 31" (1856) circular datestamp on buff cover to Paris, France, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Apr. 2" circular datestamp, red London transit backstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Apr. 14) and "13" decimes due, Paris receiving backstamp, stamp with tiny scissors-cut in lower left margin, Extremely Fine first month use of the 5c 1856 Issue, ex Haas, "Sevenoaks" and Mayer, illustrated in Frajola and Mayer on p. 52, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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538
c
Sale 1119, Lot 538, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (12). Full margins to large at top, tied by clear strike of "New Orleans La. Mar. 6" circular datestamp on 1857 folded letter to Paris, France, "Boston Br. Pkt. 25 Mar." circular datestamp struck on back, red London transit backstamp, "GB/1F60C" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Apr. 7), "16" decimes due handstamp for double rate, Very Fine, a choice cover with all markings unusually well-struck and a scarce Three Months period use (only twelve eastbound sailings during this period), carried on Cunarder America, departing Boston Mar. 25 and arriving Liverpool Apr. 6, per the 1856 GB-France treaty, Great Britain bulk-debited France 16 decimes per 30 grams, French inland postage was 4 decimes for 7.5 grams, so the total due for a single-weight letter was 8 decimes

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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539°
c
Sale 1119, Lot 539, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (12). Position 50R1, huge side margins including "(E)NGRAVERS Phila" portion of imprint at right and trace of adjoining stamp at left, just touched at top and bottom, used with perforated 1857 10c Green, Ty. II (32), deep shade, both stamps tied by grid cancels, "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 15" circular datestamp on 1858 cover to Paris France, red Philadelphia 6c credit datestamp, carried on Collins Line steamer Baltic, arriving Liverpool Jan. 28, French receiving and transit datestamps, 5c stamp with light corner crease at top left

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE WITH IMPRINT.

The 5c stamp was issued in 1856, five years after the 1c, 3c and 12c values and one year after the 10c were issued. It was typically used to pay the 5c shore-to-ship rate for mail sent overseas and also in multiples for the 10c transcontinental or 15c U.S.-French treaty rates.

The plate used to print the 5c 1856 imperforate and its Type I perforated counterparts has never been fully reconstructed, due to the lack of multiples or significant plating marks. However, 5c stamps with imprints or corner sheet margins can be reliably plated. We record only thirteen copies with part of the imprint, with this the only example we are aware of on cover (the strip of four pictured in the Hill book has been removed from its cover). The famed Mayer collection had imprint singles but none on cover.

Mr. Walske acquired this cover in our 1997 Rarities sale, where it was offered to collectors the first time

E. 7,500-10,000
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540
c
Sale 1119, Lot 540, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (12). Vertical pair and single, full to large margins, tied by "New Orleans La. Jul. 29" circular datestamp on 1857 blue folded letter with merchant's albino embossed corner card to Nantes, France, red "New York Paid 3 Aug. 8" credit datestamp, Le Havre arrival datestamp (Aug. 21), transit and receiving backstamps including arrival in Nantes on Aug. 22, single stamp with tiny corner crease

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USE OF THREE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE STAMPS ON AN 1857 TREATY RATE COVER TO FRANCE BY AMERICAN PACKET DIRECT TO LE HAVRE.

The 1857 U.S.-France treaty set a fully prepaid rate of 15c per -1/4 ounce, effective April 1. On American Packet Direct mail, the U.S. credited France 3c for inland postage and retained 12c for U.S. inland plus packet postage. Despite the availability of 5c 1856 Issue stamps as New Orleans, covers bearing three 5c stamps to pay the 15c American Packet Direct service are very rare. This was carried on the Vanderbilt Line's Ariel from New York on Aug. 8, arriving Southampton on Aug. 20.

Ex Mayer

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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541
c
Sale 1119, Lot 541, 1851-56 Issue, cont.10c Green, Ty. II (14). Positions 51-52R1, horizontal pair, clear to huge margins including left interpane margin with centerline, affixed to flap and tied by large "New Orleans La. Jan. 30" circular datestamp, second strike on front on 1856 blue folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Am. Pkt. Feb. 9" circular datestamp, carried on New York & Havre Line Fulton on Feb. 9, arriving Le Havre Feb. 25, red arrival datestamp and "6" decimes due, receiving datestamp on flap, Very Fine, a choice and rare use showing correct prepayment of the 20c American Packet Direct rate with a sheet-margin pair of the 10c 1855 Issue

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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542
c
Sale 1119, Lot 542, 1851-56 Issue, cont.10c Green, Ty. III (15). Horizontal pair, huge margins to just touched at bottom left with portions of adjoining stamps at top, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), recut at top and bottom, all stamps tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 23, 1857" circular datestamp on folded letter to Bordeaux, France, part strike of red "New York Am. Pkt. Jan. 31" circular datestamp, "GB 40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, French entry and receiving datestamps with "5" decimes due (10 centimes to Great Britain), light file fold, Very Fine and colorful, carried on the Collins Line steamer Atlantic, arriving Liverpool Feb. 14, very rare American Packet 1857 "Three Months" use (only eight sailings)

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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543
c
Sale 1119, Lot 543, 1851-56 Issue, cont.10c Green, Ty. III-II-III (15/14/15). Positions 69/79/89L1, vertical strip of three, top and bottom stamps Ty. III, middle stamp Ty. II, large margins all around, tied by three strikes of "New Orleans La. Aug. 18, 1857" circular datestamp on folded letter to Trie-sur-Baise, France and misdirected to Aachen via Prussian Closed Mail, red "7" credit handstamp to Prussia, "Boston Br. Pkt. Aug. 26" backstamp, red "Aachen Franco" boxed handstamp, returned to Boston when the error was discovered and blue pen "France" added to address, re-struck with red "Boston 24 Oct. 7" credit datestamp (double rate), sent via Cunarder Canada, arriving Liverpool Oct. 18, French arrival, transit and receiving datestamps, Very Fine and most unusual, the Boston office must have been confused by the address (perhaps thought it was "Trier"), illustrated and discussed in Ashbrook's Special Service no. 21, p. 147

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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544
c
Sale 1119, Lot 544, 1851-56 Issue, cont.12c Black (17). Used with three singles 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by two strikes of "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 22" circular datestamp on 1856 cover to Marseilles, France, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 3" circular datestamp, British and French transit and arrival datestamps including one which ties the 12c stamp, "GB 40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, "5" decimes due handstamp, some slight soiling and wear, still Very Fine and attractive 21c rate by American Packet, carried on Collins Line steamer Baltic, leaving New York Jan. 3 and arriving Liverpool Jan. 17, very rare American Packet 1857 "Three Months" use (only eight sailings), with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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545
c
Sale 1119, Lot 545, 1851-56 Issue, cont.12c Black (17). Large margins to barely touched at lower right, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), both tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 8" circular datestamp on 1857 folded cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 6 Apr. 18" credit datestamp, large red boxed "P.D." handstamp, French arrival datestamp, Paris receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a lovely 15c treaty-rate cover sent by American Packet, carried on the Ocean Line steamer Washington, departed New York Apr. 18 and arrived Southampton May 3, this was the third-to-last Ocean Line sailing

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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546
c
Sale 1119, Lot 546, 1851-56 Issue, cont.3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Two singles affixed slightly overlapping, tied by red "Boston B. Pkt. Paid Feb. 24" circular datestamp on small 1858 cover to Paris, France, neat strike of "GB/1F60c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Mar. 10) and "8" decimes due, Very Fine, an attractive use of 3c 1857 Issue overpaying the British Open Mail rate by 1c, carried on Cunarder Niagara, arriving Liverpool Mar. 9, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
275
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547
c
Sale 1119, Lot 547, 1851-56 Issue, cont.3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Vertical block of ten, bright color, cancelled by four strikes of "Galveston Tex. Apr. 1, 1860" double-circle datestamp and tied by red "New York Paid 24" credit datestamp on light blue folded cover to Montech, France, carried by Cunarder Arabia from New York on Apr. 11, arriving Liverpool Apr. 22, French arrival datestamp (Apr. 26), transit and receiving backstamps, very slight wear at edges, left perfs blunted from placement at edge of cover and some perf separations bottom pair

VERY FINE. A STRIKING COVER FROM GALVESTON TEXAS, FRANKED WITH A BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 3-CENT 1857 TYPE III, FOR DOUBLE THE 15-CENT RATE TO FRANCE VIA ENGLAND.

Ex Moody, Grunin and Zoellner

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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548
c
Sale 1119, Lot 548, 1851-56 Issue, cont.5c Red Brown (28). Vertical strip of three with left interpane margin and part centerline, full perfs all around (rare thus -- these are usually scissors-separated), in the shade of the 1856 imperforate, tied by two strikes of "New Orleans La. Oct. 22, 1857" circular datestamp, red "New York Paid 3 Oct. 31" credit datestamp (in error, should be 6c) on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, carried on Vanderbilt Line steamer North Star, arriving Southampton Nov. 13, bold small boxed "PD" handstamp, scarce red "Et. Unis Am. V.A. Havre" arrival datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine, a choice use of the perforated 5c Red Brown from New Orleans, ex Hill and Hubbard, signed Ashbrook

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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