FINE AND RARE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVER TO AUSTRALIA. THE USE OF MACONDRAY & CO. TO FORWARD THIS COVER IS MOST UNUSUAL.
Although the U.S. rate to Melbourne, Victoria, would have been 10c per half-ounce whether mailed at Boston or San Francisco, for some reason this letter was forwarded outside the regular mails to Macondray & Co. in San Francisco and posted there. It was carried on the first sailing under the new direct service to Australia by American Packet and should have been delivered without any additional charges. However, on arrival it was treated as partially prepaid with two shillings (48c) due from addressee.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED 15-CENT 1869 COVERS TO TURKEY. AN OUTSTANDING FOREIGN MAIL USE.
VERY FINE CENTERING. AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL INVERT.
Our recently-updated census of Scott 119b, available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/119b/119b.pdf , records three unused and 100 used copies of Scott 119b (there are an additional three used examples of Scott 119c). Two of the used copies are in institutions -- the Tapling Collection at the British Library and the Miller Collection at The New York Public Library.
Census No. 119b-CAN-79. P.S.E. encapsulated (G 30)