Sale 1119 — The Steven Walske Collection of US-France Transatlantic Mail
Sale Date — Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE TRIPLE-RATE USE TO FRANCE VIA ENGLAND, COMBINING THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL WITH 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Fewer than five combinations of the 30c F Grill and 15c Ty. I Pictorial Issue are recorded. We are aware of only two other such combinations to France, one offered in lot 603 and the other last sold in our Sale 948, lot 450.
Ex Dr. LeBow
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE TRIPLE-RATE USE COMBINING THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL WITH THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, ON A FRENCH PACKET DIRECT COVER TO PARIS.
This was carried by the CGT Ligne H steamer Ville de Paris from New York on June 12, arriving Brest on June 21. Fewer than five combinations of the 30c F Grill and 15c Ty. I Pictorial Issue are recorded. We are aware of only two other such combinations to France, one offered in lot 602 and the other last sold in our Sale 948, lot 450.
Ex Gibson. Illustrated in Walske article (Chronicle 246)
VERY FINE USE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE II 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER TO FRANCE IN MARCH 1870, ATTEMPTING TO PAY THE OBSOLETE 15-CENT TREATY RATE.
The 1857 U.S.-French postal treaty expired on Dec. 31, 1869, making it difficult to fully prepay postage between the two countries, and impossible to fully prepay postage to France with U.S. stamps alone (with the exception of the unannounced phantom rate from New York via British mails). This cover was prepaid for the expired 15c treaty rate and was sent via the 10c American Packet Direct rate, with French postage due on arrival. This was carried by the Ruger's Line Rising Star from New York on Mar. 24, arriving Le Havre on Apr. 9, where the obsolete entry marking was struck. This was the second of only three sailings by the line