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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Category — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
597
c
Sale 1119, Lot 597, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115). Tied by cork cancel, “New Orleans La. Aug. 1” circular datestamp with day slug inverted, on 1870 folded printed notice to Bordeaux, France, red “New York Aug. 6” circular datestamp, neat strike of “GB/40c” Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Aug. 20) and “5” decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, there was never a 6c rate to France, so 6c 1869 stamps used alone to France are very rare, this overpays the 4c rate by British Open Mail

E. 500-750
350
598
c
Sale 1119, Lot 598, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116). Tied by light cork cancel with "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 3" (1869) circular datestamp, red "New York Paid 6 Aug. 12" credit datestamp on small cover to Combourg, France, carried on NGL steamer Hermann from New York on Aug. 12, arriving Southampton Aug. 23, blue Calais arrival datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, backflap tear, Very Fine, a pretty cover which was underpaid for the 15c rate but accepted as fully prepaid, ex Hill, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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599
c
Sale 1119, Lot 599, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116). Tied by bold quartered cork cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 29" circular datestamp on blue 1870 Phantom Rate folded cover to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jul. 6" backstamp, red London transit (Jul 19) and "PD" in circle handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Jul 20), missing part of backflap, Very Fine, a beautiful example of the elusive Phantom Rate, effective July 1, 1870 (after this cover was mailed but before it arrived in New York), the new Anglo-French postal convention reduced the rate between Great Britain and France to 3p per 10 grams, which in turn reduced the Phantom Rate from 12c to 10c (with a corresponding reduction in credit to GB from 8c to 6c), carried on the Cunarder Aleppo, arriving Queenstown Jul. 18

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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600
c
Sale 1119, Lot 600, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116). Tied by fancy grid in serrated circle cancel, "Castroville Tex. Sep. 14" (1872) circular datestamp, red "New York Paid 6 Sep. 25" credit datestamp on cover to Givors, France, red London transit datestamp (Oct. 7) and "PD" in circle, Calais arrival datestamp (Oct. 8), transit and receiving backstamps, overall light soiling and stamp with light crease, minor edgewear, Fine and unusual use from this Texas town, paying the by-then announced 10c rate to France via England, ex Krug, signed Ashbrook, with 1951 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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601
c
Sale 1119, Lot 601, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116). Vertical pair, superb centering, tiny corner crease, cancelled by two strikes of blue target, "Nat. Mil. Asylum O. May 1" (Dayton O.) circular datestamp on brown legal-size cover to Ensisheim, Alsace, France, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 4" datestamp, "Ensisheim 2-3M 19 5" receiving backstamp, with original 1871 enclosure from an inmate to the mayor of his native town, Very Fine, carried on the Malta on the last Cunard sailing from New York for 2-1/2 years, when this was mailed on May 1, 1871, Alsace was still technically French, although German forces controlled the region -- by the time it reached Ensisheim, the treaty ending the Franco-Prussian War and ceding Alsace to Germany had been signed, ex Coulter

E. 750-1,000
850
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602°
c
Sale 1119, Lot 602, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Used with 30c Orange, F. Grill (100), both tied by quartered cork cancels, two strikes of red "New York Paid Aug. 23" (1869) credit datestamps, one for 48c and one for 36c (both in error as credit should have been 18c), on triple-rate blue folded cover to Avignon, France, carried by Cunarder Scotia, arriving Queenstown Sep. 3, red Calais arrival datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, 15c stamp with tiny margin tear

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

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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603°
c
Sale 1119, Lot 603, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Used with 30c Orange, F. Grill (100), both tied by quartered cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Jun. 7" circular datestamp, red "New York Paid 36 Jun. 12" credit datestamp on 1869 folded tissue-paper cover to Paris, France, red boxed "PD" handstamp, "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. H No. 3 12 Juin '69" embarkation datestamp, stamps with some slight perf toning, file folds including one thru 30c stamp, minor edgewear

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)

E. 7,500-10,000
7,250
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604
c
Sale 1119, Lot 604, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Tied by bold strike of small eight-point star fancy cancel, "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 15" circular datestamp, red "New York Mar. 24" exchange office datestamp on 1870 blue folded letter carried by Ruger's Line to Jarnac, France, rare "Et. Unis Serv. Am. V.A. Havre 3 Avril. '70" arrival datestamp (re-use of obsolete 1863 marking), "8" decimes due, transit and receiving backstamps

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

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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605
c
Sale 1119, Lot 605, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Exceptional depth of colors, tied by Leaf cancel with red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 24" (1869) credit datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, carried on CGT Ligne H steamer St. Laurent, arriving Brest Aug. 3, red boxed "PD" handstamp ties stamp, blue "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. 2 Brest 2" obsolete arrival datestamp also ties stamp, Very Fine, a colorful and rare use by French Packet Direct, the Brest datestamp was from 1865-66 and was applied in Paris only for this single later sailing, possibly because the proper Ligne H marking (or mail clerk) was not present on the St. Laurent when it sailed, ex Hill and Haas, illustrated in Michael Laurence's Ten-Cent 1869 Covers on p. 151 and in Walske article (Chronicle 246)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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