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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Category — Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via England

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
664
c
Sale 1119, Lot 664, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandNew York to Cognac, France via American Packet. Sep. 23, 1847 datelined folded letter from New York to Cognac, France, prepaid 24c American Packet postage with red "Paid" arc handstamp and carried on the second sailing of the Ocean Line's Washington, arrived Southampton Oct. 9 and taken directly from steamship to Le Havre with red Oct. 11 arrival datestamp, manuscript "9" decimes due for one-decime ship fee plus inland postage, Very Fine, the mail from the second thru sixth American Packet sailings was carried privately to Le Havre, thereby bypassing the 10-decimes British discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 500-750
375
665
c
Sale 1119, Lot 665, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandNew York to Montpellier, France via American Packet. 1848 brown cover to Cognac, France, carried from New York on the Hermann (Ocean Line's fifth sailing and maiden voyage for this ship), departed Mar. 21 and arrived Southampton Apr. 11, taken directly from steamship to Le Havre with red Apr. 13 arrival datestamp, manuscript "21" decimes due for one-decime ship fee plus inland postage, file fold, Very Fine, the mail from the second thru sixth American Packet sailings was carried privately to Le Havre, thereby bypassing the 10-decimes British discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 300-400
375
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666
c
Sale 1119, Lot 666, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandPhiladelphia to Cognac, France via American Packet. Apr. 19, 1848 datelined folded letter from Philadelphia to Cognac, France, red crayon "29" for prepaid 24c American Packet plus 5c postage to New York, carried on the sixth sailing of the Ocean Line's Washington, arrived Southampton May 10 and taken directly from steamship to Le Havre with May 12 arrival datestamp, manuscript "12" decimes due for 7.5-10 grams weight, two file folds, Very Fine, the mail from the second thru sixth American Packet sailings was carried privately to Le Havre, thereby bypassing the 10-decimes British discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 200-300
375
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667
c
Sale 1119, Lot 667, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandNew York to Cognac, France via American Packet. Red "New-York Jul. 20" circular datestamp, pencil "24" for American Packet postage on 1848 folded letter to Cognac, France, carried on the Washington (Ocean Line's eighth sailing), departed New York July 20 and arrived Southampton Aug. 3, routed direct to Boulogne with two strikes of double-circle datestamp and "19" decimes due, including 10-decimes discriminatory sea postage credit to Great Britain, Very Fine precursor to the Retaliatory Rate period, the eighth and 13th Ocean Line sailings were routed via Boulogne as 1843 GB-France Treaty letters and thus were subjected to the discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 300-400
180
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668
c
Sale 1119, Lot 668, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandNew York to Vosges, France via American Packet. Red "New-York Jun. 20" circular datestamp, pencil "24" for American Packet postage on 1849 cover to Vosges, France, carried on the Hermann (Ocean Line's 17th sailing), departed N.Y. June 20 and arrived Southampton July 4, routed to Le Havre with red "Angl. Par Le Havre 5 Jul. '49" arrival datestamp, "19" decimes due, including 10-decimes discriminatory sea postage credit to Great Britain, minor soiling confined mostly to back, still Very Fine, the first, 11th and 14th-17th Ocean Line sailings were routed direct to Le Havre as 1843 GB-France Treaty letters and thus were subjected to the discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 300-400
750
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669
c
Sale 1119, Lot 669, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandNew York to Cognac, France via American Packet. Mar. 20, 1849 dateline on folded letter from New York to Cognac, France, pencil "24" for American Packet postage, carried on the Washington (Ocean Line's 14th sailing), departed New York Mar. 20 and arrived Southampton April 5, routed to Le Havre with red "Angl. Par Le Havre 8 Avril '49" arrival datestamp, "18" decimes due, including 10-decimes discriminatory sea postage credit to Great Britain, manuscript "W" for 10-15 grams weight, Very Fine, the first, 11th and 14th-17th Ocean Line sailings were routed direct to Le Havre as 1843 GB-France Treaty letters and thus were subjected to the discriminatory sea postage charge

E. 300-400
550
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670
c
Sale 1119, Lot 670, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandParis, France to New Orleans via American Packet. Paris Jul. 17, 1848 double-circle datestamp on folded letter to New Orleans, manuscript American Packet route and ship directive at top, pen "5" for French inland postage on reverse (should have also been charged one-decime ship fee), red Jul. 18 Le Havre double-circle datestamp, carried directly to Hermann Ocean Line American Packet steamship (seventh sailing), departed Southampton Jul. 21 and arrived New York Aug. 5, large red "New York Ship 34cts. Aug. 5" circular datestamp for 24c packet fee plus 10c over-300 miles postage to New Orleans, letter missing one leaf but all flaps intact, Very Fine and rare with fewer than five westbound Ocean Line covers recorded from this period, only specifically endorsed mail to the U.S. was carried by American Packet steamers, all other mail was routed to British Packet steamers, this letter also avoided the discriminatory sea postage charge by being carried directly to the Ocean Line steamer without entering the British mails

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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671
c
Sale 1119, Lot 671, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandLa Rochelle, France to New Orleans. La Rochelle Feb. 24, 1852 double-circle datestamp with manuscript "13" decimes on back of folded letter to New Orleans, Paris arrival backstamp, "New-York 5c Mar. 12" due circular datestamp, green "N.O.U.S. City Post Mar. 21" snow-shovel datestamp with matching "Car.2" in circle handstamp for 2c carrier fee, red boxed "PD", Very Fine and attractive example of mail from France delivered by carrier in New Orleans

E. 300-400
325
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672
c
Sale 1119, Lot 672, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandSan Francisco to Dordogne, France. Red "San Francisco Cal. 15 Apr." (1851) circular datestamp on small cover to Dordogne, France, clear strikes of "Paid" straightline and "56" rate handstamp for prepaid 16c American Packet plus 40c U.S. transcontinental postage, red London transit backstamp and "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, red Calais arrival datestamp (Jun. 6), "15" decimes due including continued 10 decimes discriminatory sea postage to Great Britain, Very Fine and rare example of the "56" rate handstamp which was in use only from November 1850 to June 1851, carried from San Francisco via PMSC steamer Panama arriving Panama May 2, left Chagres via USMC steamer El Dorado arriving New York May 17, then carried on Collins Line steamer Arctic from New York on May 24, arriving Liverpool June 4, ex Pearce

E. 500-750
1,500
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673
c
Sale 1119, Lot 673, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandSan Francisco to Nantes, France. Red "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." (1851) circular datestamp on cover to Nantes, France, red "56" rate handstamp for 16c American Packet plus 40c U.S. transcontinental inland postage, Southampton transit backstamp, red French arrival datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, provisional "8" decimes due showing elimination of 10 decimes discriminatory sea postage, Very Fine cover with the "56" rate handstamp which was in use only from November 1850 to June 1851, carried from San Francisco via PMSC steamer Constitution arriving Panama June 23, left Chagres via USMC steamer Empire City arriving New York July 7, then carried on Ocean Line steamer Hermann from New York on July 12, arriving Southampton July 26

E. 400-500
1,300
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674
c
Sale 1119, Lot 674, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandSan Francisco to Bordeaux, France. Red "San Francisco Cal. 1 Aug." (1851) circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "22" (in error) handstamps on cover to Bordeaux, France, red London transit backstamp, red Paris arrival datestamp (Sep. 26) and Bordeaux receiving datestamp, "8" decimes due, Very Fine, a rare example of the 22c rate struck in San Francisco in error, on July 1, 1851 the domestic U.S. transcontinental rate was reduced to 6c so San Francisco struck 22c for 16c American Packet plus 6c, however the transcontinental rate for overseas mail was 10c (5c uniform rate plus 5c surcharge) so the correct rate was 26c, this rating error was used for only two months, carried from San Francisco via PMSC steamer Oregon arriving Panama Aug. 20, left Chagres via USMC steamer Georgia arriving New York Sep. 7, then carried on Collins Line steamer Atlantic from New York on Sep. 13, arriving Liverpool Sep. 24

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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675
c
Sale 1119, Lot 675, Postal Markings and Rates: American Service via EnglandSan Francisco to La Rochelle, France. Red "San Francisco Cal. 18 Feb" circular datestamp with "Paid" straightline on 1852 folded cover to La Rochelle, France, pencil "26" for 16c American Packet plus 10c internal postage from West Coast, red "29" British mail rate handstamp struck in error, red London transit backstamp, red Paris arrival datestamp (Apr. 2) and "8" decimes due, La Rochelle receiving backstamp, Very Fine, carried from San Francisco via PMSC steamer Panama arriving Panama Mar. 3, left Chagres via USMC steamer El Dorado arriving New York Mar. 15, carried from New York on Collins Line steamer Arctic arriving Liverpool Mar. 31

E. 300-400
160
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