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Sale 1127 — The Steven Walske Collection of US-France Transatlantic Mail, Pt2

Sale Date — Sunday, 29 May, 2016

Category — 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
194
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 194, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War, "Par Ballon Monte via Queenstown". Manuscript directive at top left of Oct. 28, 1870 datelined folded letter to New York, franked with 1863, 10c, 20c and 40c Napoleon III Laureate (32, 33, 35; Yvert 28B, 29B, 31) tied by star of dots cancels, rare "Paris *29 Oct. '70*" double-circle datestamp, flown out of Paris by balloon Colonel Charras, Lille-Calais Nov. 3 railroad bureau backstamp, red London transit datestamp ties 10c stamp, "2 cents" credit handstamp to U.S., red "New York Paid All Nov. 14" circular datestamp, some perfs slightly affected from placement at edge of cover

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING "BALLON MONTE" COVER TO THE UNITED STATES, FLOWN OUT OF UNDER-SIEGE PARIS DURING THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR.

After carriage by manned balloon out of Paris, landing in occupied France east of Paris, carriage to a part of free France and routing around the occupation area, this cover sailed from Queenstown on the Inman Line steamer City of London, prepaid at the 70-centimes post-treaty rate via British mails. The letter contents are from a war correspondent reporting on the Oct. 21 battle at Malmaison.

Illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 247 on p. 281

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
195
 
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 195, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War, "Par Ballon Monte". Manuscript directive at top left of large part of Jan. 12, 1871 cover front only to Riggs & Co. Bank in Washington D.C., franked with 1870 Siege Issue, 10c Bister and 20c Dull Blue (54, 57; Yvert 36, 37), two each affixed overlapping and tied by red London and New York circular datestamps, Paris double-circle datestamps, red Insufficient Postage two-line handstamp but accepted for 70c rate via British mails, stamps and front with some small flaws, otherwise Fine, the only balloon cover mailed from besieged Paris and prepaid for the direct route, carried out of Paris on the manned balloon General Faidherbe on Jan. 14, which landed near Bordeaux, the Ligne H sailing had just left from St. Nazaire on Jan. 6 and another would not occur until Feb. 3, so instead this was sent via England and not charged for the 10c deficiency, carried from Liverpool by Cunarder China on Jan. 21, illustrated in Chronicle 247 on p. 282

E. 400-500
750
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196
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 196, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1867, 10c Bister on Yellowish (32; Yvert 28B), FRANCE, 1867, 10c Bister on Yellowish (32; Yvert 28B)FRANCE, 1867, 10c Bister on Yellowish (32; Yvert 28B). Used with three 1870, 20c Dull Blue on Blue (57; Yvert 37), middle stamp repaired with small piece added at left, tied by Maisons-Alfort circular datestamps on May 18, 1871 cover (datelined contents) mailed during the Paris Commune and hand-carried out of besieged Paris, addressed to New York, red London transit datestamp of May 22 with "2 Cents" credit handstamp, carried on Cunarder Algeria from Liverpool on May 23, arriving New York June 3, opened on three sides, Very Fine appearance

E. 1,000-1,500
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197
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 197, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A), FRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A)FRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A). Three singles, neatly tied by "723" British numeral grids, with bold strike of "Southampton France MB (Mobile Box) NO 12 1870" octagonal datestamp on small tissue paper cover to Cambridge Mass., posted aboard the Havre-Southampton steamer (underpaid), red London transit and "2 cents" credit handstamp to U.S., carried on Cunarder Siberia to Boston where accepted as fully prepaid in Great Britain, docketed on back, Very Fine, a beautiful and rare cover with the Southampton Mobile Box datestamp which was detoured by sea during the Franco-Prussian War

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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198
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 198, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1863, 40c Pale Orange on Yellowish (35; Yvert 31), FRANCE, 1863, 40c Pale Orange on Yellowish (35; Yvert 31)FRANCE, 1863, 40c Pale Orange on Yellowish (35; Yvert 31). Used with 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A), tied by star of dots cancels, Paris R. D'Antin Aug. 30, 1870 double-circle datestamp on cover to Boston Mass., boxed "P.P." (part paid) handstamp, rare "Boston Am. Pkt. 10 18 Sep." due circular datestamp, Very Fine and most unusual post-treaty cover by American packet, the HAPAG Line had stopped sailings due to the Franco-Prussian War and the Ligne H steamer had departed on Aug. 25 (another was not scheduled until Sep. 8), fortunately the Liverpool based National Steamship Company's Erin had arrived in Le Havre from Southampton and took the letter direct to New York, departing Sep. 1 and arriving Sep. 17, illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 247 on p. 280

E. 400-500
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199
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 199, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1867, 30c Brown on Yellowish (34; Yvert 30), FRANCE, 1867, 30c Brown on Yellowish (34; Yvert 30)FRANCE, 1867, 30c Brown on Yellowish (34; Yvert 30). Vertical pair, used with 1863, 10c Bister on Yellowish (32; Yvert 28B), tied by diamond of dots cancels and by Le Havre double-circle datestamp on Dec. 14, 1870 cover originating in Le Havre and addressed to Fairfield Iowa, carried by direct steamer to Great Britain as Le Havre was cut off by the Prussians, Chicago transit datestamp, minor edge flaws and small stained spot, appears Fine

E. 200-300
150
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200
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 200, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1868, 80c Rose on Pinkish (36; Yvert 32), FRANCE, 1868, 80c Rose on Pinkish (36; Yvert 32)FRANCE, 1868, 80c Rose on Pinkish (36; Yvert 32). Tied by diamond of dots cancel on cover originating on Nov. 7, 1870 in Bordeaux, took sea detour around besieged Paris via St. Nazaire, addressed to San Francisco, numerous datestamps and manuscript on front and back trace its journey including "ADVERTISED" after arrival, slight soiling and stamp with minor corner crease, Fine appearance, carried on Allan Line's Austrian to Portland Me.

E. 300-400
160
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201
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 201, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1871, 10c "Citron" (Lemon), Report 2 (42 var; Yvert 43Bc), FRANCE, 1871, 10c "Citron" (Lemon), Report 2 (42 var; Yvert 43Bc)FRANCE, 1871, 10c "Citron" (Lemon), Report 2 (42 var; Yvert 43Bc). Position 3, brilliant color, large to ample margins, used with horizontal strip of three, 1871 Bordeaux Issue, 20c Blue on Bluish, Ty. III, Report 2 (45; Yvert 46B), Positions 11-13, large margins, all tied by diamond grid cancels and strip by Bordeaux May 17, 1871 double-circle datestamp on blue folded cover to New York, red London May 20 transit datestamp, red "New York Paid All May 31" circular datestamp, "2 cents" credit handstamp to U.S., fresh and Very Fine 70-centimes post-treaty prepaid rate with the Bordeaux Issue via British mail, detoured around Paris Commune and carried on Cunarder Scotia from Liverpool, also a rare and choice example of the "Citron" shade

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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202
 
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 202, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1870, 40c Orange (47; Yvert 48), FRANCE, 1870, 40c Orange (47; Yvert 48)FRANCE, 1870, 40c Orange (47; Yvert 48). Used with 1870 Bordeaux Issue, 10c Bister, Report 1 and 20c Blue, Ty. III, Report 2 (42, 45; Yvert 43A, 46B), tied by diamond of dots cancels, Montpellier Apr. 5, 1871 double-circle datestamp on cover front only to New York, red London transit and New York datestamps, "2 Cents" credit handstamp to U.S., 40c light file crease, still Very Fine and colorful use which was detoured around Paris Commune, carried from Liverpool on Cunarder Batavia

E. 500-750
1,000
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203
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 203, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1870, 80c Rose on Pinkish (48; Yvert 49), FRANCE, 1870, 80c Rose on Pinkish (48; Yvert 49)FRANCE, 1870, 80c Rose on Pinkish (48; Yvert 49). Used with 1863, 20c Blue and 40c Pale Orange (33, 35; Yvert 29A, 31), tied by diamond of dots cancels, Nice April 27, 1871 origination double-circle datestamp on cover to Vermont, took sea detour around Paris Commune via St. Nazaire, backstamped with Marseilles-Paris Apr. 28 double-circle datestamp and St. Nazaire Apr. 30 double-circle datestamp, red "Insufficient Postage" two-line handstamp (underpaid for triple-rate -- the double-rate 1fr 40c franking disregarded), "*FR*/2F" oval handstamp, red London transit backstamp of May 8, carried on NGL Weser II, departing Southampton May 9 and arriving New York May 19, manuscript "38" cents GB debit to U.S. crossed out and manuscript "47" cents due in U.S. notes (42c in coin)

VERY FINE AND FASCINATING COVER TO THE UNITED STATES, DETOURED AROUND PARIS BY SEA DURING THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR 1871 COMMUNE PERIOD.

In addition to the desirability of the three-color franking and sea detour, transatlantic covers are rarely encountered with the 1870 Bordeaux Issue.

With 1992 von der Weid certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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204
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 204, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A), FRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A)FRANCE, 1867, 20c Blue (33; Yvert 29A). Tied by light strike of star of dots cancel, Paris Taitbout Feb. 8, 1871 double-circle datestamp on folded letter to New York, sent unsealed to Versailles for censor by occupying Prussians, red London backstamp of Feb. 13, "*FR*/2F" oval handstamp (unpaid to England), light strike of "14" handstamp, carried by Cunarder Parthia arriving Boston Feb. 26, "New York U.S. Notes 18 Feb. 27" depreciated currency circular datestamp ties stamp, letter includes a newspaper clipping from London Times, Very Fine and rare use from the Franco-Prussian War armistice period, the 20-centimes stamp paid for carriage only to Versailles

E. 1,500-2,000
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205
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 205, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE, 1870, 10c Yellow Brown, 20c Ultramarine (N5, N6), FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE, 1870, 10c Yellow Brown, 20c Ultramarine (N5, N6)FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE, 1870, 10c Yellow Brown, 20c Ultramarine (N5, N6). Two of 10c, tied by Muhlhausen Sep. 3, 1871 circular datestamps on folded letter from German-occupied Mulhouse to New Orleans, "Franco" straightline, carried on HAPAG Line steamer Thuringia from Hamburg on Sep. 6, stopping at Plymouth and then arriving at New York on Sep. 19, red New York circular datestamp ties left stamp, bottom 10c stamp defective and 20c stamp small perf faults, Fine appearing and very rare use and routing via North German Direct mail from Hamburg, fully paid direct from Alsace-Lorraine per the Jul. 1870 U.S.-German treaty

E. 1,500-2,000
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206
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 206, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. II (N6), FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. II (N6)FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. II (N6). Horizontal strip of three, tied by French diamond of dots cancels, Pfaffenhoffen Nov. 5, 1870 double-circle datestamp on cover from German annexed Alsace-Lorraine to Indiana, red "Franco" straightline, "New York Paid All Nov. 19" circular datestamp, reduced at right, Fine overpaid cover from annexed territory in France (only required 50c), also rare cancelled with French markings rather than the replacement German markings normally seen, carried on Cunarder Calabria, arriving Boston Nov. 18

E. 2,000-3,000
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207
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 207, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. III (N6), FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. III (N6)FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 20c Ultramarine, Ty. III (N6). Three singles, tied by "K.P.R. Feld-Post/Relais No. 25/ 10/12" (1870) boxed datestamp on cover from German-occupied Reims to New York, carried on Inman Line's City of Brooklyn, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Dec. 29" circular datestamp, small cover tear at top, one corner of one stamp affixed over top of cover, Very Fine use paying the 60-centimes rate from occupation area via Great Britain during the Franco-Prussian War

E. 1,500-2,000
3,000
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208
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 208, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 25c Brown, Ty. II, Network with Points Down (N14), FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 25c Brown, Ty. II, Network with Points Down (N14)FRANCE, ALSACE-LORRAINE OCCUPATION, 1870, 25c Brown, Ty. II, Network with Points Down (N14). Two singles, tied by blue Ober-Sulz Dec. 21, 1870 circular datestamps on cover from German annexed French territory to New York, red "Franco" straightline, red "New York Paid All Jan. 11" (1871) circular datestamp, Very Fine and rare use of the 25-centimes "Burelage Renverse" (Network Reversed) stamps, paying the 50c rate from annexed Alsace-Lorraine via Great Britain during the Franco-Prussian War

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
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209
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 209, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarFRANCE, Montpellier to New York via Switzerland, 1871, FRANCE, Montpellier to New York via Switzerland, 1871FRANCE, Montpellier to New York via Switzerland, 1871. Jan. 7, 1871 folded letter from Montpellier, France to New York, privately carried to Switzerland to avoid German occupation, franked with horizontal pair Switzerland, 1867, 25c Blue Green (55), tied by Geneva circular datestamps with Basel backstamp, red New York Jan. 28 circular datestamp, Very Fine detoured use due to the Franco-Prussian War, carried by Inman Line's City of London from Liverpool, accompanied by a similar detoured cover from the same correspondence with 20c and 30c stamps and numerous markings, 30c stamp did not originate but still a useful example for study

E. 500-750
300
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210
c
Sale Number 1127, Lot Number 210, 1870-71 Franco-Prussian WarStrasbourg (Alsace) to New York, 1874, Strasbourg (Alsace) to New York, 1874Strasbourg (Alsace) to New York, 1874. Germany 1872, 1gr Rose, Large Shield (17; Michel 19) tied by "Strassburg" Jan. 16, 1874 datestamp on Deutsche Reichspost post card to New York, carried from Bremen on NGL Hermann on Jan. 17, red "New York Paid All Feb. 2" circular datestamp, Very Fine cover from German-occupied Alsace

E. 500-750
750
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