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Sale 1193 — The Alfredo Frohlich Collection: The Evolution of Postal Systems in Panama 1777-1881

Sale Date — Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

Category — British Postal Agencies - Chagres & Colon

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1567
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1567, British Postal Agencies - Chagres & ColonBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Chagres, 1849 "Chagres" Double-Arc Datestamp, BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Chagres, 1849 "Chagres" Double-Arc DatestampBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Chagres, 1849 "Chagres" Double-Arc Datestamp. Folded letter datelined at Chagres on Aug. 26, 1849 and addressed to Paris, France, bold "Chagres AU 28 1849" double-arc datestamp with "4" in year inverted (Parmenter-Gordon "Rarity H, very few exist"), London and Calais transit handstamps, red boxed "Colonies & C. Art 13" accountancy handstamp with "15" decimes due, Very Fine, DeVoss records fewer than five examples known, with this believed to be the only known example with inverted date slug, ex Glassco and DeVoss

E. 750-1,000
1,400
1568
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1568, British Postal Agencies - Chagres & ColonBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1855 "Colon" Double-Arc Datestamp, BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1855 "Colon" Double-Arc DatestampBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1855 "Colon" Double-Arc Datestamp. Folded letter datelined in Panama on Sept. 22, 1855 and addressed to Paris, France, bold red "Colon SP 23 1855" double-arc datestamp applied in transit on backflap, London and Calais transit, boxed red "Colonies & C. Art 13" accountancy handstamp, Very Fine, a scarce handstamp, fewer than half a dozen are recorded, Parmenter-Gordon "Rarity G, very rare"

E. 500-750
600
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1569
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1569, British Postal Agencies - Chagres & ColonBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1868, Red "Paid at Colon" Crowned Circle Handstamp (A53; SG CC4), BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1868, Red "Paid at Colon" Crowned Circle Handstamp (A53; SG CC4)BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1868, Red "Paid at Colon" Crowned Circle Handstamp (A53; SG CC4). Crisp strike on 1868 "Panama Railroad Co., Aspinwall" corner card cover to Cartagena, Colon Apr. 22, 1868 departure backstamp, British 0manuscript "2/8" rate and Colombian blue "9" reales, apparently forwarded to Monteria with blue Intertropical Co. handstamp and docketing on reverse

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE COLON CROWNED CIRCLE HANDSTAMP. IT IS BELIEVED LESS THAN HALF A DOZEN ARE KNOWN.

Parmenter-Gordon "Rarity H, very few exist". Ex Bentley. With 2007 R.P.S. certificate. Scott $5,500.00. SG £4,750

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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1570
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1570, British Postal Agencies - Chagres & ColonBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1872-73 Three Country Combination Folded Letter, BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1872-73 Three Country Combination Folded LetterBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, Colon, 1872-73 Three Country Combination Folded Letter. Folded letter datelined in Manchester, England on Nov. 30, 1872 with Great Britain 1sh, Plate 6 and tied by barred "498" postmark and red Manchester Nov. 30 double-circle datestamp to San Jose, Puerto Rico, the address was misread - as there is no San Jose in Puerto Rico - and sent to Costa Rica in error where the letter was held by the Postmaster with "Admon Gral De Correos de Costa Rica, San Jose 10 Enero 1875" handstamp (date corrected to "14"), accompanied by second folded cover which evidently had an enclosure requesting payment for additional postage to original addressee in Puerto Rico that was franked with two Great Britain 1p (Plate 149) stamps and tied by barred "C35" oval of Panama with "Panama FE 5 73" circular datestamp and manuscript "Servicio Publico, Aviso de carta rezagada" along top, original cover then forwarded via Panama and Colon where it received Great Britain 4p, Plate 13 and tied by barred "E88" of Colon with "Colon AP 3 73" circular datestamp, the cover was returned in error from St. Thomas to Colon and resent with Colon Apr. 23 circular datestamp, again via St. Thomas to Puerto Rico where "1" real handstamp and Cuba 25c was applied and tied by cancel paying the postage due

VERY FINE. A TRULY REMARKBLE PAIR OF HISTORICAL COVERS. IDEAL FOR AN AWARD-WINNING EXHIBIT, HIGHLIGHTING THE PROCESSING OF MAIL THROUGH VARIOUS POSTAL SERVICES AND THE DETERMINATION OF A POSTMASTER TO FIND THE RECIPIENT, DESPITE HAVING BEEN POORLY ADDRESSED.

An even more thorough explanation of these two covers can be found in The Postal History of Costa Rica to 1883 by Frajola and Mayer. It is astonishing to note that these two covers still exist and have been reunited. In addition to the incredible story, the "E88" marking is exceptionally rare on cover with Paramenter-Gordon as "Rarity G, very rare". Oddly, off-cover cancels are known on various stamps which is not surprising due the importance of Colon as a transit hub, but less than a dozen on covers are known - certainly nothing as spectacular as this use.

Ex Mayer

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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1571
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1571, British Postal Agencies - Chagres & ColonBRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, France, 1870-75, 40c Orange on Yellowish, 80c Rose on Pinkish (59, 63; Yvert 38, 57), BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, France, 1870-75, 40c Orange on Yellowish, 80c Rose on Pinkish (59, 63; Yvert 38, 57)BRITISH POSTAL AGENCY, France, 1870-75, 40c Orange on Yellowish, 80c Rose on Pinkish (59, 63; Yvert 38, 57). Three singles of 40c, tied by dotted star cancel with "Paris, R. D'Enghien, 2 Janv. 76" double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Caracas, Venezuela, beautifully struck blue "Colon" fancy handstamp with additional strike cancelling stamps, one 40c stamp with piece missing, otherwise Very Fine, a rare Colon marking of which only a small handful are known

E. 1,000-1,500
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1572
c
British Postal Agency Balance. Three covers and a front only neatly mounted on exhibit pages, incl. 1844 "Jamaica Ship Letter" folded letter with "Panama Forwarded by Frederick W. Byrne" handstamp to London, 1847 folded letter from Tacna to Bordeaux with red Panama double-arc datestamp (early use), two Great Britain used in Panama with "C35" handstamps (one is front only to Paris), Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
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