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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 — Via Panama - Central & South America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1588
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1588, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Bolivia, 1876 "Correos de la Chimba, Bolivia", VIA PANAMA, Bolivia, 1876 "Correos de la Chimba, Bolivia"VIA PANAMA, Bolivia, 1876 "Correos de la Chimba, Bolivia". Perfectly struck blue negative ship illustrated handstamp on 1876 cover to Danzig, Germany, departing from the coastal port of La Chamba with ornate blue "Cancelado", boxed "Franca" and "La Chimba Mayo 21" handstamps, traveled via Panama with "Panama-Transit JU 4 1876" circular datestamp, London transit and Danzig arrival backstamps, rated "180" due in blue crayon, cover with edge faults, still Fine and very rare, covers with this handstamp are seldom found used to Europe, there is still some debate on whether this handstamp was from a privately run local post or a government service, as it is exclusively found on mail sent by ship

E. 750-1,000
700
1589
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1589, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Brazil, 1856 Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco, VIA PANAMA, Brazil, 1856 Rio de Janeiro to San FranciscoVIA PANAMA, Brazil, 1856 Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco. Folded letter datelined in Rio de Janeiro on Apr. 7, 1856, addressed to San Francisco Cal., "20" reis handstamp and manuscript "per French corret Caravane to Valparaiso" directive, red "Forwarded by Wm. Nelson, Panama" handstamp and carried privately to San Francisco, Very Fine, an extremely rare use via Panama as mail from Brazil was generally sent locally, or to the east coast of the United States or Europe

E. 750-1,000
425
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1590
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1590, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1846 Port Famine to London, VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1846 Port Famine to LondonVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1846 Port Famine to London. Folded cover with manuscript "A. Hancock, Port Famine 24 Dec." docketing and addressed to London, England, cover traveled via Panama with "Panama FE 22 1847" double-arc datestamp on reverse, rated "2/" due, London arrival backstamp, Very Fine, a remarkable origin from one of the southern-most cities in the world, renamed by Thomas Cavendish in 1587 when he found nothing but ruins from the Spanish who had starved and frozen to death just three years prior, ex Campbell

E. 200-300
120
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1591
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1591, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1855 Valparaiso to Great Britain, VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1855 Valparaiso to Great BritainVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1855 Valparaiso to Great Britain. Manuscript "Valparaiso, March 31, 1855" at bottom left on blue cover to Brighton, England, interesting docketing "Death of King Kamehameha & Pitcairn Islands" at top and "Description of Pitcairn Island, enclosing a note about experience" on reverse, Panama three-line datestamp struck in transit, London transit and Brighton arrival backstamps, rated "2/-", Very Fine, an intriguing cover which leads us to believe this was sent by a sailor who visited Hawaii during the death of King Kamehameha (Dec. 15, 1854) and Pitcairn Islands before posting this cover in Valparaiso, one can only imagine the details contained in the original letter, with 2015 R.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
475
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1592
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1592, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1863 "Steam Panama", VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1863 "Steam Panama"VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1863 "Steam Panama". Bold strike of oval handstamp on folded letter datelined in Valparaiso on Jan. 1, 1863 and addressed to San Francisco Cal., departure backstamp and red "Paid to Panama" handstamp, "20" due handstamp and "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 7, 1863" double-circle datestamp struck on arrival, Very Fine, this handstamp was struck in San Francisco on mail from contract steamers of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1593
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1593, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1865 "Steam Panama", VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1865 "Steam Panama"VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1865 "Steam Panama". Excellent strike on 1865 orange-buff cover to Oakland Cal., "10" due handstamp and "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 13, 1865" double-circle datestamp struck on arrival, original letter on "Hotel Aubry" letterhead datelined in Valparaiso Oct. 3, historical contents relating to the arrival of the Spanish fleet during the Chincha Islands War and stating "I never saw such a mess in all my gains a fishing" referring to people fleeing the city from an impending Spanish attack, cover barely reduced at left from opening and couple bleach stains, otherwise Very Fine, this handstamp was struck in San Francisco on mail from contract steamers of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, ex Myerson

E. 750-1,000
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1594
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1594, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Chile, 1876, 4p Gray (A80; SG Z75), VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Chile, 1876, 4p Gray (A80; SG Z75)VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Chile, 1876, 4p Gray (A80; SG Z75). Plate 14 with wing margin at right, tied by bold barred "C30" oval of Valparaiso, with "Valparaiso MY 10 76" circular datestamp on pre-printed addressed cover to New Bedford Mass., sent via Panama with "Panama MY 29 76" circular datestamp, "New-York Jun. 11 Due 5ct" circular datestamp, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex Campbell

E. 300-400
450
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1595
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1595, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Chile, 1877, 1c Gray, 10c Blue (20, 23), VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1877, 1c Gray, 10c Blue (20, 23)VIA PANAMA, Chile, 1877, 1c Gray, 10c Blue (20, 23). Each tied by "Valparaiso 11 Mayo 81" double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France, manuscript "via Panama" directive at top, Calais transit and Paris arrival datestamps, Very Fine, interestingly this was mailed after Chile joined the U.P.U. (on April 1, 1881) but prior to Panama joining (on July 1, 1881), it is unlikely many other covers exist from this short period

E. 750-1,000
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1596
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1596, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1854 to New York, VIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1854 to New YorkVIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1854 to New York. Folded letter datelined Nov. 6, 1854 and sent from Barranquilla with blue "Barranquilla Franca" handstamp and red "Hamburger i Batis, Barranquilla" forwarder marking, addressed to New York, beautifully struck "Steamship 20" upon arrival, Very Fine, a most eye-appealing cover

E. 200-300
550
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1597
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1597, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1865, 5c Yellow (35), VIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1865, 5c Yellow (35)VIA PANAMA, Colombia, 1865, 5c Yellow (35). Horizontal pair, full to clear margins, cancelled by clear blue "Barbacoas Franca" oval handstamp on 1866 orange cover to Prussia, sent via Panama with British "Panama DE 22 1866" datestamp, manuscript rates "2/6" and "32" silvergroschen (the latter also tying stamps), London transit and arrival backstamps, cover with minor edge faults and tears

FINE. AN EARLY AND RARE COVER FROM COLOMBIA TO PRUSSIA VIA PANAMA. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN FOREIGN DESTINATION OF THIS 5-CENT VALUE.

The Colombia stamps paid the domestic double letter rate. With 2014 Moorhouse certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,900
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1598
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1598, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1869, 4p Vermilion (A10; SG Z7), VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1869, 4p Vermilion (A10; SG Z7)VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1869, 4p Vermilion (A10; SG Z7). Plate 11, tied by well-struck barred "C56" oval of Carthagena with "Carthagena JY 31 1869" double-arc datestamp on reverse of folded cover to New York, cover sent via Colon with "Colon AU 3 69" circular datestamp, New York Steamship "10" arrival, Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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1599
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1599, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1872, 4p Vermilion (A135; SG Z116), VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1872, 4p Vermilion (A135; SG Z116)VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1872, 4p Vermilion (A135; SG Z116). Horizontal pair, Plate 12, tied by clear barred "C62" oval of Santa Martha with "Santa Martha MY 29 72" circular datestamp on folded letter to New York, blue forwarder handstamp and sent via Colon with "Colon JU 2 72" circular datestamp, "New York Jun. 16 20 U.S. Notes" depreciated currency circular datestamp struck on arrival, file fold thru left stamp, otherwise Fine and handsome cover, Parmenter-Gordon "Rarity F, rare"

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1600
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1600, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1877, 4p Pale Olive Green (A157; SG Z137), VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1877, 4p Pale Olive Green (A157; SG Z137)VIA PANAMA, Great Britain, Used in Colombia, 1877, 4p Pale Olive Green (A157; SG Z137). Plate 15 with wing margin at left, tied by clear barred "F69" oval of Savanilla with "Savanilla SP 17 77" circular datestamp on folded letter to St. Thomas, red forwarding handstamp and sent via Colon with "Colon SP 21 77" circular datestamp and "Transit" handstamp, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, Parmenter-Gordon "Rarity E, scarce", signed Holcombe

E. 500-750
1,500
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1601
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1601, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Ecuador, Great Britain, Used in Ecuador, 1871, 1p Rose Red, 4p Vermilion, 2sh Blue (A3, A13, A36; SG Z3, Z11, Z29), VIA PANAMA, Ecuador, Great Britain, Used in Ecuador, 1871, 1p Rose Red, 4p Vermilion, 2sh Blue (A3, A13, A36; SG Z3, Z11, Z29)VIA PANAMA, Ecuador, Great Britain, Used in Ecuador, 1871, 1p Rose Red, 4p Vermilion, 2sh Blue (A3, A13, A36; SG Z3, Z11, Z29). 1p Plate 180, 4p Plate 11, singles of each tied by two strikes of barred "C41" oval of Guayaquil, with "Guayaquil JA 9 1871" double-arc datestamp on reverse of folded cover to Barcelona, Spain, sent via Panama with Jan. 20 three-line datestamp, red "PD" handstamp and London transit, arrival handstamp, Very Fine, a rare and exceptional use to Spain

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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1602
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1602, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Guadeloupe, French Colonies, 1859-65, 5c Yellow Green on Greenish, 40c Orange on Yellowish (2, 5; Yvert 2, 5), VIA PANAMA, Guadeloupe, French Colonies, 1859-65, 5c Yellow Green on Greenish, 40c Orange on Yellowish (2, 5; Yvert 2, 5)VIA PANAMA, Guadeloupe, French Colonies, 1859-65, 5c Yellow Green on Greenish, 40c Orange on Yellowish (2, 5; Yvert 2, 5). 5c single, 40c vertical strip of four, margins to just touching, all tied by diamond of dots cancels with "Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe 24 Dec. 64" circular datestamp on folded circular to Lima, Peru, originally marked "6" due prior to French Colonies stamps being added to pay entire rate, cover went through British post with red "Paid at Guadeloupe" Crowned circle (A1; SG CC1), with Dec. 27 despatch on reverse and via Panama with Jan. 8 double-arc datestamp, cover with horizontal file fold thru markings, still Very Fine, a stunning use of French and British postal systems to an unusual and rare destination

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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1603
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1603, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Guatemala, 1860 Cover to Senator William M. Gwin, VIA PANAMA, Guatemala, 1860 Cover to Senator William M. GwinVIA PANAMA, Guatemala, 1860 Cover to Senator William M. Gwin. Bold red "Guatemala ABL 22, 1860" circular datestamp on cover to Senator William Gwin in Washington D.C., sent via Panama with "Encaminada por Hurtado i Hermanos, Panama" forwarders handstamp, "Steamship 20" struck upon arrival, Very Fine, Gwin, along with John C. Fremont, were the first Senators to represent California, he had a storied history and sympathized with the South during the Civil War, so much so that he attempted to gain interest from Napoleon III to settle American slave owners in Sonora, Mexico, ex DeVoss

E. 400-500
1,400
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1604
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1604, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Nicaragua, 1873 Folded Letter to New York, VIA PANAMA, Nicaragua, 1873 Folded Letter to New YorkVIA PANAMA, Nicaragua, 1873 Folded Letter to New York. Blue folded letter datelined in Granada on Feb. 6, 1873 and addressed to New York, entered the British Post Office with "Grey-Town FB 16 73 Paid" circular datestamp, Colon transit and "N.Y. Steamship 10" struck upon arrival, blue "S. Espinosa" forwarders handstamp, Very Fine, unusual use as the normal routing of British mail would have been via St. Thomas

E. 200-300
550
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1605
 
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1605, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Peru, Circa 1810, VIA PANAMA, Peru, Circa 1810VIA PANAMA, Peru, Circa 1810. Large size cover front only with red "PERU" straightline handstamp from Lima to Madrid, Spain, manuscript "Panama" denoting route thru Panama rather than New Granada, manuscript "404" weight paid by bold "115R" handstamp at top right, Very Fine and truly remarkable use for two reasons, first this is one of the highest recorded postal rates for colonial mail from Peru, and second, the route via Panama was used because of the ongoing Civil War in Colombia

E. 750-1,000
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1606
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1606, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Peru, 1868, 1d Green (14), VIA PANAMA, Peru, 1868, 1d Green (14)VIA PANAMA, Peru, 1868, 1d Green (14). Large to ample margins, tied by "Lima 27 Jul. 1869" double-circle datestamp on folded cover to Paris, France, manuscript "voie Panama" at top, Callao and London transits with boxed "GB 1f90c" accountancy marking, arrival marking on front with "12" decimes due, Very Fine

E. 300-400
0
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1607
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1607, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Peru, 1886-67, 5c Green, 10c Vermilion (16-17), VIA PANAMA, Peru, 1886-67, 5c Green, 10c Vermilion (16-17)VIA PANAMA, Peru, 1886-67, 5c Green, 10c Vermilion (16-17). Single 5c and three 10c, tied by unframed "Receptoria de Correos de Pabellon de Pica" handstamps on folded letter datelined in "Huanillo 12 Decembre 1875" and addressed to Genoa, Italy, manuscript "Via di Panama" at bottom, Iquique and Lima transit and Genoa arrival backstamps, Very Fine and rare, this cover paid the 35c German treaty rate only available in Peru and Chile to Europe, sent via closed bags thru Panama, fewer than ten covers are recorded, with 2014 Eichele and 2016 Moorhouse certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1608
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1608, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1869 "Steam Panama", VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1869 "Steam Panama"VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1869 "Steam Panama". Clear strike of oval handstamp on 1869 folded cover to San Francisco Cal., docketed "San Salvador May 21", "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 23" circular datestamp struck upon arrival, horizontal file fold thru datestamp, otherwise Fine, this oval handstamp was applied in San Francisco on mail from contract steamers of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company

E. 300-400
180
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1609
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1609, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1867, 1r Red (2), VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1867, 1r Red (2)VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1867, 1r Red (2). Horizontal pair, tied by grid of diamonds cancel with "Cojutepeque, Salvador 19 Setiembre 1872" circular datestamp on pre-printed addressed cover to Paris, France, sent via San Salvador and Panama with "Panama-Transit OC 3 72" circular datestamp, boxed "GB 1fr90c" accountancy handstamp and rated "15" decimes due, arrival backstamp

VERY FINE. A RARE AND HANDSOME COVER WITH A PAIR OF THE ONE-REAL FIRST ISSUE TO FRANCE.

With 1990 Holcombe certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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1610
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1610, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7), VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7)VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7). Cancelled by manuscript with blue "La Libertad, Salvador 14 Marzo 1875" circular datestamp on cover to Liverpool, England, sent via Panama with three-line datestamp, "1/6" rating and arrival datestamp, cover with expertly repaired tears, Very Fine appearance, signed Holcombe

E. 400-500
650
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1611
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1611, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7), VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7)VIA PANAMA, Salvador, 1874, 2r Green, "Contra Sello" Overprint (7). Cancelled by dotted circles and tied by "Administracion de La Union Correos, Nov. 6, 1877" circular datestamp on cover to Barbaste, France, sent via Panama with circular datestamp, rated "17" decimes due, various transit and arrival datestamps, cover with minor tear at top and missing small piece of backflap, otherwise Fine and scarce

E. 400-500
900
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1612
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1612, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 4p Gray, 6p Yellow Green (51, 53; SG 71-72), VIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 4p Gray, 6p Yellow Green (51, 53; SG 71-72)VIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 4p Gray, 6p Yellow Green (51, 53; SG 71-72). Tied by two strikes of "Trinidad AP 6 1874" double-arc datestamp with additional red strike with "Paid" below, on cover "To His Excellency, The Honorable Arthur A.L.P. Cochrane C.B., Admiral and Commander in Chief on the Pacific Station, H.M. Ship Repulse, Panama", further note at bottom left requesting the postmaster in Panama to forward this cover if addressee was not there, rated "8", St. Thomas transit, Fine and scarce, Admiral Sir Cochrane was Commander in Chief of the Pacific from 1873-1876, ex Sir Marriott

E. 400-500
600
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1613
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1613, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 6p Yellow Green (53; SG 72), VIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 6p Yellow Green (53; SG 72)VIA PANAMA, Trinidad, 1864-72, 6p Yellow Green (53; SG 72). Tied by "Trinidad AU 26 1874" double-arc datestamp with additional red strike with "Paid" below, on cover "To His Excellency, Admiral The Hon. Aruthur A. Cochrane C.B., H.M.S. Repulse, Panama", rated "4", St. Thomas transit, couple minor edge tears, Fine and scarce, Admiral Sir Cochrane was Commander in Chief of the Pacific from 1873-1876, ex Sir Marriott

E. 300-400
550
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1614
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1614, Via Panama - Central & South AmericaVIA PANAMA, Venezuela, 1876 Caracas to Chile, VIA PANAMA, Venezuela, 1876 Caracas to ChileVIA PANAMA, Venezuela, 1876 Caracas to Chile. Printed "Legacion del Imperio Germanico en Venezuela" on 1876 official cover from Caracas to Valparaiso, Chile, red "Detained for Postage" handstamp, La Guaira, St. Thomas and Colon transit datestamps, additional St. Thomas Dec. 27 circular datestamp likely indicating this cover was returned, German consulate seal on back, couple file folds, Fine, particularly scarce route via Panama as most mail from Venezuela was sent either to the east coast of United States or to Europe, it is doubtful that many other examples exist

E. 500-750
700
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