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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2301
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2301, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Used with 5c Brown (76), perfs scissors-separated but mostly intact, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Feb. 16" oval datestamp, used with Vancouver Island, 1865, 5c Rose (5) tied by blue "PAID" in double oval handstamp on 3c Pink entire with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, affixed to slightly smaller cover to Bidwell's Bar, Cal., light vertical file fold not affecting stamps or indicia

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE BRITISH COLUMBIA AND UNITED STATES MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO CALIFORNIA.

This was handled by Wells Fargo's office in Victoria. Even though Wells Fargo carried it, the postage prepayment requirement was the same as if it went through the mails.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2302
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2302, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Straight-edge at right, tied by cogwheel on blue cover to New York, blue "Post Office/Paid/Victoria Vancouver Island" oval handstamp, well-struck "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 10, 1867" double-circle datestamp, minor edge tears and hinge reinforcing on back, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive cover, ex Hall

E. 300-400
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2303
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2303, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Horizontal pair, tied by quartered cork cancels, "South Royalton Vt. Sep. 30" (1868) circular datestamp on Grant-Colfax illustrated campaign cover to Chelsea, Quebec, Canada, Montreal, Ottawa and receiving backstamps, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2304
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2304, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Intense shade, used with Danish West Indies, 1866, 3c Rose (2), D.W.I. stamp uncancelled at St. Thomas, "St. Thomas 13 6 1867" circular datestamp, both stamps tied on arrival by "N. York Steamship Jun. 20" circular datestamp on folded cover from Venezuela to New York City via St. Thomas, "La Guiaira" docketing and merchant's handstamp, file fold

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM VENEZUELA TO THE UNITED STATES VIA ST. THOMAS WITH THE DANISH WEST INDIES SECOND ISSUE AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

This is one of three recorded U.S. and Danish West Indies mixed-franking covers sent from St. Thomas on June 13, 1867. The D.W.I. stamps on these covers were not cancelled at the St. Thomas post office. The covers were carried on the USBMSC North America, which departed St. Thomas on June 14, 1867, and arrived in New York on June 20.

Ex Risvold. With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
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2305
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2305, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Tied by bold segmented cork cancel on printed Prices Current in Spanish to Puebla, Mexico, blue "H. Marquardt, 180 Pearl St. N.Y. Jan. 8, 1869" company oval datestamp, neat "1/2" due handstamp, Very Fine and scarce use

E. 200-300
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2306
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2306, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Tied by "Washington D.C. Mar. 20" double-circle datestamp on cover to Guatemala, bold strike of blue "2" reales due handstamp, 1864-dated enclosure, Very Fine and attractive use from the Crosby correspondence, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
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2307
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2307, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Tied by target, "Worcester Mass. Jun. 9" double-circle datestamp on blue cover to London, England, and forwarded with Great Britain 1p Red within England, 1p partly affixed over U.S. stamp and tied by "E.C. 80" numeral duplex, red 1865 London backstamp, Fine, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2308
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2308, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Straight edge at left, used with horizontal pair of 3c Rose (65) and cancelled by segmented corks, "Washington D.C. Apr. 26" circular datestamp on Department of Agriculture, Official Business printed oversize cover to London, England, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Apr. 27" circular datestamp, red 1867 London transit datestamp, repaired tears at top significantly affecting one 3c stamp

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON AN AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT IMPRINT COVER TO ENGLAND. ONLY NINE 90-CENT COVERS ARE KNOWN USED TO ENGLAND.

Ex "Lake Shore". With 1973 Diena certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
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2309
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2309, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations5c Red Brown, 10c Green (68, 75), 5c Red Brown, 10c Green (68, 75)5c Red Brown, 10c Green (68, 75). Tied by "Phila. Pa. Apr. 15, 1864" small circular datestamp and duplex target cancel on blue folded cover to Bordeaux, France, stamps also tied by faintly struck red Philadelphia credit datestamp, red Calais transit datestamp and matching "P.D." in frame, stamps have extraordinary depth of color, Very Fine cover

E. 200-300
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2310
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2310, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Radiant color, tied by diamond in circle New York Foreign Mail cancel, red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 28" (1866) credit datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red French arrival datestamp also ties stamp, small red boxed "PD" handstamp, docketed at left, two slightly toned perfs at right, still Extremely Fine, scarce cancel

E. 300-400
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2311
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2311, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Used with horizontal strip of three of 24c Lilac (78) and 3c Rose, E. Grill (88), tied by cork cancels, "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 23" circular datestamp on oversize cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid. Mar. 16" circular datestamp, reduced at left, small piece out of back, stamps with few toned spots and light creases, 90c small tear at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND LATE USE OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON A COVER TO FRANCE.

Ex "Lake Shore". With 1974 Diena and 1992 P.F. certificates

E. 4,000-5,000
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2312
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2312, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). S.e. at right, faults at top left, tied by San Francisco cogwheel handstamp on brown wrapper to Bordeaux, France, red "30c" French due handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, some wrapper faults, otherwise Fine, a very unusual wrapper use from San Francisco to France, ex Kramer

E. 200-300
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2313
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2313, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations24c Gray (78b), 24c Gray (78b)24c Gray (78b). Tied by target cancel and Illinois town datestamp on cover to London, England and forwarded to Paris, France, 24c stamp also tied by red "3 Cents" credit handstamp, forwarding postage paid by horizontal strip of three and single of Great Britain 1p Red, Plate 80 (33), tied by bold strikes of "88" in barred oval handstamps, "London MY 31, 1866" datestamp, French transit and receiving markings, one stamp in Great Britain strip folded back to display the 24c stamp, light edgewear, Very Fine and attractive two-country franking, ex "Sevenoaks"

E. 750-1,000
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2314
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2314, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations15c Black, F. Grill (98), 15c Black, F. Grill (98)15c Black, F. Grill (98). Used with 3c Red, F. Grill (94), tied by negative Star cancels, "Chester Pa. ? 23" circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, 3c also tied by blue French arrival datestamp, small red boxed "PD" handstamp, slightly reduced at left, fresh and Very Fine, 3c overpayment of the 15c rate, the sender apparently misunderstood the rate to a foreign destination and included the 3c for U.S. postage, ex Dr. LeBow, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
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2315
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2315, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Dec. 27" (1862) circular datestamp on Wm. Davison & Co. Paint Manufacturer blue embossed cameo corner card cover to Hanover, Germany, red New York 7c credit datestamp, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, 12c stamp faulty, still Fine appearing and a beautiful corner card, sent via Bremen-Hamburg Mail, ex Gliedman

E. 200-300
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2316
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2316, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76), tied together by target cancels and 5c by "Portland Me. ? Sep." (1865) double-circle datestamp on small cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 14 Paid 13 Sep." credit datestamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" transit handstamp ties 5c, blue crayon "f" Prussian Mail rate notation, receipt and answer docketing, both stamps are affixed close to or slightly over edge but the affect on the perfs is minimal, Very Fine cover paying the 35c rate via Prussian Closed Mail

E. 750-1,000
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2317
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2317, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76), cancelled or tied by blue target cancels, light strike of matching "Vallejo Cal. Sep. ?" circular datestamp on cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "PAID" handstamp, red "14" credit handstamp, indistinct red transit datestamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" handstamp, missing top flap, minor soiling affects a few perfs, still Very Fine and desirable use

E. 400-500
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2318
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2318, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76), 5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76)5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76). Tied by grid in circle cancel, clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 17, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover with "Via Panama" illustrated steamship corner card, addressed to Locarno, Switzerland, red New York transit datestamp and "12" credit handstamp, blue "Aachen Franco 23 7" framed transit handstamp, red and blue crayon credits, Swiss transit backstamps, faint purple ink stain at lower right, light toning and folds at edges

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS "VIA PANAMA" ILLUSTRATED DESIGN WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. A WONDERFUL 1861 ISSUE TRANSATLANTIC COVER.

The illustrated "Via Panama" envelopes were published and used mainly from 1858 through 1860. This is the only example of this particular type we have seen or could locate in our Levi records. It is used quite late, but was probably published years earlier.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2319
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2319, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Horizontal pair, used with 3c Rose (65), tied by large "Paid" grid cancels, red "Boston Paid 24 Mar. 25" (1862) credit datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Rome, Italy, neat boxed "P.D." handstamp, French transits, receiving backstamp, usual small flaws associated with this fragile envelope paper, Very Fine and attractive French Mail use, ex Vogel

E. 400-500
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2320
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2320, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Horizontal pair, used with 15c Black (77), cancelled by circle of wedges, tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Jan. 2" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Genoa, Italy, red New York and Bremen transits, red "5" in circle credit handstamp, red Bremen transit, receiving backstamps, some edgewear, Very Fine, scarce combination paying the 19c rate via North German Union closed mails, ex Dr. Burrows

E. 500-750
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2321
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2321, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Used with 30c Orange (71), tied by large Boston "Paid" grid cancels on cover to Rome, Italy, red crayon "48" credit, transit and receiving datestamps front and back, 24c stamp couple tiny flaws, Very Fine appearing double rate cover by French Mail

E. 300-400
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2322
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2322, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Used with horizontal pair of 10c Yellow Green (68), tied by "New Orleans La. Aug. 16" (1866) circular datestamp and quartered cork cancels on blue folded cover to Igualada, Spain, red New York 18c credit datestamp, French transits and red boxed "P.D." handstamp, red "4R" due handstamp, few perfs affected from placement near edge of cover, Very Fine, ex Dr. Burrows

E. 1,500-2,000
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2323
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2323, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations1c Blue, 5c Red Brown, 30c Orange (63, 71, 75), 1c Blue, 5c Red Brown, 30c Orange (63, 71, 75)1c Blue, 5c Red Brown, 30c Orange (63, 71, 75). 30c pair in a beautiful bright early shade, tied together by three strikes of large "Paid" grid cancel on 1862 blue folded letter to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Oct. 21" circular datestamp on back, sender's directive "Via England p Persia", red crayon "52" credit crossed out and restated "56", large red crayon "2" for double British Colonial credit, red London transit datestamp (Nov. 1), stamps with a couple very minor faults, vertical bleached streak at the right crosses 30c

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE 1861 ISSUE COMBINATION FOR THE DOUBLE 33-CENT RATE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.

Double-rate covers from the Howland correspondence are almost always paid with 30c and 3c pairs, rather than this three-color combination. This cover is the perfect mate to lot 2505 in our sale of the Bailar collection (Sale 1105). Both covers were carried by the same Cunarder (different sailings) to Edwin Howland in the Cape of Good Hope. They have the same composition of denominations; however, the 5c on the Bailar cover is the Buff shade, and on this cover the relatively new Red Brown printing was used.

Ex Born

E. 3,000-4,000
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2324
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2324, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by well-struck large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Feb. 19" (1862) backstamp on blue folded cover to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red "28" credit handstamp, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, red London transit, receiving backstamp, 30c s.e. at right and few perf flaws, some minor cover edgewear, otherwise Very Fine cover from the Howland correspondence

E. 500-750
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2325
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2325, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Bright color in the true Steel Blue shade, used with 3c Rose Pink (64b) and 12c Black (69), tied by large Boston "Paid" grid cancels on 1861 blue folded cover to Melbourne, Australia, endorsed "Persia via Marseilles", red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Oct. 8" and receiving backstamps, red crayon "34" credit, red London transit also ties 3c, faint waterstains

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE THREE-COLOR 1861 ISSUE FRANKING, INCLUDING THE SCARCE 24-CENT STEEL BLUE, PAYING THE 39-CENT RATE TO AUSTRALIA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.

Ex Vogel. With 1971 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
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2326
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2326, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68), 3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68)3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68). 3c with corner torn off, 10c horizontal pair, cancelled by ovals, "Weaverville Cal. Apr. 18" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Newcastle, New South Wales, from the Richardson correspondence, "12" cents credit handstamp, "Panama MY 17 68" transit datestamp, faint Sydney transit and arrival backstamps, cover tear on back, minor edge faults, Fine and rare, this cover overpaid the 22c rate to New South Wales by American Packet to Panama, then by British Packet to Australasia (with 12c credited to Great Britain), this originates from a group of nine covers addressed to Martin Richardson which came to light in 1981 and were sold through Christie's Robson Lowe in New York

E. 1,000-1,500
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2327
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2327, 1861-68 Issues: Foreign Destinations24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Used with two singles of 30c Orange (71), tied by segmented cork cancels and 1865 receipt docketing on cover to Christ Church, New Zealand, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 8 Aug." (1865) backstamp and crayon "74/2" credit to Great Britain for double rate, red London transit and Christ Church arrival datestamps (Oct. 21), top 30c stamp with some minor perf flaws, slightly reduced at right and small edge nicks, Fine appearance and very scarce use to New Zealand at this time, also a most unusual 84c "double" rate, the rate by British Mail to New Zealand via Marseilles was 39c for up to one half ounce, double that would be 78c but French rate progressions were calculated by -1/4 ounce, so this cover must have weighed between -1/2 and -3/4 ounces, therefore the rate was calculated as the sum of double 12c British transit, double 16c transatlantic, double 5c U.S. and triple 6c French transit, for a total of 84c

E. 750-1,000
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