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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 — 1869 Pictorial Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2328
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2328, 1869 Pictorial Issue1c Buff (112), 1c Buff (112)1c Buff (112). Horizontal pair, rich color, well-centered, tied by segmented cork cancel and "Boston Mass. Apr. 13" circular datestamp on insurance company corner card cover to Gagetown, New Brunswick, pencil "2", creasing and sealed tears, otherwise Fine, very scarce franking for the printed-matter rate to New Brunswick, ex Coulter

E. 300-400
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2329
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2329, 1869 Pictorial Issue2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Horizontal pair, scissor-separated at left, cancelled by two partly clear strikes of "Paid" straightline, "South Berwick Me." circular datestamp on illustrated "King of the Earlies, The 'Fifty Dollar' Potato" cover to Milton Mills N.H., cover with light creasing and couple corner nicks, otherwise Very Fine, a striking Spud design and scarce with the 2c 1869 Issue pair, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
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2330
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2330, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Tied by unusual small circle of wedges cancel with Boston Mass. circular datestamp with unclear date on "George Upton's Glue Factory" illustrated cover to Townsend Mass., design depicts the factory, warehouse and smoke stacks along with a few tiny people (but no horses), Very Fine and unusual

E. 300-400
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2331
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2331, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Pair and two singles, tied by targets in a watery ink, matching "Collington, Md. Jul. 29" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Hong Kong, China, paying the 10c American packet rate via San Francisco, magenta "San Francisco Paid All Aug. 4" datestamp, address and endorsement in purple ink, Hong Kong backstamp with 1869 docketing in English and Chinese, small opening tears at left, two stamps at top with small perf faults from placement at edge, still Fine, scarce

E. 750-1,000
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2332
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2332, 1869 Pictorial Issue3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Used with 12c Black, F Grill (97) and 1870 1c Blue, Grill (134), 1c and 3c tied by targets, 12c with s.e. and uncancelled, "Northampton Ms. Nov. 3" (1871) double-circle datestamp on small cover to Calcutta, India, from the Benjamin Smith Lyman correspondence, red "Steamer Letter G.P.O. Calcutta Fe 2 71" backstamp indicating the letter arrived by private ship from Hong Kong, Very Fine, 16c postage overpays 10c American Packet rate via San Francisco, as the address indicates, Lyman was a mining engineer with the Department of Public Works in India, the Lyman correspondence was the subject of a PRA 1978 Register article, ex Wunsch and Coulter, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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2333
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2333, 1869 Pictorial Issue6c Ultramarine (115), 6c Ultramarine (115)6c Ultramarine (115). Deep rich color, used with 2c Brown (113) and horizontal strip of three and single of 15c Black, F. Grill (98), tied by small circular cork cancels, "Portchester N.Y. Oct. 15" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Lima, Peru, red "48" credit handstamp, red crayon "2" Colonial credit, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at left, 6c few lightly toned perf tips from gum, left stamp in strip with light diagonal crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING PAYING DOUBLE THE 34-CENT RATE TO PERU. A BEAUTIFUL COVER FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.

The story of the "Portchester Find" was first told by Elliott Coutler in the 1982 Register and summarized by Michael Laurence in his book on the 10c 1869 Issue. Probably the most plausible explanation is that two workmen found the cache of covers in a building that was about to be demolished, and they split them equally. This theory is supported by the fact that the covers made their way to market in two batches.

The single rate to Peru was 34c up to March 1870, when the rate was lowered to 22c. The franking on the cover here pays double the 34c rate in effect at the time of sending. The letter travelled from New York to Aspinwall in Panama, then overland to the west coast of Panama and down to Lima by British Mails by way of Callao.

Ex Eubanks

E. 3,000-4,000
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2334
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2334, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Vibrant color, tied by "N. York Steamship Jun. 20" (1870) circular datestamp on blue folded letter from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico to Philadelphia, clear strike of blue "Latimer & Co., Mayaguez, P.R. Jun. 8, 1870" double-oval company datestamp, blue St. Thomas forwarder's backstamp, sender's directive "pr. Brazil Steamer", Very Fine and rare use from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia via St. Thomas, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
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2335
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2335, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Wide interpane margin at right, tied by circle of wedges cancel, "Manistee Mich. Dec. 20" circular datestamp on pink cover to Szalka, Hungary, red "New York Paid All Direct" and Hamburg transits, repaired opening fault at upper left, otherwise Fine, scarce destination, ex Mack

E. 300-400
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2336
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2336, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Intense shade, centered to left, tied by four strikes of "4" rate handstamp (three bold, one light), red "San Francisco Paid All Dec. 1" circular datestamp on cover to Hong Kong, addressed to a sergeant in the Royal Artillery, Jan. 7, 1870 receiving backstamp, opening tear in flap and top edge sealed, cover cleaned causing some feathering of address, still Fine, the only recorded 1869 cover with a stamp cancelled by this "4" handstamp, ex Kuphal

E. 1,000-1,500
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2337
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2337, 1869 Pictorial Issue10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Vivid color, tied by two bold strikes of circle of wedges cancel, "P.O.D. U.S. Con. Genl. Shanghai Jul. 26" circular datestamp on cover to Smithfield Pa., originating in Chefoo, China, with original letter from M. S. Holmes datelined "Chefoo July 8th, 1871", with note "You can read to Grandmother that her boy is now agent at Chefoo for the largest business firm in China. Six large steamers come regularly to my consignment.", slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE USE FROM CHEFOO, CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES, SENT VIA THE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.

Ex Kuphal

E. 2,000-3,000
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2338
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2338, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114) and 15c Black, F. Grill (98), each with perfs slightly in, tied by quartered cork cancel, "Greencastle Pa. Nov. 8" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Berlin, Germany, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Nov. 9" and Verviers-Cologne transits, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, an extraordinary three-stamp mixed-issue franking for the double rate, ex Kuphal

E. 2,000-3,000
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2339
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2339, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Straight edge at right, used with 2c Black (73), tied by unusual blue "Pinwheel" fancy cancels, matching "Galva Ill. Oct. 26" (1869) circular datestamp on undertakers and furniture dealer's buff corner card cover to Gefle, Sweden, red "4 Cents" credit handstamp (rare type), red boxed "Hamburg Franco" datestamp, receiving backstamp, small cover tear at top, Very Fine and rare use, only one other Black Jack-12c 1869 Pictorial Issue combination is known, this is also one of perhaps four or five examples of the 12c used to Sweden (three are listed in the 1869 PRA Census), with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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2340
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2340, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Tied by red split cork foreign mail cancel with matching "Baltimore Md. Nov. 16" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Oxford, England, red "New York Nov. 17" circular datestamp, docketed across the entire back with the subject of the letter, Very Fine, a rare example of this Baltimore foreign mail cancel on the 12c Adriatic on cover

E. 500-750
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2341
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2341, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Choice centering with wide and balanced margins, tied by well-struck Rosette cancel and red "New York Dec. ?" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to London, England, red receiving datestamp, docketed at top left including "From Mr. Grinnell 18.12.69", carried aboard the Inman Line's City of Brooklyn, fresh and Extremely Fine, wonderful quality, ex Haas and Eubanks, with 2002 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
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2342
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2342, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Rich color, natural s.e. at right, tied by deep red quartered cork cancel and matching "Trenton N.J. Jul. 12" (1869) circular datestamp on small cover with printed address to "First Assistant Engineer, Clark Fisher, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Franklin. Care of B.F. Stevens, Esq. No. 17 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London", red London Paid transit and red B.F. Stevens double-oval datestamps (both dated Jul. 23), Very Fine and striking with the four separate red markings, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2343
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2343, 1869 Pictorial Issue12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Tied by cork cancel on cover to Keswick, England with green "Patent Arion Piano, Covell & Co." illustrated design, depicts Greek Arion playing the lyre and riding a dolphin with a ship in the distance (Arion was mythically kidnapped by pirates and rescued by dolphins), red "New York Paid All Jun. 23" circular datestamp, 1869 docketing, Keswick backstamp, cover with some edge tears and some toning around stamp, still an attractive and most unusual pictorial design with the 12c 1869 Issue, probably unique

E. 750-1,000
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2344
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2344, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Used with 3c Green (147), each tied by clear strike of Barrel fancy cancel, matching "Bloomsburg Pa. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on buff cover to McAlistersville Pa., unusual label at top left with phrases such as "better late than never" and "absent but not forgotten" may or may not be contemporary, Very Fine, rare with the fancy cancel, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2345
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2345, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Intense shades, few toned spots, target cancel and "Saint Joseph Mo. Jul. 10" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Odangla, Sweden, New York transit and receiving datestamps on back, red "Wfr. 1-1/2" rate handstamp, vertical fold, lightly toned, Fine, 1c overpayment of 14c North German Union Closed Mail rate, ex Mack, signed Ashbrook, illustrated in 1869 PRA Census book (p. 160)

E. 750-1,000
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2346
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2346, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Intense shades, tied by large oval grid cancel, "Otsego Wis. Aug. 10" (1870) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Bergenstift, Norway, red "New York 5 Aug. 17" 5c credit datestamp (scarce type), red "Wfco 2" rate handstamp, Christiana (Sep. 5) transit and Sanussund receiving backstamp, opening slit at top left, Very Fine, one of the finest and most attractive of the few 1869 Pictorial uses to Norway, the 1869 PRA Census lists only two covers to Norway for the 10c value and up, this cover is not the 15c Type II in the census (that cover, ex Rose, was sold in our Sale 794, lot 608), illustrated in the Hargest book (p. 161), ex Coulter

E. 1,000-1,500
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2347
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2347, 1869 Pictorial Issue15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by quartered cork cancels, "Washn. D.C. Registered Mar. 21" circular datestamp on small cover to Tata, Hungary, red New York registry datestamp, red "Recomandirt" framed handstamp and red Hamburg transit, receiving backstamps, backflap removed, opening tear at lower left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER TO HUNGARY BEARING THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

The stamps on this rare cover pay the 10c Direct Mail rate to Germany and 8c registry fee. According to the 1869 Census book, this is the only 15c 1869 (either type) used to Hungary.

Illustrated in 1869 PRA Census book (p. 160). Signed Ashbrook. Ex Mack.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2348
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2348, 1869 Pictorial Issue30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Bright colors, tied by circle of wedges cancel, "New Orleans La. May 5" circular datestamp on oversize cover to Jackson Miss., 1870 docketing at left indicates courthouse contents, reduced at sides, expertly cleaned and repaired, stamp with central toned spot

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC COVER WITH THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PAYING TEN TIMES THE 3-CENT RATE.

Our records contain only eight covers with the 30c 1869 Pictorial on domestic covers sent between U.S. post offices (the 1869 PRA Census contains five). Ex "Lake Shore". Scott Retail $17,500.00 on cover to a domestic destination is half the value of a foreign use, despite the far greater availability of the foreign uses

E. 5,000-7,500
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