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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Africa

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1393
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1393, Africa10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Vertical strip of three, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by "Augusta Me. Mar. 15" (1860) circular datestamps on cover to the Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins aboard the U.S.S. Mohican at St. Paul de Loando, West Coast of Africa, with original 1860-dated enclosure, interesting contents, missing top flap

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 1857 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY SLOOP-OF-WAR MOHICAN, WHICH WAS PATROLLING THE WATERS OFF THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA IN SEARCH OF SLAVE-TRADING VESSELS.

St. Paul de Loando was the capital of the Portuguese colony of Angola and a known area of activity for slave traders. The cover is addressed to Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins on the U.S.S. Mohican, which was patrolling the waters off the African coastline. Later this same year the Mohican captured the slave-carrying ship Erie, whose captain, Nathaniel Gordon, was hanged in 1862, the first man condemned under an 1820 Federal law declaring slave-trading a form of piracy. In August 1861 she departed the African coast to take part in the Battle of Port Royal and blockade duty in the Civil War.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
1394
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1394, Africa10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Three, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by grid cancels, "Brunswick Me. Nov. 12, 1860" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" on buff cover to the Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins aboard the U.S.S. Mohican at St. Paul de Loando, West Coast of Africa, black "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov. 14" backstamp, red crayon "28" credit, Liverpool and London backstamps, minor edgewear, right 10c small tears

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 1857 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY SLOOP-OF-WAR MOHICAN, WHICH WAS PATROLLING THE WATERS OFF THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA IN SEARCH OF SLAVE-TRADING VESSELS.

St. Paul de Loando was the capital of the Portuguese colony of Angola and a known area of activity for slave traders. The cover is addressed to Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins on the U.S.S. Mohican, which was patrolling the waters off the African coastline. Later this same year the Mohican captured the slave-carrying ship Erie, whose captain, Nathaniel Gordon, was hanged in 1862, the first man condemned under an 1820 Federal law declaring slave-trading a form of piracy. In August 1861 she departed the African coast to take part in the Battle of Port Royal and blockade duty in the Civil War.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,500
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1395
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1395, Africa12c Black, Plate 1 (36), 12c Black, Plate 1 (36)12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Horizontal strip of five, used with 5c Red Brown (28), tied by blue "Norfolk Va. Sep. 1858" circular datestamps on cover to Porto Grande, Cape Verde, red "New York Am. Pkt. Sep. 25" circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "40" credit changed to "44", some perf toning not mentioned in accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. THE 1857 12-CENT PLATE 1 STRIP OF FIVE IS AN EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE FRANKING, AND THE CAPE VERDE DESTINATION IS EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE IN THIS PERIOD.

Ex Seybold, Gibson, Gallagher and "Sevenoaks". With 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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1396
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1396, Africa30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied together by target cancels on 1861 buff cover to the Bark America at St. Louis, Mauritius, "Holmes Hole Ms. Mar. 11" circular datestamp, manuscript "28" credit and "4-1/2" pence British charge, red London Paid transit datestamp (Mar. 25), bold Mauritius crown datestamp on back, cover slightly reduced at left, 3c has some short perfs at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW EXISTING COVERS TO MAURITIUS WITH THE 1857 ISSUE.

Ex Emerson, Piller, Gallagher and "Sevenoaks"

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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1397
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1397, Africa30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Red Brown (75) and 10c Green (68), tied by circle of wedges cancels, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov. 20" (1863) backstamp on blue folded cover to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red crayon "24" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 3), red crayon "1" (1p) Colonial rate, transit and receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover and especially desirable with the 5c Red Brown shade

E. 1,000-1,500
2,900
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1398
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1398, Africa30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 3c Rose Pink (64b), tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid Mar. 22" (1862) backstamp on folded cover to Port Elizabeth, Cape of Good Hope, red crayon "12" credit also ties 30c, red London Paid transit datestamp (Apr. 4), manuscript "1" (1p) Colonial rate, transit and receiving backstamps, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps, fresh and Very Fine, especially desirable with the scarcer 3c Rose Pink shade

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1399
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1399, Africa5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Horizontal pair and single, used with 3c Green, H. Grill (136) and 10c Brown, H. Grill (139), each with fully evident grills, cork cancels with "Iowa Falls Ioa. Nov. 12" (1872) circular datestamp on blue linen-lined cover to Natal, South Africa, faint strike of red circular datestamp, crayon credits and rates including red "1d" Colonial rate handstamp crossed out and re-rated "4" pence, red London Paid transit datestamp (Nov. 30), "Received Open and Resealed..." in script handstamp, red wax seal on back, 10c with light vertical crease, some cosmetic improvements in addition to the linen lining

VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE 1868 GRILLED ISSUE AND 1870 GRILLED BANK NOTE ISSUE COMBINATION ON COVER TO NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA.

This was franked for the 28c rate by British Mail via Southampton. With 1988 P.F. certificate not mentioning any faults

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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1400
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1400, Africa24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Used with 1c Ultramarine (145) and 3c Green (158), tied by red cork cancels and matching "New Haven Ct. Jul. 21" (1874) circular datestamp on cover to Wellington, Cape Colony, South Africa, 24c New York credit datestamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Aug. 3), red "1d" Colonial rate handstamp, Wellington and Cape Town receiving datestamps, sender's directive "Via Southampton" and carried by British Mail at the 28c rate, Very Fine, a colorful and rare use of the 24c 1870 Bank Note Issue to South Africa, ex Houser, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1401
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1401, Africa24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Used with 3c Green (147), tied by cork cancels with "New Haven Ct. Dec. 21" (1876) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Wellington, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, red "New York 110 Dec. 22" credit datestamp (expressed in centimes), red London Paid transit datestamp, red crayon "1" (1p) Colonial rate, Wellington and Cape Town receiving datestamps, 24c with light corner crease, cover with couple small edge tears, Very Fine, a colorful and rare use of the 24c 1870 Bank Note Issue to South Africa, carried by British Mail at the 27c rate (from Jul. 1, 1875)

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1402
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1402, Africa30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Used with pair of 2c Vermilion (183) and two singles of 10c Brown (188), tied by cork cancels, "New Bedford Mass. Feb. 1" (1881) circular datestamp on cover to the care of Captain Smith of the bark Clarice at St. Helena, red "New York Feb. 1" circular datestamp, crayon "220/2" (centimes) credit, red London Paid transit backstamp, additional small datestamp ties one 10c

VERY FINE AND RARE. A COLORFUL BANK NOTE ISSUE COVER TO A WHALING SHIP AT ST. HELENA.

This three-color franking paid double the 27c rate by British Mail via England. With 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1403
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1403, Africa2c Vermilion (183), 2c Vermilion (183)2c Vermilion (183). Used with 3c Green (207), tied together by "New York Jul. 6 '83" duplex datestamps on cover to Tamatave, Madagascar, Paris and Marseilles backstamps, cover tear just into left New York postmark, Fine, a rare Bank Note period destination, ex Gallagher

E. 300-400
400
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1404
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1404, Africa10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188), 10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188)10c Brown, With Secret Mark (188). Horizontal pair, tied by cork cancels, purple "Boston Mass. Registered Feb. 21, 1879" serrated oval datestamp on cover to Senagambia, West Africa (now Guinea-Bissau), red London registry transit datestamp (Mar. 5), right stamp with small tear and left with minor scuff, appears Very Fine, a rare destination during the Bank Note period

E. 300-400
650
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1405
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1405, Africa15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Tied by segmented cork cancel with "New Haven Conn. Nov. 18 (?)PM" (1881) circular datestamp on cover to Wellington, Cape of Good Hope and forwarded to Kalk Bay with Cape of Good Hope 3p Claret (36), tied by Wellington duplex datestamp and cancel, red "New York Nov. 19 81 50" attached credit datestamp, six different transit or arrival backstamps, opened slightly roughly at right and bottom not affecting the stamps, Very Fine and rare dual-franking to the Cape of Good Hope and forwarded within South Africa

E. 750-1,000
475
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1406
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1406, Africa15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Tied by quartered cork cancel and "New Haven Conn. Nov. 25 7:00 PM" (1881) circular datestamp on cover to Wellington, Cape of Good Hope and forwarded to Kalk Bay, forwarding postage paid by Cape of Good Hope 3p Claret (36), tied by duplex datestamp and cancel, red "New York Nov. 24 81 50" attached credit datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at left, minor soiling, Very Fine and attractive

E. 750-1,000
400
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1407
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1407, Africa15c Red Orange (189), 15c Red Orange (189)15c Red Orange (189). Tied by "Albany N.Y. Nov. 23 5 PM '89" duplex datestamp on cover to the U.S. sloop of war Pensacola at Angola, Africa, London and Lisbon transit backstamps, receipt docketing indicating cover was forwarded to Cape Town, stamp with couple tiny flaws, Very Fine appearance and a rare destination during the Bank Note period

E. 300-400
225
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1408
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1408, Africa5c Yellow Brown (205), 5c Yellow Brown (205)5c Yellow Brown (205). Tied by quartered cork cancel with "New Bedford Mass. Jun. 6 1PM" (1888) circular datestamp on corner card cover to the bark Sea Queen at Zanzibar, Indian Ocean, Brindisi, Zambia and Zanzibar backstamps, returned to the U.S. with purple pointing hand and dead letter office handstamps front and back (ties stamp), Very Fine and a very rare destination during the Bank Note period

E. 300-400
450
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1409
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1409, Africa10c Brown (209), 10c Brown (209)10c Brown (209). Pair, used with 1c Gray Blue (206) and three 2c Red Brown (210), 2c tied by cork cancels, other stamps with pen cancels on 1884 cover to St. Helena and forwarded back to Washington D.C., initially only the 2c stamps were present on the cover, back struck with purple six-line "Deficiency in U.S. Postage supplied by U.S. Govt Despatch Agency, New York..." handstamp, St. Helena circular datestamps (Apr. 11 and 21) and Washington receiving backstamp, right 2c stamp with small flaws, overall Fine and rare combination of elements, the samaritan postage contribution made up the correct 27c rate via British Mail

E. 400-500
450
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1410
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1410, AfricaBank Note Issues on Cover to Gabon, Africa, Bank Note Issues on Cover to Gabon, AfricaBank Note Issues on Cover to Gabon, Africa. Group of four different Bank Note Issue frankings on covers to Gabon, Africa, first with 15c and 1c paying the 16c rate (Mar. 1875), second with single 15c paying the July 1, 1875 15c rate, one with pair 10c (1877), last with 1c and 2c 1880s Issues on 1892 2c entire (UPU rate), two with original contents, a few minor flaws but all are attractive covers, a very rare group to Gabon during the Bank Note period

E. 500-750
750
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1411
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1411, Africa2c Red, Ty. IV (279B), 2c Red, Ty. IV (279B)2c Red, Ty. IV (279B). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "Bradford Pa. Nov. 9 1899 4PM" duplex datestamp and machine cancel on cover to Transvaal, South Africa and forwarded to Cape Town, neat "Randfontein Z.A.R. 26 Dec. 99" double-circle datestamp at lower right, this apparently sat around Transvaal for a long time because there is a "Krugersdorp 19 OCT 00" backstamp, forwarding postage paid by Transvaal, 1900, 1p Rose & Green (203) tied by Nov. 7, 1900 double-circle datestamp, wide range of backstamps, Very Fine and very unusual use which took over a year to find its recipient

E. 300-400
275
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1412
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1412, Africa5c Trans-Mississippi (288), 5c Trans-Mississippi (288)5c Trans-Mississippi (288). Tied by "Boston Mass. Feb. 25, 1899 3-30PM" machine cancel on light green cover with merchant's embossing at top left to Goree, Senegal, transit and receiving backstamps, vertical file fold well away from stamp, some slight overall toning, Very Fine and rare use to a very unusual destination

E. 300-400
160
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