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Sale 1201 — The Dr. William H. Johnson Collection of the U.S. 1890 Small Bank Note Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Category — Foreign Mail: Great Britain

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2140
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2140, Foreign Mail: Great Britain5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by "Philadelphia Paid Jan. 21 3PM 1892" duplex datestamp on cover to London, England, March 3 receiving datestamp, purple "Saved from wreck of S.S. Eider" boxed handstamp, stamp reattached to the cover by a pin, Very Fine, scarce, the Eider was stranded in late January near St. Catherine's Point, the southernmost point of the Isle of Wight, the last 15 mail bags were not recovered until March 2

E. 200-300
130
2141
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2141, Foreign Mail: Great Britain5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Two, used with 1c and 2c Columbian (230-231), tied by New York registry ovals, purple "Registered Mar. 3, 1894 Branch P.O. Station E, New York P.O." boxed datestamp on cover to Bram Stoker in London, England, return address from Abbey's Theater on Broadway, New York registry label also ties stamps, minor edge tears, Very Fine and attractive use, Stoker's celebrated Dracula novel was published in 1897

E. 200-300
900
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2142
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2142, Foreign Mail: Great Britain5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by "German Sea P.O." duplex datestamp on 1892 cover to Danbury O., horizontal strip of five of 2c Red Brown, Postage Due (J16) with some bottom selvage, tied by target cancels and affixed over 5c stamp, London (May 30), New York (June 11) and receiving (June 13) backstamps, Very Fine, scarce use

E. 100-150
130
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2143
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2143, Foreign Mail: Great Britain5c Chocolate (223), 5c Chocolate (223)5c Chocolate (223). Tied by British "Seacombe OC 12 94" datestamp on cover from England to Waterbury Conn., "T" in hexagonal due marking, "Collect Postage" and "5 Cents" handstamps, with 5c Bright Claret, Postage Due (J25) cancelled by cork, Very Fine, attempted use of U.S. stamp from England

E. 100-150
100
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2144
 
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2144, Foreign Mail: Great Britain90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Two, used with 10c Green (226), tied by Baltimore Md. registry ovals, purple "Registered, Jun. 10, 1892, Baltimore Md." three-line datestamp on large part of parcel wrapper which contained something roughly the size of a cigar box, addressed to London, England, with sender's ship-name directive "Per S/S 'Augusta Victoria'" crossed out at upper right and "Per S/S 'Servia'" written at lower left in same hand, New York registry label, "TOO LATE (N.Y.-Reg. Div.)" straightline handstamp, red London receiving datestamp (Jun. 21) on back, sender's address on back with "Return Receipt demanded", blue crayon crossed lines applied by British post office to indicate registered mail, light vertical file fold does not affect stamps, minor splitting along fold

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRANSATLANTIC REGISTERED MAIL USE TO ENGLAND WITH TWO 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE STAMPS.

Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. The $1.90 postage pays 36 times the 5c UPU first class rate for an 18 ounce package, plus 10c registration fee.

According to newspaper notices, the Hamburg-American Packet Co. steamer Augusta Victoria sailed on June 9, a fact apparently known to the sender, who crossed out the first ship-name directive and wrote a new directive to the Cunard steamer Servia. The mails for the Servia closed on Saturday, June 11, at 2:30 a.m., and the ship sailed at 6:00 a.m. The "Too Late" handstamp indicates this was received from Baltimore after the mails closed. It was put on the next available steamer and it reached the London registry office by June 21 (backstamp).

The Servia was a transatlantic passenger and mail steamer of revolutionary design, built by J. & G. Thomson and launched in 1881. Servia was the first large ocean liner built with steel instead of iron and the first Cunard ship to have an electric lighting installation. Some historians consider Servia to be the first modern ocean liner.

Illustrated in Chronicle 129 ("Three New 90c 1890 Cover Listings for the Record," Scott R. Trepel) and in color in Chronicle 130 (May 1986 special Ameripex feature, "United States Classic Covers")

E. 7,500-10,000
3,750
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2145
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2145, Foreign Mail: Great Britain90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Radiant color, choice centering, tied by "New York N.Y. Jun. 11 5:30PM H 97" duplex datestamp, additional strikes at left and right, on oversize cover to London, England, addressed to Chauncey Depew, president of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, with the railroad's corner card at top left, receiving backstamp, vertical file fold well away from the stamp, some cover wear including minor mended tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE ENVELOPE WITH THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT HIGH-DENOMINATION COVER RARITIES OF 19TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.

Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. This cover was the subject of a Feb. 1982 Chronicle article by Douglas Merritt Jenkins. He notes the cover was buried in a private collection for decades until it resurfaced in 1981.

Ex Jenkins. Illustrated in Chronicle 113 (Feb. 1982, p. 55). Listed but unpriced in Scott on cover

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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2146
c
Sale Number 1201, Lot Number 2146, Foreign Mail: Great Britain90c Orange (229), 90c Orange (229)90c Orange (229). Bright color, tied by New York registry ovals, "New York N.Y. Reg'y. Div. 6-13 1891" double-oval datestamp on blue linen-lined oversize cover to William Waldorf Astor in London, England, New York registry label is faulty, London registry datestamp at right, 15c Indigo (227), which does not originate affixed next to 90c, 90c small tear at bottom right, cover with tears and creases

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE ON A COMPLETE ENVELOPE -- SENT TO THE ONLY CHILD OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR III SHORTLY AFTER HE MOVED TO ENGLAND.

Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items.

William Waldorf Astor was the only child of John Jacob Astor III. His father passed away in 1890, and he moved to England shortly after inheriting his fortune. He is also known for starting the hotel that bears his name, across the street from his aunt with whom he was feuding.

With 2012 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as on cover

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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