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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — France (including Algeria and Corsica)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1208
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1208, France (including Algeria and Corsica)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Horizontal pair, huge margins to just in at left including significant portion of adjoining stamp at right, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by "New Orleans La. Mar. 2" (1856) circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Mar. 11" circular datestamp, French transit datestamp and "13" decimes due handstamp, London and receiving backstamps, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps, Very Fine, the right 1c is a real Gem

E. 300-400
350
1209
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1209, France (including Algeria and Corsica)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Two, one with clear margins, other with margins clear to just touched, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), cancelled or tied by grids, red "Providence R.I. Jan. 30" (1855) circular datestamp on folded letter to Paris, France, French "26" decimes due handstamp, two stamps slightly affected from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine and attractive use, the stamps pay the U.S. postage plus shore-to-ship fee

E. 200-300
130
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1210
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1210, France (including Algeria and Corsica)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal strip of six, large margins to in, tied by blue "Cincinnati O. Sep. 1" (1853) circular datestamps on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U2) to Paris, France, red "New York Am. Packet Sep. 3" circular datestamp, sender's directive "per American Steamer" at top, red Calais transit datestamp also ties strip, bold "8" decimes due handstamp, 1853 docketing, London and Paris backstamps, missing part of top flap, some wear, appears Fine, unusual franking to pay the 21c American Packet rate, ex Colonel Green

E. 300-400
300
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1211
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1211, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins to in at left and showing part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by "New Orleans La. Oct. 26" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Bayonne, France, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Nov. 4" circular datestamp, Calais transit datestamp, bold "26" decimes due marking, light horizontal file fold well away from stamp, Fine

E. 300-400
350
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1212
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1212, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). A Relief from the top row of the plate, large margins all around, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (14), large margins to in, tied by light strikes of New Orleans La. circular datestamps on blue 1857 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Paid 12 Jul. 22" credit datestamp, red French transit datestamp, some slight overall wear, Very Fine, ex Shierson and Kapiloff, with 2013 Behr certificate, P.F. certificate 54639 no longer accompanies

E. 500-750
450
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1213
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1213, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Positions 23-25R1, horizontal strip of three, left stamp defective transfer, two huge margins including part of three adjoining stamps at top, just touched to in on other sides, tied by "New Orleans La. May 4, 1857" circular datestamps on brown cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 12 May 13" credit datestamp, boxed "P.D." handstamp, receiving backstamp, missing top flap, strip with faint bend at top from placement near edge of cover, part of address scratched out causing small erosion spot in cover, otherwise Fine, a rare strip with the left stamp showing the defective transfer variety -- our extensive census records for Scott 12 contain only two examples of the defective transfer in a multiple, both strips of three, we record no other examples in multiples on or off cover -- Census No. 12-COV-06, ex Senator Ackerman and from our 1987 Rarities sale, with 1979 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
850
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1214
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1214, France (including Algeria and Corsica)12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Three ample margins, slightly in at right, used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), one has large margins, other large to touched at left, tied by grid cancels and "Lancaster Pa. Sep. 10" circular datestamp on 3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U9) to Paris, France, faint red "New-York Am. Packet" circular datestamp, Calais transit datestamp and "8" decimes due handstamp, British transit backstamp, most of backflap removed, Very Fine, an extremely rare combination of stamps and stationery to prepay the 21c American Packet rate

E. 750-1,000
650
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1215
 
No Lot.
0
0
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1216
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1216, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Red Brown (28), 5c Red Brown (28)5c Red Brown (28). Horizontal pair and single, typical 1856 shade (prior to 1858 Red Brown printing), perfs scissors-separated in places but intact, tied by "New Orleans La. Jan. 4, 1858" circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Paris, France, "New York 6 Jan. 12" debit datestamp, red "SHORT PAID" in oval handstamp, "16" decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamp, top right stamp light crease from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Fine and attractive, with 1989 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
500
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1217
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1217, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B), 10c Dark Green, First Design (62B)10c Dark Green, First Design (62B). Deep rich color, used with 5c Brown Yellow (67a), tied by "Jamaica Plain Ms. Oct. 15" circular datestamps on tissue-paper cover to Paris, France, red "Boston Paid 12 Oct. 16" credit datestamp, red Calais transit datestamp and boxed "P.D." handstamp, receiving backstamp, 10c tiny flaw at top left from placement at edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce and desirable combination of the 10c First Design and the 5c Brown Yellow

E. 750-1,000
750
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1218
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1218, France (including Algeria and Corsica)3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Horizontal strip of five, s.e. at left, tied by grid cancels, "Newport R.I. Sep. 7, 1863" double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Frankfurt, Germany, red "New York Paid 12 Sep. 9" credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" struck on strip which is also tied by red Calais transit datestamp, forwarding postage paid by horizontal pair of France 1863 20c Blue (33) tied by star of dots cancel, receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap, fresh and Fine, an attractive and scarce use

E. 750-1,000
700
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1219
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1219, France (including Algeria and Corsica)24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Used with three 1c Blue (63) in different shades and 3c Rose (65), tied by target cancels, light strike of "Greenburg N.Y. July 21" (1865) circular datestamp on cover to Dunkirk, France, with "Office of the Superintendent of the Metropolitan Police" label at top left and Hussey's Time Posted label on back (tied by receiving datestamp), red "New York Paid 6 Jul. 22" credit datestamp, boxed "P.D." ties 3c, French transit datestamp ties one 1c, Very Fine and unusual double-rate franking, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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1220
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1220, France (including Algeria and Corsica)12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Wide margins with natural s.e. at left, used with 3c Rose (65), both tied by "Syracuse N.Y. May 4" (1863) double-circle datestamp on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Frankfurt, Germany, red "New York Paid 12 May 6" credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, forwarding postage paid by France 1863 40c Orange (27), oxidized, tied by "JS" in dotted diamond, neat "John Munroe & Co., Paris" oval forwarder's handstamp at top left, missing most of top flap, small cover tear at top, 12c with small ink stain in corner, still Fine, colorful and scarce use, ex Sapperstein, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
600
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1221
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1221, France (including Algeria and Corsica)30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Bright color, tied by neat strike of "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 27, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Nice, France, red "Philadelphia Paid 24 Jul. 24" credit datestamp, red Calais transit datestamp (Aug. 10) and boxed "PD" handstamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, scarce with the Philadelphia exchange marking

E. 200-300
100
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1222
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1222, France (including Algeria and Corsica)2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Used with 3c Rose (65) and 10c Green (68), each tied by 4-Leaf Clover New York Foreign Mail cancel on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Bade, France, "New York 6 Oct. 18" (1865) debit datestamp with "SHORT PAID" in oval handstamp, "16" decimes due handstamp crossed out, forwarding postage paid by France 1863 10c Bister (25) affixed to bottom flap and cancelled by star of dots, red boxed "PD" handstamp seemingly contradicts the "short paid" marking, range of backstamps, Very Fine and very unusual use, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
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1223
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1223, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Used with 1c Blue (63), pair and single of 3c Rose (65) and three singles of 10c Green (68), cancelled or tied by crossroads cancel on folded letter to Paris, France, red "New Paid York Sep. 27 36" (1864) credit datestamp, red boxed "P.D." also ties two stamps, Calais transit and receiving backstamp, horizontal file fold affects one 3c stamp, right 10c corner crease at top right, otherwise fresh and Very Fine, an attractive four-color franking paying triple 15c rate

E. 750-1,000
400
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1224
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1224, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Used with 10c Green (68), tied by circle of wedges, "New York 6 Mar. 14" credit datestamp crossed out and red "New York Paid 12 Mar. 14" credit datestamp struck instead, on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to Florence, Italy, stamps also tied by similar manuscript, neat "SHORT PAID" handstamp, forwarding postage paid by France 1863 40c Orange (35) tied by "4" in star of dots lozenge and "Paris 4/29 65" double-circle datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, 10c also tied by "16" decimes due marking, Florence backstamp, missing part of top flap, Very Fine and very unusual

E. 400-500
1,200
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1225
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1225, France (including Algeria and Corsica)24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). Horizontal pair and single, used with 3c Rose (65), 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), tied by grid cancels on legal-size "City Inspector's Department of New York" illustrated cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid Nov. 5" (1864) circular datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, magenta manuscript "30" credit, receiving backstamp, slight edgewear barely affects right 24c stamp, still Very Fine and impressive franking, the 90c pays 6-times 15c rate

E. 500-750
750
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1226
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1226, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Horizontal strip of three, tied (between perfs) by quartered cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Sep. 6" (no year but ca 1866) circular datestamp on illustrated St. Charles Hotel corner card cover to Havre, France, red "New York Paid 12 Dec. 11" credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp but no other French markings, the cover with a preprinting paper crease at left which is split at top, still Very Fine and colorful, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
375
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1227
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1227, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Tied by vivid red cork foreign mail cancels and matching "Baltimore Md. Apr. 3" (1869) circular datestamp on 10c Yellow Green on Buff entire (U41) to Paris, France, "New York 6 Apr. 6" credit datestamp, blue French transit (also ties 5c) and red boxed "PD", receiving backstamps, neatly docketed, stamp has some short or pulled perfs at top, still Very Fine, unusual and colorful combination for 15c rate, the 5c F Grill is extremely scarce on cover -- especially anything colorful

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1228
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1228, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Clear grill points, used with two 2c Black, F. Grill (93) and two 3c Red, F. Grill (94), tied by circle of wedges cancels, "Rochester N.Y. Feb. 13" (1869) circular datestamp on illustrated Genesee Valley Nurseries corner card cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 6 Feb. 16" credit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, blue French transit datestamp, missing part of top flap, small edge flaws, stamps with small faults, still appears Very Fine, a colorful franking

E. 750-1,000
850
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1229
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1229, France (including Algeria and Corsica)3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Horizontal pair and strip of three, tied by vivid red Four Diamonds foreign mail cancels with matching "Baltimore Md. Dec. 20" (1869) circular datestamp on buff cover to Paris, France, red New York and blue Cherbourg transit datestamps, Very Fine, an attractive and colorful combination of stamp and red cancel as well as an unusual franking for 15c treaty rate, the only recorded Baltimore foreign mail cover to France bearing 1869 Pictorial Issue stamps, ex Kuphal and Dr. Heimburger

E. 500-750
425
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1230
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1230, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Bright color, tied by circle of wedges cancel, red "New York Feb. 5" (1870) circular datestamp on black-bordered mourning cover to Paris, France, sender's directive "By the Periere", red "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. H. No. 1 5 Fevr 70" octagonal datestamp applied when placed on the French CGT line's Periere in New York, neat "8" decimes due handstamp, stamp with small corner crease at top right ending in miniscule tear, still a Very Fine and pretty cover, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
600
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1231
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1231, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Used with 2c Brown (113) and 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by circle of wedges cancel on importer's corner card cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 6 Oct. 14" credit datestamp, blue Calais transit datestamp also ties stamps, receiving backstamp, few minor opening tears at top do not affect stamps, Very Fine and attractive three-color franking to France, an unusual combination to pay the 15c rate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1232
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1232, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Used with 2c Brown (113) and 3c Ultramarine (114), 2c s.e. at right, tied by segmented cork cancels, "Cold Spring N.Y. Jul. 30" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, New York 6c credit circular datestamp overstruck by 18c debit datestamp, neat "16" decimes due handstamp, blue Calais transit datestamp also ties 2c, receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap, 10c tiny corner perf crease at top right, minor edgewear, Very Fine and colorful use, treated as completely unpaid due to excess weight

E. 500-750
800
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1233
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1233, France (including Algeria and Corsica), "Str. Adriatic". Manuscript ship directive on blue folded letter to Mauze, France, red "New York 3 Mar. 13" (1861) debit circular datestamp, carried as sender's directive by the Adriatic under charter for Cunard leaving New York Mar. 13, arriving Queenstown Mar. 23, Havre entry octagon, manuscript "8" decimes due, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, this was the only voyage that the S.S. Adriatic made under charter for the Cunard Line, ex Winter

E. 400-500
325
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1234
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1234, France (including Algeria and Corsica)France, 1860, 80c Rose on Pinkish (20; Yvert 17B), France, 1860, 80c Rose on Pinkish (20; Yvert 17B)France, 1860, 80c Rose on Pinkish (20; Yvert 17B). Bright color, margins to just in, tied by diamond of dots cancel, Bordeaux Sep. 8, 1860 double-circle datestamp and incorrect "3" (British Packet) credit to U.S. on blue folded cover to New York, carried on North Atlantic Steamship Co. Adriatic, red "New York Paid Sep. 24" entry circular datestamp ties stamp, red "Am. Service" octagonal handstamp, Very Fine and rare routing, the famous S.S. Adriatic (the basis for the design of the U.S. 12c 1869 Pictorial Issue) sailed under several different companies during its life and made only six voyages under the North Atlantic Steamship Line, ex Walske

E. 300-400
420
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1235
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1235, France (including Algeria and Corsica), "Pr. Adriatic". Manuscript ship directive on folded letter to Cognac, France, carried on the Galway Line's maiden voyage of the Adriatic, "New York 9 Mar. 13" (1861) debit circular datestamp, carried through Southampton to the Havre packet arriving Mar. 26, various transit and arrival backstamps, lightly toned file folds, still Very Fine

E. 200-300
170
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1236
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1236, France (including Algeria and Corsica)2c Black, E. Grill (87), 2c Black, E. Grill (87)2c Black, E. Grill (87). L-shaped block of five and single, used with 3c Red, F. Grill (94) and 12c Green (117), tied by segmented cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Aug. 28" (1869) circular datestamp on 3c Pink on White (U58) entire to Auzon, France, red "New York Paid 6" credit datestamp, red "PD" in frame and blue Calais transit, stamps have minor perfs flaws and gum soaks in grills, small part of upper right corner of cover has been expertly repaired, block lifted to lighten gum soaks and replaced

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. USED BLOCKS OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS BLOCK OF FIVE, USED IN A FOUR-COLOR MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING, IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS OF THE GRILLED ISSUE.

Illustrated in Allen Black Jack book (p. 147). Ex Dr. Rorke and Zoellner.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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1237
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1237, France (including Algeria and Corsica)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Affixed slightly overlapping 6c Ultramarine (115), tied by target cancels, "Castroville Tex. May (?)" (1870) circular datestamp, red "New York Br. Transit" backstamp and "8" cents credit datestamp on small cover to Givors, France, red London Paid transit datestamp (May 30), Calais arrival datestamp (May 31), slightly reduced at top and missing flap, still Fine and rare 1870 12c Phantom Rate use, following the expiration of the U.S.-France mail treaty on December 31, 1869, the New York postmaster was aware of and sometimes employed an unannounced fully-prepaid rate to France of 12c with 8c credit to England (published in the foreign postage tables for Algeria), the 12c rate applied only until July 1, when it was reduced to 10c, the sender of this cover may have prepaid it for the expired 15c treaty rate (3c overpayment), in any event it was sufficiently prepaid for the 12c rate, this is the only example of a 12c 1869 Issue we have encountered on such a Phantom Rate cover (they normally bear 10c or 15c stamps), with 2016 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1238
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1238, France (including Algeria and Corsica)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Rich color, tied by one of three strikes of red "New York Jul. 23" (1870) circular datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U59) to Millau, France, entered mails with "New Orleans La. Jul. 18" circular datestamp, "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais entry datestamp and "5" decimes due handstamp, Very Fine, an attractive and colorful use, overpaid for the 4c British Open Mail rate, with 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
375
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1239
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1239, France (including Algeria and Corsica)12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Light cork cancel, red "New York Jan. 4" (1870) circular datestamp on 3c Pink on White entire (U58) to Paris, France, blue "Insufficiently/Paid" two-line handstamp, blue Cherbourg entry double-circle datestamp and "16" decimes due which ties stamp, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine and an unusual use, sent after the expiration of the U.S.-French treaty so the 15c fully prepaid rate no longer applied (but prepaid more than enough for double the 4c open mail rate)

E. 500-750
550
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1240
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1240, France (including Algeria and Corsica)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. I (118). Tied by Rosette fancy cancel, red "New York Paid 24 May 29" credit datestamp with the "24" crossed out by blue crayon, marking struck again but this time with the proper 12c credit, on cover to Paris, France and forwarded to London, England, red boxed "PD" handstamp, red "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. H. No. 4 29 Mai 69" octagonal datestamp applied when placed on the French CGT line's Laurent in New York, forwarding postage paid by France, 1863, 40c Pale Orange (35) tied by star of dots cancel, Paris and London circular datestamps, missing small part of top flap, 15c with tiny flaw at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A COLOFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER TO FRANCE, WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO ENGLAND WITH FRENCH POSTAGE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED USES OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I WITH FORWARDING POSTAGE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.

This was carried on the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique line’s St. Laurent, which departed New York May 29 and arrived Havre on June 9. It was then forwarded to Baring Brothers in London. The PRA Census lists four examples of Scott 118 used with stamps of another country. Three are with French stamps, forwarded to England (offered here), Switzerland and Belgium. The fourth is forwarded within Italy.

Ex Moody. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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1241
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1241, France (including Algeria and Corsica)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Horizontal pair, deep rich colors, tied by segmented cork cancels, red "New York Paid 12 Aug. 18" (1869) credit datestamp on folded letter to Niort, France, sender's directive "St Java", blue Calais transit datestamp, red boxed "PD" handstamp, Paris and receiving backstamps, Very Fine and scarce, the PRA census lists only five covers bearing two 15c Type II on cover to France, a surprisingly low number, small Richter handstamp

E. 750-1,000
750
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1242
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1242, France (including Algeria and Corsica)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121), 30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121)30c Ultramarine & Carmine (121). Rich colors, centered to left, tied by bold manuscript squiggle with "Loudonville O. Aug. 16" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Bouxwiller, France, addressed to "Schillersdorf, Canton de Bouxweiller, Dep. du Bas--Rhein, France", red "New York Paid 24 Aug. 21" credit datestamp also ties stamp, red "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. H. No. 2 21 Auot 69" octagonal datestamp applied when placed on the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique line's Lafayette in New York, red "PD" in frame, Bouxweiller receiving backstamp (Sep. 4), bottom flap removed and minor edge tears

A FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A DOUBLE-RATE FRENCH PACKET COVER TO FRANCE.

This cover, which was found in the late 1990s, is addressed to a seldom-seen French destination for 1869 Pictorial Issue covers. Bouxwiller is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in northeastern France.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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1243
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1243, France (including Algeria and Corsica)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135), 2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135)2c Red Brown, H. Grill (135). Strip of three and pair, all with clear grills, tied by cork cancels, red "New York Br. Transit Oct. 16" (1873) circular datestamp, "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, forwarded to Noyon, France with France 1870 40c Orange (59; Yvert 38) tied by diamond of dots handstamp, French transit datestamps tie three of the U.S. stamps, right 2c stamp with small tear, French stamp slightly oxidized, still Very Fine and attractive dual-franking forwarded cover with the 1870 Grilled Issue, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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1244
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1244, France (including Algeria and Corsica)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Used with 2c Brown (157) and two 5c Blue (179), tied by segmented cork cancels with bold "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 6" (1875) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Paris, France, red "New York *Paid* Oct. 13" circular datestamp ties 2c, boxed "P.D." handstamp, Paris receiving backstamps, couple very minor perf flaws, one 5c with trimmed perfs at bottom, Very Fine and colorful Bank Note Issue use to France

E. 300-400
200
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1245
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1245, France (including Algeria and Corsica)6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Used with 3c Green (158), tied by vivid red circle of wedges foreign mail cancels with matching "Baltimore Md. Sep. 25 9AM" (1874) circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, red "New York Paid Sep. 26" exchange office datestamp, red "PD" and blue Paris receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover with red Baltimore foreign mail cancels paying the new 9c rate

E. 300-400
180
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1246
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1246, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Tied by crossroads cancel, red "New York PD 6 Jul. 21" (1874) credit datestamp on Cole & Comstock overall brown lithographed advertising cover to Paris, France, forwarded to Brussels, Belgium with France 1872 30c Brown on Yellowish (62) tied by dotted star cancel, Paris double-circle datestamp, forwarder's oval handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at left where corner nicked, 10c stamp with corner creases at top right, Very Fine appearing and attractive forwarded use, with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
475
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1247
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1247, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Tied by circle of wedges cancel with "Syracuse N.Y. Dec. 14 1PM" (1874) duplex datestamp, blurry strike of red New York circular datestamp on cover to Paris, France, forwarded to Cairo, Egypt with France 1872 80c Rose on Pinkish (68) tied by "3" in diamond of dots handstamp, blue French entry datestamp (Dec. 26) struck underneath forwarding postage, red boxed "PD" handstamps, Paris forwarder's oval handstamp and Paris double-circle datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps including Cairo, U.S. stamp with light corner crease and small margin tear at bottom, cover with slight corner wear, still Very Fine and most attractive dual-franking forwarded cover

E. 500-750
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1248
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1248, France (including Algeria and Corsica)2c Vermilion (178), 2c Vermilion (178)2c Vermilion (178). Tied by slightly oxidized strike of red "Etats-Unis Paq. Fr. Le Havre 7 Feb. 77" octagonal transit datestamp, clear strike of unusual New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel on 1877 3c Centennial entire (U219) to Paris, France, Paris receiving backstamp, a bit less than half of backflaps missing, Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
225
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1249
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1249, France (including Algeria and Corsica)New York Foreign Mail Geometrics on Covers to France and Italy, New York Foreign Mail Geometrics on Covers to France and ItalyNew York Foreign Mail Geometrics on Covers to France and Italy. Four covers to France and one to Italy, each with either two or three Bank Note Issue stamps (2c, 3c, 6c, 10c and 12c denominations) tied by New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancels, all are recognizable strikes and one has particularly clear strikes, one with three 3c on a very pretty wide-bordered mourning cover, few small flaws, overall Fine-Very Fine and colorful group, one P.F. certificate accompanies

E. 750-1,000
500
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1250
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1250, France (including Algeria and Corsica)Bank Note Issues, Forwarded to and from France, Bank Note Issues, Forwarded to and from FranceBank Note Issues, Forwarded to and from France. Four mixed-franking covers from the U.S. bearing Bank Note Issues, each showing a different forwarded use, including three 3c Bank Notes and France 15c forwarded within France, 5c U.S. to London forwarded to France with French Postage Dues, 2c and 3c U.S. (two each) to England forwarded to France with GB 2-1/2p (Brandon and P.F. certificates), 1c and 2c Bank Notes to France forwarded to Germany with Postage Dues, a few small flaws and one stamp corner clipped on the last cover, overall a colorful and desirable group of dual-frankings

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1251
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1251, France (including Algeria and Corsica)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A)5c Brown, Ty. II (30A). Block of three, tied by red grid cancels, matching "New York Paid 12 Aug. 1" (1860) credit datestamp on buff cover to Guelma, French Algeria, French transit datestamps including Paris, receiving backstamp, right stamp with few pulled perfs, otherwise Fine and rare use to an unusual destination, although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1252
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1252, France (including Algeria and Corsica)30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Bright shade, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Paid 12 Dec. 29" credit datestamp on square-shaped 1860 cover to Mostaganem, French Algeria, handsomely addressed with explicit detail ("Africa", "Algerie", "Province d'Oran"), French transit circular datestamp front and back, Mostaganem receiving backstamp, couple small edge tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EXOTIC DESTINATION IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD.

Although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors.

Ex Haas and "Sevenoaks"

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1253
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1253, France (including Algeria and Corsica)10c Yellow (116), 10c Yellow (116)10c Yellow (116). Wide margins, well-centered, used with 2c Brown (113), deep shade, both stamps tied by segmented cork cancels, "Mobile Ala. May 14" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Ersa, Corsica, red "New York May 18" circular datestamp, red Havre transit datestamp with "Juin" month, but day unclear, black "8" decimes due handstamp, various transit backstamps including Centuri and Rogliano datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 1869 COVERS TO THE FRENCH ISLAND OF CORSICA, OF WHICH ONLY THIS ONE WAS CARRIED TO FRANCE ON THE RUGER BROTHERS' LINE.

Corsica is a Mediterranean island that lies about 150 miles southeast of Marseilles, but it was regarded by France as an integral part of the nation (as was Algeria), and the postage rates applicable to mail to France applied equally to mail bound for the island. Nevertheless, postal history collectors regard Corsica as a separate and rare destination for U.S. mail. Only three 1869 Pictorial covers are addressed to Corsica -- all have 10c stamps, but only this cover has an additional 2c stamp, which apparently prepays a non-existent 12c rate.

This cover is illustrated in Michael Laurence's 10c 1869 book (page 177) where it is described as one of seven 10c 1869 covers carried by the Ruger Brothers' Line to France -- it is the the only one carried on the Western Metropolis, which departed New York on May 18, 1870, and arrived in Havre on June 1 (the Havre arrival datestamp is a June date, but the day is unclear). It is also the only Ruger Line cover to Corsica. Laurence states, "covers that crossed the Atlantic on any of the three Ruger Brothers sailings from 1870 are scarce and highly collectible."

Ex Kuphal. With 1979 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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