Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — India and Afghanistan

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1413
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1413, India and Afghanistan10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33 three), 10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33 three)10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33 three). Used with 5c Brown (29), top perfs trimmed prior to use, bold "Troy N.Y. Paid Jul. 6, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Saugor, Hindustan, India, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Jul. 7" backstamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jul. 17), manuscript "Treaty Postage 45cts paid to India" written at top prior to stamps being affixed and also sender's directive "Overland via Southampton" at bottom left, red Bombay boxed backstamp (Aug. 25), right 10c with few pulled perfs, minor wear, appears Fine, a rare use, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
375
1414
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1414, India and Afghanistan10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Horizontal pair, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), tied by grid cancels, "Troy N.Y. Oct. 12" (1860) double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Saugor, Hindustan, India, red "New York Am. Pkt. Oct. 13" circular datestamp, London and Bombay backstamps, manuscript rates, some extraneous ink at center, otherwise Very Fine and unusual use paid only to England

E. 400-500
475
Back to Top
1415
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1415, India and Afghanistan3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). S.e. at right, tied by "Warnersville O. Jan. 16" (1859) balloon-style circular datestamp on small cover to Boston with forwarding address to Rev. Bissell in India, carried by missionaries outside mails and posted in India with India, 1855, 1a Brown (12), tied by manuscript "Stamped" and "57" diamond grid, red mailing and receiving backstamps, faint toning, still Very Fine, an unusual dual-country franking that saved the thrifty missionaries considerable transatlantic postage, ex Gibson and "Argentum", with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
Back to Top
1416
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1416, India and Afghanistan12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B)12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Horizontal strip of three, used with horizontal pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), cancelled by magenta "Gansevoort N.Y. Paid 38" manuscript postmark on yellow 1861 cover with red and blue Waving Flag with Soldier and Sword Patriotic cover design to Calcutta, India, addressed to Capt. Thomas Melville on the ship Meteor, red crayon "15" credit, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp (July 9), Alexandria (July 17) and Calcutta Steam Letter (Aug. 12) backstamps, left 1c stamp piece out at left, 12c stamps small creases, some edgewear including sealed cover tear at right

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A PATRIOTIC COVER TO INDIA THAT WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. IT IS ADDRESSED TO THOMAS MELVILLE, THE YOUNGEST BROTHER OF FAMED AUTHOR HERMAN MELVILLE, WHO WAS CAPTAIN OF THE METEOR.

An interesting article at https://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20160218/moby-dick-author-melville-had-whaling-ties-to-westport describes the beginning of the voyage of the Meteor to India. It notes "Brother Herman made at least one trip with Thomas on Meteor, sailing from Boston to San Francisco on his brother’s ship from May to August of 1860. Herman went home on another ship, while Thomas sailed Meteor to the Philippines, China and Calcutta, where it was sold; he got back to Boston in January of 1862 to look for another captaincy." This cover, which arrived in August 1861, would have been sent to Thomas on this last journey.

Our Power Search and extensive library do not contain another Patriotic cover sent to India. For some reason, the use of Patriotics was primarily confined to destinations in Europe. Destinations beyond Europe, such as India, China, Australia and other exotic locations, were primarily confined to communicating with either business, missionary or military activities, and so almost no mail was sent espousing political views.

Ex Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
14,500
Back to Top
1417
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1417, India and Afghanistan30c Orange, F. Grill (100), 30c Orange, F. Grill (100)30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Used with two 3c Ultramarine (114), one with natural s.e. at left, tied by target cancels with "Plymouth Mass. Nov. 30" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Bombay, India, red "PAID" straightline handstamp and crayon "26" credit (correct for the Marseilles route, which required an additional 8c for French transit), indistinct strike of red exchange office credit datestamp ties two stamps, red London Paid transit datestamp and red pencil "1" (1p) Colonial rate, dark blue "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Dec. 26), receipt docketing (Jan. 9, 1870)

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING TO INDIA, PAYING THE 36-CENT RATE FOR BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

Noted in the Chronicle in an article by William K. Herzog (Vol. 37, No. 2, 1985, pp. 112-119). Ex White and Ishikawa

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
Back to Top
1418
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1418, India and Afghanistan30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 10c Green (68) and 5c Brown (76), latter s.e. at left, tied by large segmented cork cancel on cover to Bombay, India, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 2 Aug." (1865) credit datestamp, London Paid transit datestamp (Aug. 14), receiving backstamp, 30c slightly affected from placement at edge of cover, 5c light crease at bottom left, appears Very Fine, rare paying the 45c rate for over -1/4 oz. via Marseilles, ex Rohloff

E. 750-1,000
900
Back to Top
1419
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1419, India and Afghanistan24c Green & Violet (120), 24c Green & Violet (120)24c Green & Violet (120). Used with 2c Brown (113), second 2c has unfortunately been cut out of the cover at top, tied by cork cancels on cover to Calcutta, India, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 8" (1870) circular datestamp struck on back, red "18" credit handstamp, red London Paid transit (Jan. 19) and blue "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Feb. 11), red crayon "1" (1p) Colonial rate, stamps with couple tiny perf flaws from placement at edge of cover, roughly opened at top

AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.

This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
Back to Top
1420
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1420, India and Afghanistan15c Bright Orange (152), 15c Bright Orange (152)15c Bright Orange (152). Used with 7c Vermilion (149), s.e. at right, cancelled by corks, 15c tied by "Hingham Mass. Nov. 1" (1872) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Calcutta, India, red "Boston Paid Nov. 1" circular datestamp, sender's directive "Via Marseilles" crossed out and changed to via Southampton, red London Paid transit datestamp (Nov. 13), red crayon "18" credit, red "1d" Colonial rate handstamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, stamps with some toning and small faults, cover with usual light wear, still Very Fine, a very unusual combination to pay the 22c rate via Southampton, the rate via Marseilles was 8c more, so no doubt the sender decided to save the money and send the slightly slower route via Southampton

E. 750-1,000
425
Back to Top
1421
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1421, India and Afghanistan7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Used with horizontal pair of 10c Brown (161), cancelled or tied by targets, "Kingwood W. Va. Sep. 7" circular datestamp on cover to Moradabad, India, sender's directive "Via Brindisi", red "New York Sep. 9" circular datestamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, 1876 docketing, left 10c light crease at top right, still Very Fine, a beautiful and scarce combination paying the 27c rate via Brindisi

E. 500-750
750
Back to Top
1422
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1422, India and Afghanistan24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Pastel shade (typical of grilled 24c, but we cannot find grill points), used with pair 10c Brown, H. Grill (139), tied by circle of wedges cancels, red "Boston Paid Dec. 18" (1873) circular datestamp on buff cover to Ahmednugger, India, red crayon "36/2" double-rate credit with "2", red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 30), Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, cover has been cleaned and markings "touched up" as described on accompanying certificate, Fine appearing use paying double the 22c rate by British Mail via Southampton, from the Bissell correspondence, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
275
Back to Top
1423
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1423, India and Afghanistan24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Bright color, used with two 2c Brown (157), tied by light strikes of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancels on black-bordered mourning cover to Moradabad, India, red "New York 24 Jan. 20" (1875) circular datestamp, red London Paid transit datestamp, red crayon "1" Colonial rate, receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap, some slight edgewear, Very Fine use franked to pay the 28c rate by British Mail via Brindisi, ex Turner and Beals, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,600
Back to Top
1424
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1424, India and Afghanistan24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Used with 2c Red Brown (146) and 30c Black (154), tied by quartered cork cancels with "Northampton Mass. Apr. 29" (1873) circular datestamp on cover to Byculla Bombay, India and forwarded to Calcutta with pair India, 1855, 1a Brown (12), red "New York Apr. 30 *" circular datestamp, crayon "48/2" credit and "2" Colonial rate which ties the 24c stamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (May 13), Sea Post Office, Bombay and Calcutta arrival backstamps, receipt docketing of June 10, 1873, 30c stamp with minor corner creases and bottom 1a stamp with small fault at bottom, small cover repair under 30c

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FOUR-COLOR MIXED FRANKING TO INDIA, WITH 1870 ISSUE BANK NOTE STAMPS PAYING THE DOUBLE RATE VIA BRITISH MAIL AND 1855-64 ONE-ANNA INDIA STAMPS PAYING FORWARDING POSTAGE.

The rate to India by British Mail via Brindisi was 28c beginning on January 1, 1871. This is the only cover with mixed U.S.-India regular postage we have encountered.

Ex Knapp, Hirschfield and Albert. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
8,500
Back to Top
1425
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1425, India and Afghanistan30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Horizontal pair, used with 3c Green (147), 10c Brown (150) and 15c Bright Orange (152), tied by quartered cork cancels, light strike of red "Boston Paid" circular datestamp also ties stamps on 1871 pre-printed Bissell correspondence cover to Ahmednuggur, India, printed "Via Southampton" directive, crayon "72/4" credit for quadruple 22c rate (18c credit per rate), red crayon "4" Colonial rate, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jul. 31), Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, 15c with wrinkling from application not noted on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A STRIKING FOUR-COLOR 1870 BANK NOTE ISSUE FRANKING TO INDIA. ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL OF ALL COVERS FROM THE BISSELL CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex Needham, Ackerman, Albert and Weiss. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
Back to Top
1426
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1426, India and Afghanistan30c Black (154), 30c Black (154)30c Black (154). Used with pair 2c Red Brown (146) and 10c Brown (150), tied by quartered cork cancels, red "Boston Paid Jul. 11" (1871) circular datestamp on buff cover to Ahmednugger, India, red crayon "36/2" double-rate credit, red crayon "2" Colonial rate, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jul. 23), Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, minor cover wrinkling, Very Fine use paying double the 22c rate by British Mail via Southampton, from the Bissell correspondence, ex Col. Green

E. 750-1,000
450
Back to Top
1427
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1427, India and Afghanistan30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Used with pair 12c Blackish Violet (151), tied by segmented cork cancels, red "Boston Paid Nov. 23" (ca. 1875) circular datestamp on cover to Ahmednugger, India, red crayon "220/2" credit (44c expressed in centimes for double rate, applied in according with GPU/UPU requirements), red London Paid transit datestamp ties 12c pair, red crayon "2" Colonial rate, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, minor corner wrinkling, Very Fine, double 27c rate by British Mail via Brindisi, from the Bissell correspondence

E. 500-750
650
Back to Top
1428
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1428, India and Afghanistan8c Lilac (225), 8c Lilac (225)8c Lilac (225). Used with 5c Chocolate (223), both tied by "Boston Mass." registry ovals and partly obscured by New York registry label on 1894 cover to Kabul Afghanistan and forwarded to Bombay, India, wide range of markings including Dead Letter Offices in Bombay, Lahore and U.S., 5c stamp light crease, Fine and unusual cover to a rare destination

E. 400-500
500
Back to Top
Copyright 2019. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy