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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — Italy

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1316
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1316, Italy12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Margins to in, used with horizontal strip of three of 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), large margins to barely in at bottom right, tied by well-struck blue "Cincinnati O. Jun. 22" (1854) circular datestamps on cover to Florence, Italy, red "New York Am. Pkt. Jul. 1" circular datestamp, red Havre transit datestamp, magenta manuscript rates, receiving backstamp, minor wear, Fine and attractive 1851 Issue franking for 21c American Packet rate to Italy via France

E. 500-750
450
1317
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1317, Italy1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (22). Positions 19-20R4, horizontal pair, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) and four singles of 10c Green, Ty. II (32), on cover to Florence, Italy, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jan. 21" (1859) backstamp, red "12" credit handstamp, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, "P.D." handstamp, manuscript rates, receiving backstamp, right 10c with faults, otherwise Very Fine, unusual franking, the single rate via Prussian Closed Mail was 35c until 1860, the sender must have affixed an extra 10c stamp in error

E. 500-750
1,200
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1318
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1318, Italy10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Horizontal pair, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), cancelled or tied by grids, "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 20, 1860" octagonal datestamp on blue tissue-paper cover to Sardinia, Italy, red "Philadelphia Pa. Paid 1860 Nov. 26" circular datestamp ties 10c stamps, red boxed "P.D." handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, sender's directive "per Cunard Steamer", tissue-paper cover with some wrinkling, Very Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1319
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1319, Italy5c Brown (29), 5c Brown (29)5c Brown (29). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) and horizontal pair of 10c Green, Ty. V (35), cancelled or tied by magenta grids, matching "Hartford Ct. Nov. 20" (1860) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Tuscany, Italy, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 21" circular datestamp, magenta "24" manuscript credit, "via Bremen" at top right crossed out, 5c tear at bottom left, 3c and right 10c stamps with small tears, all stamps with some slight toning, missing bottom flap, still appears Fine, scarce franking, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
160
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1320
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1320, Italy5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Rich color, placed over edge and used with 3c Rose (65) and two 10c Green (68), tied by red grid cancels, red "New-York Hamb. Pkt. Mar. 20" (1862) circular datestamp struck partly off bottom of small cover to Rome, Italy, sender's directive "Hamburg Mail 22 March" at top left, bold boxed "PF" and "P.D." handstamps, various manuscript rates, wide range of backstamps, 3c small fault at bottom left, Very Fine appearing cover with a colorful franking paying 28c rate via Hamburg Mail, ex Neinken, signed Hargest

E. 500-750
850
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1321
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1321, Italy24c Brown Lilac (70a), 24c Brown Lilac (70a)24c Brown Lilac (70a). Rich color, used with 3c Rose (65) and two 10c Green (68), tied by crossroad cancels, red "New-York Hamb. Pkt. Nov. 12" (1864) circular datestamp on folded cover originating in Havana, Cuba, and sent to Genoa, Italy, large blue "Forwarded by Rivera, Cardoze & Co." oval handstamp at lower left, origin confirmed by receipt docketing, bold "P.D." handstamp, various manuscript rates, seven backstamps including Hamburg, Basel, Lucerne and receiving, right 10c light crease from placement near edge of cover, still Very Fine, a colorful and attractive combination franking, carried by the forwarder from Cuba to New York where it entered the mails

E. 750-1,000
950
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1322
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1322, Italy5c Brown, F. Grill (95), 5c Brown, F. Grill (95)5c Brown, F. Grill (95). Used with three 3c Red, F. Grill (94) and horizontal pair of 12c Black, F. Grill (97), tied by red cork foreign mail cancels, matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 3" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 6" transit datestamp and Rome backstamps, sender's directive "Per English Mail" but with red German transit, with original enclosure, some faults including few stamps small tears, front and back held together along one seam, still Fine, a colorful and very rare three-value 1868 Grilled Issue franking paying the double 19c rate via North German Union Closed Mail, ex Dr. LeBow and Gliedman

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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1323
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1323, Italy12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Used with 2c and 3c E Grill (87, 88), 2c in a pair, three stamps with s.e., tied by red segmented cork foreign mail cancels with matching "Baltimore Md. Feb. 26" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid Feb. 27" backstamp, "5" in circle credit handstamp, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp ties stamps, "P.P." handstamp indicating postage paid to German frontier, blue crayon "f 1-1/2" rates for postage paid beyond Germany, "50" centimes due for local postage, 12c small fault at left, 3c stamp few short or clipped perfs, some minor corner wear, Fine and scarce franking for the 19c rate by North German Union Closed Mail, ex Allen and Gliedman

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1324
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1324, Italy12c Black, F. Grill (97), 12c Black, F. Grill (97)12c Black, F. Grill (97). Used with 3c Red F Grill (94), tied by red segmented cork foreign mail cancel and by matching "Baltimore Md. Nov. 30" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Direct Dec. 1" circular datestamp struck on back, red boxed "Hamburg Franco" transit datestamp and "4" credit handstamp, manuscript "25" due in Rome, transit and receiving backstamps (Dec. 20 arrival in Rome), 12c stamp with perfs slightly affected at bottom from placement at edge of cover, Very Fine and attractive cover with red Baltimore foreign mail markings, sent at the 15c North German Union direct rate

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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1325
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1325, Italy3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). L-shaped strip of six, tied by bold quartered cork cancels and "Chicago Ill. Sep. 27" (1869) circular datestamps on cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Sep. 30" backstamp, red "4" credit handstamp, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp also ties stamps, receiving backstamp, magenta "PD" at top, various manuscript rates, Very Fine, a rare and unusual franking underpaying the 19c rate by North German Union Closed Mail, this was treated as fully prepaid

E. 300-400
325
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1326
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1326, Italy12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Rich color, used with 2c Brown (113), bright shade, tied by circle of wedges cancels on small cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Direct Dec. 21" (1869) and receiving backstamps, red "4" credit handstamp, red boxed "Hamburg Franco" transit datestamp also ties 2c, purple "PD" handstamp, red "1-1/2Wf." German credit handstamps, barely reduced at top, Very Fine, a beautiful cover paying the 14c rate by North German Union Direct Mail, carried on the HAPAG Cimbria, which departed New York Dec. 21, 1869, and arrived in Hamburg on Jan. 3, ex Eubanks, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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1327
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1327, Italy2c Brown (113), 2c Brown (113)2c Brown (113). Two, used with 15c Black, F Grill (98), tied by red Four Diamonds foreign mail cancels and matching "Baltimore Md. Sep. 10" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "4" credit handstamp, faint strike of red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Sep. 11" and receiving backstamps, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp, purple boxed "P.D." handstamp applied by Italian railway post office, red crayon rate, black manuscript stroke ties left 2c, part of flap replaced and small edge mends, 15c stamp tiny tears at top and bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-ISSUE COVER TO ROME WITH RED BALTIMORE FOREIGN MAIL MARKINGS, SENT FULLY PAID TO ITS DESTINATION BY NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL.

Rome at this point was still part of the Papal States, defended in part by French troops and not yet incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. The most common route for mail from the U.S. to Rome was via French Mail. The mate to the cover offered here (ex Vogel, Siegel Sale 995, lot 2203, realized $8,500 hammer) was the subject of an article by George Hargest in Chronicle No. 45. At the time of mailing, Baltimore was an exchange office for some foreign mails. This letter was routed through New York where it went by Closed Mail via England to Ostend, then by the travelling post office from Verviers to Cologne, where the bag was opened and an accounting was made. It was then likely exchanged with the Italian railway post office that carried the letter to Rome.

With 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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1328
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1328, Italy15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, used with two 2c Brown (113), tied by bright red Four Diamonds foreign mail cancels and matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 18" (1870) circular datestamp on black-bordered mourning cover to American College in Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 22" backstamp, red "4" credit handstamp, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit datestamp and "PD" handstamps, blue crayon "f 1-1/2" rate, receiving backstamp (Feb. 7)

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE MOURNING COVER WITH 1869 PICTORIAL STAMPS PAYING THE 19-CENT RATE TO ITALY VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL. VERY FEW HIGH-DENOMINATION 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS EXIST WITH STAMPS CANCELLED IN RED.

This was carried on the Inman Line's Siberia from New York on January 22, 1870, arriving Liverpool February 2. It is the latest recorded use of the red Baltimore "Four Diamonds" foreign mail cancel. A nearly identical cover (ex Dr. LeBow and Walske), mailed from Baltimore one day earlier, realized $8,000 hammer in our 2005 Rarities sale

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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1329
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1329, Italy15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Rich colors, tied by red circle of wedges foreign mail cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Jan. 28" (1870) circular datestamp on blue tissue-paper cover to Rome, Italy, red "New York Paid All Direct Jan. 29" circular datestamp on back, red "4" credit handstamp, red boxed "Bremen Franco" transit datestamp, "Weiterfr. 1-1/2 Sgr." handstamp for credit beyond North German Union to Papal States, large purple "P.D." handstamp and receiving backstamps, some mended cover flaws, Very Fine appearance, 1c overpayment of the 14c rate by NGU Direct Mail to Rome, carried on the NGL Wesser II from New York on January 29, arriving Bremen February 10, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 500-750
275
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1330
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1330, Italy15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Deep rich colors, perfs in, used with two 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by red target foreign mail cancels, matching "Baltimore Md. May 6" (1870) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Palermo, Sicily, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 7" circular datestamp, sender's blue circular datestamp, receiving backstamps, minor sealed tear at bottom, slight edgewear barely affecting top perfs of 15c stamp, still Fine and colorful, this is the only red Baltimore foreign mail cancel that was not hand-carved, the 21c prepayment may have been the sender's error in using the old French Mail rate or a 1c overpayment of the double 10c rate (effective Mar. 1870) -- the blue "2" at upper left indicates that the exchange office treated the letter as a double rate in any case, ex Kuphal

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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1331
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1331, Italy15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119), 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119)15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Bright colors, centered to bottom right, tied by red segmented cork foreign mail cancel with matching "Baltimore Md. Feb. 3" (1870) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Palermo, Sicily, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Feb. 5" circular datestamp, 1870 company handstamp, transit and receiving backstamps, splitting along folds, some slight perf toning, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1332
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1332, Italy12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Rich color, used with 5c Brown (76) and 2c Brown (113), cancelled by cork, "New Orleans La. Oct. 21" (1869) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Milan, Italy, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 26" circular datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, top flap slightly reduced, 5c flaws at left, 2c s.e. at left, otherwise Fine, prepaid for 19c NGU rate but sent at 15c Italian Closed Mail rate, carried on the HAPAG Holsatia, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 400-500
300
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1333
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1333, Italy12c Dull Violet (151), 12c Dull Violet (151)12c Dull Violet (151). Used with 2c Red Brown (146), tied by grid cancels, red "New York 4 Jan. 5" (1871) credit datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "Wfr 1-1/2" German credit handstamp (re-stated credit in silbergroschen) and "P.D." handstamp, 1871 backstamps, 12c light corner crease, Very Fine use to Italy via North German Union Closed Mail, which was effective starting July 1870

E. 300-400
180
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1334
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1334, Italy6c Carmine (148), 6c Carmine (148)6c Carmine (148). Faults, tied by bold negative "5" handstamp, "New York Feb. 12 2P.M." (1875) circular datestamp on cover originating in Italy to New York and forwarded to Columbia S.C., origination postage consists of Italy 10c Buff (27), 40c Carmine (31) and 60c Lilac (32) tied by "26" in square lozenge, "Pisa 19 Gen 75"circular datestamp, red New York backstamp, expertly restored, Very Fine appearance

E. 200-300
140
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1335
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1335, Italy3c Red, F. Grill (94), 3c Red, F. Grill (94)3c Red, F. Grill (94). Used with 5c Blue (179) and 12c Blackish Violet (162), tied by New York registry oval handstamps on G. B. Calman stamp dealer registered corner card cover to Modena Italy, blue boxed Branch G handstamp dated Sep. 11, 1882, some faint cover toning, Very Fine appearing and unusual combination of issues

E. 400-500
275
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