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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — Malta

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1369
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1369, Malta3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Four margins, neat parallel lines pen cancel and tied by black Calais circular datestamp and "13" decimes due handstamp on small 1856 cover to Malta, manuscript "Shelburne Mass Feb. 27" postmark, "Boston Am. Pkt. Feb. 29" backstamp with additional "Boston Br. Pkt. Mar. 2" circular datestamp, carried on Cunarder Asia on Mar. 5, arriving Liverpool Mar. 18

FINE USE TO AN EXTREMELY RARE DESTINATION -- THIS IS THE ONLY 1851 ISSUE COVER TO MALTA WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

This is the only 1851 Issue cover to Malta known to us. It was treated as completely unpaid for British Open Mail. It may have been carried privately to its final destination, as the addressee was a minister and missionaries often hand-carried letters destined for other missionaries.

Ex Grunin, Piller and Craveri. With 1993 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
800
1370
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1370, Malta30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Rich color, tied by quartered cork cancel, vivid red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. 3" circular datestamp on Feb. 24, 1863 folded letter from Matanzas, Cuba, to Malta, Chas. Ludwig blue three-line forwarder's handstamp on back, manuscript "1/8" 1sh8p British due rate, blue London circular datestamp and Malta receiving backstamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE FROM CUBA TO MALTA VIA THE UNITED STATES.

Only four or five covers with this franking are known, all from the Tagliaferro & Sons correspondence. This cover, like two others from the correspondence, was franked by the sender to pay the 30c rate via French Mail. It was found to be overweight and so was sent at the 5c British Open Mail rate. The cover was treated as unpaid by Great Britain and debited 1sh8p due for the 8p transatlantic postage, 6p rate from Great Britain to Malta, and a 6p fine for the unpaid letter.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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1371
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1371, Malta10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). S.e. at left, used with pair of 3c Green (158), tied by two bold strikes of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss ST-MP1), red "New York 12 Sep. 22" (1874) credit datestamp on folded letter to Malta, red London Paid transit, Malta receiving backstamp of Oct. 21, one 3c with minor corner crease

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL BANK NOTE ISSUE COVER WITH BOLD NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL CANCELS TO THE RARE DESTINATION OF MALTA.

This was carried by British Mail (16c rate) most likely on the Cunarder Scotia from New York on Sep. 23, 1874, arriving Queenstown Oct. 4. Ex Knapp and Boker

E. 2,000-3,000
6,750
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1372
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1372, Malta5c Blue (185), 5c Blue (185)5c Blue (185). Tied by "New-York N. Apr. 26" (1881) duplex datestamp on blue folded letter to Malta, red London transit and Malta receiving backstamps, perfs at top blunted from placement near edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce destination for a Bank Note cover, even during the UPU period

E. 300-400
475
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