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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — Russia

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1363
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1363, Russia24c Gray Lilac (37), 24c Gray Lilac (37)24c Gray Lilac (37). Used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, and 12c Black, Plate 3 (24, 36B), deep rich colors, tied by red grid cancels on cover to Grobin, Libau, Russia (Latvia), matching "New York Am. Pkt. Aug. 11" (ca. 1860) circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "14" credit and blue Prussian "f" manuscript rate, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, 24c is partly torn away at left prior to use (barely noticeable due to placement of stamps)

VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING TO A DESTINATION IN RUSSIA OTHER THAN ST. PETERSBURG.

The 37c rate to Russia via Prussian Closed Mail is rare, with most examples coming from the Pierce correspondence to St. Petersburg. This usage to what is now Latvia is extremely unusual.

Ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks". With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
1364
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1364, Russia30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Two, well-centered and bright color, used with 1c Blue (63), 3c Rose (65) and 10c Green (68), tied by multiple strikes of "Salem Mass. June 6" (1862) circular datestamp with additional strike below on small black-bordered mourning cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Jun 7" circular datestamp struck on back, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, blue manuscript "f" Prussian marking indicating that letter was to be carried beyond the border, receipt docketing on back confirming yeardate

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FOUR-COLOR 1861 ISSUE FRANKING TO ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, FROM THE PIERCE CORRESPONDENCE.

This is regarded by many to be the finest cover from the famous Pierce correspondence. It was sent at double the 37c rate by Prussian Closed Mail, sailing on the Inman Line's Kangaroo on June 7, 1862, from New York, arriving at Liverpool June 20.

Illustrated in Baker's U.S. Classics (p. 282). Ex Gibson, Krug, Baker and Paliafito

E. 5,000-7,500
14,500
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1365
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1365, Russia24c Lilac (78), 24c Lilac (78)24c Lilac (78). S.e. at left and small piece missing from bottom, used with 10c Green (68), tied by "Portland Me. Oct. 16, 1865" double-circle datestamp and target cancel on cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Oct. 18" circular datestamp with matching "14" credit handstamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, blue crayon "f" Prussian Mail notation, receipt and answer docketing, Very Fine appearance, underpaid by 1c for the 35c rate via Prussian Closed Mail but apparently accepted, ex Gibson

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1366
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1366, Russia30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76), 30c tied by circle of wedges cancel with "Portland Me. Sep. 14" duplex datestamp, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid ?" circular datestamp on small cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, red "14" credit handstamp, blue boxed "Aachen Franco" transit handstamp ties 5c stamp, small inconsequential cover tear at top, fresh and Extremely Fine, a lovely cover to Russia via Prussian Closed Mail in choice condition, ex Emerson and Baker

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1367
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1367, Russia2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Three, used with two 1c Gray Blue (206) tied by "Mechanicsburg O. Feb. 8" (1884) duplex on illustrated horses and reaper corner card 2c entire (U228) to South Russia, transit and receiving backstamps, Very Fine and colorful use to Russia

E. 400-500
300
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1368
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1368, Russia3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Five, including strip of three and two singles, one with top selvage, four tied by "Washington D.C. Reg" double oval handstamps (one uncancelled) on 1889 Carl F. Rothfuchs stamp dealer corner card cover to Libau, Russia, purple registry oval and New York registry label, registry and receiving backstamps, uncancelled stamp with a tear, still Fine and most unusual non-contemporary use of 3c 1861 Issue stamps, Rothfuchs was a Washington D.C. stamp dealer who obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 (probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition), with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
300
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