VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT AND ONE-CENT 1869 ISSUE ON A 25-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE COVER TO ARGENTINA.
This franking was used to pay the 25c rate for service via American Packet to Rio de Janeiro, and from there by French packet to Buenos Aires. However, the rate was reduced to 18c in January 1870 so this was overpaid by 7c. The 1869 PRA Census records only three 12c covers to Argentina.
Ex Walske and Haub. With 2016 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON AN 18-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE COVER TO ARGENTINA.
Only three 15c Type II covers to Argentina are recorded in 1869 PRA census -- illustrated in the census book (p. 161). Ex Kuphal.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER TO GUATEMALA WITH THE 24-CENT 1861 STEEL BLUE SHADE.
This cover comes from the Crosby correspondence. Using Power Search, we located only one other cover to Guatemala with the 24c Steel Blue (from our 1983 Rarities sale).
Ex Haas and Rose. With 1998 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 1851-55 ISSUE COVER TO PERU WITH THE STAMPS CANCELLED IN RED AT NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS.
This cover is addressed to Capt. William H. Almy of the whaling bark Cape Horn Pigeon. The 22c rate paid the 10c rate by American Packet and the 12c rate by British Packet from Panama. Capt. William Howland Almy was the son of George and Phebe (Howland) Almy and husband of Almira (Brownell) Almy. He and his son, George H., were lost on a whaling voyage around Cape Horn in 1860, when their vessel was struck by a whale.
Ex Kramer. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE TRIPLE-RATE COMBINATION WITH THE PERU POSTAGE DUE STAMPS -- DEPICTING THE S.S. ADRIATIC. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE AS A FOLDED LETTER WITH ALL THE STAMPS EASILY DISPLAYED.
The iconic James Smillie engraving of the Adriatic was the basis for the design of the 12c 1869 Issue as well as these 1874 Peru Postage Dues, which were also printed by National Bank Note Company. They also used the design on several bank notes and stock certificates of the period. This cover is particularly desirable as it is a folded letter and the top flap can be unfolded to display all the stamps on an album or exhibit page. Most others with the Peru Postage Dues are envelopes (usually with defective stamps from opening) and must be sliced open to achieve this.
With 2010 P.F. certificate