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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

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

Category — Spain and Portugal

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1254
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1254, Spain and Portugal1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Horizontal pair, tied by neat strike of "Charleston S.C. Jun. 30, 1860" circular datestamp on folded printed commercial magazine (headline is "Revista Commercial") to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, neat "-1/2 Rs" due handstamp, receiving backstamp, minor overall toning, Very Fine

E. 400-500
400
1255
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1255, Spain and Portugal5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30), 5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30)5c Orange Brown, Ty. II (30). Two, vivid Orange Brown shade of the 1861 printing, tied by red grid cancels, matching "New York Br. Pkt. Sep. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on folded invoice for pipe staves to Cadiz, Spain, one stamp also tied by bold strike of blue "12 Rs." Spanish due handstamp, the due marking indicates this was a heavy letter, so no doubt some interior pages also accompanied, London transit and Cadiz receiving backstamps, light horizontal file fold well away from stamps, left stamp single pulled perf at lower right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A CIVIL WAR PERIOD USE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 5-CENT ORANGE BROWN TYPE II STAMPS ON COVER TO SPAIN.

The 5c Orange Brown was in use for only a short time before it was demonetized. The new 1861 Issue was released in mid-August 1861. The 1861 5c Buff is known used from August 17 and the 10c 1861 is known used from August 20, several weeks prior to this letter's mailing date. A review using Power Search found only two other uses of this issue to Spain. One is a single franking with 4 reales due, and the other bears two singles with 8 reales due.

With 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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1256
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1256, Spain and Portugal12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Two singles, used with two 2c Brown (113), all stamps cancelled or tied by 5-Point Star fancy cancel on blue folded invoice to Cadiz, Spain, Dutton & Townsend blue oval datestamp indicates New York City origin on May 3, 1870, red "24" cent credit handstamp and "PD" in circle, red London Paid transit datestamp (May 16), Cadiz receiving datestamp, sender's ship designation "Nebraska" and carried on that Guion Line steamer from New York on May 4, arriving Queenstown May 15, stamps with some slight perf toning, left 2c with small corner crease

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE TO SPAIN VIA FRANCE, WITH EACH STAMP BEARING A FANCY CANCEL -- FROM THE FAMOUS GOMEZ CORRESPONDENCE.

Effective January 1870 the rate to Spain via British Mail for a letter weighing 7.5-15 grams was 28c, with 24c credited to Great Britain. The components of the single 16c rate were the U.S. 4c British Open Mail rate and a 12c credit to Great Britain -- the latter advanced in 7.5 gram weight steps, so the 4c rate on this 7.5-15 gram letter remained the same, but 24c was required as a credit. This cover shows the 24c credit and, in turn, the "4" pence British double-rate credit to Spain. Only four 12c 1869 covers to Spain are recorded in the 1869 PRA census, and only one is a franking with pairs of the 12c and 2c. This is a new addition and is not in the 1869 PRA census.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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1257
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1257, Spain and Portugal12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Two singles, both centered to left and tied by segmented cork cancels, used with two 2c Brown (113) just tied by blue crayon "X"'s on blue folded invoice to Cadiz, Spain, Dutton & Townsend blue oval datestamp indicates New York City origin on May 17, 1870, red "New York May 18" circular datestamp, "24" cents credit handstamp and red crayon "4", red London Paid transit (May 30) and "PD" in oval, blurry strike of Cadiz receiving datestamp, sender's ship designation "Minnesota" and carried on that Guion Line steamer from New York on May 18, arriving Queenstown May 29, stamps lifted and reaffixed, 2c stamps with some slight perf toning, Very Fine appearance and very rare 1869 Pictorial Issue franking for the 28c British Mail rate to Spain via France, from the Gomez correspondence, only four 12c 1869 covers to Spain are recorded in the 1869 PRA census, and only one is a franking with pairs of the 12c and 2c, this is a new addition and is not in the 1869 PRA census, with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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1258
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1258, Spain and Portugal3c Ultramarine, 10c Yellow, 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (114, 116, 119), 3c Ultramarine, 10c Yellow, 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (114, 116, 119)3c Ultramarine, 10c Yellow, 15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (114, 116, 119). Each stamp tied by well-struck Rosette fancy cancel on blue folded cover to Ibiza, Spain, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Mar. 26" (1870) circular datestamp and "24" credit handstamp, sender's blue oval datestamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Apr. 9), red crayon "4" pence British credit to Spain, horizontal file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE THREE-COLOR 1869 PICTORIAL COMBINATION FRANKING TO SPAIN.

Ibiza, then known as Yviza, is the principal town of the westernmost of the Balearic Islands owned by Spain. Effective January 1870 the rate to Spain via British Mail for a letter weighing 7.5-15 grams was 28c, with 24c credited to Great Britain. The components of the single 16c rate were the U.S. 4c British Open Mail rate and a 12c credit to Great Britain -- the latter advanced in 7.5 gram weight steps, so the 4c rate on this 7.5-15 gram letter remained the same, but 24c was required as a credit. This cover shows the 24c credit and, in turn, the "4" pence British double-rate credit to Spain.

Ex Knapp. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
7,500
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1259
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1259, Spain and Portugal6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Two, used with two 2c Red Brown (146), tied by quartered cork in rim cancels and by red "Paid" circular datestamp on small 1873 cover to Malaga, Spain, red crayon "12" credit, pencil "2", red "PD" in oval handstamp, Madrid transit and Malaga arrival backstamps, Nov. 4, 1873 receipt docketing, left 2c with edge nick, other 2c with minor gum staining, Very Fine appearing small cover to Spain

E. 300-400
475
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1260
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1260, Spain and Portugal10c Brown (161), 10c Brown (161)10c Brown (161). Three, used with 2c Brown (157) and affixed artistically overlapping, tied by circle of wedges cancels and by red New York circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Ibiza, Spain, manuscript "Balearic Islands", 2c natural s.e. at left and small toned spot at top, one 10c with small edge tear, still Very Fine and attractive, ex Gibson

E. 400-500
425
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1261
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1261, Spain and Portugal30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 10c Green (68), tied by unusual propeller in circle cancels and by "Portsmouth N.H. Apr. 16" (1866) circular datestamp on small cover to Lisbon, Portugal, "40" credit handstamp, "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 17 Apr." circular datestamp on back, carried on Cunarder Cuba from New York on Apr. 18, London Paid transit (Apr. 30) and Lisbon receiving datestamps, Fine, a colorful and scarce use to Portugal, ex Gallagher and from our 1997 Rarities sale

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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1262
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1262, Spain and Portugal15c Bright Orange (152), 15c Bright Orange (152)15c Bright Orange (152). Used with 1c Ultramarine (145), tied by quartered cork cancels and 1c by red "Boston Jul. 28" (1871) circular datestamp on small cover to Azores, Portugal, red "PD" handstamp and red London Paid transit datestamp (Aug. 10), "Franca" in oval handstamp, Lisbon transit backstamp, 1c with trimmed perfs at bottom, 15c with small perf flaw, Very Fine appearing small cover to Portugal sent by the 16c rate for British Mail via Southampton, ex Albert and Weiss

E. 400-500
225
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