FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. USED BLOCKS OF THE 1868 2-CENT E GRILL ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS BLOCK OF FIVE, USED IN A FOUR-COLOR MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING, IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS OF THE GRILLED ISSUE.
Illustrated in Allen Black Jack book (p. 147). Ex Dr. Rorke and Zoellner.
VERY FINE. A COLOFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A COVER TO FRANCE, WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO ENGLAND WITH FRENCH POSTAGE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED USES OF THE 15-CENT TYPE I WITH FORWARDING POSTAGE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.
This was carried on the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique line’s St. Laurent, which departed New York May 29 and arrived Havre on June 9. It was then forwarded to Baring Brothers in London. The PRA Census lists four examples of Scott 118 used with stamps of another country. Three are with French stamps, forwarded to England (offered here), Switzerland and Belgium. The fourth is forwarded within Italy.
Ex Moody. With 1999 P.F. certificate
A FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A DOUBLE-RATE FRENCH PACKET COVER TO FRANCE.
This cover, which was found in the late 1990s, is addressed to a seldom-seen French destination for 1869 Pictorial Issue covers. Bouxwiller is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in northeastern France.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EXOTIC DESTINATION IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD.
Although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors.
Ex Haas and "Sevenoaks"
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 1869 COVERS TO THE FRENCH ISLAND OF CORSICA, OF WHICH ONLY THIS ONE WAS CARRIED TO FRANCE ON THE RUGER BROTHERS' LINE.
Corsica is a Mediterranean island that lies about 150 miles southeast of Marseilles, but it was regarded by France as an integral part of the nation (as was Algeria), and the postage rates applicable to mail to France applied equally to mail bound for the island. Nevertheless, postal history collectors regard Corsica as a separate and rare destination for U.S. mail. Only three 1869 Pictorial covers are addressed to Corsica -- all have 10c stamps, but only this cover has an additional 2c stamp, which apparently prepays a non-existent 12c rate.
This cover is illustrated in Michael Laurence's 10c 1869 book (page 177) where it is described as one of seven 10c 1869 covers carried by the Ruger Brothers' Line to France -- it is the the only one carried on the Western Metropolis, which departed New York on May 18, 1870, and arrived in Havre on June 1 (the Havre arrival datestamp is a June date, but the day is unclear). It is also the only Ruger Line cover to Corsica. Laurence states, "covers that crossed the Atlantic on any of the three Ruger Brothers sailings from 1870 are scarce and highly collectible."
Ex Kuphal. With 1979 P.F. certificate.