VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRANSATLANTIC REGISTERED MAIL USE TO ENGLAND WITH TWO 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE STAMPS.
Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. The $1.90 postage pays 36 times the 5c UPU first class rate for an 18 ounce package, plus 10c registration fee.
According to newspaper notices, the Hamburg-American Packet Co. steamer Augusta Victoria sailed on June 9, a fact apparently known to the sender, who crossed out the first ship-name directive and wrote a new directive to the Cunard steamer Servia. The mails for the Servia closed on Saturday, June 11, at 2:30 a.m., and the ship sailed at 6:00 a.m. The "Too Late" handstamp indicates this was received from Baltimore after the mails closed. It was put on the next available steamer and it reached the London registry office by June 21 (backstamp).
The Servia was a transatlantic passenger and mail steamer of revolutionary design, built by J. & G. Thomson and launched in 1881. Servia was the first large ocean liner built with steel instead of iron and the first Cunard ship to have an electric lighting installation. Some historians consider Servia to be the first modern ocean liner.
Illustrated in Chronicle 129 ("Three New 90c 1890 Cover Listings for the Record," Scott R. Trepel) and in color in Chronicle 130 (May 1986 special Ameripex feature, "United States Classic Covers")
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE ENVELOPE WITH THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT HIGH-DENOMINATION COVER RARITIES OF 19TH CENTURY UNITED STATES PHILATELY.
Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. This cover was the subject of a Feb. 1982 Chronicle article by Douglas Merritt Jenkins. He notes the cover was buried in a private collection for decades until it resurfaced in 1981.
Ex Jenkins. Illustrated in Chronicle 113 (Feb. 1982, p. 55). Listed but unpriced in Scott on cover
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE ON A COMPLETE ENVELOPE -- SENT TO THE ONLY CHILD OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR III SHORTLY AFTER HE MOVED TO ENGLAND.
Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items.
William Waldorf Astor was the only child of John Jacob Astor III. His father passed away in 1890, and he moved to England shortly after inheriting his fortune. He is also known for starting the hotel that bears his name, across the street from his aunt with whom he was feuding.
With 2012 P.F. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott as on cover