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Sale 1224 — 2020 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30 June-1 July, 2020

Category — 1861-66 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
72
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 72, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Tied by "North Brookfield Mass." 1862 double-circle datestamp on beardless Lincoln 1860 campaign cover to local address, design shows Liberty cap and rays of light above Lincoln's portrait, cover immaculate, stamp scissors-separated into perfs at top, still appears Extremely Fine, a very rare use of the 1c 1861 on a beardless Lincoln campaign cover -- most of these were used in 1860 -- ex Bailar, with 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
73
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 73, 1861-66 Issue1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Tied by oval "Philadelphia Pa. 1" handstamp, a few letters and rim strengthened in pencil but a bold strike of this unusual and very rare marking, which was probably used exclusively on circular rate mail, on purple "Great Central Fair for the Sanitary Commission" illustrated cover showing battlefield scene with fallen soldier, return address imprint at side of intra-city cover, stamp has sealed tear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Walcott [Fig. 131], Kantor and Born, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
4,750
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74
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 74, 1861-66 Issue3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a), 3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a)3c Pigeon Blood Pink (64a). Bottom margin strip of three with part imprint, cancelled by bold strikes of blue "Cincinnati O. Oct. 17" double-circle datestamp, left stamp has vertical crease ending in tear in selvage, small interior tear affects two stamps, few sensibly reinforced perf separations and some slight oxidation in a couple places

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE IMPRINT POSITION MULTIPLE OF THE 3-CENT PIGEON BLOOD PINK.

The Pigeon Blood Pink shade, named for the rare ruby, is regarded as the most distinctive and rarest of the Pink shades.

Signed Ashbrook. With 1974 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue does not price pairs or blocks. Scott value $13,500.00 as singles without premium for the part imprint

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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75
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 75, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose Pink (64b), 3c Rose Pink (64b)3c Rose Pink (64b). Used with two 1c Blue (63) and 10c Green (68), cancelled by grid of dots, "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 27, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue Waving Flag Patriotic cover to Gottingen, Germany and forwarded to Rinteln, Germany, red “N.York Brem. Pkt. 12 Aug. 31” credit datestamp, blue "America Uber Bremen Franco" three-line handstamp, various manuscript German rate markings for forwarding, each stamp with small fault mostly from placement near edge of cover

VERY FINE APPEARING PATRIOTIC COVER TO GERMANY WITH A THREE-COLOR FRANKING. THIS IS ALSO A VERY EARLY USE OF THE 1861 ISSUE STAMPS.

The franking pays the 15c rate via Bremen-Hamburg mails. The earliest documented use of the 1c and 3c is August 17, 1861 and the earliest documented use of the 10c is August 20, 1861, just a week before this was sent.

Ex Born. With 1976 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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76
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 76, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Bright color, tied by target, "Detroit Mich. Dec. 27" double-circle datestamp on cover to New York with green grocer and ship chandler's cameo corner card with high-relief illustration of clipper ship, McClement (Phila.) imprint, tiny portion of backflap removed, Extremely Fine, a spectacular and rare design, ex Knapp (lot label affixed)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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77
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 77, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Horizontal pair, brilliant color, tied by grid cancels, "Watertown N.Y. Aug. 9, 1862" circular datestamp on cover to Hana, Sandwich Islands, minor edgewear, stamps lifted and reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE 1861 5-CENT BUFF ON A COVER TO HAWAII. MOSTLY LIKELY THE ONLY COVER TO HAWAII EXTANT WITH THE 5-CENT BUFF OR BROWN YELLOW.

Carried overland to San Francisco and then on the bark Auckland, departing San Francisco September 7, 1861, and arriving Honolulu September 25. Hawaiian postage was collected from the recipient.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Myers. With 2005 P.F. certificate as Buff. We have described the brighter yellowish shades as 67a and the darker brownish shades as 67, regardless of certification, and lots may not be returned because of a difference of opinion.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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78
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 78, 1861-66 Issue5c Buff (67), 5c Buff (67)5c Buff (67). Two singles, rich color in the unmistakable Buff shade, tied by target cancels, "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 11, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover to Lowville N.Y., sender's route directive "Via Panama", cover with minor age stains, Very Fine and attractive use, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate as the Brown Yellow shade (Scott 67a), this is a classic Buff and matches the color on a cover offered in our "Sevenoaks" sale (Sale 831, lot 2261) sent the same day with four of the same stamps, we have described the darker brownish shades as 67 and the brighter yellowish shades as 67a, regardless of certification, and lots may not be returned because of a difference of opinion

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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79
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 79, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown Yellow (67a), 5c Brown Yellow (67a)5c Brown Yellow (67a). Used with 10c Yellow Green (68) and 30c Orange (71), tied by red grid cancels, matching "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Nov. 9" (1861) circular datestamp on folded cover to Palmas, Grand Canary Islands, sender's directive "Via England" and "pr 'Arago'", magenta manuscript "24" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Nov. 21), red oval "PD" handstamp, small cross in circle handstamp also struck in red, light vertical file folds including one affecting 10c stamp, the 10c small toned spot at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING WITH THE 5-CENT BROWN YELLOW ON A COVER TO THE GRAND CANARY ISLANDS. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION ITEM.

A review of 1857-60 and 1861-66 Issues in our database failed to find another use with the 1861 Issue to the Canary Islands. Two covers with a combination of 5c, 10c and 30c 1857-60 Issue are contained in Power Search.

Ex Starnes where offered as the Buff shade. We have described the brighter yellowish shades as 67a and the darker brownish shades as 67, regardless of certification, and lots may not be returned because of a difference of opinion

E. 7,500-10,000
16,000
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80
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 80, 1861-66 Issue5c Olive Yellow (67b), 5c Olive Yellow (67b)5c Olive Yellow (67b). Lovely color in the true Olive Yellow shade, used with 10c Dark Green (68a) and 30c Orange (71), tied by red grid cancels on folded letter to Shanghai, China, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "New York Nov. 16, 1861 Paid" backstamp, two-line "INSUFFICIENTLY/PREPAID" handstamp indicating underpayment for Marseilles route, magenta manuscript "40" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Nov. 25), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, Hong Kong (Jan. 24) backstamp, red manuscript "No. 9" marking (possibly later filing notation), horizontal file fold away from stamps, tiny tears at top right of 5c not mentioned on most recent certificate

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT OLIVE YELLOW, SCOTT 67b, ON A COVER TO CHINA. OUR RECORDS AND THE RECORDS OF THE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION CONTAIN ONLY TWO COVERS WITH THE OLIVE YELLOW SHADE.

The 5c Olive Yellow is extremely rare on cover -- only one other is contained in Power Search or the records of The Philatelic Foundation (used to Hong Kong). This was directed by the sender to go via Marseilles, but was routed via Southampton because the British post office treated it as insufficiently prepaid for the faster route.

Ex Downing, Paliafito and "Sevenoaks". With 1990 and 2001 P.F. certificates

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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81°
nh
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 81, 1861-66 Issue10c Dark Green (68a). Mint N.H, 10c Dark Green (68a). Mint N.H10c Dark Green (68a). Mint N.H., wonderful depth of color in this dark sub-shade, attractive centering and margins

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN THE DARK GREEN SHADE. THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.

This is the only Mint N.H. example of Scott 68a we have offered since keeping computerized records more than 25 years ago. The deep shade of the stamp offered here offers a dramatic contrast to the main Scott-listed Green shade, Scott 68, which is also very rare in Mint N.H. condition (only three are listed in Power Search).

With 2018 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value $1,350.00 as hinged

E. 4,000-5,000
9,000
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82
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 82, 1861-66 Issue3c Rose, 24c Red Lilac, 30c Orange (65, 70, 71), 3c Rose, 24c Red Lilac, 30c Orange (65, 70, 71)3c Rose, 24c Red Lilac, 30c Orange (65, 70, 71). Three-color franking, all beautiful bright early shades, 24c and 30c well-centered, 3c has trimmed perfs at bottom and upper right, cancelled by vivid red grids, matching "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid Apr. 26" (1862) backstamp on folded letter to Shanghai, China, sender's directive "per Steamer 'Kangaroo' & Overland via Marseilles" (which were followed), magenta manuscript "36" credit, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (May 10), Hong Kong (Jun. 20) transit backstamp, sender's handstamp also on back, horizontal file fold well clear of stamps

VERY FINE AND COLORFUL FRANKING FOR THE 57-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. A WONDERFUL COVER FROM THE AUGUSTINE HEARD CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex White and Knapp (lot label affixed)

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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83
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 83, 1861-66 Issue24c Red Lilac (70), 24c Red Lilac (70)24c Red Lilac (70). Used with 12c Black (69) and two each of 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65), one 1c perfs trimmed at right, tied by Boston large "Paid" grid cancels on cover to Geneva, Switzerland, with original enclosure, red crayon "36" credit, April 6, 1863 French transit ties two stamps, receiving backstamp, red crayon "220" Swiss due marking, left 3c small faults, cover with small corner stain at top left, still Very Fine and attractive four-color franking overpaying by 2c double 21c French Mail rate to Switzerland, with 2008 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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84
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 84, 1861-66 Issue24c Steel Blue (70b), 24c Steel Blue (70b)24c Steel Blue (70b). Rich color and choice centering, used with 1c Blue (63) and 12c Black (69), all three cancelled by neat strikes of "PAID" handstamp, matching "Gorham Me. Jun. 25" circular datestamp on mourning cover to St. Petersburg, Russia, bold red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid 14 Jun. 27" (ca. 1862) 14c credit datestamp, magenta "f3" (sgr) Prussian Mail credit

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING FOR THE 37-CENT RATE TO RUSSIA VIA PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL. A PHENOMENAL COVER FROM THE JOSIAH PIERCE CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover must have been sent prior to May 1863 when the rate via Prussian Closed Mail was lowered from 37c to 35c. The June date and use of the 1861 Issue point to 1862.

In 1855 the addressee, Josiah Pierce, was appointed by President Franklin Pierce to be secretary of the legation of the United States at St. Petersburg, Russia. He resigned his position in 1858 to become part of a syndicate of businessmen (under the name Winans, Harrison & Winans) who were building and equipping railroads in Russia, particularly between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Sometime after 1866 Pierce re-established his residence in London, where he was the legal representative of this firm. In recognition of his services to Russia, Pierce was made a knight of the order of St. Anne by Alexander II in October 1865 (source: Google Books, Bowdoin College obituaries).

Ex Gibson and Vogel

E. 3,000-4,000
7,000
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85
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 85, 1861-66 Issue30c Orange, 24c Lilac (71, 78), 30c Orange, 24c Lilac (71, 78)30c Orange, 24c Lilac (71, 78). Three singles of 30c, tied by large grid cancels and "Sheffield Ms. Jan. 2" (1865) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Singapore, East Indies, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "Boston Br. Pkt. Jan. 4" backstamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jan. 16), red receiving backstamp, center and right 30c stamps small pieces out at top, left and center 30c stamps small tears, cover with usual faults associated with this fragile paper, otherwise Fine and unusual use, franked to pay double 57c rate, this rate had been replaced in June 1863 by a new 53c rate and so is overpaid by 8c, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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86
ogbl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 86, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Block of four, original gum, small h.r. slivers, deep rich color, right pair slight vertical crease as often found in 90c 1861 blocks with this shade and centering

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Less than ten blocks of four are recorded. Most tend to be centered to left. A block of eight was offered in the Caspary sale, with similar centering, and this may have come from the same sheet.

Scott value $32,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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87
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 87, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Bright shade, crisp impression, face-free strike of large Boston "Paid" grid cancel at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 90-CENT BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E.

With 2003 P.F. and 2014 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,000.00). Only six grade higher

600
4,750
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88
bl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 88, 1861-66 Issue90c Blue (72), 90c Blue (72)90c Blue (72). Horizontal block of ten, rich color, multiple strikes of attractive large circle of V's cancel, few typical flaws mostly confined to bottom row including light creases and couple tiny edge tears, some perf separations, Very Good, a scarce large used multiple, the largest unused multiple is a block of eight, we have encountered only a few used blocks larger than the one offered here, Scott value as two blocks of four and a pair is $11,300.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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89°
ogbl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 89, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of 20 with full imprint in left selvage, original gum, mostly lightly hinged with some Mint N.H. including the first stamp in second row which is superb, intense shade, reinforced internal perf separations including mostly rejoined between fourth and fifth horizontal rows, a few stamps with small toned specks

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT 1863 BLACK JACK ISSUE, SHOWING THE FULL NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. IMPRINT.

Ex Faust. Scott value $12,400.00 as blocks of four and pairs

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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90
ogbl
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 90, 1861-66 Issue2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Block of 20, original gum, five stamps lightly hinged, seven stamps Mint N.H., crisp impression, several stamps are exceedingly well-centered, top left stamp thin spot, light diagonal crease affects three stamps at lower left, some perf separations at top right

FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE BLOCK OF 20 OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK WITH WELL-CENTERED STAMPS.

From our 1982 Rarities sale. With 1995 P.F. certificate not mentioning thin spot or perf separations. Scott value as four blocks of four and two pairs is $12,400.00

E. 3,000-4,000
0
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91
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 91, 1861-66 Issue2c Black, Atherton Shift (73 var), 2c Black, Atherton Shift (73 var)2c Black, Atherton Shift (73 var). Sharp impression and wide top margin which clearly shows the double transfer at top left, grid cancel, small surface scrape at top and reperfed at left (as usual for this straight-edge position)

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE ATHERTON SHIFT, THE MOST PRONOUNCED OF THE BLACK JACK DOUBLE TRANSFERS. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE WIDE TOP MARGIN, WHICH COMPLETELY SHOWS THE VARIETY.

According to the Allen book, the Atherton shift got its name from Stanley Ashbrook, who first discovered it in the summer of 1923 in the collection of J. P. Atherton. Concerning this double transfer, Mr. Ashbrook wrote: "Here we have one of the most remarkable double transfers on U. S. stamps that I have ever seen. I have for years classed the One Cent 1851, Type II, 89R2, as the No. 1 among remarkable examples of this variety and in my opinion this 2c Black Jack could well rank as No. 2. Perhaps some would even rank it equal to the 1c..." He stated further that it was his opinion, supported by other authorities whom he had consulted, that the variety must surely have come from an early or first condition of one of the plates, and that later it had been burnished out and a fresh entry made. The fact that every line in the Atherton Shift "is razor sharp" led him to conclude that the plate from which it came was very new.

Ex Drews. With 1995 P.F. certificate

12,500
0
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92
 
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 92, 1861-66 Issue3c Scarlet (74), 3c Scarlet (74)3c Scarlet (74). Four neat pen strokes, original gum, vibrant color, bright and fresh, pulled corner perf at top right

VERY FINE CENTERING. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL PRINTING FROM THE ROTHFUCHS GROUP.

As has been documented by Jerome S. Wagshal in a series of Chronicle articles (Nos. 56, 60, 61 and 62), Carl F. Rothfuchs, a Washington D.C. stamp dealer, obtained a supply of the 3c Scarlet in 1893 -- probably from the Post Office Department in exchange for his assistance with the Columbian Exposition -- and sold them with pen marks and original gum. The Rothfuchs lot is not from the same supply acquired by John W. Scott in the late 1870s, from which stamps exist uncancelled and cancelled with a New York City Station D oval.

Ex "Lake Shore". With 1992 P.S.E. certificate

5,500
3,000
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93
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 93, 1861-66 Issue5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Horizontal strip of three, beautiful warm shade, tied by large Boston "Paid" grids on Brigadier General Franz Sigel Patriotic cover to Vienna, Austria, "F. Hedge, Boston" imprint, Angell correspondence, red "N. York Paid Hamb. Pkt. 10 Mar. 7" 10c credit datestamp, "FRANCO" in frame handstamp, 1863 transit and receiving backstamps, trivial edgewear at top left

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN ON A PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA, FROM THE FAMOUS ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE. A PHENOMENAL COVER.

Dr. Henry C. Angell was a Boston optometrist who spent considerable time traveling in Europe. Covers are known sent to him in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a few forwarded to other destinations. Dr. Angell was an art collector and undoubtedly appreciated the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him overseas.

Very few patriotic covers are known franked with the 5c Red Brown. Only two Angell covers bear this franking (the other, cancelled on the same day, was offered in our "Sevenoaks" sale). Only three others are known with the 5c Red Brown, including one with a single and two with two singles.

Ex Matthies and Myers. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
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94
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 94, 1861-66 Issue5c Brown (76), 5c Brown (76)5c Brown (76). Used with 3c Rose (65), tied by unusual 4-bar grid cancel, red "Boston Paid 6 Mar. 7" (1865) 6c credit datestamp on folded printed circular to Augustine, Heard & Co. in Hong Kong, China, sender's note "Printed Circular" at lower left, red "London Paid MR 15 65" transit datestamp, printed contents note that Lee & Brown Co. operating out of Bombay has closed their offices, 3c slightly affected from placement near edge of cover

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE USE PAYING THE 8-CENT CIRCULAR RATE FROM BOSTON TO AUGUSTINE, HEARD AND COMPANY IN HONG KONG.

This printed notice to the Hong Kong trading firm of Augustine, Heard & Co. was correctly prepaid 8c for the printed matter rate to Hong Kong by British Mail via Marseilles. Given the practice of discarding printed newspapers and notices, the survival rate for this category of mail is extremely low. We have offered only one other, in our sale of the Bernard Faust collection (Siegel Sale 1181, lot 1621).

E. 5,000-7,500
12,000
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95
c
Sale Number 1224, Lot Number 95, 1861-66 Issue24c Lilac, Gray (78, 78b), 24c Lilac, Gray (78, 78b)24c Lilac, Gray (78, 78b). Single of each, used with 5c Brown (76), tied together by matching segmented cork cancels on gray cover to Shanghai, China, red "Boston Am. Pkt. Paid 11 Aug." (1865) backstamp, red crayon "32" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Aug. 23) also ties both 24c, 1865 docketing and blue Shanghai circular datestamp on back, trivial edge toning, Very Fine, very scarce with two distinct shades of the 24c on one cover to China, ex "Sevenoaks", with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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