VERY FINE. AN ASTONISHING 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM FRANCE TO CALIFORNIA, WITH STAMPS OF TWO COUNTRIES, FULLY PAYING FOUR DIFFERENT RATES INCLUDING FORWARDING POSTAGE IN CALIFORNIA.
In summary of the information above, this remarkable mixed franking paid the 60-centimes French postage, the 10c over-3,000 miles rate from New York to San Francisco, the 2c ship captain's fee and the 3c forwarding postage to Parks Bar.
Illustrated and discussed in an article by Stanley M. Piller in Chronicle 234 (pp. 120-122). With 2010 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE 1851 ISSUE COVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO GERMANY, CARRIED PRIVATELY BY WELLS, FARGO & CO. TO NEW YORK AND SENT BY AMERICAN PACKET AND PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL.
A Power Search review failed to find another 1851 Issue cover to Germany with Wells, Fargo & Co. handling.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON COVER AND A MARVELOUS AND RARE USE TO DENMARK.
This block is reported to be the largest multiple of the 3c 1851 Issue on cover. The franking pays the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate, but it was treated as paid only to the border and Danish postage was collected.
Ex Dr. Chase, Emerson, Col. Picher, Simpson, Ishikawa, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in U.S. Classics Society Silver Anniversary Booklet (p. 14) and Simpson's U.S. Postal Markings (p. 291).
EXTREMELY FINE AND UNIQUE MIXED FRANKING WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND SARDINIA STAMPS.
This cover was mailed to a Mrs. Charles Emsfield of Newark, in care of Hon. J. C. Hornblower, a former chief justice of New Jersey, and in 1856 the vice president of the Philadelphia Republican convention that nominated John C. Fremont for the presidency. Hornblower or his secretary applied the 3c stamp and readdressed it to Chester Pennsylvania, this time in care of a Mrs. Richards. Docketing on the back indicates it was received the next day by Mrs. Emsfield. This is a beautiful rarity and one of the few covers extant with the United States 1851 Issue and Italian States stamps.
Ex Knapp and Baker, offered in our "Gems of Postal History" sale (April 1968) and our 1995 Rarities sale. With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE 1851 ISSUE COVER FROM MADEIRA TO THE UNITED STATES VIA ENGLAND.
This was carried from Madeira by a British Royal Navy steamer returning from the anti-slavery West Africa Squadron, calling on Madeira en route to Devonport. The manuscript 60 cents debit consisted of 1 shilling 10d packet service (44 cents) plus 16 cents due for ocean postage. The U.S. postmaster added 5c for inland postage for a total of 65c due. The 3c stamp performed no service and was disregarded. How it got on a cover from Madeira is open for speculation--perhaps a U.S. warship carrying stamps called on Madeira. In any event, this is a fascinating and rare use. We thank Richard Winter for the route and rate analysis