VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE "TRIPLE BISECT" USE OF BLACK JACK STAMPS ON COVER TO PAY THE 3-CENT RATE.
This is a most unusual cover, with three vertical bisects used together, and one bisect carefully positioned to create the appearance of a whole stamp -- the slight misalignment of the framelines shows that they are not halves of the same stamp. This configuration was not noted when we offered this cover in the 1969 sale of the Katharine Matthies collection, but the accompanying certificate confirms the arrangement of three vertical bisects. We are not aware of another "triple bisect" with the Black Jack or any other classic U.S. stamp.
Ex Matthies, Dr. Rorke and Faust. With 1972 P.F. certificate as the old Scott 73b
VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE BRITISH COLUMBIA AND UNITED STATES MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO NEW YORK, CARRIED BY WELLS, FARGO & CO. EXPRESS.
This was handled by Wells Fargo's office in Victoria. Even though Wells Fargo carried it, the postage prepayment requirement was the same as if it went through the mails. The U.S. stamps pay the double 10c rate. This was carried outside the mails until it reached New York City.
VERY FINE. A UNIQUE FRANKING PAYING THREE-TIMES THE 24-CENT RATE TO PERU. A MARVELOUS EXHIBITION PIECE FROM THE LA CHAMBRE CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex Dr. Rorke and Faust.
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND UNIQUE BLACK JACK COVER SENT TO ROME VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL AND THEN FORWARDED TO FRANCE WITH ROMAN STATES STAMPS.
The North German Union Closed Mail rate was effective from January 1, 1868, thru June 30, 1870. The U.S. rate to Rome was 19c per half ounce. The rate from Rome to France was 50 centesimi.
Ex Beane and Faust. With clear 2010 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON A COVER TO MAURITIUS, WHERE IT MET THE U.S.S. SHENANDOAH ON ITS POST-WAR JOURNEY TO THE FAR EAST VIA THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, INDIA AND ASIA.
The rate to the Cape of Good Hope by British Mail via Southampton was 45c. Based on the identical centering of all 10c stamps, we have no doubt the stamps on the back were on the cover when it arrived at the New York foreign-mail office. They were probably overlooked when the cover was marked 21c due and "Returned for Postage", but detected before it was handstamped with the 24c credit to Great Britain and put on the Inman steamer City of London for the May 5, 1866, sailing to Queenstown.
On April 28, 1866, the U.S.S. Shenandoah departed Rio de Janeiro to join the Asiatic Squadron. After rounding the Cape of Good Hope, the ship visited various ports in India and Asia, including Mauritius, and reached Yokohama on April 5, 1867. The Mauritius backstamp indicates this was delivered to the addressee there.
Ex Dr. Rorke and Faust.