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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1071
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1071, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Ty. IIIa (8A). Plate 1E, unusual dark shade, large margins, tied by grid cancel on locally addressed New York City cover, Very Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate, Scott value $1,350.00

E. 500-750
850
1072
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1072, 1851-56 Issue1c Blue, Type IV (9), 1c Blue, Type IV (9)1c Blue, Type IV (9). Recut once at top and bottom, large margins to clear, used with horizontal strip of three of 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), large margins to just in at top, cancelled or tied by penstrokes, red "Exeter N.Y. Jan. 15" (1856) circular datestamp with day in pen, on bright buff cover to San Francisco, receipt docketing at upper left, Very Fine, an attractive cover paying the 10c transcontinental rate, this cover comes from the same correspondence as the unique 5c 1847 and 1851 combination cover (USPCS census no. 5697), ex Gibson, Hart, Hackmey and Gross

E. 300-400
475
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1073
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1073, 1851-56 Issue3c Orange Red, Type II (11A), 3c Orange Red, Type II (11A)3c Orange Red, Type II (11A). Position 37R2, huge margins to just barely in including part of adjoining stamp at top, pen cancel and tied by bold strike of 7-ring Canadian target cancel on buff cover originating at Port Rowan, Upper Canada, and addressed to Danville, Pennsylvania, red "Port Rowan U.C. JU 8, 1855" circular datestamp, red "CANADA/PAID 10Cts" two-line handstamp and "PAID 6D" in circle handstamp indicating that Canadian postage was paid, stamp lifted and reaffixed in position from which it originated, cover split at sides and neatly rejoined, missing small part of bottom flap.

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE ORIGINATING IN CANADA, TREATED AS FULLY PREPAID. ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES OF THIS STAMP USED FROM CANADA ARE RECORDED.

The sender affixed the 3c stamp in Canada to prepay postage. The Canadian post office cancelled the stamp and must have received 6 pence to prepay the treaty rate, because they marked the cover fully paid.

Ex Simpson, Hackmey and Gross. With Dr. Chase's notes on back including "The 3c 51 is rarer than the 1847 issue used from Canada". With 1979 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,100
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1074
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1074, 1851-56 Issue3c Rose Red, Type II (11A), 3c Rose Red, Type II (11A)3c Rose Red, Type II (11A). Vertical and horizontal pairs, margins to in, tied together by two strikes of "London U.C. Oc 31, 1856" circular datestamp on buff cover from Canada to oil merchant F. S. Pease in Buffalo, New York, and accepted as fully paid; the bottom right stamp was originally bisected to more properly pay the 10c rate, but the sender apparently had second thoughts as the right half was put back before being postmarked; stamps creased before use, minor repaired flap and edges strengthened

FINE. A FASCINATING AND PROBABLY UNIQUE USE. EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM CANADA ARE FAR RARER THAN THE 1847 ISSUE SIMILARLY USED AND THE EXAMPLE OFFERED HERE WITH STAMPS PAYING ALL POSTAGE IS TRULY AMAZING.

Ex Bilden, Dr. Robertson, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Boggs, The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada (p. 85)

E. 2,000-3,000
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1075
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1075, 1851-56 Issue3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11), 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11)3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. I (11). Color slightly oxidized and with tiny corner crease, tied by grid cancel and red "Boston Oct. 3" circular datestamp on lady's small cover with John C. Fremont three-quarter portrait, Milgram JF-4, Putnam imprint, addressed to Bath N.H., Very Fine campaign cover, Fremont was the first Republican Party nominee for president, losing the 1856 election to James Buchanan

E. 300-400
225
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1076
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1076, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two, margins to in, applied in California and tied by "New-York 1ct. Jun. 9" rimless integral-rate circular datestamps on brown cover to Irving House hotel in New York City, sender's directive "Wells Fargo & Cos. Express" at lower left, stamps with faults, otherwise Fine, very unusual use, carried by Wells Fargo from San Francisco to its New York office and posted as a drop-rate letter

E. 200-300
170
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1077
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1077, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Huge margins including bottom right corner sheet margins and part of adjoining stamp at top, rich color, tied by red grid cancel and black "New-York Jul. 15" (1856) circular datestamp on blue folded letter and printed circular to Trie sur Baise, France, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Jul 13" circular datestamp, sent to Boston for the Cunard Canada sailing (departing July 16, 1856, arriving Liverpool July 26), red British transit datestamp (July 28) overstruck with "2" oval grid, Calais arrival datestamp (July 28), re-rated in manuscript from "13" to "26" decimes due (weight over 7.5 grams), "26" decimes handstamp also ties stamp, receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT CORNER-MARGIN 5-CENT 1856 IMPERFORATE STAMP ON COVER. ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE FINEST SINGLE FRANKINGS EXTANT.

Ex Krug, Klein, Mayer, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Frajola-Mayer book (p. 80). Signed Ashbrook. With 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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1078
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1078, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Two full to large margins, others slightly in, deep shade, tied by "Baresville Ohio Jun. 11" (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Schwyz, Switzerland, "New York 6 Jun. 16" 6c debit datestamp, carried on the Cunarder America, departing Boston June 17, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool June 28, Calais arrival datestamp (June 29), Paris and Basel transit backstamps (June 30 and July 1), Swiss receiving backstamp, red crayon "230" rappen due marking equivalent to 42c rate, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE PAID BY A SINGLE 5-CENT 1856 STAMP.

Our records contain only five examples of this single 5c franking for the British Open Mail rate to Switzerland (including one other from this correspondence). Ex Gibson, Hubbard, Mayer, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in Frajola-Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856 (p. 123)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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1079
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1079, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Large side margins, clear or touching at top and bottom, deep shade, used with 10c Green, Type II (14), large margins, rich color, tied by lightly struck "New Orleans La. Apr. 6, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Paid 12 Apr. 15" 12c credit datestamp struck twice--carried by the Cunarder Asia, departing New York on April 15, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool April 28--French arrival datestamp (April 28), receiving backstamps including Bordeaux (April 30)--the French postal clerk erroneously rated this as a pre-treaty letter with manuscript "5" decimes due (American Packet) and re-rated "8" (British Packet), but nothing was due since the new 15c treaty rate was paid (undoubtedly the clerk was unfamiliar with the new procedures), some wear and paper loss along folds, 5c slightly wrinkled, otherwise Fine use of the 5c 1856 and 10c 1855 Issues on an unusual first-week treaty rate cover to France, ex Moody, Hubbard, Mayer, Hackmey and Gross, illustrated in Frajola-Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856 (p. 72), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1080
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1080, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Huge margins to touched at top with portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, tiny corner crease at bottom left is inconsequential but mentioned for accuracy, used with 10c Green, Ty. II (14), both tied by boldly struck "New-York May 26" (1857) circular datestamp, red "New York Paid 12 May 27" 12c credit datestamp on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, carried by the Cunarder Asia, departing New York on May 27, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool June 8, French arrival datestamp (June 9) ties 5c stamp, red framed "P.D." handstamp, Paris (June 9) and Nantes receiving backstamps (June 10), Very Fine, a lovely treaty rate cover to France

E. 750-1,000
600
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1081
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1081, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Vertical pair and two singles, full to large margins except one single slightly in at top, used with 1c Blue, Type V (24), centerline margin at right, and 3c Dull Red, Type III (26), cancelled and tied together by matching grids, "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 25" circular datestamp on normal-size envelope to Amanda K. Miller at 20 West 16th Street in New York City, minor edge improvements and repaired cover tear through 1c, two 5c stamps at right have tiny corner creases and one with small tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY EIGHT-TIMES 3-CENT DOMESTIC RATE COVER WITH A UNIQUE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING OF FOUR 5-CENT 1856 IMPERFORATE STAMPS AND THE 1857 PERFORATED ISSUE.

This cover was prepaid 24c for the eight-times 3c per half ounce domestic rate, thus weighing between 3.5 and 4 ounces. Since it is a small envelope, the enclosure must have been something other than paper, possibly a photographic tintype or daguerreotype. Section 15 of the September 1854 instructions issued by Postmaster General James Campbell (Appendix, page 161) states, "Daguerreotypes when sent in the mail should be rated and charged with letter postage by weight." Amanda K. Miller, who died in 1895, was a Quaker and had been married to Dr. Charles Miller. The address on this cover, 20 West 16th Street, is a landmarked building known as the Emma Stebbins House.

Ex Hill, Rohloff, Ishikawa, Mayer, Hackmey and Gross. Signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook and illustrated in his Special Service, #73, p. 592, photo 292, and Frajola-Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856 (p. 37). With 1993 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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1082
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1082, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Large margins to full at upper right, deep rich color, tied by partly clear strike of "Avon N.Y. Jul. ?" circular datestamp on "United States Hotel, Avon Springs, New York, W. Cushing, Proprietor" handstamped corner card cover to Toronto, Canada West, 1857 docketing, light strike of receiving backstamp, some minor edge wrinkling and small cover tear at bottom left, Extremely Fine stamp and a desirable use of the 10c Type I on a hotel corner card cover to Canada, with 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
750
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1083
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1083, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. I (13), 10c Green, Ty. I (13)10c Green, Ty. I (13). Ample to large margins, tied by "Muncietown Ind. Oct. 1?" circular datestamp on cover to Georgetown Cal., 1856 docketing on back, fresh and Very Fine, with 1984 P.F. Certificate

E. 400-500
325
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1084
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1084, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Position 10L1, top right corner position with interpane margin at right with full centerline and wide top sheet margin, full margins on other sides, intense dark shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 20 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to Monticello, South Carolina

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A RARE AND IMPRESSIVE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 1855 10-CENT TYPE II ON A FRESH COVER.

Ex Grunin, Zoellner, Gross and from our 1983 Rarities of the World sale

E. 1,500-2,000
2,900
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1085
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1085, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Horizontal strip of five, deep rich color, cut from the sheet well into bottom margin and angled into top margin at left, pen stroke cancels on buff cover to Santiago, Chile, faint red Chilean due handstamp, no originating postmark, rare large strip and an extremely rare use of the 1851-56 Issue to Chile, approximately five 1851-56 covers are known, this is likely a 2c overpayment of the 48c rate by American Packet, then by British Packet via Panama (in effect until Dec. 1856), with 2021 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
425
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1086
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1086, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15), 10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15)10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15). Seven singles, mix of the Types II and III, arranged in two rows on small sewn leather gold rush pouch from San Francisco to Philadelphia, the address side has paper pasted to it which has acidified and partly broken off but still contains a clear San Francisco circular datestamp, the Philadelphia address and two different Dead Letter Office handstamps, manuscript Aug. 4, 1857 inside one of the handstamps, an extremely rare gold rush leather "poke", or pouch, which undoubtedly carried gold nuggets or dust from California gold mines to the East, based on the 70c franking this carried approximately 3-1/2 ounces of gold (10c per half ounce)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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1087
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1087, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15), 10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15)10c Green, Ty. II, III (14-15). Vertical combination pair with Type II at top and Type III at bottom, ample to large margins, used with single Type III, margins to touched at right, all with deep rich color, tied by two strikes of "Columbus Ga. Dec. 14" (1858) circular datestamp on bright yellow cover to Prussia, red " N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Dec. 23" 7c credit datestamp also ties stamps, red framed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and colorful, ex Dr. Kapiloff

E. 500-750
300
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1088
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1088, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. II/III/II (14/15/14), 10c Green, Ty. II/III/II (14/15/14)10c Green, Ty. II/III/II (14/15/14). Vertical strip of three, top and bottom stamps Type II, middle Type III, ample to large margins and just touched at bottom, bottom stamp small margin tear at bottom, top stamp small corner crease at top, tied by "New Orleans La. Apr. 5, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Paris, France, red "New York Paid 24 Apr. 15" 24c credit datestamp, French entry datestamp, fresh and Very Fine appearing combination strip on cover to France, also an early use of the French treaty rate

E. 400-500
425
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1089
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1089, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Type II, III (14, 15), 10c Green, Type II, III (14, 15)10c Green, Type II, III (14, 15). Three singles arranged as a vertical strip of three, large margins to slightly in, intense shade, one stamp has tiny corner crease, some gum stains removed from area around stamps, tied by two strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 5 Jun." (1857) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hirschholm, Denmark, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Jun. 30" 7c credit datestamp--after the journey from San Francisco to New York via Panama, it was carried on the Cunarder Europa, departing New York July 1, 1857, arriving at Liverpool on July 11--red "AACHEN 14/7 FRANCO" (July 14) framed datestamp and red framed "Franco Preuss:/resp. Vereinsl:AusgGr" handstamp (paid only to limits of German-Austrian Postal Union), Hamburg "St.P.A. 15 Jul 57" oval and "KDOPA HAMBURG 15/7" (July 15) Royal Danish Postal Agency in Hamburg double-circle backstamps

VERY FINE ONLY A FEW COVERS TO DENMARK WITH ANY OF THE UNITED STATES CLASSIC IMPERFORATE ISSUES EXIST.

The prevailing rates to Denmark in June 1857 were 27c Bremen Packet, 21c British Open Mail, 35c Prussian Closed Mail and 27c French Mail. The 30c franking on this cover and German transit markings indicate that this was sent to Denmark as if it were a 30c Prussian Closed Mail rate cover to Germany, as there is no evidence of postage collected from the addressee.

Ex White, Hackmey and Gross. With 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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1090
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1090, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Type III (15), 10c Green, Type III (15)10c Green, Type III (15). Three large margins, just in at right, tied by brownish-black 7-ring Canadian target cancel, matching "St. Vincent de Paul, L.C." double-circle datestamp with manuscript "3 Novembre 1856" date on cover to Albany, New York, manuscript rate mark at center but this appears to have been accepted as fully prepaid, "Montreal U.C. NO 3, 1856" circular datestamp on back, cover with small edge tears, some toning also affects stamp

FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER ORIGINATING IN CANADA WITH THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE TIED BY THE CANADIAN TARGET CANCEL.

This is one of three recorded covers with the 10c 1855 Issue originating in Canada. Ex Dr. Kapiloff and Gross. With 1969 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1091
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1091, 1851-56 Issue10c Green, Ty. IV (16), 10c Green, Ty. IV (16)10c Green, Ty. IV (16). Position 74L1, recut at top, large margins to full at right, rich color, tied by "Bath N.Y. Jul. 30" (1855) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to San Francisco, Sep. 17, 1855 answer docketing at left, Extremely Fine stamp on a fresh cover, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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1092
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1092, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Position 9L1 with double transfer, mostly full margins, just barely in at bottom, used with horizontal strip of three 10c Green, Type III (15), large margins to slightly in at bottom, tied by two strikes of "Galva Ill. Jun. 17" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Hudiksvall, Sweden, sender's route directive "Via Prussian Closed Mail" and correctly prepaid 42c, red "19" credit handstamp (no exchange office datestamp)--carried on the Cunarder Canada, departing New York on June 24, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool July 7--red "AACHEN 8/7 FRANCO" (July 8) framed datestamp, magenta manuscript "f5" indicating 5 silbergroschen postage paid beyond German-Austrian Postal Union border, backstamped with "St.P.A. 9 Jul 57" Hamburg oval, "K.D.O.P.A. HAMBURG 9/7" circular datestamp applied on back by the Royal Danish Postal Agency in Hamburg, and "(K.S.?)P.A. Hamburg 9/7 1857" double-circle applied by Royal Swedish Postal Agency in Hamburg, Helsingborg (July 10) datestamp, stamps lifted and reaffixed, and some minor cover wear.

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY COVER TO SWEDEN WITH THE 42-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE PAID BY A 12-CENT 1851 AND STRIP OF 10-CENT TYPE III 1855 IMPERFORATE ISSUES.

Prior to the catastrophic crop failures and famine of 1867-1869, which drove Swedish farming families to leave their country, there was only a small population of Swedes living in the United States. Consequently, mail volume was low, and covers from the 1840s and 1850s are rare. The rural community of Swedish religious dissidents in western Illinois was founded in 1846. About 400 immigrants arrived under the leadership of Erik Jansson, a wheat farmer turned preacher, after a three-month voyage from Sweden and a 150-mile trek from Chicago. In 1857 the Andover and Galva post offices served these Swedish settlers. The letters had to first travel from the midwest to the port city of New York, then across the Atlantic on a steamship, usually to England, where they were forwarded to the Prussian postal authorities for delivery to the Swedish postal agency. The price of sending a letter by this route was 42c per half-ounce in 1857, with 19c credited to Prussia. A strip of three 10c stamps and single 12c conveniently paid the postage.

Ex Dick, Baker, Giamporcaro, Hackmey and Gross. With 1983 and 1999 P.F. certificates.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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1093
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1093, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to full with portion of adjoining stamp at bottom right, tied by red grid cancels with matching "New York 19 Jun. 15" (1858) 19c credit datestamp on orange-buff cover with printed address to New Ross, Ireland, endorsed "pr 'America' from Boston" and carried on that Cunarder, departing Boston June 16 and arriving Liverpool June 27, "America Dublin Paid JU 28 1858" transit datestamp and New Ross receiving backstamp, small cover corner mend at bottom right, fresh and Very Fine use to Ireland, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
500
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1094
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1094, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, two large margins, other sides in, used with 1857 Perforated 10c Green, Type II (32), nicked at right, tied by black grid cancels, red "New Bedford Mass. Paid Dec. 19" circular datestamp (ca. 1857-58) on buff cover to Talcahuano, Chile, addressed to Captain William Howland Almy of the whaling bark Cape Horn Pigeon in care of Nickels, Loring & Company, red "24" handstamped credit to Great Britain for British Packet postage from Panama, blue "Nickels Loring & Co. Merchants, Talcahuano" double-line oval handstamp, most of backflap removed, some wear and mended corner at top right, otherwise Fine, very rare mixed-issue franking and reported to be one of five 1851 Issue covers to Chile (see lot 422049 for another; this cover is the only 34c rate), Captain Almy and his son George perished at sea off the coast of Cape Horn in 1860, ex Dr. Chase, Hackmey and Gross, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1095
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1095, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Three singles, large margins to slightly in, small tears in right stamp and file crease through left 12c stamp, used with 1c Blue, Type IV (9), large margins to touching, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Oct. 2" (1855) circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Alexandrovsky, near St. Petersburg, Russia, sender's route directive "Via Prussian Closed Mail" and prepaid 37c rate, red "New-York Am. Packet Oct. 3" circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "14" credit--carried on the Collins Line Baltic, departing New York October 3, 1855, arriving Liverpool October 14--red "AACHEN 16/10 FRANCO" (October 16) framed datestamp, blue manuscript "f6" on back and "f3" on front indicating German and Russian transit fees had been paid

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1851 ISSUE COVER TO RUSSIA AND ONE OF THE FEW WITH THE 37-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE.

This letter refers to the fall of Sevastopol during the Crimean War and the end of Danish-American treaties. This cover and the one offered in the following lot are addressed to William L. Winans, who worked for the American railroad construction firm Harrison, Winans & Eastwick. He and his brother Thomas traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, while the firm worked on construction of the Czar's new railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The Winans' contract was to equip the new Russian railway with locomotives and stock cars. They established workshops in Alexandrovsky, near St. Petersburg. When the railway was completed in 1851, Thomas returned to Baltimore with his Russian wife, while William stayed until 1862.

Ex Ishikawa, Hackmey and Gross. With 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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1096
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1096, 1851-56 Issue12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Three singles, large margins to clear, faint gum toning, used with 1c Blue, Type IV (9), large margins to slightly in, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 15" (1856) circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Alexandrovsky, near St. Petersburg, Russia, sender's route directive "Via Prussian Closed Mail" and prepaid 37c rate, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Apr. 16" circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "14" credit--carried on the Cunarder Asia, departing New York April 16, 1856, arriving Liverpool April 28--red "AACHEN 30/4 FRANCO" (April 30) framed datestamp, blue manuscript "f6" on back and "f3" on front indicating German and Russian transit fees had been paid, bleached spots and toning along file fold

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1851 ISSUE COVER TO RUSSIA AND ONE OF THE FEW WITH THE 37-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE.

This cover and the one offered in the previous lot are addressed to William L. Winans, who worked for the American railroad construction firm Harrison, Winans & Eastwick. He and his brother Thomas traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, while the firm worked on construction of the Czar's new railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The Winans' contract was to equip the new Russian railway with locomotives and stock cars. They established workshops in Alexandrovsky, near St. Petersburg. When the railway was completed in 1851, Thomas returned to Baltimore with his Russian wife, while William stayed until 1862.

Ex Giamporcaro, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: A Sesquicentennial Retrospective (p. 366).

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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