Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Three-Cent: Foreign Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
261
c
Sale 1242, Lot 261, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Positions 67-70L3, horizontal strip of four, large margins to in including sheet margin at right with full guideline, affixed to flap and cancelled by heavy manuscript on 1856 folded letter from Nantes, France, to San Francisco and forwarded to Park's Bar Cal., French postage paid by France 20c and 40c Napoleon (15, 18a), 40c slightly oxidized, tied by diamond of dots cancel, red boxed "PD" handstamp (PAid to Destination), carried on New York & Havre Line Union, a non-contract sailing departing Jan. 16, 1856 and arriving New York Feb. 7, bold black "New-York Ship 5cts. Feb. 8" circular datestamp with "5" crossed out (probably after postal clerk noticed the address to California) and re-rated with manuscript "12" for 10c domestic postage and 2c ship fee, carried by steamers via Panama, upon arrival in San Francisco on Mar. 22 a postal clerk applied the strip of four (stamps possibly left by the recipient) and crossed out the "12" marking, another 3c stamp, Position 66L3, contiguous to the strip, applied to front over French stamps for forwarding postage to "Parks Bar, Yuba Co.", tied by "San Francisco Cal. 22 Mar." circular datestamp, some slight wear including strip and single 3c with matching horizontal crease

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

E. 4,000-5,000
1,900
262
c
Sale 1242, Lot 262, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins to just in, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express San Francisco." octagonal handstamp with second strike at bottom on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Hamburg, Germany, manuscript "pr. Sierra Nevada" at top and carried privately in 1855 on that vessel to Panama, after crossing the Isthmus sailed on the Star of the West to New York, Wells, Fargo & Co. delivered the cover to the New York post office where blurry strike of New York 23c debit datestamp struck for American Packet service, carried on the Collins Line Atlantic, departing New York April 4 and arriving Liverpool April 18, manuscript rates including "13" silbergroschen credit and "18" due, backstamped with additional Wells, Fargo & Co. shield handstamp as well as Aachen and Hamburg datestamps, Nesbitt seal on flap

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
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263
c
Sale 1242, Lot 263, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Horizontal pair, large margins to ample at bottom, brilliant color complemented by two tying strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jan. 27" (1857) circular datestamp on blue printed cotton market circular to Augsburg, Germany, bold strike of "GB/2PK" diamond-boxed accountancy handstamp (2 francs per kilo due), French transit datestamp, backstamped with second strike of G.B. handstamp and Augsburg receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, franked for the circular rate by Prussian Closed Mail but sent via British Open Mail, reported to be the only cover with 1851 stamps attempting to pay this rate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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264
c
Sale 1242, Lot 264, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Horizontal block of ten, remarkably good condition with just a couple minor wrinkles/creases, affixed to back and cancelled by multiple strikes of grid cancel on dark buff cover to Bodenbach, Austria, red "New Orleans La. Jul. 4" circular datestamp and faint red New York datestamp, red "FRANCO" handstamp (fully paid), receiving backstamp ties block in corner, cover with some soiling and minor wear, Fine appearing and striking cover, large blocks of the 3c 1851 are rare on transatlantic covers, this was franked for the 30c rate by Prussian Closed Mail

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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265
c
Sale 1242, Lot 265, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Positions 13-18/23-28R3, block of twelve, large margins to slightly in on four stamps, four stamps cancelled by manuscript squiggles, tied by "Braunfels, Tex. Oct. 3" (1856) circular datestamp on bluish gray folded cover to Gettorf, Schleswig-Holstein, then under Danish crown rule, sender's directive "pr prussian closed mail" at lower left--carried on the Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston on October 22, 1856, and arriving at Liverpool November 2--red "N. York Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Oct. 21" 7c credit datestamp, the foreign-mail office applied the 7c credit instead of 12c, so this was marked as paid to Prussia only and not to its final destination, red "AACHEN 4 11 FRANCO" (November 4) framed datestamp, red framed "Franco Preuss:/resp. Vereinsl:AusgGr" handstamp (paid only to limits of German-Austrian Postal Union), "St.P.A. 5 Nov 56" oval datestamp on back, "KDOPA HAMBURG 9/11" (November 9) Royal Danish Postal Agency in Hamburg double-circle backstamp, red crayon "9" Danish skillings due, the block was originally folded over the top edge of cover, which has been refolded and pressed out for display, stamps with few faults.

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).

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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266
c
Sale 1242, Lot 266, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type I (11). Full margins to touching at top, tied by bold strike of "Newark N.J. May 22, 1857" circular datestamp and used as forwarding postage on incoming cover from Sardinia, Italy, franked with three Sardinia, 1855, 40c Vermilion (13d), each with four margins and tied by "Spezia 1 Mag. 57" double-circle datestamp, "P.P." handstamp overstruck with red "P.D." handstamp (Paid to Destination), manuscript "6" rate, French and British transit markings, including Genoa and Calais backstamps, carried on Cunarder Niagara, arriving Boston May 20, 1857, bold "Boston 30 21 May Paid" 30c credit datestamp also ties two stamps, 3c attached with wax wafer with impression visible on face as normal, flap carefully lifted by the addressee and which still retains a portion of its original gum

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

E. 10,000-15,000
14,500
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267
c
Sale 1242, Lot 267, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Horizontal strip of six and single, mostly full margins to touched in a few places, left stamp with some creasing and tear from placement near edge but overall remarkably sound for such a franking, tied by four strikes of "Chicago Ill. Sep. 8" (1855) circular datestamp with red "New York Am Packet. Sep. 19" circular datestamp on cover to Sardinia, carried on Collins Line Atlantic, departing New York Sep. 19, 1855, and arriving Liverpool Sep. 30, Calais transit datestamp, Italian transit and arrival backstamps, Very Fine and striking, a rare use of a strip of six and single of the 3c 1851 Issue to pay the 21c rate by American Packet to Italy, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
6,500
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268
c
Sale 1242, Lot 268, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Experimental Orange Brown, Type II (11A var). Plate 1L, brilliant color, large margins to in at bottom, tied by "Nashua N.Y. Feb. 3" (1852) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter written in two directions to Constantinople, Turkey, address to Boston crossed out and carried privately to Turkey, edge splits including at bottom of fold, appears Very Fine, a rare destination for an 1851 Issue cover, even those privately carried from the United States

E. 400-500
475
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269
c
Sale 1242, Lot 269, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type I (11). Tied by large "Paid" grid cancel with red "Boston Mass. 24 Jun." (1857) circular datestamp on folded letter from Beirut Lebanon to Tolland Conn., clear strike of "BEIRUT/May 25 1857" two-line datestamp applied at origin and attributed to the U.S. Consul in Beirut, carried privately to U.S. and forwarded by J. M. Gordon, Foreign Missions, with his red oval handstamp on back, Very Fine and unusual, the "Beirut" handstamp is rare with only four or five known, ex Piller and Giamporcaro ("Tito"), with 1990 Holcombe certificate

E. 500-750
550
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270
c
Sale 1242, Lot 270, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Large margins to touched, tied by "New-York Mar. 4" (1852) circular datestamp on cover from Malta to Norfolk Va., endorsed "U.S.S. St. Louis Malta Nov. 8, 1852 All Well" at top left, blue "Spiridion M. Valsamachy Malta" forwarder's oval with manuscript "19/11/52" date inside, carried privately to New York where it entered the mails, additional blue New York forwarder's oval backstamp, answer docketing, Very Fine, though the stamp paid only the postage from New York to Norfolk, this is still a rare use of the 1851 Issue on a cover from Malta, ex W. A. Fox ("Renard"), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
850
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271
c
Sale 1242, Lot 271, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins to clear, tied by bold "65" cents due handstamp on folded letter from Funchal, Madeira Island, to Kingston Mass. via England, letter datelined July 16, 1855 at Funchal, bold strike of "John Blandy & Sons Madeira" double-oval forwarder's handstamp, carried on the Pluto which is reported by the London Standard of Aug. 3, 1855 to have arrived at Devonport, England on Aug. 3, after sailing from Sierra Leone on June 20, partly clear strike of "PACKET LETTER/DEVONPORT" two-line handstamp ties stamp, red London backstamp of August 3, manuscript "60" cents accountancy marking for debit to U.S., carried on the Cunarder America from Liverpool on Aug. 4, arriving Boston Aug. 17, corresponding to "Boston Br. Pkt. Aug. 1?" backstamp (second digit of date torn off backflap), the "65" due applied in Boston before carriage to Kingston

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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272
c
Sale 1242, Lot 272, Three-Cent: Foreign Mails3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Deep rich color, tied by clear strike of "East Boston Ms. Apr. 14" (1852) circular datestamp on buff cover to Peacham Vt., misdirected to Rochdale, England, manuscript explanation for the misdirection written in England, states "this letter adhered to the cover of an American newspaper received at," "Rochdale Ap. 28, 1852" blue circular datestamp completes the explanation, two Liverpool and additional transit backstamps, stamp with minor internal wrinkle, still Very Fine, one of the most unusual misdirected covers we have ever seen, a wonderful exhibition piece

E. 400-500
325
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