Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022
Category — B. Clyde Hutchinson 1861-68 Issues: Selection of Covers
VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN ON A PLAIN WELLS, FARGO & CO. FRANKED ENVELOPE, BEFORE THE NEW 1861 ISSUE ENTIRES WERE AVAILABLE IN THE WEST.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE IN A DISTINCTIVE BROWN YELLOW SHADE ON A PATRIOTIC COVER TO GERMANY, PREPAID FOR THE 28-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE. UNDOUBTEDLY A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF ELEMENTS.
When sold in our auction of the Paul C. Rohloff collection, the shade of the 5c stamp was described as Olive Yellow. It could well be that elusive shade variety.
VERY FINE. A RARE AND SPECTACULAR RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN WITH THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
Ex Weissman and featured on the front cover of the 1987 Christie's sale that featured his collection. Ex Schnell. With clear 1988 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING CALIFORNIA MINER'S ENVELOPE WITH THE 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
This "Rocking the Cradle" illustration is a rare design, which, according to Kutz, was first used by miners from Georgia.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE DOUBLE-RATE WELLS FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS COVER FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO PORTLAND, OREGON.
Ex Wilkinson and Dr. Robertson
A FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING WITH THE UNITED STATES 1861 ISSUE AND "TWO CENTS" SURCHARGED BRITISH COLUMBIA 1867 ISSUE.
The strip of 2c British Columbia stamps overpays by 1c the 5c rate. The 10c 1861 stamp fully prepaid U.S. postage. There are only a handful known U.S.-British Columbia mixed frankings with the "Two Cents" stamp issued for the newspaper rate in British Columbia. We offered an example with a 10c 1861 and pair of the 2c in our 2014 sale of the "New Helvetia" collection (Sale 1072, lot 74, realized $4,250 hammer). There is also at least one other cover known, with a single 2c on 3p and a strip of three 2c 1869 stamps (ex Dr. Heimburger, Sale 1054, lot 647, realized $35,000 hammer).
VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF UNITED STATES AND CANADA STAMPS ON CROSS-BORDER MAIL. PARTICULARLY NOTABLE FOR ITS PRISTINE CONDITION.
The Canadian stamp was applied in the U.S., but it was superfluous, since the U.S.-Canada postal treaty assured delivery with 10c prepayment.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM PUERTO RICO TO NEW YORK VIA ST. THOMAS, WITH THE DANISH WEST INDIES SECOND ISSUE AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
This cover was carried privately from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, and then to New York on the U.S. & Brazil Mail Steam Ship Mississippi, which departed St. Thomas on Feb. 19 after a call at Martinique, and arrived at New York on Feb. 26.
FINE AND RARE. A VERY UNUSUAL MIXED-FRANKING COMBINATION FOR THE CONTRACT STEAMER RATE TO SAN FRANCISCO.
During the contract steamer period, mail addressed to the U.S. was charged 5c Hawaiian and 10c U.S. postage, regardless of destination. As such, lower rates to San Francisco no longer applied. According to www.hawaiianstamps.com, the "Hawaiian Steam Service" oval was applied regularly to contract letters from November 1867 to August 1869. This cover was carried on the COMSS Idaho, departing Honolulu May 9, 1868, and arriving San Francisco May 22. Mail from this sailing was datestamped in San Francisco on May 22 and 23.
Ex Ishikawa and Golden. With 1974 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1861 ISSUE COVER TO MALTA -- PARTICULARLY FRANKED WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE 30-CENT DENOMINATION.
There are four or five 1861 Issue covers to Malta franked with a single 30c stamp -- all from the Tagliaferro & Sons correspondence. This cover to Malta with 10c and 1c 1861 Issue stamps is a great rarity and the only of its kind we have encountered.
FINE. THIS COVER TO FRANCE IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE -- AUGUST 30, 1861.
Although the two accompanying certificates describe the 3c shade as Rose (Scott 65), it is clearly Rose Pink (Scott 64b), which fits with the August 1861 use.
With 2016 P.F. certificate and 2017 A.P.S. certificate (which states "earliest known usage"). Also accompanied by letter from Stanley B. Ashbrook.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE THREE-COLOR FRANKING PAYING DOUBLE 21-CENT RATE TO ITALY ON A COVER FROM HAVANA, CUBA.
As a side note to this remarkable use, this particular New York fancy cancel is also found used on experimental grilled stamps in the third quarter of 1867.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1861 ISSUE FRANKING TO NORWAY, CORRECTLY PREPAYING THE RARE 20-CENT NORTH GERMAN UNION DIRECT MAIL RATE. THIS MAY WELL BE THE ONLY RECORDED CORRECTLY PREPAID EXAMPLE OF THIS BRIEF RATE.
This cover was carried by NGL Weser II, departing New York Apr. 23, 1868, and arriving Bremen May 6. The prepaid 20c North German Union Direct Mail rate per half ounce became effective on January 1, 1868. However, it was lowered to 16c only four months later, on May 1, creating a very narrow window for its use. This is the only example we have encountered with this brief rate correctly prepaid.
VERY FINE AND RARE BLACK JACK USE TO TURKEY VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL. A BEAUTIFUL COVER FROM THE WASHBURN CORRESPONDENCE.
The rate via North German Union Closed Mail was 20c -- this cover was overpaid by 12c. It was carried on the HAPAG steamer Hammonia II from New York October 12, 1869, arriving Plymouth October 22.
Ex Dr. Rorke and Faust.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH A 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE TO CANTON, CHINA. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY FOUR 90-CENT 1861 ISSUE COVERS TO CHINA WITH A SINGLE FRANKING.
This was carried on the Inman City of Washington, departing New York Nov. 25 and arriving Liverpool Dec. 7. The rate to China by British Mails via Marseilles was 53c. The Starnes-Herzog census in the Chronicle notes this was overpaid by 37c, probably based on the 32c credit to Great Britain, which would be the correct amount if this was sent at the 45c rate via Southampton.
Herzog-Starnes census no. 24 ("Cover Usages of the 90c 1861 and 1868 Issues", Chronicle 140). With 1995 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE FRANKING ON A COVER TO HONG KONG WITH THE MARINE SORTER BACKSTAMP.
The 46c in stamps overpays the 42c rate via Marseilles. The Hong Kong Marine Sorter backstamp indicates the mail was sorted on board the ship prior to arrival in Hong Kong.