Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
364
c
Sale 1264, Lot 364, Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden2c Brown (113). L-shaped strip of five, vertical pair and a single, an additional single at top right is a replacement for a missing 2c, tied by quartered cork cancels, “Chicago Ill. Nov. 17” (1869) circular datestamp on 2c Black on Buff entire (U54) to Louvain, Belgium, top edge faults affecting stamps, some other edge flaws, still Fine and very rare franking, the 10c rate did not come into effect until March 1870 so this must have overpaid the 15c rate by Belgian Direct Mail, carried on the Inman City of London, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 500-750
950
365
c
Sale 1264, Lot 365, Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden6c Ultramarine (115). Used with 2c Brown (113), straight edge into design at left, light corner crease at top right, tied by circle of V's cancel with "PAID ALL" straightline on Jul. 26, 1869 printed prices current for wool to Leiden, Holland, receiving backstamp (Aug. 10), Very Fine and very rare, this was fully prepaid for the 8c book-packet rate under the 1867 Netherlands Convention, U.S. postal authorities included printed circulars in the book-packet rate, ex Coulter and Cipolla

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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366
c
Sale 1264, Lot 366, Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden2c Brown (113). Used with strip of five of 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by negative 5-Point Star cancel and "Hartford Ct. Mar. 11" (1870) circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Copenhagen, Denmark, red "New York Paid All Direct Mar. 12" transit backstamp and matching "2-1/2" credit handstamp, red Bremen Franco transit datestamp and matching framed "Weiterfr 1 Sgr" handstamp, both stamps along right edge have trimmed perfs from opening, otherwise Very Fine and attractive 1869 combination franking, the rates to Denmark by NGU mails were 13c prepaid and 16c unpaid, the Hartford mail clerk apparently experienced significant confusion on this point as a number of covers from this correspondence are overpaid or underpaid -- in this case the franking overpays the 13c NGU rate by 4c, ex Coulter

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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367
c
Sale 1264, Lot 367, Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden2c Brown (113). Seven including a pair, used with 1c Buff (112), pen dash cancels and circular cancel on 1c, the ink of which matches the "Norway Mich. Jan. 14" (1870) circular datestamp on buff cover to Stavanger, Norway, faint strike of red Bremen Franco transit datestamp, "5" credit handstamp and Stavanger arrival datestamp, a few stamp faults including the 1c perf flaws, slightly reduced at right, small repairs, otherwise Fine, a bit rough but still a rare use of 2c 1869 Pictorial to Norway, paying the 15c NGU direct rate via Bremen and sent from Norway Michigan, with 1999 A.P.S. certificate

E. 400-500
400
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368
c
Sale 1264, Lot 368, Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden10c Yellow (116). Bright color and choice centering, used with 2c Brown (113) vertical pair with guide arrow in margin, tied by bold segmented cork cancels and duplex "Council Bluffs Ioa. Jan. 5" (1870) circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in blue to Lund, Sweden, scarce red "4 Cents" Chicago credit handstamp, red Hamburg Franco framed transit datestamp (Jan. 23, 1870?), receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE CORRECTLY PAID 14-CENT RATE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING TO SWEDEN.

Assuming the date on the faint Hamburg Franco datestamp noted above is correct, this was likely carried on the HAPAG Silesia, departing New York January 11, 1870, and arriving Plymouth January 20. 1869 Pictorial Issue covers to Sweden are very scarce, but only a handful are correctly franked for the 14c NGU rate via Hamburg. The 4c credit was applied to the transit from Hamburg to Sweden.

Illustrated and discussed in Michael Laurence's Ten-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey (p. 222). Ex Downing and Coulter.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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