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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: France

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
334
c
Sale 1264, Lot 334, Foreign Uses: France10c Yellow (116). Two, used with pairs of 2c Brown (113) and 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by cork cancels with magenta "Philadelphia Paid 12 Oct. 20" (1869) 12c credit datestamp on cover to Dinard, France, address crossed out and Paris written below, blue French entry datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, stamps with perf faults from placement near edge, left 2c with a pulled perf, some gum toning, otherwise Fine and colorful double 15c rate cover to France

E. 750-1,000
475
335
c
Sale 1264, Lot 335, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Horizontal pair, straight edge at left, tied by large segmented cork cancels, red "New York Mar. 12" (1870) circular datestamp on small narrow cover to Paris, France, "GB/40c" Anglo-French oval accountancy handstamp, London and Paris backstamps, Calais arrival datestamp (Mar. 24), "5" decimes due handstamp crossed out upon forwarding to another local address with France, 1867, 10c Bister on Yellowish (32) tied by dotted star, Paris datestamp, part of backflap missing, cover edge tears have been expertly repaired, Fine, an enormously rare cover from the perspective of rates and franking, the combination of the 4c British Open Mail rate to France and the 5-centimes local rate for forwarding is singularly represented by this cover, which is specifically described in Forster's 1982 Register article on 1869 mixed frankings (p. 91) where he notes at the time "only two covers in the 2c 1869 mixed franking listing show a usage of the foreign stamp necessary to forward the letter to its ultimate destination", ex Coulter, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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336
c
Sale 1264, Lot 336, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Two, tied by cork cancels, red "New York Jan. 12" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, "PAID ONLY/ TO ENGLAND" two-line handstamp, well-struck "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, French "5" decimes due handstamp, London, Calais (Jan. 25) and receiving datestamps, minor perf toning, Very Fine cover with all markings beautifully struck

E. 300-400
160
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337
c
Sale 1264, Lot 337, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Two horizontal pairs, left pair with natural straight edge at left, right pair cut from another envelope by sender and used on this cover (a few scissors-trimmed perfs), tied by circle of wedges cancel and part of circular datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Jun. 18, 1870), "10" decimes due handstamp, London (Jun. 17) and Paris receiving backstamps, fresh and Fine, a most unusual use paying double 4c British Open Mail rate to France, ex Kuphal, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
275
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338
c
Sale 1264, Lot 338, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Used with 6c Carmine (148), insect damage in lower right corner, each tied by Leaf fancy cancel, red "New York Apr. 21" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Pau, Pyrenees, France, Calais arrival datestamp and "GB/40c" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, manuscript "15" decimes due, transit backstamps, half of backflap removed and minor edge faults, Fine and rare mixed-issue combination for double 4c British Open Mail rate, ex Millard Mack, signed Ashbrook with his notes

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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339
c
Sale 1264, Lot 339, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Tied by circle of V's cancel on brown wrapper to Paris, France, red "30" centimes due handstamp, stamp with single pulled perf at upper left, Very Fine and rare wrapper use of the 2c 1869 to France, which probably contained a newspaper, the rate was 2c to the French border and French postage of 15 centimes per 40 grams, this must have weighed between 40 and 80 grams

E. 400-500
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340
c
Sale 1264, Lot 340, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Used with 1c Buff (112) and pair and two singles of 3c Ultramarine (114), cancelled by pen strokes and by manuscript "1870 January 24, 1870", red "New York Jan. 25" circular datestamp on narrow cover to Paris, France, one 3c small perf faults, cover with narrow slits and edge wear, otherwise Very Fine and most unusual, there was no longer a 15c treaty rate to France in January 1870, but there are no French due markings on this cover, the only fully prepaid rate was the unpublished "Phantom Rate", but this cover lacks a New York credit marking to England for that use and also predates known Phantom Rate covers by a month (and would be overpaid as well), with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
250
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341
c
Sale 1264, Lot 341, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Two, used with horizontal pair of 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by bold cork cancels and by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 4" (1870) circular datestamp on small cover to Paris, France, blue French arrival datestamp and "8" decimes due handstamp tying left 3c, right 3c and left 2c minor perf fault, small cover repair at lower right, still Very Fine and pretty post-treaty cover to France

E. 300-400
160
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342
c
Sale 1264, Lot 342, Foreign Uses: France2c Brown (113). Vertical pair, used with horizontal pair of 3c Green (147), straight edge at right, gum staining around perfs, tied by quartered cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Jul. 25" (1870) circular datestamp on folded cover to Bordeaux, France, sender's red oval handstamp, red "6" credit handstamp and matching New York backstamp, red London Paid circular datestamp (Aug. 10) and matching "PD" in oval, Calais arrival datestamp (Aug. 11), Paris and Bordeaux backstamps

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING FOR THE 10-CENT "PHANTOM RATE" TO FRANCE.

Effective July 1, 1870, the new Anglo-French postal convention reduced the rate between Great Britain and France to 3p per 10 grams, which in turn reduced the Phantom Rate from 12c to 10c (with a corresponding reduction in credit to GB from 8c to 6c). This is as an extremely rare, if not unique combination of stamps for the Phantom Rate.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Kuphal and Barwis.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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