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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
353
c
Sale 1264, Lot 353, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain12c Green (117). Used with 5c Brown (76) and 2c Brown (113), tied by circular cork cancels, "New Orleans La. Oct. 20" (1869) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Turin, Italy, merchant's blue oval handstamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 26" circular datestamp, receiving backstamps, light toning along file fold which is well away from stamps, Very Fine, extremely rare mixed-issue combination for the 19c rate, ex Gibson and Millard Mack, signed Ashbrook, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
475
354
c
Sale 1264, Lot 354, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain6c Ultramarine (115). Bright shade, centered to top, used with 30c Orange, F Grill (100) and 2c Brown (113), tied by large circle of wedges cancels, red "New York Paid All Dec. 11" (1869) circular datestamp on cover with printed return address from Boston to Genoa, Italy, Milan and receiving backstamps, missing top flap and some edge flaws, 6c fault at top from placement at edge of cover, otherwise Fine, colorful franking to pay double the 19c rate by NGU Mail, this was instead sent at double the 15c Italian Closed Mail rate so was overpaid by 8c, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 750-1,000
400
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355
c
Sale 1264, Lot 355, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain10c Yellow (116). Rich color, used with 1c Buff (112) and 3c Ultramarine (114), tied by circles of wedges cancels, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 26" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Naples, Italy, transit and receiving backstamps, toned spot at center of cover from wax seal, Very Fine, carried on the Cunarder Calabria, this was the first voyage of the ship under that name as it used to be called the Australasian, very colorful franking for 15c Italian Closed Mail rate, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 400-500
275
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356
c
Sale 1264, Lot 356, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain6c Ultramarine (115). Cut into at right edge missing perfs, used with 2c Brown (113), tied by neat blue grid cancels on large Aug. 1869 wrapper to Catania, Italy, address crossed out and changed to Padova, "PAID" handstamp, Napoli, Catania and Podova backstamps dated between Aug. 25-28, pencil receipt docketing at top of Aug. 29, Fine and scarce use paying the 8c printed matter rate

E. 400-500
275
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357
c
Sale 1264, Lot 357, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain6c Ultramarine (115). Horizontal pair, minor perf tip toning, used with 2c Brown (113), tied by target cancels, red "New-York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 16" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Italy, blue New York forwarder's double-circle datestamp, transit and receiving backstamps, file folds, Fine cover apparently franked for the 14c NGU Direct Mail rate to Italy but sent at the 10c treaty rate, this cover is the subject of a fascinating article, "A Tale of Two Embellished Covers" (Chronicle 267), it had an additional 6c stamp that did not belong, Stephen Rose removed it and the cover received a 2018 P.F. certificate as genuine

E. 500-750
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358
c
Sale 1264, Lot 358, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain12c Green (117). Straight edge at right, used with 2c Brown (113), tied by rosette cancels with "New-York Jan. 25" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Rome, Italy, red "4" credit handstamp, red framed Hamburg Franco datestamp (Feb. 7), purple framed "P.D." and red "1-1/2Wf." German credit handstamps, few minor toned perf tips, still Extremely Fine cover paying the 14c rate by North German Union Direct mail, ex Walske

E. 750-1,000
550
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359
c
Sale 1264, Lot 359, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Bright colors, used with horizontal pair of 2c Brown (113), tied by rosette cancels, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 2" (1870) circular datestamp on tissue paper cover to Rome, Italy, red "4" credit handstamp, red "Verviers A. Coeln Franco" transit datestamp, blue crayon "f 1-1/2" (sgr.) for credit beyond North German Union, purple "P.D." handstamp, slightly reduced at left and top and some edgewear, still Very Fine use, paying the old 19c rate by North German Union Closed Mail, probably carried on the Inman City of Cork Apr. 5 sailing, ex Dr. Heimburger

E. 400-500
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360
c
Sale 1264, Lot 360, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain12c Green (117). Used with 2c Brown (113), vertical pairs of each, tied by neatly struck circle of V's cancel on blue folded cover to Cadiz, Spain, sender's blue oval datestamp indicates New York City origin on May 10, 1870, blurry red transit on back, red "24" credit handstamp, red crayon "4" pence credit to Spain, sender's ship-name directive "Manhattan", carried on that Guion Line steamer, departing New York May 10, 1870, and arriving Queenstown May 23, red London Paid datestamp (May 24) and "PD" in oval handstamp, Cadiz receiving datestamp ties 2c pair, one 12c has a trivial corner crease and cover with minor edge wrinkles

VERY FINE. A RARE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE TO SPAIN VIA FRANCE. ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE COVERS FROM THE FAMOUS GOMEZ CORRESPONDENCE.

Effective January 1870 the rate to Spain via British Mail for a letter weighing 7.5-15 grams was 28c, with 24c credited to Great Britain. The components of the single 16c rate were the U.S. 4c British Open Mail rate and a 12c credit to Great Britain -- the latter advanced in 7.5-gram weight steps, so the 4c rate on this 7.5-15-gram letter remained the same, but 24c was required as a credit. This cover shows the 24c credit and, in turn, the "4" pence British double-rate credit to Spain.

Illustrated in the Rose 1869 book (p. 32). Ex Ishikawa and Kuphal.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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361
c
Sale 1264, Lot 361, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain10c Yellow (116). Two, used with 2c Brown (113) and 6c Carmine (148), minor faults, tied by target cancels, "Pensacola Fla. Aug. 26, 186-" (1870) double-circle datestamp on blue folded cover to Barcelona, Spain, red "New York 24 Aug. 21" 24c credit datestamp, red London Paid datestamp (Sep. 13) and "PD" in oval, receiving datestamp ties 10c stamps, cover is creased and repaired at lower left, still Fine and attractive appearance, colorful and rare mixed-issue franking for 28c rate to Spain via England, ex Millard Mack

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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362
c
Sale 1264, Lot 362, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain2c Brown (113). Strip of five and single with straight edge, trivial gum stains, tied by cork cancels and "Charleston S.C. Sep. 22" (1869) duplex datestamp on folded printed circular to Mallorca, Spain, red New York datestamp, "PAID-ONLY/ TO ENGLAND" handstamp, London transit backstamp (Oct. 6), "4R" (reales) due handstamp and Mallorca receiving backstamp (Oct. 16), vertical file fold thru stamp, faintly toned at left

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE. THIS WAS UNDERPAID 2-CENTS FOR THE 14-CENT PRINTED MATTER RATE TO SPAIN VIA ENGLAND AND WAS TREATED AS A LETTER-RATE COVER, PAID ONLY TO ENGLAND, WITH POSTAGE DUE FOR DELIVERY IN SPAIN.

Ex Millard Mack. Signed Ashbrook and illustrated in his Special Service (No. 237).

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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363
c
Sale 1264, Lot 363, Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain12c Green (117). Used with 2c Brown (113), 12c with corner creases and staining, tied by blue cork cancels on 14c printed-matter cover to Gibraltar, Spain, printed address and "PRINTED CIRCULAR" at top, magenta manuscript "Cotton Calculations Savannah U.S. of A.", bold "8" cents credit handstamp, red London Paid datestamp (Oct. 10, 1870), cover clipped at lower left (probably to reveal printed matter inside), Fine appearance and extremely rare, the only recorded example of a 12c 1869 Pictorial on a printed-matter cover to Europe, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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