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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
314
c
Sale 1264, Lot 314, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Tied by "propeller" cork cancel on folded printed Prices Current from New York to Puebla, Mexico, sender's directive "p City of Mexico", sender's Dec. 3, 1869 blue oval datestamp, "-1/2" real due handstamp for local postage, fresh and Very Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
1,100
315
c
Sale 1264, Lot 315, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Vertical pair, used with 3c Green (147), tied by target cancels with "Spring Lake Ioa. Sep. 26" and "New York Oct. 20" circular datestamps (latter the date of sailing of the City of Mexico but no ship endorsement) on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U59) to Monterey, Mexico, "2" reales due handstamp straddles the bottom 2c Pictorial and the 3c stamp, Very Fine and very unusual combination to pay the 10c rate, with 2014 P.F. certificate stating "genuine usage...no indication this entered the Mexican mail system" -- the P.F. must have missed the 2 reales due handstamp while expertizing the cover

E. 500-750
325
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316
c
Sale 1264, Lot 316, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America10c Yellow (116). Used with 2c Brown (113) and 3c Ultramarine (114), cork cancels with "Brownsville Tex. Sep. 25" (1869) circular datestamp on blue folded letter originating in Matamoros, Mexico, to Bordeaux, France, sender's oval handstamp, red "New York Paid 6 Oct. 6" 6c credit datestamp, Paris (Oct. 18) and Matamoros (Oct. 19) backstamps, framed "PD" handstamp, Very Fine and colorful use, carried outside of the mails from Mexico to Texas where it entered the mails, with Ashbrook notes and signature on back

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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317
c
Sale 1264, Lot 317, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Used with six 10c Brown (161) and tied by three strikes of "N. York Steamship Nov. 13" (1874) circular datestamp on cover from Cuba to Barcelona, Spain, mixed franking with four Cuba, 1874, 25c Ultramarine (59) tied by indistinct strikes of oval florette cancels, Commission Merchant's printed return address on back, 1874 London transit, receiving backstamp, red crayon "36/2" 36c credit, some expert restoration of corners and edges, staining around stamps and few affected from placement near edge of cover

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED FRANKING -- MIXED COUNTRIES AND MIXED ISSUES -- PAYING POSTAGE FROM CUBA TO THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND TO SPAIN.

This is a fascinating cover and one of approximately ten recorded from the Quadrada correspondence from Cuba to Spain. Most of the Quadrada covers were overpaid to allow for passage by the first available ship, no matter what mail contract applied. From the transit and credit markings on this particular 1874 cover, it is possible to reconstruct its rate, route, and weight. The total required franking was 60c U.S. plus 100 centesimos (1 peseta) to pay for internal Cuban postage. The U.S. share of the 60c was 24c, including 20c for passage of a double-rate cover from Cuba to the U.S. The red crayon credit mark "36/2", applied at the New York exchange office indicates a credit of 36c to Britain for a double-rate cover weighing -1/2-1 ounce. Of this 36c, Britain owed 12c to Spain, as indicated by the red "6" credit mark applied in London (6p = 12c). The Spanish rate was two British pence per 10 grams. Thus, the "6" denotes that Britain credited Spain with a triple rate, corresponding to a cover weighing 20-30 grams.

Ex Knapp and from our 2010 Rarities sale.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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318
c
Sale 1264, Lot 318, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114) and 10c Brown (151), tied by quartered cork cancels and "New York Jul. 2?" (1876) circular datestamp on cover to Havana, Cuba, receiving backstamp, bold "5" reales due handstamp, some toning affects stamps, some overall wear, still Fine and scarce use

E. 400-500
450
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319
c
Sale 1264, Lot 319, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Tied by rosette cancel and "New York City Received Nov. 21 6:45 AM" circular datestamp on blue folded letter from St. Thomas D.W.I. datelined "St. Thomas 13 Nov. 1869" to New York, bold strike of blue "David E. Pierre St. Thomas" forwarder's backstamp, carried on the North America, departing St. Thomas Nov. 14 and arriving New York Nov. 20, but carried outside of the mails, some splitting along folds and some wear, otherwise Very Fine, unusual use, entered the mails in New York where treated as a drop rate use, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
850
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320
c
Sale 1264, Lot 320, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Tied by circle of rays cancel on folded printed J. Niles & Co. circular from St. Thomas D.W.I., datelined Aug. 2, 1869 and addressed to La Grange Me., address crossed out and Waldoboro written below, carried outside of the mails to the U.S. and entered the mails as a circular, one small split along bottom fold, stamp with short perf at left, Very Fine and unusual use, fewer than ten 2c 1869 Pictorial covers are known from the Caribbean area

E. 300-400
600
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321
c
Sale 1264, Lot 321, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Horizontal strip of five, affixed over "Christiansted ? 1871" circular datestamp and tied by crossroads cancels, "St. Thomas 13/5/1871" (May 13) circular datestamp on buff cover from Christiansted, St. Croix to Boston, "N.York Steamship May 20" circular datestamp applied on arrival

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF A STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON A 10-CENT STEAMSHIP COVER FROM THE WEST INDIES TO BOSTON.

The strip was affixed in St. Thomas during the cover's transit from Christiansted, perhaps due to a shortage of 10c stamps at origin. There is a bit of red manuscript below the strip at right which may indicate that the 10c was paid before the cover left St. Croix. From St. Thomas the cover was carried on the May 13, 1871, sailing of the North America, arriving New York May 20. Research by Stephen Rose indicates this is the only recorded 2c 1869 Pictorial strip of five paying the 10c rate from the West Indies.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,750
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322
 
Sale 1264, Lot 322, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Straight edge at right, tied by cork cancel, "New Orleans La. Jan. 19" (1870) circular datestamp on blue front only to Belize, British Honduras, missing stamp at top right has been replaced with a 10c Yellow (116), "Sieg & Krug New Orleans Jan. 18, 1870" forwarder's double-circle datestamp, "Via Havana" crossed out, receiving datestamp of Jan. 25, few file folds do not affect stamp, still Fine, a very rare use of the 1869 Pictorial Issue to Belize, British Honduras, this is the only 2c use recorded by Stephen Rose

E. 200-300
350
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323
c
Sale 1264, Lot 323, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America24c Green & Violet (120). Rich colors and proof-like impressions, used with horizontal pair of 2c Brown (113), small nick in bottom of right stamp, tied by circle of wedges cancel, pair also tied by red "Boston Paid May 31" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, red crayon "24" credit, red London Paid datestamp (Jun. 13) ties stamps, clear strike of "Buenos Aires C. 22 Jul. 1870" receiving datestamp on the face of the cover, reduced right edge simply repaired with small strip of paper (not affecting stamp)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS TO ARGENTINA, THIS BEING THE ONLY 28-CENT RATE VIA BRITISH MAIL. AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC RARITY.

Illustrated in Brookman book (p. 181), Rose 1869 book (p. 33) and in color in 1869 PRA Census (p. 137). Ex Coulter. With 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
15,000
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324
c
Sale 1264, Lot 324, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Used with horizontal pair of 3c Ultramarine and four singles of 15c Black, F. Grill (97), tied by cork cancels, "Portchester N.Y. Aug. 31" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Lima, Peru, Davis correspondence, Panama transit datestamp (Sep. 11), red "24" credit handstamp also ties 2c, receiving backstamp, two 15c barely affected from placement near edge of cover

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING TO PAY DOUBLE THE 34-CENT RATE BY AMERICAN PACKET TO PANAMA AND THEN TO DESTINATION VIA BRITISH PACKET.

This rate was in effect from October 1867 to March 1870. Ex Foote and Frohlich. With 2014 Moorhouse certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,800
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325
c
Sale 1264, Lot 325, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America2c Brown (113). Two, used with 30c Orange, F. Grill (100) and tied by crossroads cancels on blue folded letter to Callao, Peru, sender's oval handstamp, magenta "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 4 Paid" (1870) circular datestamp and matching "24" credit handstamp, red crayon "2" ties 30c stamp, receiving backstamp (Nov. 2, 1870), few minor age spots

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COMBINATION OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE AND THE 1868 30-CENT F GRILL ON A COLORFUL COVER TO PERU.

Ex Dr. Lebow. With 1990 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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326
c
Sale 1264, Lot 326, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair, vivid color, used with 2c Brown (113), all cancelled by matching quartered cork with "Bath Me. May 18" (1870) circular datestamp, blurry strike of red New York transit circular datestamp and "12" credit handstamp on small neat cover to Callao, Peru, pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE AND COLORFUL 10-CENT AND 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COMBINATION COVER TO PERU, PAYING THE NEW 22-CENT RATE.

The single rate to Peru was 34c up to March 1870, when the rate was lowered to 22c, shortly before this cover was mailed. With 1997 P.S.E. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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327
c
Sale 1264, Lot 327, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America12c Green (117). Used with two 2c Brown (113) and 6c Ultramarine (115), one 2c overlapping edge, tied by cork cancels on lady's small blue cover attractively addressed to Callao, Peru, "Bath Me. May 19" backstamp, red "12" credit handstamp ties two stamps, minor sealed tear at top

FINE. A REMARKABLE COMBINATION OF 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUES TO PAY THE 22-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE TO PERU ON A LADY'S ATTRACTIVE COLORED ENVELOPE.

Ex Dr. Martin.

E. 1,500-2,000
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328
c
Sale 1264, Lot 328, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Horizontal pair, used with 2c Brown (113) and 12c Green (117), tied by cork cancels, "Portchester N.Y. Apr. 20" circular datestamp on cover to Lima, Peru, red "24" credit handstamp, blue crayon "2", slightly reduced at left, both 15c stamps with tiny flaws at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE THREE-COLOR COMBINATION FRANKING TO PERU FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.

The franking pays double the 22c rate via American Packet and thence by British Mail via Panama.

Ex Laehder and Price. With 1997 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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329
c
Sale 1264, Lot 329, Foreign Uses: Mexico, Cuba, DWI, South & Central America15c Brown & Blue, Ty. II (119). Two singles, used with two 2c Brown (113), all tied by rosette cancels on on small 1870 cover to Lima, Peru, red crayon "24" credit, "Lima 4 MZO 1870" receiving datestamp on back, small edge tear at top is inconsequential

VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND RARE COMBINATION OF 2-CENT AND 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE STAMPS ON A 34-CENT RATE COVER TO PERU BY AMERICAN AND BRITISH PACKET, FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.

The 34c rate prepaid 10c U.S. postage to Panama by American Packet and the 24c British Packet charge for service to Peru. The rate was superseded by the 22c rate in March 1870.

Ex Ishikawa, Walske and from our 1976 Rarities sale.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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