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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
370
c
Sale 1264, Lot 370, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore10c Yellow (116). Horizontal strip of four, used with three 2c Brown (113) and tied by cork cancels, light strike of "Newark N.J. Apr. 26" (1870) circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Beirut, Syria, from the Reverend Dennis correspondence with printed route instructions "Via North German Union Closed Mail" at lower left, red "New York Paid All Direct Apr. 30" and Trieste backstamps, red framed "BREMEN 13/5 70 FRANCO" datestamp (May 13), clear strike of receiving datestamp (Jun. 6) at lower left, lightened red crayon rates at bottom, some minor expert repairs of corners and at top including part of top flap added

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TEN RECORDED COVERS TO SYRIA BEARING THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN COVER FRANKED FOR THE TRIPLE RATE VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION DIRECT MAIL (ONE-CENT OVERPAYMENT). ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKINGS EXTANT. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER HAS A 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL STRIP OF FOUR, THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE ON COVER.

In his book on the 10c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Michael Laurence notes that the addressee was a Christian evangelist who for many years was part of the American Presbyterian Mission at Beirut. This mission attempted to bring Christianity to the Arab world. In the 1860s it launched the highly regarded American University at Beirut. Dennis served as librarian for the mission and corresponded with other missionaries around the world.

Of the ten recorded 10c 1869 covers to Syria, two were sent via French Mail and the other eight via German Mail. Five of these eight bear two singles to pay the 20c rate by North German Union Closed Mail. Another bears three singles, and the latest bears one single used with three 10c Bank Note stamps. This is the only cover to Syria with a 10c strip of four. The 46c postage overpays by 1c the triple 15c NGU Direct rate. It was carried aboard the NGL's America, which departed New York on April 30 and arrived in Bremen on May 13, 1870.

Featured in Chronicle 267, "A Tale of Two Embellished Covers" (pp. 279-281). This previously had an additional 2c stamp spuriously added at top left. It was removed and received a 2012 P.F. certificate as a genuine 1c overpayment of triple 15c NGU rate.

Ex Eubanks. With 2012 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
371
c
Sale 1264, Lot 371, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore2c Brown (113). Horizontal pair, used with 24c Grayish Lilac (78a), tied by quartered cork cancels and "Pittsfield Mass. May 6" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Madras, India, sender's directive "Via Southampton" and "Paid 28cts.", red "18" credit handstamp, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, London Paid datestamp (May 19), Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, one 2c affected from placement near edge, some expert cleaning and improvements along edges

VERY FINE. A RARE MIXED 1861-1869 FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT RATE TO INDIA.

Ex Juhring, Walske and Dr. Heimburger. With 1978 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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372
c
Sale 1264, Lot 372, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore2c Brown (113). Used with 24c Gray Lilac, F. Grill (99) and 30c Orange, F. Grill (100), latter torn at top right prior to use, tied by circle of wedges cancels, red "Boston Paid Dec. 7" (1869) circular datestamp on cover with printed address to Rev. Bissell in Ahmednuggur, India, red London Paid datestamp (Dec. 18), red crayon "36/2" credit, red crayon "2" British Colonial credit, receiving backstamp, some edgewear, 2c and 24c toned spot

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE FRANKING COMBINING THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE WITH THE 24-CENT AND 30-CENT F GRILL STAMPS ON A COVER TO INDIA FROM THE BISSELL CORRESPONDENCE.

The stamps pay the double 28c rate by British Mail via Southampton. The red crayon "36/2" is incorrect unless this was actually sent via Marseilles but accepted as fully paid for double the 36c rate.

E. 1,500-2,000
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373
c
Sale 1264, Lot 373, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore24c Green & Violet (120). Used with 2c Brown (113), second 2c has unfortunately been cut out of the cover at top and a replacement is well integrated (though a different shade), tied by cork cancels on cover to Calcutta, India, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 8" (1870) circular datestamp struck on back, red "18" credit handstamp, red London Paid datestamp (Jan. 19) and blue "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Feb. 11), red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, stamps with couple tiny perf flaws from placement at edge of cover, roughly opened at top

AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.

This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India.

Ex Golden.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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374
c
Sale 1264, Lot 374, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore2c Brown (113). Used with two 10c Brown (150), affixed slightly overlapping and cancelled by segmented corks, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit May 19" (1870) backstamp on yellow cover to Calcutta, India, red "18" credit handstamp and red London Paid transit datestamp, "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Jun. 18), red Calcutta arrival backstamp, slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL AND 10-CENT 1870 BANK NOTE ISSUE COMBINATION ON A 22-CENT RATE COVER TO INDIA. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED ON-COVER USE OF THE 10-CENT UNGRILLED BANK NOTE ISSUE.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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375
c
Sale 1264, Lot 375, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore10c Yellow (116). Horizontal pair, used with 2c Brown (113) and tied by cork cancels, "Janesville Wis. Aug. 1" (1870) circular datestamp on lady's narrow cover to Jaffna, Ceylon, addressed in purple, red "New York Aug. 4" circular datestamp and "18" credit handstamp, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, London Paid datestamp and receiving backstamps, 10c stamps slightly affected from placement near edge of cover including left stamp tiny tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON COVER TO CEYLON.

The franking pays the 22c rate to Ceylon by British Open Mail via Southampton. It was carried aboard the Cunarder Siberia, which departed New York on Aug. 4, 1870.

Illustrated in Laurence 10c 1869 book (p. 113). Ex Juhring, Jonathan Rose and Eubanks. With 1997 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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376
c
Sale 1264, Lot 376, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore10c Yellow (116). Two, used with pair 2c Brown (113), tied by target cancels, "Lynn Mass. Feb. 23" (1870) circular datestamp on whaling correspondence cover to Mahe, Seychelle Islands, sender's route directive "Via Marseilles, France", red "Boston Paid Mar. 1" and London Paid (Mar. 15?) datestamps, red crayon "20" credit, red "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, 10c stamps have minor faults from placement near edge, light soiling and edgewear

FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE COVERS TO THE SEYCHELLE ISLANDS. A REMARKABLE FOREIGN-MAIL COVER AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ROSE COLLECTION.

Illustrated in color in 1869 PRA Census book where described as "one of the rarest destinations" (p. 130). Signed Ashbrook with his notes on back. Ex Coulter.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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377
c
Sale 1264, Lot 377, Foreign Uses: Syria, India, Ceylon, Seychelles, Singapore2c Brown (113). Pair, deep shade, used with 30c Orange, F. Grill (100), straight edge and large sealed tear, tied by quartered cork cancels, "New Bedford Mass. Jul. 6" (1869) circular datestamp on whaling correspondence cover to Singapore, red "24" credit handstamp and matching blurry strike of New York transit backstamp, red London Paid datestamp (Jul. 16) and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, receiving backstamp, reduced at left

FINE APPEARING 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL AND 30-CENT 1868 GRILLED ISSUE COMBINATION ON A 34-CENT RATE COVER TO SINGAPORE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE DESINATION DURING THIS PERIOD.

Ex Millard Mack.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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