Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
666
c
Sale 1265, Lot 666, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Two singles, Positions 37R1 and 3L1, large margins to just in, bright shade, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Apr." (1855) circular datestamp on large blue cloth-lined cover to Mrs. Thomas Oakman in North Marshfield Mass., red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Mar. 27" circular datestamp, carried on the Lady Jane, which departed Honolulu Mar. 28 and arrived in San Francisco Apr. 12, some wear, stamps with some toning, still Fine, prepaid 24c in stamps, when mailed at Honolulu the rate was 6c per half-ounce prepaid (10c collect) plus 2c ship fee, this was franked for quadruple 6c rate, but by the time it reached San Francisco, the rate was changed to 10c per half-ounce (collect or prepaid), so this was treated as a fully prepaid double-rate letter, including the 2c ship fee, ex Golden

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
667
c
Sale 1265, Lot 667, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 19R1, full margins to in at bottom left, minor vertical crease at right from file fold, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Mass. Aug. 19" (1853) circular datestamp on folded letter to Honolulu, Hawaii, 12c pays double 6c transcontinental rate, red crayon "10" for double 5c rate Hawaiian postage due marked at Honolulu

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED SOLO 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE USE TO HAWAII.

This was carried on the U.S. Mail Steamship Co. Illinois from New York, arriving Aspinwall August 30. After crossing the isthmus it was carried from Panama City on the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Winfield Scott, departing September 3 and arriving at San Francisco September 19. It left San Francisco on October 1 aboard the schooner E. L. Frost, arriving at Honolulu on October 17. The writer, Charles Brewer, and the recipient J. Anthon had long and successful careers in Hawaii as agents for the majority of the approximately 70 whaling ships in Honolulu. They also owned large sugar plantations and real estate. The letter concerns Brewer's properties in Hawaii.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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668
 
Sale 1265, Lot 668, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 63R1, used with two 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) and two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), all stamps with small faults, tied by multiple faint strikes of New Orleans circular datestamp (Sep. 9?) on 1854 cover front only (as usual for this correspondence) to Vera Cruz, Mexico, addressed to "Genl. Jas. Gadsden, Legation of the U. States, City of Mexico, via mail steamer from New Orleans to Vera Cruz", bold "6" reales due marking struck over a 3c stamp, Vera Cruz oval datestamp (Sep. 17), gum staining at top, otherwise Fine and rare "complete set" 1851 Issue use to Mexico from the General Gadsden correspondence, the franking pays double the 10c rate to Mexico direct via American Packet for a distance less than 2,500 miles, with 2006 A.P.S. certificate

E. 750-1,000
475
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669
c
Sale 1265, Lot 669, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 37L1, ample margins to just in at left, tied by blue "Richmond Va. May 16" (1854) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, transit and receiving backstamps (May 21, 22 and 25), light vertical file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine, the 12c 1851 is rarely found on covers to British North America (it overpays the 10c rate), Allen records only four such covers, while new treaty rates were effective July 1, 1851, no 10c stamps would be issued until 1855

E. 500-750
1,200
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670
c
Sale 1265, Lot 670, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 42R1, large top margin to in at bottom, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), margins to in, tied by faint strike of San Francisco Cal. circular datestamp on buff cover to Compton, Canada "by way of the Derby Line" (Vermont), faint strike of red "U.States" exchange handstamp, cover edgewear and file fold, Fine and rare use of the 12c 1851 Issue, after April 6, 1851, mail from the West Coast to British North America required a 5c surcharge for a total of 9d or 15c per -1/2 ounce, the Postal Act of 1855 required 15c per ounce for Pacific coast mail to British North America for distances greater than 3,000 miles

E. 400-500
325
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671
c
Sale 1265, Lot 671, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, full margins to clear, left stamp small tear, tied by "Eastern R.R. Jul. 20" (1858) route agent's circular datestamp on cover to London, England, with red embossed ship-name directive "PER AFRICA", addressed to Captain Hobbs on the ship Morning Glory, carried on the Cunarder Africa, departing New York July 21 and arriving Liverpool August 2, red "19" credit handstamp and red London "Paid" receiving datestamp (Aug. 2), Very Fine and striking cover with the printed Cunard Packet name, the railroad route agent's datestamp is an added bonus, with 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
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672
c
Sale 1265, Lot 672, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 77-78L1, horizontal pair, full margins to barely in at left, tied by red "Philadelphia Pa. 3 Oct. 9" (1857) 3c credit datestamp with second strike to left on small buff cover to Liverpool, England, clear strike of red "America Liverpool Paid OC 25 57" receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover to England and seldom seen with the stamps tied solely by the Philadelphia exchange office datestamp, ex Gibson with Ward backstamp

E. 500-750
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673
c
Sale 1265, Lot 673, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 11-12L1, horizontal pair, used with horizontal pair 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) and single 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c stamp missing corner, left 1c stamp small margin faults, cancelled by pen and 12c pair tied by "Oregon City Or. June 19" (1856) Oregon Territorial circular datestamp on cover to Gloucestershire, England, red "19" credit handstamp ties 1c pair, carried on Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston July 30 and arriving Liverpool Aug. 11, red "America Liverpool Paid 11 AU 56" datestamp, receiving backstamp, Fine appearance, a remarkable "complete set" 1851 Issue cover, only three 12c 1851 covers recorded from Oregon, which remained a territory until Feb 14, 1859 -- after July 1, 1851, the rate to Great Britain from the U.S. West Coast was 29c

E. 1,000-1,500
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674
c
Sale 1265, Lot 674, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 95-96L1, horizontal pair, full margins to just in at lower left, tied by red "New-York Jun. 10" (1854) circular datestamp, red "New York 3 Jun. 10" 3c credit datestamp on blue folded letter to London, England, carried on the Collins Line Baltic, departing New York June 10 and arriving Liverpool June 21, red London "Paid" receiving datestamp (Jun. 22), Very Fine cover sent by American Packet and unusual use of red New York datestamp to cancel stamps on foreign mail

E. 750-1,000
550
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675
c
Sale 1265, Lot 675, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 11-12L1, horizontal pair, ample margins to large at bottom with portion of adjoining stamp, tied by black "New-York Aug. 20" (1853) circular datestamp normally used on domestic mail, red "New York 3 Aug. 20" 3c credit datestamp on cover to Liverpool, England, carried on the Collins Line Arctic, departing New York Aug. 20 and arriving Liverpool Aug. 30 where struck with bold red "America Liverpool Paid AU 30 53" circular datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, wonderful quality cover sent by American Packet and unusual use of this domestic New York circular datestamp on foreign mail

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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676
c
Sale 1265, Lot 676, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 77-78R1, horizontal pair, full margins to just touched at top left, tied by three strikes of magenta grid cancel with black "Hartford Ct. Mar. 30" (1852) circular datestamp on buff folded cover to Kent, England, red "19" credit handstamp, manuscript "Per First Steamer" and carried on the Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston Mar. 31, arriving Liverpool Apr. 13, two red transit datestamps including one tying the pair, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and attractive

E. 500-750
550
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677
c
Sale 1265, Lot 677, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 9-10R1, horizontal pair, large margins to just in at left with portion of adjoining stamp at right, tied by "New Orleans La. Mar. 9" (1857) circular datestamp on cover to Edinburgh, Scotland, red "19" credit handstamp, carried on Cunarder Persia, departing New York on Mar. 18 and arriving Liverpool Mar. 28 (docking delayed to Mar. 29 due to fog), clear strike of red "America Liverpool Paid MR 28 57" datestamp, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, an uncommon use of the 12c 1851 to Scotland

E. 300-400
325
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678
c
Sale 1265, Lot 678, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 88/98R1, vertical pair, large margins to just touched at bottom, tied by grid cancels with red "New Orleans La. Nov. 27" (1852) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Bangor, Wales, red "19" credit handstamp struck twice, carried on Cunarder America, departing Boston Dec. 8 and arriving Liverpool Dec. 20, red "America Liverpool Paid DE 20 52" datestamp, receiving backstamp (Dec. 21), minor bleach spots along file folds, Very Fine and unusual use to Wales

E. 200-300
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679
c
Sale 1265, Lot 679, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 86/96R1, vertical pair, full even margins all around, tied by blue grid cancels with matching "Harrisburgh Pa. Mar. 19" (1856) circular datestamp on buff cover to Kilkenny, Ireland, partly clear red Philadelphia exchange office datestamp (Mar. 21) ties pair, sender's directive "By First Steamer" red London Paid datestamp (Apr. 6) ties pair, Apr. 7 transit and Kilkenny (Apr. 8) receiving backstamps, fresh and Very Fine, wonderful quality

E. 400-500
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680
c
Sale 1265, Lot 680, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 29-30R1, horizontal pair, large margins to clear including right sheet margin and part of adjoining stamp at left, lightly cancelled in blue, matching "Harrisburgh Pa. May 8" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to Kilkenny, Ireland, pair tied by red "Philadelphia Am. Pkt. 3 May 10" 3c credit datestamp, sender's directive to Cunarder Persia but more likely carried on Collins Ericsson, departing New York May 9 and arriving Liverpool May 25, Liverpool (May 25) and Kilkenny (May 26) backstamps, manuscript "More to Pay" and "above -1/2 oz.", indicating this weighed over one-half ounce and an additional rate was due, manuscript "1/-" one-shilling due marking, some slight cover wear, pair lifted and re-affixed, still Very Fine and rare, under Article III of the postal convention, the part payment should have been completely disregarded and the letter charged two shillings, informal practices through Liverpool allowed the part payment but examples are very rare and were supposed to have been formally disallowed in 1853, Allen records only two such 12c 1851 covers, ex Gibson, with 1999 P.S.E. certificate

E. Y 750-1,000
500
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681
c
Sale 1265, Lot 681, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 65-66L1, horizontal pair, large margins to touched at right, tied by "New Orleans, La. Jun. 3" (1857) circular datestamp on blue folded letter addressed to Cadiz, Spain via Manchester England, red "3" credit handstamp, carried on the Ocean Line's Washington, departing New York June 13 and arriving Southampton June 27, red London Paid datestamp (June 27), Manchester backstamp (June 27), carried privately from Manchester to Spain, some natural bleach spots, Fine and unusual, this was the last voyage and end of the Ocean Line under contract due to lack of U.S. subsidies, with 1994 A.P.S. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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682
c
Sale 1265, Lot 682, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 15-16R1, horizontal pair, full margins to barely touched, tied by black and red grids with matching "New York 3 Jun. 28" (1856) credit datestamp on cover to London, England and forwarded to Paris, France, manuscript "Pr. 'Arago' for Southampton from 28th/56" and carried on that Havre Line steamer from New York on June 28, arriving Southampton July 10, red London Paid datestamp (July 11) ties pair, Calais datestamp (July 12, repeated on back) and "8" decimes due handstamp also tying pair, "Poste Restante" in elaborate pen indicating letter would be held at the post office for pickup, missing part of backflap, fresh and Very Fine use of the 12c 1851 on a forwarded cover to France, with 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
650
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683
c
Sale 1265, Lot 683, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 52-53L1, horizontal pair, full margins all around to just touched at lower right, tied by blue "Cincinnati O May 14" (1855) circular datestamp with second strike at right on blue folded letter to Liverpool, England and forwarded to Rome, Italy, red "3" cents credit handstamp, carried on Collins Atlantic, departing New York May 16 (matching docketing at bottom) and arriving Liverpool May 27, transit datestamps including Liverpool (May 27 and May 28) and Calais (May 30), bold red "P-D" oval handstamp, Rome arrival backstamp (June 5), three additional blurry transit backstamps, manuscript due markings, Very Fine, an outstanding and colorful use of the 12c 1851 Issue on a forwarded cover to Italy

E. 500-750
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684
c
Sale 1265, Lot 684, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 35R1, used with horizontal pairs of 1c Blue, Type IV (9) and 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), red "New Orleans La. Jul. 3" (1855) circular datestamp, red "New-York Am. Packet Jul. 14" circular datestamp ties 3c and 12c stamps on blue folded letter to Nantes, France, sender's ship-name directive "Pr Baltic" but missed the sailing of that Collins Line steamer so struck with red "TOO LATE" straightline handstamp and carried on the Ocean Line's Hermann, departing New York July 16 and arriving Southampton July 31 (faint red British backstamp), Le Havre entry datestamp (July 31) ties 3c pair and "8" decimes due handstamp also ties 3c pair, Paris (Aug. 1) and Nantes (Aug. 2) backstamps

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING "COMPLETE SET" 1851 ISSUE COVER TO FRANCE WITH THE "TOO LATE" HANDSTAMP INDICATING MISSED MAIL STEAMER.

There were two main American Packet services to France available: Collins Line via England--21c per half-ounce rate with 8 decimes per 7.5 grams due for British transit and French inland postage; and Havre Line direct to France--20c per half-ounce rate with 6 decimes per 7.5 grams due for French inland postage. This was stamped with 20c postage for direct service, but marked for the Collins Line's Baltic, which carried mail to England rather than direct to France. It missed the sailing of the Baltic and was instead carried by American Packet on the Ocean Line after being struck with the "TOO LATE" straightline (only two examples recorded on a 12c 1851 cover by Allen). The 1c underpayment was tolerated, and it was accepted as a fully prepaid letter.

Ex Beals. With 1985 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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685
c
Sale 1265, Lot 685, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 68L1, full margins to clear at top left, fine impression, used with 3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A), clear to ample margins, tied by perfect single strike of large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston 17 Jun. Paid 12" (1857) 12c credit datestamp on cover to Paris, France, "Boston Br. Pkt. 17 Jun." circular datestamp on back and carried on the Cunarder America, departing Boston June 17 and arriving Liverpool June 28, French arrival datestamp (June 29), small part of backflap missing

EXTREMELY FINE COVER WITH FRESH STAMPS AND ALL MARKINGS BEAUTIFULLY STRUCK. A RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE TO PAY THE NEW TREATY RATE TO FRANCE, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN APRIL 1857.

The 12c perforated issue was released in July 1857. This is a late use of the imperforate issue and is rarely found on an 1857 U.S.-French treaty rate cover.

Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1983 Alcuri certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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686
c
Sale 1265, Lot 686, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 62R1, huge margins to full including portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. May 8" (1857) circular datestamp, "New York 9 May 16" debit datestamp on cover to Bordeaux, France, carried on Vanderbilt Ariel, departing New York May 16 and arriving Southampton May 28, Calais arrival datestamp (May 28) and "8" decimes due handstamp, Bordeaux arrival backstamp (May 29), Very Fine, this was sent a little more than a month after the U.S.-French treaty became effective and was underpaid for the treaty rate, it was therefore treated as completely unpaid in the U.S. and France, ex Haas

E. 400-500
375
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687
c
Sale 1265, Lot 687, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 7R1, large margins to in at right, including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, used with three singles of 3c Yellowish Rose Red, Ty. I (11 var) arranged as a strip of three, margins to in, tied by strikes of "Chicago Ill. Jun. 4" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to Eghezee, Belgium, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jun. 7" circular datestamp, carried on the Collins Baltic, departing New York June 7 and arriving Liverpool June 18, "U.S. PKT." straightline handstamp, rectangular accountancy handstamp (with rates in blue ink) "DEBOURS ETRANGERS/ TAXE REDUITE/ PORT BELGE", manuscript due rates, arrival backstamp of June 24 and large blue consulate backstamp, cover with small repair at bottom

VERY FINE. BELGIUM IS AN EXTREMELY RARE DESTINATION FOR AN 1851 ISSUE COVER.

Ex Piller and "J&J".

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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688
c
Sale 1265, Lot 688, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 30L1, full margins to touched at top, used with strip of three of 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by grid cancels, red "New-York Am. Packet Mar. 19" (1853) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Genoa, Italy, sender's directive "Pr Pacific" and carried on that Collins Line steamer, departing New York March 19 and arriving Liverpool March 31, red London backstamp (April 1), red French arrival datestamp, "VIA DI/PT. BEAUVOISIN" two-line handstamp and Torino (April 5) receiving backstamp, manuscript "17" due marking, Very Fine 21c British Open Mail cover to Italy via American Packet, also very scarce with the 12c 1851 Issue, with only approximately five recorded, this is from the same correspondence as the 1851 "complete set" cover offered in our sale of the Gross collection (Sale 1041, lot 366)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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689
c
Sale 1265, Lot 689, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 88/98L1, vertical pair, large margins to slightly in at bottom, used with 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) vertical pair, Positions 56/66R1E, large margin at right, other sides ample to cut in at bottom, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 15 Jul." (1852) circular datestamp on dark buff cover to Dusseldorf, Germany, "U.S. PKT." straightline handstamp and "3-1/2 Groschen" debit handstamp struck in England, red British receiving backstamp (Sep. 2) and German transit backstamps, blue manuscript rate marking, creases in cover and 1c pair, slightly toned

FINE AND RARE 1851 ISSUE COVER FROM CALIFORNIA TO GERMANY WITH THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE AND 5-CENT WEST COAST SURCHARGE PAID BY ONE-CENT AND 12-CENT PAIRS. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE UNDER THE NEW ANGLO-PRUSSIAN CONVENTION.

This was carried on the Collins Pacific, departing New York August 21, 1852, and arriving Liverpool September 1. It was franked 26 cents for the 21c British Open Mail rate via American packet plus the 5c surcharge for West Coast origin. The Anglo-Prussian Convention became effective August 1, 1852, while this cover was in transit. The associated 3-1/2 groschen rate handstamp on this cover is arguably the earliest example.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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690
c
Sale 1265, Lot 690, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Positions 47-48L1, horizontal pair, full margins to just shaving outer frameline at left, tied by two strikes of "Cambridge Mass. Jun. 8" (1857) circular datestamp on small cover to Leipzig, Germany, addressed in the hand of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, black and red exchange postmarks from Boston and New York (6c credit) respectively, endorsed "By Bremen Mail", red "3" credit handstamp and matching grid cancel tie pair, "America/Uber Bremen/Franco" handstamp -- Longfellow was better with rhymes than postal rates -- the rate was 15c for Bremen-Hamburg mail so this represents an overpayment of 9c, Very Fine and rare use of a 12c 1851 pair to the German States

E. 500-750
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691
c
Sale 1265, Lot 691, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Position 37R1, huge margins top and bottom to just in at sides, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), both tied by blue grid cancels with matching "Taunton Ms. Dec. 12" (1856) circular datestamp on cover to Halle, Germany, red "N York Am. Pkt. 7 Paid Dec. 30" 7c credit datestamp ties stamps, red framed "AACHEN 3/1 FRANCO" datestamp (Jan. 3, 1857), edgewear and minor sealed tears, still a Very Fine cover, prepaid for 15c for American Packet but carried by the faster Prussian Closed Mail due to a ship delay

E. 400-500
375
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692
c
Sale 1265, Lot 692, Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Three singles, margins to in, used with 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), large margins to in at right, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 5" (1855) circular datestamps on blue folded letter to William Winans in St. Petersburg, Russia, sender's directive "via Prussian Closed Mail", red "New York Br. Pkt. Nov. 6" datestamp on back, carried on the Cunarder Africa, departing Boston Nov. 7 and arriving Liverpool Nov. 18, manuscript "14" cents credit (2c Belgium, 5c German and 7c Prussia to Russia), red "AACHEN 20/11 FRANCO" framed transit datestamp (Nov 20), manuscript "f6" on back and "f3" on front indicating German and Russian transit fees had been paid, half of letter removed (only noticeable when opened), small faults affect two end stamps

A FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ISSUE PAYING THE 37-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO RUSSIA.

William Winans arrived in Russia with his brother in 1843, as part of a $3 million contract to supply railroad locomotives and cars for the new railroad between St. Petersburg and Moscow, which was completed in 1851. From 1852, William was the chief manager of the Russian operation, which had a lucrative contract for making and maintaining running stock for the growing Russian railroad network--it was reported their contracted fees were 17 times higher than in any other country in Europe. During the Crimean War the firm's operations expanded, and Winans acted as the U.S. vice-consul in St. Petersburg. The contract expired in 1862, and Winans left Russia a millionaire.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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