Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022
Category — Allen 12c 1851-57: Imperforate, International Covers (Scott 17)
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.
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.
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
VERY FINE. BELGIUM IS AN EXTREMELY RARE DESTINATION FOR AN 1851 ISSUE COVER.
Ex Piller and "J&J".
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.
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