Sale 1287 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 May, 2023

Category — Around the World Flights

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1556
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1556, Around the World FlightsINDIA, 1928, Aug. 23, Princess Xenia Completed Around the World Flight Cover. India -1/2a and 1a tied by Karachi Aug. 23, 1928 circular datestamps on picture postcard addressed to Manila, crossed out and readdressed to Karachi, typed "Princess Xenia, Travel ROUND THE WORLD" at bottom left, Great Britain 1p added and tied by Southend-on-Sea, Essex Sept. 7 circular datestamp, Philippines 12c and 24c applied and tied by Manila Oct. 19 double-circle datestamp where it was registered and registry label affixed, Dhanushkodi Nov. 6 transit datestamp, signed "E.H. Alliott", card with some creases which should be expected considering the extensive travel, Fine and exceptional around the world flight cover, red manuscript "18/21" we suspect indicates the number flown though this is the only example that completed the journey we could find, "from the Magnolia collection

Sale 1287, Lot 1556, Around the World Flights
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E. 1,000-1,500
3,000
1557
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1557, Around the World Flights1930, Aug 1 -- Mears and Brown Attempted Round-the-World Flight. U.S. 1c Postal Card and 10c Special Delivery tied by Aug. 1, 1930 East Orange, N.J. duplex postmarks, Harbour Grace receiving datestamp of Aug. 12 (this is where the place crashed upon takeoff), signed on reverse by Mears, Very Fine, only 25 cards carried

E. 200-300
120
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1558
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1558, Around the World Flights1931, June 21, Post and Gatty Round the World Flight (AAMC 1141). 2c Washington tied by Mineola N.Y. Jun. 21, 1931 machine cancel on flight cover signed by Post and Gatty, appropriate flight cachets and datestamps, Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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1559
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1559, Around the World Flights1931 Captain Wolfgang von Gronau, "Gronland Wal" Flight. Flight originated in Germany to Chicago via Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Canada, with stamps of Germany, Iceland, Canada, and United States all tied by datestamps as they went to the respective countries, proper flight cachets, signed by von Gronau, opened at right and slight edge wear as expected on such a well-travelled cover, Very Fine

E. 500-750
650
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1560
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1560, Around the World Flights1931, July 28 -- Herndon and Pangborn Round the World Flight (AAMC 1146). Cover flown on complete trip from New York to Wenatchee, Washington, handstamped cachet (No. 49 of 75 carried), signed by Herndon and Panghorn, franking includes U.S. 2c 1922 (Brooklyn Jul. 28), Japan 3s (Tokyo Oct. 2) and U.S. 2c Yorktown (Wenatchee Oct. 5), Croydon Aerodrome Jul. 30 datestamp and Russian backstamps applied in transit, Very Fine, scarce, after their detainment in Japan for flying over military fortifications, Herndon and Pangborn made the first non-stop flight from Japan to the U.S.

E. 500-750
1,100
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1561
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1561, Around the World Flights1932, July 5 -- Mattern and Griffin Round the World Flight (AAMC 1167). U.S., German and Russian franking appropriately tied on flown cover to New York City, signed by Mattern and Griffin, light toning bands which are found on all covers on this flight (those they are fainter on this cover than on all others we have seen), Very Fine, only ten covers are believed to have been carried on this flight

E. 400-500
475
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1562
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1562, Around the World Flights1932, July 21 -- Von Gronau Round the World Flight (AAMC 1168). Round trip cover with seven-country franking (Ceylon on reverse), each stamp cancelled by their country's circular datestamp or duplex upon arrival, handstamped cachet, Friedrichschafen Nov. 10 backstamp, signed von Gronau and another pilot, Very Fine, round-the-world covers from this flight are rare

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E. 750-1,000
800
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1563
c
Sale 1287, Lot 1563, Around the World Flights1935, January 11, Solo Flight by Amelia Earhart, Hawaii to California (AAMC 1225). Two stamps tied by "Honolulu, Hawaii Jan. 11, 1935" duplex cancels on legal size cover, with manuscript "Carried by air, Honolulu-Oakland January 11-12, 1935" and signed by Amelia Earhart, Very Fine, only 49 covers were carried on this flight

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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1564
 
Sale 1287, Lot 1564, Around the World Flights1938, July 10 -- Howard Hughes Record Flight Around the World (AAMC 1307). New York dispatch, with U.S., France, and Russia stamps properly cancelled, cover with small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, any cover from this flight is scarce, as they were only given to people connected with the flight

E. 300-400
350
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