Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Five-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 12)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
321
c
Sale 1242, Lot 321, Five-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 12)5c Red Brown (12). Large margins, used with strip of three 10c Green, Type II (14) and single 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), Position 3L2L, large margins to in, tied by red grid cancels, matching "Providence R.I. Nov. 18" (1856) circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp on folded letter to William Comstock in Foochow, China via Hong Kong, "Boston Br. Pkt. 19 Nov." backstamp, carried by Prussian Closed Mail, departing Boston Nov. 19 on the Cunarder Canada and arriving Liverpool Dec. 1, red crayon "15" credit marking, bold "1/-" one-shilling due marking, blue manuscript "f3-1/2" silbergroschen rate, red "AACHEN 2/12 FRANCO" framed transit datestamp (Dec. 2), clear strikes of blue "Alexandria DE 17, 1856" and "Hong Kong FE 1, 1857" backstamps, docketing on back reads "Rec'd Feby. 2, Answ. Feby. 5", stamps with mostly faint horizontal crease from file fold, middle 10c with vertical crease from file fold

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COVER WITH A THREE-COLOR 1851-56 IMPERFORATE ISSUE FRANKING PAYING THE 38-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG VIA PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL.

It appears from the docketing that the addressee received the letter in Foochow on February 2, 1857, one day after its delivery in Hong Kong. The addressee worked as an agent for and later as a partner of the famous firm of Augustine, Heard & Co. He went to China in 1849, and it is believed he drowned in the Indian Ocean on his way home to Providence in 1859. We have offered one other cover from this correspondence, franked to pay the same 38c rate, but instead was sent by American Packet to England (ex Gross, Sale 1041, lot 360). It does not bear the 5c stamp. A cover in the Mayer collection was also franked for the 38c rate, but was sent by British Mail at the 33c rate.

Ex Donald Richardson. With 2021 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
32,500