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)
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