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

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

Category — Twelve-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 17)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
445
c
Sale 1242, Lot 445, Twelve-Cent: Foreign Mails (Scott 17)12c Black (17). Full margins to clear, used with strip of three 3c Dull Red, Type II (11A), tied by three strikes of blue "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 14" circular datestamp on 1853 folded letter to Paris, France, addressed to Charles Toppan of Toppan, Carpenter & Co. fame, the printers who engraved and produced the U.S. 1851-57 Issue, sender's directive "Pr Steamer Canada Feby 16th", red London transit datestamp, "BRITISH/PACKET" two-line handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp (Mar. 1) and "26" decimes due handstamp for double weight

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER TO FRANCE, PREPAID FOR THE 21-CENT SECOND RETALIATORY RATE WITH 12-CENT AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMPS. FEWER THAN FIVE SECOND RETALIATORY RATE COVERS ARE RECORDED PREPAID BY STAMPS.

The U.S. Post Office Department, unaware that the continued discriminatory rates charged on American Packet mail to France after the 1848 treaty were rescinded in September 1851, briefly charged retaliatory packet postage of 16c (plus the normal 5c) on mail to France via British Packets. This lasted only from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9, 1853. On Feb. 10 the Post Office Department issued a notice rescinding the extra sea charge and restoring the 5c Open Mail rate for letters sent to France via British Packet. This cover was posted at Philadelphia four days after the notice was issued. The sender was unaware of the Restored Rate and prepaid the full, but now obsolete, 21c Retaliatory Rate. The cover was then carried on the Cunarder Canada from Boston on Feb. 16 and arriving Liverpool Feb. 28--first sailing of the Restored Rate period.

Ex Grunin and Walske

E. 4,000-5,000
3,250