Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998

Category — General Foreign

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
411
c
Sale 800, Lot 411, General ForeignNEWFOUNDLAND, 1857, 2p, 4p Scarlet Vermilion (2, 4; SG 2, 4). Two covers posted on consecutive days to the same addressee in Berkenhead, Cheshire, England, one franked with horizontal pair and single 2p, ample margins to slightly in, other with combination of 2p and 4p, mostly ample to large margins, cancelled or tied by oval grids, faint red St. John circular datestamps - Jan. 3 and 4, 1859, respectively - clear strikes of bluish "Galway A JA 23 59" transit cds, Dublin and Berkenhead backstamps, 2p cover has minor piece missing from backflap, 2p/4p cover has minor bleached spots and neatly refolded along edges

A FINE AND INCOMPARABLE PAIR OF COVERS CARRIED BY THE GALWAY (LEVER) LINE BETWEEN NEWFOUNDLAND AND IRELAND. THE 2-PENCE COVER IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED WITH THREE STAMPS. THE 2-PENCE AND 4-PENCE COMBINATION IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH TWO DIFFERENT VALUES OF THE SCARLET-VERMILION PRINTING.

The troubled Galway line operated by John Orr Lever was founded as the Atlantic Steam Navigation Company in 1858. It proposed a steamship line from Galway (Ireland) to New York via Halifax. These two covers posted from St. John were carried on the same trip, almost certainly on the Pacific, which departed St. John for Galway on January 14, 1859, arriving January 23rd. Examples of covers carried via Galway are very scarce.

2p cover ex Goody, Fox and Pratt. 2p/4p cover ex Goody, Fox, Hubbard and Clifford-Jones (with 1968 R.P.S. certificate)

E. 50,000-75,000
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