Sale 800 — 1998 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 9 May, 1998
Category — General Foreign
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)