1851-56 Issue Covers

United States Postal History - Foreign Destinations
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  • Lot# : 3 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    9, 1852 1c Blue, Type IV, horizontal pair with margins in on three sides, tied by black "New-Orleans La. Mar 31" circular date stamp to wrapper to Trieste, Austria, left stamp also tied by indistinct red 1856 French transit marking, blue two-line "Printed Circular/Per Steamer" handstamp at upper left, backstamped Triest/Früh 27/4, Very Fine, an attractive cover to a scarce destination makes for a wonderful item for the postal historian; signed Ashbrook "2c Circular rate to Austria - U.S. Postage Only, Pair Type IV"
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 270.00 USD
    Hammer price : 450.00 USD

    Lot# : 4 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    11A, 1851 3c Dull red, Type II, single tied by an indistinguishable New York town date stamp on Barnabas Bates illustrated propaganda cover with intricate design headlined "We Ask of Congress Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage" with detailed illustrations of an eagle with shield, steamship and steam locomotive with cars, ornate imprint of "D. Felt & Hosford, Stationers" on reverse, stamp full margins to just in, slightly oxidized, envelope with light edge wear incl tiny age spot at bottom, Very Fine and attractive use of this propaganda design

    Mr. Bates (1787-1854) was an Acting Postmaster in New York City under the administration of President Andrew Jackson, becoming a champion of cheaper postal rates during his tenure. This envelope was certainly inspired by similar designs used in England with this being the first printed cacheted "propaganda" envelope ever issued and used in the United States. The design was entered under the 1851 copyright laws, and it is believed its first use was sometime in 1852.

    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900.00 USD

    Lot# : 5 1851-56 Issue Covers

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    14, 1855 10c Green, Type II, pair (pos 16-17R1) plus 1851 1c Blue, Type IV (9) tied by light strikes of red grids on folded letter addressed to Paris, France with corresponding "Providence RI Jul 23" date stamp, ms "Per Steamer 'Collins Line' via New York & Liverpool," very lightly struck red US plus black French transit (Calais entry) cancels, well struck "8" (decimes) due handstamp, backstamped British transit, Paris "7 Aout 55" arrival, stamps close to large margins, Very Fine and scarce Collins Line use to France; 1983 Philatelic Foundation certificate #121923 does not accompany

    Provenance: Drucker Family (R.A. Siegel Sale 855, 2003)

    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 750.00 USD
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