United States Postal History - Foreign Destinations
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  • Lot# : 1 Postmasters Provisionals Covers

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    9X1e, New York, NY, 1845-46 5c Black, Without signature, single with large margins all around (position 39), tied by blue manuscript to folded letter addressed to "Charles M. Leupp Esq., Care of Baring Bros. & Co., London," red "New-York 5 Cts. 15 Sep" circular datestamp with matching red "Paid" arc, manuscript "per Boston Steamer" at lower left, "1/-" collected in London (5c stamp paid postage from New York to Boston), September 29 London receiver on reverse, stamp with small small faults including tiny tear at left, Very Fine, a scarce and attractive cover, clear 1975 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $2,500)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 525.00 USD
    Hammer price : 575.00 USD

    Lot# : 2 1847 Issue Covers

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    1, 1847 5c Red brown, single tied on folded letter sheet addressed to Kippenheim Germany by red circular grid with an accompanying "Mobile Ala Jun 24" (1849) date stamp, ms "Via Boston for Steamer ...to Liverpool", red framed "COLONIES/&cART.13" Anglo-French accountancy marking for unpaid letter arriving from the UK and French "Angl 17 Juil 49 2 Bologne 2" entry cancel, backstamped with Liverpool (16 JY 49) and Baden railroad (19 Jul 49) transit cancels plus New Orleans sender's handstamp, ms "34" (kr) due crossed out and revised to "38", stamp 3½ margins, central vertical file fold, Fine and scarce use to Germany
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,400.00 USD

    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

    Lot# : 6 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    24, 1857 1c Blue, Type V, four singles (plus one stamp added) along with five 1857 3c Dull red Type III (26) all tied by grids on 10c Green Nesbitt envelope (U18) addressed to Pesth (Hungary) Austria, manuscript "via England," accompanying "Los Angeles Cal. Jan 7" (1859) date stamp, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 7" credit date stamp and framed "Aachen 27.2 Franco" transit, backstamped Pesth 1/3, stamps with some minor/small faults (primarily perf related including many all or partially trimmed), envelope opened at top with most of backflap missing, a Fine and rare use

    The rate to Austria via Prussian Closed Mail was 30c. At some point, one of the 1c stamps became detached from the envelope and one that did not originate was added.

    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 675.00 USD

    Lot# : 7 1857-61 Issue Covers

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    29, 1859 5c Brown, Type I, tied with 1857 1c Blue, Type V (24) on small envelope addressed to the USS Richmond at Spezia, Sardinia by "Philadelphia May 28 1861" octagonal date stamp, boxed "GB/ 1F60c" accountancy handstamp, red London "Paid" transit cancel (applied in error), French "Angl. Amb Calais D 18 Juin 61" transit cancel, assorted French and Italian transit/ arrival backstamps (arriving Spezia 21 June), 1c light corner creases at bottom, roughly opened at top (evident from back with flap tears) and some light edge wrinkling/ wear, Fine and rare use of the 1c to pay carrier fee; short note from Ezra Cole commenting on the cover accompanies

    USS Richmond was a wooden steam sloop in the US Navy during the Civil War, departing Virginia 13 October 1860 after commissioning for the Mediterranean. She returned to the US in July of 1861 and immediately began Civil War service, starting in the Caribbean. Later service included action in the Gulf including the capture of New Orleans plus the Vicksburg and Mobile Bay (as part of Adm. Farragut's squadron) campaigns. The ship continued service after the Civil War, primarily in the Pacific where she served as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet from 1879-83.

    Provenance: Blake Myers (R.A. Siegel Sale 875, 2004)

    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 750.00 USD

    Lot# : 8 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    70, 1861 24c Red lilac, used alongside 1861 1c, 3c, and 10c pair (63, 65, 68) on blue folded letter sheet addressed to London, bold strike of "San Francisco Cal Sep 3 1864" double circle date stamp at left, additional partial strikes tie stamps along with black grids, manuscript "Via Panama" at lower left, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 38 Sep. ??" credit handstamp and red London arrival handstamp, stamps with few faults (especially lower right corner of 24c), horizontal file fold well away from stamps, still Very Fine, an attractive 4-color franking double rate cover from California to England

    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 210.00 USD
    Hammer price : 500.00 USD

    Lot# : 9 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    71, 1861 30c Orange, along with 3c Rose (2), 5c Brown, 12c Black (65, 69, 76) all tied by segmented cork cancels on folded letter datelined "Boston May 12th 1864" from the Augustine Heard correspondence to Shanghai, China, ms "Via Marseille", red "London Paid MY 27 64" transit postmark and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, backstamped "Boston Am Pkt Paid May 13" and blue "Hong Kong C JY 22 64" transits plus partial sender's dated handstamp, one of the 3c stamps some short perfs, letter with a couple light file folds, Very Fine and attractive cover properly franked for the 53c rate to Shanghai via British mail through Marseille; "Ward" handstamp on back
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,400.00 USD

    Lot# : 10 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    71, 1861 30c Orange, single used alongside strip of strip of three 1861 3c Rose (65) on 1868 cover to Örebro, Sweden, stamps tied by blue "Cincinnati O. Jan 24" circular date stamps with additional matching target cancels, manuscript "via England," faint red "New York, Paid All, Br. Transit, Jan ??" circular date stamp, blue "Verviers Coeln Franco" four-line transit date stamp (February 10), "Sodra St. Banan 18.2.68" receiver on reverse, 30c small faults, right 3c stamp with lower right corner missing, cover with overall wear (including small tear lower right) expected after such a long journey, still Fine, a wonderful double-rate cover (underpaid by 3c) to an extremely desirable destination; 2005 Philatelic Foundation certificate
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
    Hammer price : 400.00 USD

    Lot# : 11 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    73, 1863 2c Black, along with 1861 3c Rose, 30c Orange (65, 71) and each with target cancels on envelope addressed to "Kingdom of Denmark", nicely struck "Marquette Mich Apr 4" (1865) postmark at lower left, stamps also tied by strike of blue framed "Aachen 2/5 Franco" handstamp, ms "Prussian Closed Mail" at upper left, additional red "12" credit handstamp along with blue and red crayon rate markings, NY and Hamburg transit backstamps, opened at top with small part of backflap removed, Fine and attractive 3-color franking

    Sender was probably not aware the Prussian Closed Mail rate to Denmark had changed to 33c in May of 1863.

    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 12 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    76, 1863 5c Brown, with 1861 10c Green (68) on small mourning cover addressed to France, tied by target cancels with an accompanying "Nevada City, Cal Oct 22 65" date stamp, red New York 3c credit and 6c exchange office date stamps, boxed "P.D.," Calais "1 Dec 65" French transit cancel, 5c couple perf faults due to placement, 10c straight-edge at left, envelope opened at top with small tear at upper left, Fine use
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 190.00 USD
    Hammer price : 325.00 USD

    Lot# : 13 1861-67 Issue Covers

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    78b, 1862 24c Gray, pair with 1863 5c Brown (76) tied/cancelled by segmented cork cancels on folded letter datelined "Boston Novr 11th 67" and addressed to Manila, nice strike of blue "Robt B. Storer/Boston" forwarder handstamp (Rowe rarity 3), ms "Via Marseille," red "Boston Br Pkt Paid Nov 12" date stamp, "London Paid 23 Nov 67" transit, red "48" British packet credit, black "2" due handstamp applied in Manila, backstamped "Hong Kong JA 7 68" transit and blurry "Manila 13 Ene 68" arrival, as with many covers in this correspondence, the stamps have been lifted and replaced, still Very Fine and eye-catching cover from the Peirce correspondence showing proper franking for the 53c rate to Manila by British mails via Marseille; signed Holcombe

    Lengthy letter from Charles Wyman of Boston to Charles Peirce discusses, among many topics, the local politics and the recent presidential election, sinking of the Spanish vessel "Minerva" and assorted business matters.

    Provenance: "The Manila Find" (HR Harmer Sale 2893, 1994)

    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 950.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 14 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers

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    115, 1869 6c Ultramarine, tied on envelope along with 1861 30c Orange (71) by grid cancels with an accompanying Virginia City, Nev date stamp, addressed to Germany, red New York "Paid" exchange postmark, backstamped German arrival cancel, envelope opened at top, central vertical fold and a sealed tear to right of stamps, Fine and unusual mixed issue franking, most likely a double rate (6c domestic, 30c foreign) use; Philatelic Foundation certificate #425179 does not accompany

    Provenance: 1986 Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 660, 1986)

    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
    Hammer price : 350.00 USD

    Lot# : 15 Banknote Issue Covers

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    153, 1870 24c Purple, with 1870 3c Green (147) on lightweight envelope addressed to Wellington, Cape of Good Hope and forwarded to Kalk's Bay, tied by target cancels with accompanying "New Haven Ct Nov 19" (1875) date stamp, "New York 110 Dec. 22" credit date stamp (expressed in centimes), red London Paid transit cancel, light red crayon "1" (1p) Colonial rate, "Cape Town Cape Colony," "Wellington Cape Colony JA 3 76" and "Salt River Cape Colony JA 3 76" transit cancels, backstamped "Kalk-Bay JA 4 76," 3c straight-edge at right, 24c couple short perfs, envelope small repair at left edge, Very Fine cover carried by British mails via Southampton with proper 27c franking and an elusive use of the 24c to Cape Town
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
    Hammer price : 600.00 USD

    Lot# : 16 Banknote Issue Covers

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    153, 1870 24c Purple, with 1870 3c Green (147) tied by NYFM (Weiss GE-EN3) cancels on envelope addressed to Madrid, Spain, sender's Santiago, Cuba "Nov 11 1874" double oval date stamp, red "8.R" (due) applied on arrival in Madrid, backstamped "New York/Paid to England Nov 24" date stamp and blue "J. DeRivera/New York/Nov 24 1874" (forwarder?) handstamp, envelope opened at left, partially at right (small piece missing) and sealed at top, still Fine and interesting cover
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 190.00 USD
    Hammer price : 675.00 USD

    Lot# : 17 Banknote Issue Covers

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    210, 1883 2c Red brown, used with Mexico 1886 10c Lilac (180) on envelope addressed to Bordeaux, France, Mexican issue tied by blurry Veracruz 1887 date stamp with an accompanying "Feb 23 1887" sender's handstamp, 2c Brown affixed and tied by geometric cork cancel, backstamped "New York Mar 4 F.D." transit and Bordeaux "15 Mars 87" arrival, 10c straight-edge at bottom and some short/pulled perfs as often, envelope opened top and left (slightly reduced) with some light aging along the edges, Fine use
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 75.00 USD
    Hammer price : 280.00 USD

    Lot# : 18 Banknote Issue Covers

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    216, 1888 5c Indigo, tied by "Louisville Ky. Dec. 6, 1888" duplex on envelope with "Brand & Bethel/Leaf Tobacco" printed cornercard, addressed to "Capt. Peter Strickland/U.S. Consul/Goree, Senegambia, West Coast of Africa," Bordeaux "16 Dec 88" transit and Goree "29 Dic 88" arrival backstamps, stamp with few lightly toned perfs, opened and slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine usage to a scarce destination

    Connecticut native Peter Strickland (1837-1921) strove to survive and prosper from 1864 to 1905 in the midst of a strong French colonial presence in Senegal, first as a captain of merchant ships in the trans-Atlantic trade and then as U.S. consul in Senegal, the first in French West Africa. In dispatches to the State Department, Strickland did his best to educate the American diplomatic and business communities about the potential for trade with Africa. He carried out his official duties without a salary but was allowed to maintain a private export-import business and keep the consular fees charged to the captains of American ships calling at Senegalese ports. His major task was to monitor and facilitate American shipping abroad and, in accordance with new legislation of the period, to look out for the welfare of American seamen.

    Provenance: Corey Long (R.A. Siegel Sale 948, 2007)

    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 160.00 USD
    Hammer price : 450.00 USD
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