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The Gordon Eubanks Collection of The U.S. 1869 Pictorial Issue continued...

6-Cent Washington On Cover
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
95 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Tied by two strikes of small quartered cork cancels, <Santa Fe N. Mex. May 7> circular datestamp on orange cover to Las Vegas N.M., receiving backstamp, reduced at left, some wear, 6c
barely affected from placement near edge6c Ultramarine (115). Tied by two strikes of small quartered cork cancels, "Santa Fe N. Mex. May 7" circular datestamp on orange cover to Las Vegas N.M., receiving backstamp, reduced at left, some wear, 6c barely affected from placement near edge of cover, still Very Fine and rare New Mexico territorial use of 6c 1869, during this time period Las Vegas was mostly known as a stop on the Mormon Trail (Image)

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
96 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Rich color and bright paper, tied by unusual target cancel and Portland Me. Aug. 22 circular datestamp on cover <to Montreal, Canada,> neat strike of U. States in circle handstamp, 1870
receiving backstamp fresh and Very Fi6c Ultramarine (115). Rich color and bright paper, tied by unusual target cancel and "Portland Me. Aug. 22" circular datestamp on cover to Montreal, Canada, neat strike of "U. States" in circle handstamp, 1870 receiving backstamp fresh and Very Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
97 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Rich color on bright paper, cancelled by <New York Foreign Mail Shield cancel on 6c Bright Red entire (U85) with Wells, Fargo & Co. imprint and addressed to Rodmell, England,> 6c cancelled
by Shield, used with ritish Columbia6c Ultramarine (115). Rich color on bright paper, cancelled by New York Foreign Mail Shield cancel on 6c Bright Red entire (U85) with Wells, Fargo & Co. imprint and addressed to Rodmell, England, 6c cancelled by Shield, used with British Columbia & Vancouver Island, 1869, 5c on 3c Bright Red (14), tied by blue "For Great Britain and Ireland" two-line handstamp, blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Victoria V.I." origin handstamp, red New York transit datestamp, "Lewes JU 14, 1871" receiving backstamp, cover with sealed tear not affecting stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON AN ENTIRE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND TO ENGLAND, WHICH WAS CARRIED BY WELLS FARGO TO NEW YORK CITY, WHERE IT ENTERED THE MAILS TO ENGLAND. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY FULL COVER WITH A 6-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL MIXED-COUNTRY FRANKING, ON WHICH BOTH STAMPS WERE AFFIXED AT ORIGIN. A FANTASTIC AND COLORFUL POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.

Wells Fargo & Co. received the cover in Victoria, where the British Columbia 5c and U.S. 6c 1869 stamps were affixed. It was then carried by Wells Fargo to New York where it entered the post office mail. The 5c British Columbia stamp pays the local Colonial rate to the border, and the U.S. 6c stamp and 6c entire pay the double 6c treaty rate to England.

There are only two examples of the 6c 1869 in combination with stamps of other countries where the stamps were affixed at the place of origin. The other is a cover front from Hawaii to Shanghai with 2c and 6c 1869's used with Hawaiian stamps. The other four recorded combination covers had the stamps applied as either forwarding postage or to indicate postage due, and so were not used for the original mailing.

Ex Wellburn. With 1999 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $21,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
98 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Bright color, choice centering, cancelled by neat strike of segmented cork cancel, Ravenna O. Feb. 19 circular datestamp on cover <to England,> red New York Feb. 22 transit datestamp, 1870
receiving backstamp, Extremely Fin6c Ultramarine (115). Bright color, choice centering, cancelled by neat strike of segmented cork cancel, "Ravenna O. Feb. 19" circular datestamp on cover to England, red "New York Feb. 22" transit datestamp, 1870 receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine, carried aboard the HAPAG's Hammonia II, which departed New York on Feb. 22 and arrived in Plymouth on Mar. 6 (Image)

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E. 200-300

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
99 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Radiant color, tied by strike of cork cancel, red New York Apr. 19 circular datestamp on 1870 folded part-printed notice from U.S. Marshals office <to London, England,> red London
receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine cir6c Ultramarine (115). Radiant color, tied by strike of cork cancel, red "New York Apr. 19" circular datestamp on 1870 folded part-printed notice from U.S. Marshal's office to London, England, red London receiving datestamp, fresh and Very Fine circular sent to England at the normal letter rate, carried aboard the HAPAG's Holsatia, departing New York on Apr. 19 and arriving in Plymouth on Apr. 29 (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $190.00
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100 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Vertical pair, brilliant color, tied by neat strike of St. Marys Geo. Aug. 5 circular datestamp, second strike at right on 1869 cover <to Edinburgh, Scotland,> red New York Paid All Aug.
10 and London transits, receiving b6c Ultramarine (115). Vertical pair, brilliant color, tied by neat strike of "St. Mary's Geo. Aug. 5" circular datestamp, second strike at right on 1869 cover to Edinburgh, Scotland, red "New York Paid All Aug. 10" and London transits, receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover, 6c pair pays the 12c treaty rate to England, carried aboard the Cunarder Russia, which departed New York on Aug. 10, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
101 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Deep rich color, used with <2c Brown (113) and horizontal strip of three and single of 15c Black, F Grill (98),> tied by small circular cork cancels, Portchester N.Y. Oct. 15 circular
datestamp on 1869 cover <to Lima, Peru,>6c Ultramarine (115). Deep rich color, used with 2c Brown (113) and horizontal strip of three and single of 15c Black, F Grill (98), tied by small circular cork cancels, "Portchester N.Y. Oct. 15" circular datestamp on 1869 cover to Lima, Peru, red "48" credit handstamp, red crayon "2" marking, receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at left, 6c few lightly toned perf tips from gum, left stamp in strip with light diagonal crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING PAYING DOUBLE 34-CENT RATE TO PERU. A BEAUTIFUL COVER FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.

The story of the "Portchester Find" was first told by Elliott Coutler in the 1982 Register and summarized by Michael Laurence in his recently published book on the 10c. Probably the most plausible explanation is that two workmen found the cache of covers in a building that was about to be demolished, and they split them equally. This theory is supported by the fact that the covers made their way to market in two batches. The first group, consisting of 45 covers, was purchased by a dealer in Connecticut and sold by Harmer, Rooke in 1961. The sale resulted in a lawsuit by the owners who claimed the dealer did not pay them enough. The second group, consisting of approximately 40 covers, filtered their way into the market through dealers, they were probably sold this way as a result of the lawsuit over the other group.

The single rate to Peru was 34c up to March 1870, when the rate was lowered to 22c. The franking on the cover here pays double the 34c rate in effect at the time of sending. The letter travelled from New York to Aspinwall in Panama, then overland to the west coast of Panama and down to Lima by British Mails by way of Callao. (Image)

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E. 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $3,250.00
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102 c 6c Ultramarine (115).> Tied by segmented cork cancel on mostly complete blue folded cover (without side flaps) <to Rotterdam, Holland,> senders routing <<Per Steamer Nebraska from N.Y.,>> straightline
nsufficiently Paid> and <Short Paid> h6c Ultramarine (115). Tied by segmented cork cancel on mostly complete blue folded cover (without side flaps) to Rotterdam, Holland, sender's routing "Per Steamer 'Nebraska' from N.Y.", straightline "Insufficiently Paid" and "Short Paid" handstamps, receiving backstamp (Apr. 5, 1870), ms. due rates, Very Fine, the Closed Mail rate to Holland changed to 10c in Feb. 1870, thus this was charged for deficient postage and penalty, ex Mason, Juhring, Coulter and Cipolla (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction

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