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2014 Rarities of the World continued...

1857-60 Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1064 c Image10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33). Three singles, two Type III, each with left sheet selvage, tied by bold "Sweetland Cal. Apr. 2" (1859) circular datestamps on cover to London, England, red "19" credit handstamp, red "London Paid MY 10, 1859" circular datestamp, Very Fine, a scarce use overpaying by 1c the 29c transatlantic rate from the West Coast, the Sweetland cancel predates the earliest recorded date in Williams by two years, this was carried by private express via Grass Valley to Marysville, where it went by river steamer to Sacramento and then on to San Francisco, it was then carried on the Butterfield route, departing San Francisco Apr. 4 and arriving Tipton Mo. Apr. 25, then placed on the railroad to St. Louis and on to New York where carrried on the Cunarder Europa, which departed New York Apr. 27 and arrived Liverpool May 9, ex Haas and Sevenoaks (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1065 c Image10c Green, Ty. V (35). Horizontal strip of six, rich color, choice centering, each stamp cancelled by manuscript "#", "Holmes Hole Ms. Sep. 14" (1860) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Calcutta, India, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Sep. 15" transit circular datestamp, magenta "24" credit, red "London Paid SP 27 1860" circular datestamp, red "1" British Colonial credit also ties strip, carried on the Havre line's Fulton, which departed New York Sep. 26 and arrived Southampton Sep. 26, red receiving backstamp, barely reduced at right

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER BEARING A STRIP OF SIX OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE V.

The franking pays double the 30c rate via French mail. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1066° c Image10c Green, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (35, 26). 10c strip of three, tied by grid cancels, bold "Augusta Me. Dec. 20" (1860) circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to the U.S.S. Mohican at St. Paul de Loando, West Coast of Africa, addressed to Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Dec. 22 Paid" exchange circular datestamp, "12" credit in magenta manuscript, red "London Paid JA 7" (1861) circular datestamp, Feb. 1861 receipt docketing on back, tiny tears at bottom from opening, center stamp pre-use tear at left, top stamp barely affected from placement at edge of cover, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 1857 ISSUE ON A COVER TO THE UNITED STATES NAVY SLOOP-OF-WAR MOHICAN, WHICH WAS PATROLLING THE WATERS OFF THE WEST COAST OF AFRICA IN SEARCH OF SLAVE-TRADING VESSELS.

St. Paul de Loando was the capital of the Portuguese colony of Angola and a known area of activity for slave traders. The letter is addressed to Third Assistant Engineer James Atkins on the U.S.S. Mohican, which was patrolling the waters off the African coastline. Later this same year the Mohican captured the slave-carrying ship Erie, whose captain, Nathaniel Gordon, was hanged in 1862, the first man condemned under an 1820 Federal law declaring slave-trading a form of piracy. In August 1861 she departed the African coast to take part in the Battle of Port Royal and blockade duty in the Civil War.

Ex Piller (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1067 bl Image12c Black, Plate 1 (36). Block of eight, intense shade and proof-like impression, multiple strikes of green "PAID" in circle cancel, top left stamp small thin spot, bottom left stamp few short perfs, few minor perf separations

FINE-VERY FINE. A UNIQUE BLOCK OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE WITH A TRUE GREEN CANCELLATION.

Used blocks of the 12c 1857 Issue are very scarce, and singles cancelled in green ink are rare, but the coincidence of a green cancel on a block is nothing less than miraculous. This is one of the great 1857 Issue multiples extant.

Ex Moody. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1068° nh Image24c Gray Lilac (37). Mint N.H., wide margins and exceptional centering for this tightly spaced issue, rich color and proof-like impression

EXTREMELY FINE. THE 1860 24-CENT GRAY LILAC IS EXTREMELY RARE IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION. TO FIND AN EXAMPLE WITH THIS CHOICE CENTERING AND COMPLETELY SOUND IS VASTLY MORE DIFFICULT.

Aside from five Mint N.H. stamps contained in the block of twelve offered in our Sevenoaks sale (Sale 831) and one single contained in another block of twelve offered in our 2010 Rarities sale, we have offered only two others in Mint N.H. condition since keeping computerized records, including one other graded 85 (Sale 1048, lot 257).

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VF-XF 85; unpriced in SMQ in Mint N.H. condition). This is the highest grade awarded in the P.S.E. Population Report and is shared by one other. Unpriced in Scott as Mint N.H. Scott Retail as hinged (Image)

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$ 1,400.00

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1069 ogbl Image24c Gray Lilac (37). Block of four, original gum, h.r., bright color and clear impression

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.

With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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$ 9,500.00

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1070 c Image30c Orange (38). Vibrant color, used with vertical strip of three of 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), tied by large grid cancels, red "New York Am. Pkt. Sep. 8" backstamp on 1860 folded letter to Hong Kong, China, addressed to Capt. George Heely of the American clipper ship Queen of the East, in care of Olyphant & Co., sender's ship-name directive "Vanderbilt" at lower left and carried aboard the Vanderbilt, magenta manuscript "24" credit, red London Paid transit (Sep. 19) and "1d" manuscript British Colonial credit, Nov. 14 receiving backstamp, center stamp of strip has a tiny tear at left, trivial soiling along a few perfs from gum

VERY FINE. A RARE 1857-60 ISSUE FRANKING TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.

Built for direct competition with the British Cunard Line, the passenger mail steamship Vanderbilt was named for steamship and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. Flying the flag of the Vanderbilt European Line, she sailed (in summertime only) until the Civil War. The Vanderbilt was then chartered to the government as a transport, but when the Confederacy unveiled the C.S.S. Virginia, Vanderbilt offered the services of his ship -- which had 50 feet of iron plating forward -- as a ram to destroy the ironclad. Armed with two 200-pounder, twelve 9-inch, and one 12-pounder guns, she arrived at Hampton Roads after the duel between Virginia and Monitor. She then sailed in a yearlong search for the Confederate raider Alabama, during which time she captured several blockade-runners.

Accompanied by note from Calvet M. Hahn, who states that this was carried via Southampton, despite the 45c prepayment for British Mail via Marseilles.

Ex DuPuy. With 1991 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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