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From Resilient Ventures - Droege - StampAuctionNetwork - April 3, 2020

Lot 3 - A rare single-franking use of the 90¢ 1861 Issue to pay the double rate to China on a colorful cover to Shanghai sent via Southampton, England

90¢ Blue (72), beautifully centered, deep shade, tied by two strikes of Philadelphia 12-bar grid in circle cancel on buff cover addressed to John M. Nixon, Jr., care of Blain, Tate & Co. in Shanghai, China, red Philadelphia Paid” foreign-mail office circular datestamp very faintly struck (as often for this office in this period), magenta 48/2” double 24¢ credit to Great Britain at top center--carried on the Inman Line’s Glasgow from New York on May 9, 1863, arriving in Queenstown on May 22 and Liverpool the next day--red London Paid BB MY 23 63” transit datestamp, red 1d” handstamp crossed out in red crayon and re-rated with manuscript 2” for double 1p British Colonial rate--carried on Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. steamers from Southampton to Alexandria (Egypt), then overland to Suez, and from there to Hong Kong via Galle (Ceylon), Hong-Kong C JY 19 63” receiving datestamp on back, the last leg from Hong Kong to Shanghai was made on another P&O steamer

* Edward S. Knapp, Parke-Bernet Galleries, May 5-10, 1941, lot 2873 * Louis Grunin (sold privately) * Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, 10/30/1979, Sale 38, lot 192 * Siegel Auction Galleries, 1991 Rarities of the World, 4/20/1991, Sale 737, lot 397 * Siegel Auction Galleries, United States Stamp Treasures: The William H. Gross Collection, 10/03/2018, Sale 1188, lot 63

* William K. Herzog and Charles J. Starnes, Cover Usages of the 90¢ 1861 and 1868 Issues,” Chronicle 140, November 1988, no. 13 in the census

* The Philatelic Foundation (1980 and 2019)

* Extremely Fine appearance; stamp has a small sealed tear at top and the cover is lightly cleaned (neither noted on certificate, but the tear is described in the 1941 Knapp sale catalogue) * Signed in pencil by Stanley B. Ashbrook, October 21, 1951.

VIEW PDF OF HISTORY AND COMMENTARY at https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/63.pdf

Estimate $ 15,000-20,000....Suggested Bid Est. $20,000
Fair Marke Sold for US$ 16,000

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