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United States Postal History continued...

Transatlantic Mails - Foreign Mails 1763 to 1847 continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
281       image1805 (Apr. 21) Alicante, Spain to Kennebunk, District of Maine via Marblehead Mass. Manuscript "MHead 26 June" postmark with red manuscript "Sh 19" rating on folded letter, letter regarding a passage of 30 days without incident, and shipments of salt, Very Fine and early ship letter via Marblehead.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
282       image(Withdrawn Ship Letter) 1815 (Jun. 5) Liverpool, England to Providence R.I. Docketed folded cover with mostly clear strike of red "Post Paid Withdrawn Ship Letter Liverpool, 5 JU 1815" double-circle Crown datestamp on reverse, red "New-York 6 Aug" cds and matching "Ship" handstamp with manuscript "27½" rate for 25½¢ war surcharge rate of 150-300 miles plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine, ex-Frajola.
Estimate; $600 - 800.

A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE LIVERPOOL POST PAID WITHDRAWN SHIP LETTER DATESTAMP.

The Act of October 10th 1814, made it illegal to place an outbound letter on any ship privately, unless the letter had first been presented to the British Post Office and a fee paid equal to one-third of the combined inland and sea packet postage. Upon payment, the letter received the "Withdrawn Ship Letter" handstamp and the sender was allowed to send the letter by any ship of his choice. In that the Post Office was providing no service at all for this little used and unpopular act, it as terminated on July 11th 1815 after only 11 months.
(Image1)
Est. $600-800
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
283       image1820 (Mar. 9) Halifax, England to Boston Mass. Datelined folded letter endorsed "p Atlantic", red "Ship Atlantic * Sailed March. 17. * W. Matlock" cogged oval name-of-boat handstamp, red "New-York Apr 29" cds and matching "Ship" handstamp with "20½" rating for 18½¢ postage plus 2¢ ship fee; file folds, Very Fine and rare, ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
284       image1825 (May 28) Glasgow, Scotland to Providence R.I. Printed circular carried by private ship to New York, entered mails with red "New-York, Jul 25" cds and matching "2ND DELIVERY" straightline, "Ship" rating handstamp and "39¾" rating for 150-400 miles plus 2¢ ship fee to Providence R.I., docketed as received "July 27" at top left, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
285       image(Express Mail) 1837 (Apr. 22) Birmingham, England to New Orleans La. via New York. Datelined folded letter carried privately to New York, endorsed "Single pr Express Mail" at top, red "New-York, Jun 3" cds and manuscript "75" express rating to New Orleans; light toning, Fine, a rare transatlantic westbound use sent via express mail.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
286       image(Express Mail) 1838 (Nov. 16) Jackson Miss. to London, England via New Orleans and New York. Datelined folded letter entered mails with partial red "New Orleans L." cds and matching "Paid" straightline with red manuscript "150" rating, addressed in care of Messrs. F.W. Schmidt & Co., New York, red endorsement "Pr. Express Mail" and "Double" at top, and "Paid" at bottom left, upon arrival "Forwarded Through Gilpin's Exchange and Reading Room and Foreign Letter Office, N-York." oval handstamp struck on flap, transatlantic to London, entered mails with red London (1.3.1839) backstamp and manuscript "3/2" 3s2d due rating, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
287       image1838 (Dec. 15) New Orleans La. to London, England via New York. Datelined folded letter addressed in care of Messr. Goodhue & Co. of New York to Baring Brothers at London, partial red "New Orleans" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with "75" cent express mail rating, endorsed "Express Mail", red "Forwarded By, Goodhue & Co., New York" oval handstamp on flap, sent by private ship, entered mails with "Liverpool, Ship Letter" two-line handstamp and manuscript "1/7" rating, red London (1.26.1839) arrival backstamp, Very Fine and choice with Goodhue forwarders oval.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

A RARE TRANSATLANTIC EXPRESS MAIL USE VIA NEW YORK TO LONDON.

Letter sent by U.S. Express Mail from New Orleans at the single 75¢ express mail rate (three-times the normal letter of rate 25¢) to forwarding agent Goodhue & Co. in New York.
(Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
288       image1839 (Feb. 20) Guelph, Upper Canada to Beeston, England. Folded letter with manuscript "Guelph UC, 20 Feby, 1839" postmark, red manuscript "Paid 25 Cents, Packet 12½, B. 7" prepaid rating for 25¢ postage to N.Y., 12½¢ freight money fee for sailing ship and 7d Canadian postage, red "New-York Mar 1" exchange cds, carried by sailing ship from New York to Liverpool, "Liverpool/Ship Letter" backstamp and manuscript "1/6" due 1s6d rating for 8d ship fee plus 10d inland postage; edge wear, F.-V.F., The earliest of only four recorded freight money covers from Guelph, U.C., ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
289       image1839 (May 13) Charleston S.C. to Greenock, Scotland. Datelined folded letter with red "Charleston S.C., May 13" cds and matching paid at center, two manuscript "25" cent ratings over red crayon "1d" ratings, one at left for 25¢ steamship freight money fee and one at right for 25¢ inland postage for over 400 miles to New York, red New York (5.17) cds, carried as endorsed by Pioneer Steamship Liverpool from New York May 18th to Liverpool arriving Jun. 2nd, flap with "Liverpool / Ship Letter" two-line handstamp and ms. "1/8" due 1s8d rating for 8d ship letter fee plus 1s inland for 230-300 miles, Scottish "½d" toll road tax handstamp; vertical filing wrinkle, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED FREIGHT MONEY LETTER FROM CHARLESTON.

Letter prepaid 25¢ inland fee to New York (upper right) plus 25¢ freight money fee for a steamship (upper left). This was the third return voyage of the Transatlantic Steamship Co. "Liverpool".
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
290       image1842 (Jan. 27) Kirkwall, Orkney Islands to Rochester N.Y. Datelined folded letter with red "Paid at Kirkwall" framed handstamp and matching "Kirkwall, 27 JN, 1842" framed backstamp, red manuscript "1/-" one shilling rating for transatlantic packet fee, Edinburgh red "Paid, Feb 1, 1842" transit cds, carried by Cunard Line Caledonia from Liverpool Feb. 4th, damaged by hurricane it put into Cork for repairs and returned to Liverpool Feb. 17th, the carried by Cunard Line Acadia to Halifax arriving Mar. 7th where American mails were transferred to the Cunard Line Unicorn to Boston, Very Fine and scarce voyage carried by three different Cunard vessels, ex-Bryan Wood.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
291       image1842 (Feb. 26, Mar. 3) Letters disrupted due to the Cunard "Caledonia" and "Columbia" Voyages. Two folded letters (Feb. 26) Newport R.I. to Lincolnshire, England with red "Newport R.I. Feb 26" cds and "Paid" handstamp with ms. "10" rating to Boston, carried by Cunard Line Unicorn from Boston Mar. 1st to Halifax arriving Mar. 7th, then by Cunard Line Acadia from Halifax to Liverpool arriving Mar. 25th, Liverpool "America / L" oval and "1/-" shilling due handstamps, Wisbeach (3.27) arrival backstamp (Mar. 3) London to Philadelphia, light red London (3.3) Maltese cross and red ms. "1/-" shilling packet rating, carried by Cunard Line Columbia from Liverpool Mar. 4th and broke a shaft in transit about 450 miles out from Halifax, and had to proceed under canvas the remainder of the voyage, limping into Halifax Mar. 25th, then carried by Unicorn from Halifax Mar. 27th to Boston, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Mar 28" cds with ms. "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, F.-V.F. and scarce pair of interrupted Cunard steamship mail.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Since "Caledonia" was unavailable for the scheduled March 1st 1842 sailing from Boston, "Unicorn" was dispatched from Halifax at 5 PM on Feb. 25th to proceed to Boston where she arrived at noon of the 27th. Unicorn took out the mails and passengers on the scheduled Mar. 1st sailing, departing Boston about 3 PM. She arrived in Halifax and exchange mails with the Cunard Line Acadia, taking her U.S. mails to Boston.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
292       image1842-46, Cunard Line Contract, T.W. Ward Name of Boat Stamps. Group of 4 covers, each with red "Forwd. By T.W. Ward, Boston" oval and matching ship directional handstamp comprising "Pr. ACADIA" 1842 Boston to London, "Pr. BRITANNIA" 1842 New Orleans to Paris via New York; "PR CALEDONIA" 1844 New Orleans to London; and "PR CAMBRIA" 1846 New Orleans to London; each with file fold, F.-V.F. and scarce group.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

The forwarding agents T.W. Ward of Boston used a set of stamps for five Cunard vessels operating the mail packet contract in 1840s to identify the vessel they wanted the letter to be sent on.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
293       image1843 (Jan. 12) Manila, Philippines to Boston, Mass. Datelined folded letter addressed in care of Baring Bros. at London and "Via Bombay", flap with oval "Forwarded by W. & T. Edmonton Co., Bombay" forwarder's handstamp, red London (5.7) backstamp, red "INDIA" oval handstamp and manuscript "3/6" 3s6d due rating, remailed with red London "Paid" (5.17) Maltese cross and red manuscript "1/-" shilling rating for transatlantic packet, Liverpool (5.18) oval, carried by Cunard Line Acadia from Liverpool May 19th to Boston arriving Jun. 1st, Boston red "Ship 6" clamshell due handstamp, Very Fine and early use from Manila.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
294       image"Hibernia" Maiden Return Voyage, 1843 (Apr. 8) Vera Cruz, Mexico to London, England via Boston. Datelined folded letter with red "BOSTON" straightline handstamp and manuscript "1/-" shilling transatlantic packet rating, carried on Cunard Line Hibernia from Boston May 16th to Liverpool arriving May 28th, docketed as received May 29th, Very Fine, with 1970 Robson Lowe authenticity letter.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This "Boston" straightline was given by the G.P.O. London to their representative in Boston (who may have been the British Consul) for use on letters handled by the British packets operating between Boston and Liverpool.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
295       image1843 (Aug. 17) Gibraltar to Boston, Mass. Greenish folded letter datelined "Gibraltar, 17th August 1843" posted with "Gibraltar / Paid" framed handstamp and red manuscript "2/11" 2s11d prepaid single packet rate, endorsed "pr Steamer via England", probably carried by P&O Pacha arriving at Falmouth Aug. 26th, Liverpool (8.27) transit backstamp, carried by Cunard Line Caledonia from Liverpool Sep. 5th to Boston arriving Sep. 20th, Boston red "Ship 6" fancy due handstamp, Very Fine and rare Gibraltar rate.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

According to the Treasury Warrant of Feb. 1st 1841 that fixed "the Rates of Postage on Letters transited by the Post to and from Foreign Countries through the United Kingdom". The eighth schedule reads as follows: Rates of postage to be charged on letters arriving at any port in the United Kingdom, and forwarded thence, without passing through London, between Gibraltar and the countries and places hereinafter mention: that is to say,
United States of America……………………………………2s 11d
Brazil……………………………………………………………4s 6d
Buenos Ayres, Chili, and Peru………………………………4s 6d
Mexico, Columbia, and Cuba………………………………4s.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
296       image1844 (May 5) Cavalla, Turkey to New York N.Y. via Boston. Datelined folded missionary letter carried by privately to the U.S., flap with manuscript "Recd & forwarded Oct 5th 1844, We are advised of a Col. vessel to sail from Baltimore at the 1st Nov. - S.D.D." forwarder's notation, entered mails with partial red Boston Mass. cds and and matching "Ship" handstamp with magenta "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, returned to Boston with "American Letter Mail Company, Office, 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp and matching Collect box and small "PAID" handstamps, Very Fine and remarkable use, sent from missionaries in Turkey to the U.S., entered government mails at Boston as a ship letter, then sent back to Boston by Independent Mail, ex-Puliafito.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
297       image1844 (Oct. 18) Manchester, England to New York N.Y. via Boston. Datelined folded letter endorsed "p. Steamer 'Hibernia' " at top, carried privately by Cunard Line Hibernia from Liverpool Oct. 19th to Boston arriving Nov. 2nd, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" red oval handstamp and matching Collect box handstamp with 6c rate changed in pencil to "18" cents for triple rate to New York City, letter mentions enclosures (thus triple rate), Very Fine, a scarce transatlantic letter carried outside the mails to Boston and given to Hale & Co. for transport to New York City, ex-Schwartz, Puliafito.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
298       image1845 (Feb. 28) Charleston Mass. to "U.S.S. Plymouth", Port Mahon, Balearic Islands via Marseilles, France. Blue folded letter with red "Forwarded from Harndens Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, Boston" oval handstamp and matching "Pd. H" in circle handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Hibernia from Boston Mar. 1st to Liverpool arriving Mar. 17th, black "Forwarded by Harnden & Co., Liverpool" illustrated oval handstamp, entered mails with red "Liverpool Paid" (3.17) transit cds, red London (3.18) tombstone datestamp and matching "PF" oval crossed out and updated with "PF" oval, red Boulogne (3.20) entry cds and Marseilles arrival backstamp, forwarded privately by Mess. Fitch Bros. & Co. to Port Mahon, Very Fine, ex-Meroni, Rawlins.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

A RARE TRANSATLANTIC USE FROM THE UNITED STATES TO THE BALEARIC ISLANDS VIA HARNDEN'S EXPRESS. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
299       image1845 (Aug. 18) Varipetades, Turkey to Providence R.I. via Boston. Datelined missionary letter carried privately by French Ligne du Levant Paquebot Scamandre and Brig Sarah Abagail via Smyrna and Malta to Boston, flap with bold "Forwarded from the Baptist Miss. Rooms, Boston" oval forwarder handstamp, entered mails with red "Boston Mass., Oct 20" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red manuscript. "5" rating to Providence, Very Fine, ex-Arthur White (with his pages).
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
300       image1846 (Apr. 2) Leige, Belgium to New Orleans, La. Folded cover with red Liege (4.2) cds and manuscript "24" prepaid rating on back, red "PD" framed handstamps and manuscript "1/8" 1s8d credit to G.B., red London Paid (4.4) and black Liverpool (4.4) transits, carried by Cunard Line Caledonia from Liverpool Apr. 4th to Boston arriving Apr. 20th, New Orleans large blue "12" due handstamp, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The 24 decimes prepayment included 4 decimes Belgium internal, 8 decimes British and 12 decimes transatlantic fees, of which 20 decimes or 1s8d was owed to G.B. Letter not rated at arrival port of Boston, but in New Orleans where large blue "12" was applied for the postage due (2¢ ship plus 10¢ U.S. inland fees).
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction

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