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The Marigny Collection of Ballon Montés continued...

Ballon Montés continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4201       image1870 (Oct. 20) Paris to Vannes. Folded cover datelined "Puteaux 17 8bre 1870" by Colonel Armand de Camas of the Morbihan garde mobile; postmarked "Paris (60) 3, 20 Oct. 70" (rare "cachet de route") franked with 1863 20c Empire Lauré tied by muted star cancel, backstamped circular "Garde Nationale Mobile/31e Rgt/*Morbihan*" handstamp on the reverse; part of the northern Amiens mail per the November 3 arrival at Vannes, minor edge stains due to tape reinforcement, F.-V.F., carried by the Garibaldi.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4202       image1870 (Nov. 4) Paris to Sailor on board the Savoie at Cherbourg (Pli Confié). Small folded cover datelined "Paris 1er Novembre 70" and confided to the naval pilot Le Gloarnec; addressed to a Sailor on board the French Warship Savoie franked with 1863 20c Empire Lauré and tied by "Caen-Paris D, 4 Nov. 70" ambulant double circle postmark while in transit from Tours; backstamped "Cherbourg, 5 Nov. 70" arrival postmark, Extremely Fine and rare, with 2015 Roumet certificate.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

CARRIED ON THE FULTON AND THE ONLY KNOWN COVER WITH THIS CANCELLATION. (Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4203       image1870 (Nov. 13) Paris to Vannes. Small folded cover postmarked "Paris, Ministère des Finances, 13 Nov. 70" double circle & franked with 1870 20c Siege tied by numeral "35" star cancel, reverse with excellent strike of blue circular "3eme Armée 2eme Division 1ere Brigade Le Colonel Commdt" on reverse with Vannes, 28 Nov. 70 double circle arrival postmark, Very Fine and rare, carried by the Général Uhrich.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Letter written by Colonel de Camas, who had been recently promoted to the command of a brigade in the 3eme Armée.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
4204       image1870 (Nov. 15) Paris to Orgon. Rare Orlandi "République Française" printed postcard written by 14th Corps artilleryman to Orgon, postmarked "Neuilly-sur-Seine, 15 Nov. 70" double circle which ties 1863 10c Empire Lauré, illegible Orgon arrival postmark (probably November 27), Very Fine and scarce, delayed from the Général Uhrich and carried by the Archimède.
Estimate; $600 - 800. (Image1)
Est. $600-800
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
4205       image1870 (Nov. 16) Paris to Castres. Folded cover with blue "Armée de Paris/Garde Nle Mobile Departle/7e Régiment/Colonel Louis de Juge" military commander's handstamp, franked with 1863 20c Empire Lauré (creased due to placement at edge of cover) tied by red "Paris (SC), 16 Nov. 70" double circle postmark, "Luzarches, 20 Nov. 70" double circle & "Calais-Paris 2o A, 22 Nov. 70" transit postmarks, F.-V.F., carried by the Général Uhrich, with 1992 Robineau certificate.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
4206       image1870 (Nov. 23) Paris to Nantes. Folded letter datelined "Mont Valérien le 21 9bre 70"; double circle postmark "Armée Française Quartr Gal, 23 Nov. 70" fieldpost bureau for the 14th Corps headquarters; prepaid by an 1863 20c Empire Lauré cancelled by the datestamp; double circle "Nantes, 22 Dec. 70" arrival postmark, Very Fine and rare, carried by the Jacquard and part of the Bryher recovery.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
4207       image1870 (Dec. 7) Paris to St. Martin de Connée. Folded letter postmarked "Paris (60), 7 Dec. 70" double circle and endorsed "(Garde mobile)" at upper left; handstamped black "P.P." for a rare late military free frank, excellent strike of blue "3eme Bataillon Garde Natle Mobile/Le Commandant/(D'Ille & Vilaine)" unit marking on the reverse and "St. Martin de Connée, 18 Dec. 70" arrival postmark, cover with vertical file fold, F.-V.F., carried by the Général Renault.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
4208       image1871 (Jan. 5) Paris to St. Brieuc. Cover with original enclosure with red "Paris (SC), 5 Jan. 70" ties an an 1870 10c Siege pair (left stamp with corner defect) reverse with two strikes of red "Garde Nationale de la Seine/République Française * Conseils de Guerre *" unit marking & "St Brieuc, 22 Jan. 70" arrival postmark, Very Fine, carried by the Duquesne and part of the mail taken to Bordeaux.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
4209       image1871 (Jan. 6) Paris to Douai. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, Ministère des Finances, 6 Jan. 70" double circle franked with 1870 20c Siege tied by numeral "35" star, cover with two strikes of red "Garde Nationale de la Seine, Intendance Militaire" unit marking (one on front & one on reverse), Very Fine, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4210       image1871 (Jan. 7) Paris to Belgium. Folded Gazette des Absents No. 24 to Bruxelles, postmarked by "Paris, La Maison-Blanche, 7 Jan. 71" double circle, franked with 1863 30c Empire Lauré tied by large numeral "2170" losange, reverse show nice strike of blue "9E Secteur de la Defense de Paris/Le Commandant de Place" handstamp with Belgian "France par Tournay, 11 Janv." transit & "Brussels, 11 Janv. 71" arrival postmark, Very Fine and rare, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4211       image1871 (Jan. 12) Paris to Prisoner of War in Prussia. Folded letter addressed to 2nd Corps cavalry officer captured at Metz and imprisoned at Coblentz, postmarked "Paris, R. Montaigne, 12 Janv. 71" double circle, franked with 1870 20c Siege pair pre-paying the 40c rate to Prussia, tied by numeral "9" star cancels, no arrival markings as usual for mail carried to Germany, Very Fine, carried by the Général Faidherbe.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
4212       image1871 (Jan. 17) Paris to Rennes. Folded Gazette des Absents No. 28 posted unpaid with "Paris, R. St.-Domque-St-Gn, 56, 17 Janv. 71" 30c postage due double circle postmark (7th levée - processed on January 18), blue "Inspection des Forces Artillerie" unit marking at top right & endorsed "Armée de Paris" at upper right, backstamped "Rennes, 28 Janv. 71" arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine, carried by the Poste de Paris.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

A SPLENDID BALLOON COVER SHOWING THE VERY RARE 30C POSTAGE DUE DOUBLE CIRCLE POSTMARK OF PARIS. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
Papillons de Metz
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4213       image1870 Pharmacists' Papillon to Domérat. Onionskin paper 10 x 5 corner margin (paper and dimensions typical of the papillons de Metz) datelined "sous Metz 10 7bre 1870" by a cavalry officer with manuscript endorsement "Armée du Rhin, Poste Aerostatique", no arrival Domérat postmarks, Contents in French include, "My Dear, I take advantage of a small balloon which should leave today…", Very Fine.
Estimate; $4,000 - 6,000.

The Pharmacists' Balloon Mail Service, September 5-15, 1870 In a ten-day period, the Pharmacists' service sent out 14 small unmanned balloons with an estimated 1,500 papillons carried. Only 24 papillons sent by this balloon service are known to collectors today. This service was superseded by the Engineers' balloon service on September 16.

Sent aboard the 8th Pharmacists' balloon which left besieged Metz on September 11 with only 90 papillons and landed near Elmstein, Germany. It was found on November 28 and had a packing slip that read, "Armée du Rhin Poste aérostatique de pharmaciens de la garde imp. Ballon No. 8 Metz 11 7bre 1870, 120 gram 90 de lettres." Since its mail was captured and never delivered, surviving examples show no postmarks.
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Est. $4,000-6,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4214       image1870 Engineers' Papillon to Blaisy. Datelined "Metz le 15 7bre 1870" with "Neufchâteau, 17 Sept. 70" transit postmark; text includes, "Je vous envoie de mes nouvelles sur ce petit morceau de papier" (I send my news on this small scrape of paper), Very Fine.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

The Engineers' Balloon Mail Service, September 16 - October 3, 1870

On August 27, Captain Schultz of the artillery and George Robinson, correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, met with Général Coffinières, military commander of Metz, to propose an unmanned balloon service managed by the military garrison of Metz. Coffinières immediately approved the idea and introduced them to Colonel Goulier, commander of the "École d'Application et du Génie," who supervised the construction of the unmanned balloons that would carry messages out of besieged Metz. Because they were constructed at the school of engineering, they are known as Engineers' balloons. A September 14 Order of the Day announced the Engineers' balloon service: "Balloons carrying messages will leave Metz, starting in the morning of 15 September. To permit the dispatching of the greatest number of letters, they must be written on thin paper, 10 x 5 centimeters; they will be sent open and without envelope to the Headquarters of the Commanding General of Metz, to be sent as and when balloons are built." Eleven Engineers' balloons were sent out between September 16 and October 3, with an estimated total of 165,000 papillons carried. A detailed census of surviving Engineers' papillons includes just over 200 survivors, with 40% of those bearing arrival postmarks. Some papillons were sent to their destinations inside of another envelope provided by the post office. These "enveloppes de ré-expédition" are greatly prized by collectors, and only 26 are known today. Finally, only 20 papillons are known addressed to foreign destinations.

The 1st Engineers' balloon left besieged Metz on September 16th with about 5,000 papillons. It was recovered near Neufchâteau later that same day.

In its nacelle was found a package, carefully wrapped and covered with a white rubberized cloth. It was opened, and on a piece of parchment, a statement dated this morning, 16 September, signed by General Coffinières, Commandant of the City of Metz, and sealed with his seal, by means of which this Superior Officer asked the person, in whose hands the package in question would fall, to take it to the nearest French post office. The mayor of Pargny informed of this discovery, hastened to comply with the request of the General, and took the package to the office at Neufchâteau. The Neufchâteau post office postmarked the papillons on September 17.
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Est. $3,000-4,000
CLOSED
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4215       image1870 Engineers' Papillon to Poulaines. Datelined "Montigny-les-Metz le 22 7bre" (pre-dated by one day) and addressed to Poulaines par Valencay, damaged by water during transit, so placed in envelope de ré-expédition with a manuscript "28 7bre 1870", pencil notation inside of envelope explains "cette dépêche a ete trouvée telle dans celle pour le train 10"; forwarded from Valencay to Poulaines, Very Fine, carried aboard the 4th Engineers' balloon which left Metz on September 21.
Estimate; $10,000 - 15,000.

ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE PAPILLONS DE METZ PLACED IN ENVELOPE DE RÉ-EXPÉDITION.

Sent aboard the 4th -Engineers' balloon left besieged Metz on September 21st and was recovered safely in occupied France near Fresnes-en-Voëvre with 25,000 papillons.

Some papillons were sent to their destinations inside of another envelope provided by the post office. These "enveloppes de ré-expédition" are greatly prized by collectors, and only 26 are known today.
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Est. $10,000-15,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4216       image1870 Engineers' Papillon to Poland. Onionskin paper datelined "Metz le 23 Septembre" address to Radom, Poland via Warsaw, probably carried inside of an envelope de ré-expédition, Very Fine, carried aboard the 6th Engineers' balloon which left besieged Metz on September 24 and was recovered safely.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

PAPILLONS ADDRESSED TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE VERY RARE - ONLY THREE ARE KNOWN TO POLAND. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $3,000-4,000
CLOSED
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4217       image1870 Engineers' Papillon to Amiens. Datelined "le 26 7bre 70", probably carried inside of an envelope de ré-expédition; no arrival postmark in Amiens., Very Fine, carried aboard the 8th Engineers' balloon which departed on September 27.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Carried aboard the 8th Engineers' balloon which departed besieged Metz on September 27 and was recovered safely in occupied France with about 15,000 papillons. The papillons were carried across the lines to Mézières on September 28, and then to Lille.

The October 4 Moniteur Universel (Tours) contains a report on this balloon from the Prefect at Mézières (in the north of France) which read as follows:

"A balloon that left Metz on September 27 and carried a suspended package descended the 28th in the area of Bayonville (Ardennes). The package, opened at the office at Buzancy, contained about 15,000 letters of the garrison of Metz and the army of General Bazaine. The postmaster is organizing a service to have these letters sent to the addressees."
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Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

The Hugh V. Feldman Collections of United States Railroads

Introduction - Illustrated & Ephemera
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4218       image(Railroad Illustrated) Daily Times Steam Printing Office, Cincinnati. Allover caricature design showing Steam Locomotive Printing Press with "Office of the Daily and Dollar Weekly Times" imprint below, on buff cover to Merrimack, N.H. with red "Cincinnati, O. '1 Paid' Jan 26" integral-rate cds, unnoticeable mended tear at right & overall toning on reverse, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE ILLUSTRATED RAILROAD ADVERTISING DESIGN. (Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
4219   imageFirst Illustration of Trains Published in the United States. April 30th 1825 edition of American Mechanics Magazine showing illustration of steam powered train and coach car on front page, article titled "Proposition for a General Iron Rail-Way, with Steam-Engines, to Supersede the Necessity of Horses in all Public Vehicles", accompanied by July 2nd 1825 edition showing carriage improvements titled "Description of some improvements in the construction of Railways, and in the mode of propelling carriages upon them."; some aging, Very Fine pair.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
4220       image(Hudson & Mohawk Railroad) The First Experiment with Locomotive. Original letter datelined "New-York August 3d 1831" from John Wants to John B. Jervis reading "A paragraph is going the rounds of the newpapers, in which it is stated that "an experiment has ben with a loco-motive engine on your rail road; but owing to the imperfect ignition of the Lackawanna coal, but six miles an hour could be got out of it; inconsequence of which the Company have sent for a supply of coke." Will you do me the favour to inform me what the difficulty is, or give me the particulars as far as you can? Perhaps my information may not be correct; but I am informed that they had no difficulty on the Baltimore rail road, after substituting large coal as suggested in my former letter.", address leaf with red "New-York, Aug 3" cds and matching "Paid" arc handstamp with magenta "12½" rating to Albany N.Y., Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885) was an American civil engineer who was America's leading consulting engineer of the antebellum era (1820-60). He designed and supervised the construction of five of America's earliest railroads, was chief engineer of three major canal projects and designed the first locomotive to run in America. At this time, he was the Chief Engineer of the Hudson & Mohawk Railroad.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction

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