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The B.D. Forster Collection of Ballon Montés continued...

December Flights - Davy through Armée de la Loire continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4141       image1870 (Dec. 28) Paris to London. Folded formular letter postmarked "Paris, R. D'Antin, 28 Dec. 70" double circle postmark and franked with 30c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "8" Star cancel, postmarked red "London, Ja. 3 71" arrival postmark, Very Fine, carried by the Bayard.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

A FASCINATING AND HISTORIC LETTER.

Letter written in English datelined "Paris, 100th Day of Siege", with contents which include details of food available, "nearly starved, we have plenty of bread & wine & horse for sometime. Beef & Mutton have gone, though a leg of mutton was seen, …an egg cost 40 sous, a pair of fowl 51frs, Rabbit 35+40, Cats 10frs, Rats 1/50 ea, a Duck 40, All the beast at the Jardin des plantes are eaten such as the Camels, Antelope. I believe we have not begun the Elephants & Lions but if it lasts much longer they will go also."

Due to a severe shortage of food, Parisians were forced to slaughter whatever animals were at hand. Rats, dogs, cats, and horses were the first to be slaughtered and became regular fare on restaurant menus. Once the supply of those animals ran low, the citizens of Paris turned on the zoo animals residing at Jardin des Plantes. Even Castor and Pollux, the only pair of elephants in Paris, were slaughtered for their meat.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
4142       image1870 (Dec. 28) Paris to Le Tréport. Folded Gazette des Absents No20 postmarked "Paris, St. Lazare, 28 Dec. 70" double circle, franked with 20c Cérès tied by numeral "2" star cancel, backstamped "Dieppe, 3 Janv. 71" arrival postmark, Extremely Fine and choice, a lovely cover carried by the Bayard in perfect condition.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
4143       image1870 (Dec. 30) Paris to Mexico. Folded Gazette des Absents #20, postmarked "Paris, R. St. Lazare, 30 Dec. 70" double circle postmark and franked with pair of 40c Cérès tied by numeral "2" star cancel, handstamped red boxed "P.P." and "London, 5 JA 71" transit cds, pair tied by Mexican numeral "2" due marking, backstamped "Correos Mexico" oval arrival postmark, pair defective & small portion of reverse missing due to aging, F.-V.F., carried by the Armée de la Loire.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE USAGE TO MEXICO, OF WHICH VERY FEW ARE KNOWN. (Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $15,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
January Flights - Newton through Vaucanson
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4144       image1870 (Dec. 30) Paris to Prisoner of War in Prussia. Folded letter to Prisoner of War in "Camp de Coblentz", postmarked "Paris, R. D'Amsterdam, 7E, 30 Dec. 70" double circle postmark and franked with 40c Empire Lauré + 10c Cérês tied by numeral "18" star cancels, Very Fine and attractive, This is from the 7E collection, the last of the day, as such the mail was processed the following day and carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
4145       image1870 (Dec. 30) Paris to Prangins, Switzerland. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, R. St.-Lazare, 30 Dec. 70, 7E" double circle postmark, franked with 30c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "2" star cancel, backstamped "Nyon, 15 Jan. 71" arrival postmark, Very Fine, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
4146       image1870 (Dec. 31) Paris to Troarn. Folded Gazette des Absents No21 postmarked "Paris, R. Bonaparte, 31 Dec. 70" double circle, franked with 20c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "15" star cancel, backstamped "Paris à Caen, 10 Janv. 71" railway transit & "Troarn, 11 Janv. 71" arrival postmarks, Extremely Fine, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
4147       image1871 (Jan. 1) Paris to Trouville-sur-Mer. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, R. Montaigne, 1 Janv. 71" double circle postmark, franked with 20c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "9" star cancel, backstamped "Caen a Paris, 10 Janv. 71" railway transit & "Touville-s-Mer, 10 Janv. 7"(1) arrival postmark (missing "1" in year date), Very Fine, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
4148       image1871 (Jan. 2) Paris to Prisoner of War in Germany. Folded letter to Prisoner of War in Weisbaden, addressed to "Monsieur Le Général de Division L'Heriller", postmarked "Paris, Bt Malesherbes, 2 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with 30c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "37" star cancel, small red boxed "P.D." handstamp applied to cover and crossed out as the cover was underpaid, two strikes of red "Affr. Insuff. / P37" handstamp applied, blue crayon Prussian tax "2" manuscript marking, Very Fine, a fine & unusual usage, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
4149       image1871 (Jan. 2) Paris to Brighton, England. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, Bt Malesherbes, 2 Janv. 71" double circle postmark, franked with 10c Empire Lauré + 20c Cérès tied by numeral "37" star cancel, folded letter shows unusual red numeral "37" in circle handstamp, backstamped "Brighton, JA 11 71" arrival postmark, adhesives with trivial defect, Very Fine, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
4150       image1871 (Jan. 3) Paris to Warsaw, Poland. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, R. St. Lazare, 3 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with vertical pair 80c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "2" star cancels, blue manuscript Prussian crayon "fr 2" transit, no arrival postmark, Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A SUPERB COVER PAYING THE DOUBLE RATE TO THIS RARE DESTINATION CARRIED BY THE NEWTON. (Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
4151       image1871 (Jan. 3) Paris to Alger, Algeria. Folded Dépêche-Ballon No 19 postmarked "Paris, R. de Bondy, 3 Janv. 71" double circle postmark, franked with 20c Cérès tied by numeral "5" star cancel, backstamped "Alger, 16 Janv. 71" postmark, small cover tear at top, Very Fine and a scarce destination, carried by the Newton.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
4152       image1871 (Jan. 4) Paris to St. Petersburg, Russia. Folded Gazette des Absents No 21 postmarked "Paris, Ministëre des Finances, 4 Janv. 70" double circle postmark and franked with 80c Empire Lauré tied by superb strike of numeral "35" star cancels, blue manuscript Prussian crayon "fr 2", no arrival marking, trivial flap restoration, Extremely Fine and attractive, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
4153       image1871 (Jan. 4) Paris to Toulouse. Envelope with Le Ballon-Poste No 17 enclosure on rose paper, postmarked "Paris, Sénat, 4 Janv. 71", franked with 20c Cérès tied by numeral "6" star cancel, backstamped "Toulouse, 20 Janv. 71" arrival postmarks, small cover edge flaws, F.-V.F., carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
4154       image1871 (Jan. 4) Paris to Cambes. Folded Dépêche Ballon #20 postmarked "Paris, Ministère des Finances, 4 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with 20c Cérès tied by numeral "35" star cancel, backstamped "Cambes, 18 Janv. 71" arrival postmark, Very Fine, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
4155       image1871 (Jan. 6) Paris to Toulouse. Envelope with Le Ballon-Poste No 18 enclosure on rose paper, postmarked "Paris, R. Bonaparte, 6 Janv. 71", franked with 20c Cérès, tied by numeral "15" star cancel, backstamped "Toulouse, 20 Janv. 71" arrival postmarks, small cover edge flaws, F.-V.F., carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
4156       image1871 (Jan. 6) Paris to Belgium. Folded letter to Bruges and forwarded to Bruxelles, postmarked "Paris, R. D'Antin, 6 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with pair 10c Cérès (creased), tied by numeral "8" star cancel, small blue boxed "P.D." handstamp applied to cover with blurry"Affr. Insuff. / P8" handstamp, backstamped two strikes "Bruges, 12 Janv. 71" arrival, Very Fine, a scarce forwarded cover with the "P.D." handstamp in blue and cancelling stamps, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
4157       image1871 (Jan. 6) Paris to La Rochette. Folded letter postmarked "Paris, Grenelle, 6 Janv. 71" double circle postmark, franked with 20c Cérès tied by numeral "1715" losange cancel, backstamped "La Rochette, 21 Janv. 71" arrival postmark, Very Fine and a scarce Inter-Suburban Post Office, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
4158       image1871 (Jan. 7) Paris to London. Folded Correspondance Havas (French Edition) postmarked "Paris (60), 7 Janv. 71" double circle, franked with two 20c Cérès tied by mute star cancels overpaying the 30c rate to England, backstamped "London, JA 11 71" arrival postmark, light creasing affecting adhesives & some toned spots on letter, Fine and scarce, a nice usage of the "Correspondance Havas" to a foreign destination, carried by the Duquesne.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
4159       image1871 (Jan. 10) Paris to Mayet. Folded Dépêche-Ballon No. 22 postmarked "Paris, R. du Cherche-Midi, 10 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with 20c Cérês tied by numeral "10" star cancel, no arrival backstamp, Very Fine, carried by the Kepler.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
4160       image1871 (Jan. 10) Paris to Montreux, Switzerland. Folded Gazette des Absents No. 25 postmarked "Paris, R. D'Antin, 10 Janv. 71" double circle postmark and franked with 30c Empire Lauré tied by numeral "8" star cancel, no arrival backstamp, Very Fine, carried by the Kepler.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction

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