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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)
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
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.
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
Ex Moody. (Image)
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)
FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE.
With 2006 P.S.E. certificate (Image)
VERY FINE. A RARE 1857-60 ISSUE FRANKING TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG BY BRITISH MAIL VIA
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
Ex DuPuy. With 1991 P.S.E. certificate (Image)