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United States Postal History including The Angel Collection continued...

India and Afghanistan
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1413 c Image10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33 three). Used with 5c Brown (29), top perfs trimmed prior to use, bold "Troy N.Y. Paid Jul. 6, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Saugor, Hindustan, India, red "New-York Br. Pkt. Jul. 7" backstamp, red London Paid transit datestamp (Jul. 17), manuscript "Treaty Postage 45cts paid to India" written at top prior to stamps being affixed and also sender's directive "Overland via Southampton" at bottom left, red Bombay boxed backstamp (Aug. 25), right 10c with few pulled perfs, minor wear, appears Fine, a rare use, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 32]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1414 c Image10c Green, Ty. V (35). Horizontal pair, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), tied by grid cancels, "Troy N.Y. Oct. 12" (1860) double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Saugor, Hindustan, India, red "New York Am. Pkt. Oct. 13" circular datestamp, London and Bombay backstamps, manuscript rates, some extraneous ink at center, otherwise Very Fine and unusual use paid only to England (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 35]

E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
1415 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). S.e. at right, tied by "Warnersville O. Jan. 16" (1859) balloon-style circular datestamp on small cover to Boston with forwarding address to Rev. Bissell in India, carried by missionaries outside mails and posted in India with India, 1855, 1a Brown (12), tied by manuscript "Stamped" and "57" diamond grid, red mailing and receiving backstamps, faint toning, still Very Fine, an unusual dual-country franking that saved the thrifty missionaries considerable transatlantic postage, ex Gibson and "Argentum", with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Germany (DDR) 26]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1416 c Image12c Black, Plate 3 (36B). Horizontal strip of three, used with horizontal pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), cancelled by magenta "Gansevoort N.Y. Paid 38" manuscript postmark on yellow 1861 cover with red and blue Waving Flag with Soldier and Sword Patriotic cover design to Calcutta, India, addressed to Capt. Thomas Melville on the ship Meteor, red crayon "15" credit, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp (July 9), Alexandria (July 17) and Calcutta Steam Letter (Aug. 12) backstamps, left 1c stamp piece out at left, 12c stamps small creases, some edgewear including sealed cover tear at right

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A PATRIOTIC COVER TO INDIA THAT WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. IT IS ADDRESSED TO THOMAS MELVILLE, THE YOUNGEST BROTHER OF FAMED AUTHOR HERMAN MELVILLE, WHO WAS CAPTAIN OF THE METEOR.

An interesting article at https://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20160218/moby-dick-author-melville-had-whaling-ties-to-westport describes the beginning of the voyage of the Meteor to India. It notes "Brother Herman made at least one trip with Thomas on Meteor, sailing from Boston to San Francisco on his brother’s ship from May to August of 1860. Herman went home on another ship, while Thomas sailed Meteor to the Philippines, China and Calcutta, where it was sold; he got back to Boston in January of 1862 to look for another captaincy." This cover, which arrived in August 1861, would have been sent to Thomas on this last journey.

Our Power Search and extensive library do not contain another Patriotic cover sent to India. For some reason, the use of Patriotics was primarily confined to destinations in Europe. Destinations beyond Europe, such as India, China, Australia and other exotic locations, were primarily confined to communicating with either business, missionary or military activities, and so almost no mail was sent espousing political views.

Ex Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for Philippines 36b]

E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $14,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1417 c Image30c Orange, F. Grill (100). Used with two 3c Ultramarine (114), one with natural s.e. at left, tied by target cancels with "Plymouth Mass. Nov. 30" (1869) circular datestamp on cover to Bombay, India, red "PAID" straightline handstamp and crayon "26" credit (correct for the Marseilles route, which required an additional 8c for French transit), indistinct strike of red exchange office credit datestamp ties two stamps, red London Paid transit datestamp and red pencil "1" (1p) Colonial rate, dark blue "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Dec. 26), receipt docketing (Jan. 9, 1870)

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING TO INDIA, PAYING THE 36-CENT RATE FOR BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.

Noted in the Chronicle in an article by William K. Herzog (Vol. 37, No. 2, 1985, pp. 112-119). Ex White and Ishikawa (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 100]

E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $7,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1418 c Image30c Orange (71). Used with 10c Green (68) and 5c Brown (76), latter s.e. at left, tied by large segmented cork cancel on cover to Bombay, India, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "Boston Br. Pkt. 40 2 Aug." (1865) credit datestamp, London Paid transit datestamp (Aug. 14), receiving backstamp, 30c slightly affected from placement at edge of cover, 5c light crease at bottom left, appears Very Fine, rare paying the 45c rate for over -1/4 oz. via Marseilles, ex Rohloff (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 71]

E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1419 c Image24c Green & Violet (120). Used with 2c Brown (113), second 2c has unfortunately been cut out of the cover at top, tied by cork cancels on cover to Calcutta, India, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Jan. 8" (1870) circular datestamp struck on back, red "18" credit handstamp, red London Paid transit (Jan. 19) and blue "Sea Post Office" oval backstamp (Feb. 11), red crayon "1" (1p) Colonial rate, stamps with couple tiny perf flaws from placement at edge of cover, roughly opened at top

AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.

This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 120]

E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1420 c Image15c Bright Orange (152). Used with 7c Vermilion (149), s.e. at right, cancelled by corks, 15c tied by "Hingham Mass. Nov. 1" (1872) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Calcutta, India, red "Boston Paid Nov. 1" circular datestamp, sender's directive "Via Marseilles" crossed out and changed to via Southampton, red London Paid transit datestamp (Nov. 13), red crayon "18" credit, red "1d" Colonial rate handstamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, stamps with some toning and small faults, cover with usual light wear, still Very Fine, a very unusual combination to pay the 22c rate via Southampton, the rate via Marseilles was 8c more, so no doubt the sender decided to save the money and send the slightly slower route via Southampton (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 152]

E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $425.00
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1421 c Image7c Orange Vermilion (160). Used with horizontal pair of 10c Brown (161), cancelled or tied by targets, "Kingwood W. Va. Sep. 7" circular datestamp on cover to Moradabad, India, sender's directive "Via Brindisi", red "New York Sep. 9" circular datestamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, 1876 docketing, left 10c light crease at top right, still Very Fine, a beautiful and scarce combination paying the 27c rate via Brindisi (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 160]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1422 c Image24c Purple (153). Pastel shade (typical of grilled 24c, but we cannot find grill points), used with pair 10c Brown, H. Grill (139), tied by circle of wedges cancels, red "Boston Paid Dec. 18" (1873) circular datestamp on buff cover to Ahmednugger, India, red crayon "36/2" double-rate credit with "2", red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 30), Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, cover has been cleaned and markings "touched up" as described on accompanying certificate, Fine appearing use paying double the 22c rate by British Mail via Southampton, from the Bissell correspondence, with 1987 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 153]

E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1423 c Image24c Purple (153). Bright color, used with two 2c Brown (157), tied by light strikes of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancels on black-bordered mourning cover to Moradabad, India, red "New York 24 Jan. 20" (1875) circular datestamp, red London Paid transit datestamp, red crayon "1" Colonial rate, receiving backstamp, missing part of top flap, some slight edgewear, Very Fine use franked to pay the 28c rate by British Mail via Brindisi, ex Turner and Beals, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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[Get Market Data for India 153]

E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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