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Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Sale: 93

United States
Two Capes - Clipper Ship Period

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4031
Symbol:
Cat No: 18

image Australian States: Victoria, 1854 (Oct. 28) Melbourne, Victoria to Philadelphia Pa. Cover with original datelined letter bearing Victoria, 1s blue (18), tied by bold "1 V" barred numeral oval, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, OC 28, 1854" rimless oval, carried by Great Britain via Cape Horn to England, red "Liverpool, Ship, 24 JA 1855" framed handstamp and bold "3/Cents" debit handstamp to U.S., carried by Collins Line Atlantic from Liverpool Jan. 27th to New York arriving Feb. 9th, partial "Philadelphia, Am. Pkt. '24' Feb" due exchange cds, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Inexplicably, some Victoria mail to the United States via England was treated as paid to England and some was not. There is no consistency found, so apparently this was at the whim of British postal clerks.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 750.00
Sold...US$ 750.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:38:41 EST
Sold For 750

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4037
Symbol:
Cat No: 31

image Australian States: Victoria, 1855 (Nov. 1) Greelong, Victoria to Harrisburg Pa. via New York. Registered cover bearing Victoria, 3d blue (SG 31) horizontal pair, large margins with rich color, and Victoria 1s registration (F1), large to huge margins, both tied by strikes of Greelong "2 V" barred numeral ovals, matching "Greelong, Victoria, NO 1, 1855" rimless oval backstamp, manuscript "6" pence debit, Melbourne transit backstamp, carried as endorsed by Clipper James Baines via Cape Horn to England, reverse with "Australian Packet, Liverpool, MR 4 * 55" transit cds and manuscript "Art 2", manuscript "1/" rating and "¢ 24" cent debit to U.S., carried by Collins Line Quaker City from Liverpool Mar. 5th to New York arriving Mar. 21st, "New.York Am. Packet, Mar 21" exchange cds with matching "45" cent due handstamp, Very Fine, ex-Col. Green, with 2002 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED VICTORIA HALF-LENGTH COVER TO THE UNITED STATES WITH THE WORLD'S FIRST REGISTRATION STAMP.

The "45" due handstamp is the 33¢ collect rate plus 12¢ for British registration. Note that England was still punishing Victoria by not considering transit covers paid to England at the 6d empire rate.

References: Illustrated and Discussed in Milgrams "Foreign Registered Mail: 1855-1875, Part Two: British" in the Chronicle May 2019, p. 181, fig. 21.
Est. $5,000-7,500 (Image)

Est. $5,000-7,500

Opening US$ 8,500.00
Sold...US$ 8,500.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:47:46 EST
Sold For 8500

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4038
Symbol:
Cat No: 17

image Australian States: Victoria, 1855 (Nov. 2) Melbourne, Victoria to Boston Mass. Gray folded letter bearing Victoria, 6d yellow orange (17), four clear to large margins, tied by barred "1 V" numeral oval, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, OC 2, 1855" rimless oval backstamp, missed James Baines as endorsed, carried by Clipper Shalimar packet sailing to England, reverse with "Australian Packet, Liverpool, FE 3, 56" backstamp and "ART-2" straightline, partial "d5" debit h.s. to Victoria, Liverpool (2.4) oval backstamp and matching "10/Cents" debit handstamp to U.S., carried by Collins Line Atlantic from Liverpool Feb. 6th to New York arriving Feb. 24th, closed bag to Boston with "Boston, Am. Pkt., Feb 25" exchange backstamp and matching bold "31" due handstamp, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 31¢ RATE USES FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UNITED STATES.

Note that United States retained 21¢ on this American transatlantic packet use, whereas United States retained only 5¢ internal postage on the British Packet use on previous page.
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 800.00
Sold...US$ 800.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:48:28 EST
Sold For 800

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4039
Symbol:
Cat No: 17

image Australian States: Victoria, 1856 (Apr. 14) "Three Mile Creek, Ovens Diggings", Victoria to Concord N.H. Original letter datelined "Three Mile Creek, Ovens Diggings", blue cover bearing Victoria, 6d yellow orange (17), three margins, creases, tied by barred circle cancel, matching "Beechwood, Victoria, AP 14" rimless oval backstamp, Melbourne (4.18) transit backstamp, carried by Clipper Earl of Sefton departing Apr. 26th to England, reverse with "Australian Packet, Liverpool, JY 16, 56" backstamp and "ART-2" straightline, "d5" debit h.s. to Victoria, manuscript "26" cent debit to U.S., carried by Cunard Line Arabia from Liverpool Jul. 19th to Boston arriving Jul. 30th, "Boston, Br. Pkt., 30 Jul" exchange backstamp and matching "31" due handstamp; some edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 31¢ RATE USES FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UNITED STATES.

The 31¢ collect rate resulted from accountancy between Victoria and England. Great Britain claimed 5d, instead of 6d, due to the expiration of the retaliatory rate period (see Talbeart Vol 1). Three covers are recorded by exhibitor (two are shown in this exhibit) - all three have Boston arrival markings from 1856. This 31¢ rate is not discussed in the literature.

Original letter datelined "Three Mile Creek, Ovens Diggings" and with some excellent gold rush content "…We have now commenced something like California Mining - We are now sluicing. Have just begun and cannot tell what it will pay yet - But hope we may get into something that will in the end pay better than sinking or running round…".
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 625.00
Sold...US$ 625.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:49:06 EST
Sold For 625

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4044
Symbol:
Cat No: 17

image Australian States: Victoria, 1857 (Jan. 15) Melbourne, Victoria to New York N.Y. Datelined folded letter bearing Victoria 6d yellow orange (17) and 6d Late Fee (I1), jumbo margins, each tied by bold "1" barred numeral, matching Melbourne (1.15) backstamp and red "1d" packet credit handstamp to G.B., carried as endorsed by Clipper Royal Charter packet sailing via Cape Horn to England, red "Australian Packet, Paid, Liverpool, AP 12 '57" cds, Liverpool (4.13) oval backstamp and matching "19/Cent" debit to G.B., carried by Cunard Line Africa from Liverpool Apr. 18th to New York arriving May 1st, New York bold "24" cent due handstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine, ex-Shenfield.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED VICTORIA TOO LATE STAMP USED TO THE UNITED STATES.

The New York "24" due handstamp is the earliest strike recorded (May 1, 1857).
Est. $5,000-7,500 (Image)

Est. $5,000-7,500

Opening US$ 6,500.00
Sold...US$ 6,500.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:52:36 EST
Sold For 6500

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4045
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1857 (May 16) Sydney, New South Wales to Nantucket, Mass. via New York. Blue folded cover bearing New South Wales 2d blue, 6d gray and 1s red, all cancelled by barred oval, matching "Sydney, New South Wales, MY 16, 1857" rimless backstamp, carried as endorsed by Clipper Great Britain packet ship via Cape Horn to England, red "Paid Liverpool Ship, AU 22, 1857" tombstone and red London Paid (8.22) transits, red manuscript "8" pence and corresponding "16" cent credit to U.S., carried by Inman Line Kangaroo from Aug. 26th to New York arriving Sep. 7th, "N. York, Am. Pkt. '5' Sep 7" due exchange cds; 6d light corner crease, a Very Fine and attractive use.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

A CHOICE THREE-COLOR NEW SOUTH WALES PREPAID CLIPPER USE TO THE UNITED STATES.

From February 1857, it became possible to prepay Australian Colonies mail to the USA border. By this date E&ARM and P&O had signed mail contracts to carry Australian mail to England via Suez and Southampton. It was the end of the Two Capes Route and the clipper ship period.
Est. $1,500-2,000 (Image)

Est. $1,500-2,000

Opening US$ 3,000.00
Sold...US$ 3,000.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:53:52 EST
Sold For 3000
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4046
Symbol:
Cat No: 18

image Australian States: Victoria, 1857 (May 20) Melbourne, Victoria to Richmond Va. via New York. Gray cover bearing Victoria 2d lilac (38), 1s blue (18), tied by old "1 V" barred oval, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, MY 20, 1857" rimless oval backstamp, carried as endorsed by Clipper Great Britain packet ship via Cape Horn to England, unusual red "Paid, 22 AU 57, Liverpool Ship" framed handstamp and red London Paid (8.22) transits, red manuscript "8" pence and corresponding "16" cent credit to U.S., carried by Inman Line Kangaroo from Aug. 26th to New York arriving Sep. 7th, "N. York, Am. Pkt. '5' Sep 7" due exchange cds; some light toning, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS "ONE DAY" LIVERPOOL MARKING USED ON MAIL TO THE UNITED STATES.

This cover was carried on the same "Great Britain" sailing as the cover in the previous lot. An extra postal sorter produced this handstamp to handle the large volume of mail. The "Liverpool Ship" framed handstamp was altered with the addition of smaller "PAID" type of the same size as the "Australian Packet" handstamp.

The stamps were tied by the old "1 V" barred oval rather than the usual barred numeral "1". The old instrument was brought into use to handle the large amount of mail carried on this sailing.
Est. $3,000-4,000 (Image)

Est. $3,000-4,000

Opening US$ 2,200.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:54:19 EST
Sold For 0


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