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Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Sale: 93

United States
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4161
Symbol:

image 1878 (Oct. 28) Cincinnati, Ohio to Kilmore, Australia. Cover bearing United States, 1¢ blue (156) and 3¢ green (158), pair and single, each tied by blue "11" barred circle duplexed with "Cincinnati. Oct 28" cds, New York (11.12, 11.30) transit backstamps and matching "N.Y./T" circular handstamp, sent via England and Brindisi, reverse with Brindisi (12.15) transit cds, P&O Siam to Melbourne, Melbourne (1.30) transit backstamp and matching "1/1 To Pay" oval handstamp, "Kilmore, Victoria, JA 30, 79" rimless arrival, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

This cover was considered paid to England, but unpaid to Australia plus 6d fine. Accompanied by rate and routing analysis by Dick Winter.
Est. $300-400 (Image)

Est. $300-400

Opening US$ 450.00
Sold...US$ 450.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:37:43 EST
Sold For 450

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4162
Symbol:
Cat No: 35, 40

image Australian States: Western Australia, 1879 (Aug. 20) Northampton, Western Australia to Tunkhannock, Pa. Cover bearing Western Australia, 1d bister (35) and 3d red brown (40), three singles, tied by barred numerals, matching "Northampton, Western Australia, AU 20, 1879" rimless cds, endorsed "Via Brindisi" and blue crayon "1½d", carried by P&O Avoca to Galle, P&O via Suez and Brindisi, red London (10.18) transit backstamp, New York "Paid All" (10.30) exchange backstamp; reduced slightly at left, 1d small corner flaw, Very Fine and scarce via Brindisi use.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

The Brindisi rate from the Australia Colonies to England was reduced to 8d in 1876, reducing the rate to the United States to 10d.
Est. $300-400 (Image)

Est. $300-400

Opening US$ 675.00
Sold...US$ 675.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:38:19 EST
Sold For 675

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4163
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1880 (Jul. 22) Lorne, Victoria to Whitesboro N.Y. Cover bearing Victoria, 2d violet (135) strip of four, tied by three strikes of numeral "838" barred circle, matching sharp "Lorne, Victoria, JY 22 '80" rimless cds, red crayon "2" credit, reverse with Dean's Marsh (7.22), Birregurra (7.22) and Melbourne (7.23) transits, carried by P&O Assam from Melbourne, New York "Paid All" (9.18) exchange backstamp, Very Fine and attractive franking.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

This is an early use after the rate was lowered to 8d.
Est. $150-200 (Image)

Est. $150-200

Opening US$ 400.00
Sold...US$ 400.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:39:24 EST
Sold For 400

United States
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4164
Symbol:

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1880 (Aug. 18) Launceston, Tasmania to New York N.Y. Cover bearing Tasmania, 2d green and 6d bright violet, tied by two strikes of "Tasmania" barred oval duplexed with "Launceston, AU 18 '80" cds, endorsed "Via Brindisi", red crayon "2d" credit, carried by P&O Ravenna to Suez, rail to Alexandria, P&O Ceylon Alexandria to Brindisi, red London (9.30) transit backstamp, New York "Paid All" (8.3) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The Brindisi rate from Tasmania to the United States was still officially 10d, but the cover went through at 8d.

Tasmania Rate Confusion: In January 1880 the via Southampton mail route was eliminated. P&O ships went through the Suez Canal, but first off-loaded Brindisi mail at Suez for shipment by rail across the isthmus. Colonies soon lowered the via Brindisi rate to USA to 8d, but Tasmania officially did not until June 1883.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 600.00
Sold...US$ 600.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:40:29 EST
Sold For 600

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4165
Symbol:

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1883 (May 29) Hobart, Tasmania to Hampden Me. Cover bearing Tasmania, 6d bright violet, tied by "Tasmania" barred oval duplexed with "Hobart, MY 29 '83" cds, Deficient Postage/Fine_____ handstamp with ms. "4/6 = 10d to pay" rating, endorsed "Via Brindisi", red crayon "2" credit; some soiling around stamp, small flaws, Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The 4d deficiency proves the 10d Brindisi rate still in effect. P&O "Ganges" carried Brindisi mail through Suez Canal because of Cholera epidemic (Tabeart, page 43-45). There is no indication the 10d to pay was ever paid.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 400.00
Sold...US$ 400.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:41:33 EST
Sold For 400

United States
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4166
Symbol:
Cat No: 62

image Australian States: South Australia, 1886 (Sep. 7) Allington, South Australia to Boston Mass. Cover bearing South Australia, 2d orange red (62) strip of three and single, tied by three strikes of "Allington, S.A., SP7, 86" cds, Adelaide (9.8) transit backstamp, red crayon "2" credit, carried by P&O Sutlej to Ceylon, then P&O Pekin Sep. 25th to Suez, across Isthmus by railroad, P&O Nizam from Alexandria to Brindisi, reverse with London (10.19) transit cds and Boston F.D. (10.30) arrival cds; one 2d tiny flaw, Very Fine and attractive use.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

South Australia lowered the via Brindisi rate to GB to 6d on January 26, 1882 (Tabeart, Vol II, 2011, p25) and presumably lowered the United States rate to 8d at the same time.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 220.00
Sold...US$ 220.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:42:10 EST
Sold For 220

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4167
Symbol:

image Australian States: Queensland, 1889 (May 14) Brisbane, Queensland to Meriden Conn. Cover bearing Queensland, 4d orange yellow (59), 6d yellow green (60) and 1s pale violet (61), each cancelled by partial "Brisbane, Queensland, MY 14, 89" rimless cds, endorsed "via Brindisi", red crayon "4" credit, railroad to Adelaide where carried by P&O Parramatta, reverse with London (6.22) transit and New York "Paid All" (7.1) exchange arrival, Meriden (7.1) arrival backstamp; flap torn, light toning, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Cover was prepaid 22d for double the 11d rate via Brindisi plus 6d late fee with a 4d double-rate credit. "Parramatta" would reach Plymouth on Jul. 29th with the "slow mails".
Est. $300-400 (Image)

Est. $300-400

Opening US$ 250.00
Sold...US$ 250.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:42:39 EST
Sold For 250

Worldwide Stamps and Covers
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4168
Symbol:

image Australian States: South Australia, 1889 (Jul. 15) Adelaide, South Australia to New York N.Y. Cover bearing South Australia, 2d orange red (62) block of four, seperated between top pair, tied by two strikes of "S. Australia" barred circle duplexed with "Ship Mail Room, S.A., JY 15, 89" cds, carried as endorsed by P&O Rome from Australia, P&O steamers via Suez Canal to Brindisi, New York "Paid All" (8.25) backstamp, forwarded to Brooklyn with purple "Forwarded/(N.Y.P.O.-4th Div.)" two-line handstamp; top edge mend and partial flap, Fine appearance.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

In 1889 P&O steamers began going through the Suez Canal with all mail onboard - the fast mail was off-loaded at Brindisi.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 150.00
Sold...US$ 150.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:43:04 EST
Sold For 150

United States
Via Suez and Brindisi

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4169
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1890 (Mar. 13) Melbourne, Victoria to Washington D.C. Preprinted O.H.M.S. Department of Agriculture envelope with Official Frank at top right cancelled by "Melbourne, MR 13 '90" duplex, held for postage, Victoria, 6d bright blue tied by bold "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, MR 21, 90" cds, red crayon "2" pence credit, railroad to Adelaide where sent on P&O Shannon via Brindisi (4.25), mail steamer from London to New York, reverse with New York (5.7) transit and Washington (5.8) machine arrival cds, Very Fine and scarce official use to Great Britain.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Victoria's 1864 Postal Act authorized various government departments to prepay mail with official frank stamps that applied to internal postage only. Victoria post office credited 2d internal postage for use of frank stamp and required 6d additional postage for the 8d via Brindisi rate to the United States.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 160.00
Sold...US$ 160.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:43:28 EST
Sold For 160

Worldwide Stamps and Covers
Long Sea Route

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4170
Symbol:
Cat No: 69

image Australian States: Queensland, (Long Sea Route) 1883 (Jul. 30) Brisbane, Queensland to New York N.Y. Blue cover bearing Queensland, 6d yellow green (69) tied by "70" oval starburst cancel and "Brisbane, Queensland, JY 30, 88" cds, endorsed "Via San Francisco", "Insufficiently Prepaid/For route Indicated" two-line handstamp, red crayon "2" credit rating, sent by QRM Chyebassa via Torres Strait, Batavia, Suez Canal and Gibraltar, "Plymouth Ship Letter, OC 9, 83" transit backstamp; contract steamship to New York, New York "Paid All" (10.21) exchange arrival backstamp, original contents; lower left edge flaw, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY 5 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE QUEENSLAND "INSUFFICIENTLY PREPAID/FOR ROUTE INDICATED" TWO-LINE HANDSTAMP.

The five recorded examples of the Queensland "Insufficiently Prepaid/For route Indicated" two-line handstamp are known on covers to Nova Scotia, Mauritius, Great Britain and two to New York (same addressee). See "Queensland Mail to the USA via San Francisco", Forster, D., SAS/Oceania Informer, July 2012 for discussion of this cover.
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 900.00
Sold...US$ 900.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:44:16 EST
Sold For 900

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4171
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1883 (Sep. 14) Melbourne, Victoria to Brooklyn N.Y. Cover with open ends endorsed "Printed matter Only" top bearing Victoria, 6d ultra (117) tied by bold "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, SE 14, 83" cds, carried by P&O Rosetta through Suez Canal to Gravesend arriving Nov. 14th, then steamship to New York, New York "Transit" (11.26) backstamp; small edge tear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

This cover was underpaid for the 8d via Brindisi rate and sent on to Gravesend. There was no P&O 6d letter rate to the USA (or 4d to London) at this date but printed matter apparently carried with freight.
Est. $150-200 (Image)

Est. $150-200

Opening US$ 170.00
Sold...US$ 170.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:44:51 EST
Sold For 170

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Long Sea Route

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4172
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1886 (Jul. 13) Melbourne, Victoria to Albany N.Y. Gray Victorian Institute of Surveyors booklet bearing Victoria, 2d lilac rose (148) tied by "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, JU 13 '85" cds, missent to Albany, Western Australia on P&O Shannon, "Albany, Western Australia, AU 6, 1886" rimless transit, P&O Rome to Suez, P&O Khedive by Long Sea Route to Gravesend, then mail steamer to New York where "Due 2" straightline, U.S. 2¢ red brown (J16) s.e. at left, tied by "Albany N.Y., Rec'd, Oct 8, 1886" cds; few light stain spots, Very Fine printed matter use.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Postal rates for newspapers and various classes of printed matter addressed to foreign counties were seldom published. Here 2d was charged in Victoria, but Albany New York postmaster charged 2d due for a pamphlet sent by the Long Sea Route.
Est. $300-400 (Image)

Est. $300-400

Opening US$ 350.00
Sold...US$ 350.00


Closed..Jun-13-2020, 19:00:10 EST
Sold For 350

United States
Long Sea Route

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4173
Symbol:

image 1890 (Jan. 5) Port Chester N.Y. to Inglewood, Victoria. Cover bearing United States, 2¢ green (213) and 10¢ brown (209), tied by cork cancels duplexed with "Port Chester N.Y., Jan 5, 1890" cds, endorsed "via Europe", New York (1.15) transit backstamp, transatlantic steamship to London, carried by P&O Arcadia from Gravesend Jan. 24th through Suez Canal to Adelaide, train to Melbourne, reverse with Melbourne (3.4) transit and Inglewood (3.5) arrival cds; couple small edge tears and wear, F.-V.F. and scarce use.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

The United States 12¢ rate was equivalent to the 6d rate in the other direction. The United States credit to Great Britain was expressed in French centimes as per GPU regulations - 50 centimes was equivalent to 10¢ or 5 pence. Very little mail from United States to Australia was sent by the long sea route.

The 12¢ rate via Long Sea Route was the same as the rate via San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean. Here the sender found out letter would need to be held for the Feb. 8th sailing from San Francisco (which would arrive in Sydney on Mar. 6th), so a few days were saved by routing via Europe.
Est. $300-400 (Image)

Est. $300-400

Opening US$ 425.00
Sold...US$ 425.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:45:58 EST
Sold For 425

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4174
Symbol:

image Australian States: South Australia, 1890 (Feb. 3) Adelaide, South Australia to New York N.Y. Blue cover bearing South Australia, 6d pale blue (80), tied by "S.Australia" barred circular duplexed with "Ship Mail Room, FE 3, 90" cds on blue cover, red crayon "2", carried by Orient Line Lusitania via Suez Canal, reverse with Plymouth (3.15) transit and New York "Paid All" (3.23) exchange arrival; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Orient Line had monthly sailings between P&O sailings. Orient Line 6d Long Sea Route letter rate to the United States was effective from January 1889.
Est. $150-200 (Image)

Est. $150-200

Opening US$ 425.00
Sold...US$ 425.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:47:14 EST
Sold For 425

Worldwide Stamps and Covers
Long Sea Route

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4175
Symbol:
Cat No: Collection

image Australian States: Victoria, 1891 (Mar. 17) Melbourne, Victoria to Stockton Me. Cover bearing Victoria, 6d pale blue (80) tied by bold "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, MR 17, 91" cds, red crayon "1½" credit, carried as endorsed by P&O Arcadia via Suez Canal, reverse with Plymouth (4.25) transit and New York "Paid All" (5.4) exchange duplex; small edge tear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

The red crayon "1½" is apparently a credit when normally a "2" credit is seen.
Est. $150-200 (Image)

Est. $150-200

Opening US$ 160.00
Sold...US$ 160.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:47:47 EST
Sold For 160

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Via San Francisco Post 1870: Pre-Treaty

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4176
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1870 (May 25) Melbourne, Victoria to San Francisco Cal. Cover bearing Victoria, 2s blue (28) tied by "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, MY 25, 70" cds, carried by Coastal ship to Sydney, then carried by ASN Wonga Wonga from Sydney May 28th via Auckland to Honolulu, then NPT Ajax from Honolulu Jun. 23rd to San Francisco, partial San Francisco (7.4) cds and matching "20" due handstamp for double the 10¢ steamship rate; cover reduced at ends and small faults, soiling, Fine and very scarce use of the 2s woodblock on cover.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The rate from Victoria was 1/ per half ounce - soon would drop to 8d and 6d. Pre-treaty mail was assessed steamship rates in San Francisco. The Victoria 2s blue woodblock is very scarce on cover with less than 10 known covers.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 160.00
Sold...US$ 160.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:48:11 EST
Sold For 160

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4177
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1870 (Dec. 30) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Cover bearing New South Wales, 1s carmine (42) tied by two strikes of "N.S.W." oval duplexed with "Sydney, DE 30, 1870" cds, carried by ASN City of Melbourne to Honolulu, then NPT Moses Taylor Jan. 28th to San Francisco, "San Francisco Cal., 10, Feb 7" integral-due cds for 10¢ steamship rate; repaired top edge fault; bit of flap missing, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

New South Wales was the biggest supporter of the Via San Francisco Route and participated with New Zealand in financing the shipping contracts. Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia were supporters of the westbound routes via Suez.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 170.00
Sold...US$ 170.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:48:37 EST
Sold For 170

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4178
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1871 (Oct. 18) Sydney, New South Wales to Elk Creek Wis. Cover bearing New South Wales, 2d blue (36) and 6d violet (40), tied by two strikes of "N.S.W." oval duplexed with "Sydney, OC 18, 71" duplex, carried by Webb & Holladay Nebraska via Fiji and Honolulu, bold "San Francisco, Cal. '10' Dec 4" integral-due cds for 10¢ steamship rate; edge flaws, Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Webb & Holladay formed the Australia Mail Steamship Line and ran from Sydney via Auckland, Fiji and Honolulu to San Francisco from June 1871 until March 1873.
Est. $150-200 (Image)

Est. $150-200

Opening US$ 240.00
Sold...US$ 240.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:49:13 EST
Sold For 240

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4179
Symbol:

image Australian States: South Australia, 1871 (Dec. 27) Norwood, South Australia to Marysville Kans. Blue legal-size cover bearing South Australia, 1d yellow green, pair and single, and 3d on 4d sky blue, all tied by strikes of "Norwood, S.A., DE 7, 71" cds, Adelaide (12.27) transit backstamps, carried by Ship Nebraska from Sydney, "San Francisco, Cal. '10' Mar 1" integral-due cds for 10¢ steamship rate; couple ink stains, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 1,200.00
Sold...US$ 1,200.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:50:13 EST
Sold For 1200
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4180
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1872 (Jan. 16) Melbourne, Victoria to Cornwall Conn. Mourning cover bearing Victoria, 6d blue (116) vertical pair tied by two strikes of "Victoria" barred oval duplexed with "Melbourne, JA 16 '72" cds, carried by Webb & Holladay Nebraska from Sydney Jan. 20th to Honolulu arriving Feb. 19th, "San Francisco Cal. '10' Mar 1" integral-due cds for 10¢ steamship rate, transcontinental railroad to Conn., Extremely Fine and choice mourning cover use, ex-Gabriel.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Webb & Holladay's Line ran into early 1873, then there was a ten month period in 1873 when no contractor could be found.
Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 325.00
Sold...US$ 325.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 20:50:58 EST
Sold For 325

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