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Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Sale: 93

United States
Two Capes - Sailing Ship via England

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4001
Symbol:
Cat No: Stampless

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1837 (Jan. 28) Sydney, New South Wales to Glastonbury, Conn. Datelined folded letter endorsed "p Columbus", carried as endorsed via Cape Horn to Liverpool, reverse with "Lpool 17 July - Received and forwarded by Your Ob Svt, R. F. Breed & Eceleston" across Atlantic, entered mail with red "New-York 'Ship' Aug 29" cds and manuscript "14½" due rating for 12½¢ postage plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UNITED STATES. Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 950.00
Sold...US$ 950.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:03:02 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4002
Symbol:
Cat No: Stampless

image 1837 (Feb. 15) Sydney, New South Wales to Glastonbury Conn. Folded letter datelined "Bark Brothers, Feb 9 1837" and reading "…the pilot on board going past the Heads of Sydney Harbor…" from Horace Hale back home to his wife, carried by Ship Jessie from Sydney Feb. 26th to Liverpool arriving Jun. 13th, manuscript "Lpool 14 June - recd and forwarded by R.F. Breed & Eceleston" forwarder's endorsement on back flap, carried transatlantic as endorsed by ship North America from Liverpool Jun. 19th to New York arriving Jul. 21st, entered mails with red "New-York, Ship, Aug 1" cds and magenta "14½" due rating for 12½¢ inland plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THIS IS THE EARLIEST ARRIVING LETTER FROM THE AUSTRALIAN COLONIES TO THE UNITED STATES.

The other Hale letter offered in the previous lot took 7 months to arrive from Australia, whereas this letter took only 5½ months. This shows how erratic mail service could be between the Colonies and the United States during this early time period.
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 700.00
Sold...US$ 700.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:03:46 EST
Sold For 700

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Sailing Ship via England

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4003
Symbol:

image 1841 (Jul. 7) Sydney, New South Wales to Philadelphia Pa. via Boston. Folded letter datelined "Sydney, 7 July 1841" carried out-of-mails by ship Beatrice via Cape Horn, red London (1.3) Maltese cross with red manuscript "1/-" prepaid rating for 1s transatlantic packet, Liverpool (1.4) octagon datestamp, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Liverpool Jan. 4th to Boston arriving Jan. 21st, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Jan 21" cds and ms. "20¾" due rating for 18¾¢ inland plus 2¢ ship fee; some fold wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 400.00
Sold...US$ 400.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:05:20 EST
Sold For 400

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4004
Symbol:

image 1843 (Jun. 20) "Fluro Bagly Park", New South Wales to Boston Mass. Folded letter datelined "Fluro Bagly Park, 30 miles from Sydney, 20th June 1843", carried by private ship via Cape Horn to London, entered mails with red London (12.2) Maltese cross datestamp with red manuscript "1/-" prepaid rating for 1s transatlantic packet, Liverpool (12.3) transit oval, carried by Cunard Hibernia from Liverpool Dec. 5th to Boston arriving Dec. 20th, red Boston "Ship 6" ribbon handstamp for 6¢ ship fee to port; light toning, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. Est. $200-300 (Image)

Est. $200-300

Opening US$ 210.00
Sold...US$ 210.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:06:03 EST
Sold For 210

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4005
Symbol:

image 1847 (May 17) Hobart Town, Tasmania to Salem Mass. via London. Gray folded letter care of Baring Bros at London showing red "General Post Office, Hobart Town, 17 May, 1847" crown handstamp and red manuscript "1/" rating crossed out, carried as endorsed by Nathan Moses & Co. Tropic from Hobart Mar. 18th to London arriving Aug. 7th, red London (8.7) arrival backstamp and "2/8" due rating later crossed out, remailed with red London Paid (8.18) Maltese cross and red manuscript "4/" prepaid rating, carried by Cunard Line Caledonia from Liverpool Aug. 16th to Boston arriving Sep. 2nd, red "Boston Ms. 'Ship; Sep 3" cds and "17" cent due rating to Salem, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

AN EARLY SHIP LETTER USE FROM TASMANIA.

The Samuel Moses family in Van Diemen's Land was one of the early Jewish settlers and among the founders of the Hobart Synagogue that opened in 1845.
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 1,000.00
Sold...US$ 1,000.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:06:46 EST
Sold For 1000

United States
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4006
Symbol:
Cat No: Stampless

image Australian States: South Australia, 1850 (Jun. 2) Adelaide, South Australia to Albany N.Y. via Great Britain. Datelined folded letter sent with 6 pence ship letter paid in cash, sent by private ship via Cape Horn to Great Britain, reverse with framed "9 OC 1850, Liverpool Ship" transit and matching "ART-2" straightline and "8" handstamp for 8d ship letter, manuscript "32 Cents" debit rating, carried by Cunard Line Asia from Liverpool Oct. 12th to New York arriving Oct. 23rd, red "New-York, Oct 23" exchange backstamp and ms. "37" due rating, Very Fine.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

This is the earliest of fifteen 37¢ collect covers recorded by Winter and Forster (Chronicle Nov 1990). Earliest of twelve ART-2 covers recorded by Ben Palmer in Sydney Views, and one of only two with the handstamp on the front of the cover. The ART-2 device was sent from London to Liverpool on 21 Feb 1850 to be used to show letter-bill accounting number on unpaid transit mail from a foreign country to the United States.
Est. $400-600 (Image)

Est. $400-600

Opening US$ 1,300.00
Sold...US$ 1,300.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:08:21 EST
Sold For 1300

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4007
Symbol:
Cat No: 11

image Australian States: Victoria, 1853 (Dec. 3) Melbourne, Australia to New York N.Y. via Liverpool, England. Blue folded letter bearing Victoria, 4th Printing, 3d blue (SG 11) tied by "1 V" barred oval, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, DC 3, 1853" rimless oval, endorsed "p Great Britain" and sent via Cape Horn arriving about Feb. 14th, "Liverpool / Ship Letter" two-line backstamp and matching "8" handstamp for 8d ship letter rate, sent transatlantic privately on Cunard Line, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 1,050.00
Sold...US$ 1,050.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:09:18 EST
Sold For 1050

United States
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4008
Symbol:

image Australian States: Victoria, 1853 (Jun. 1) Melbourne, Victoria to New Bedford Mass. Datelined folded letter with partial indistinct "Paid at Bendigo CK." and red manuscript "Registered" and "2" pence prepaid to Melbourne, reverse with partial "Melbourne, Victoria, JU 1, 1853" rimless backstamp, carried by private ship Typhoon via Cape Horn to England, red London (9.29) transit backstamp with "1/2" due rating updated to "28" cent debit to U.S., carried by Havre Line Humboldt from Southampton Oct. 1st to New York arriving Oct. 14th, "New.York, Am. Packet. Oct 15" exchange cds with manuscript. "49" cent due rating; cover tears and wear, Fine and rare.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED REGISTERED COVER FROM AUSTRALIA TO THE UNITED STATES.

The 28¢ debit (1s/2d) to U.S. for 8d private ship rate plus 6d G.B. registration. The 49¢ final due rating for 37¢ collect private ship letter rate plus 12¢ British registration fee.

Reference: Illustrated and described in article "Foreign Registered Mail: 1855-1875, Part Two: British" by Dr. James Milgram, Chronicle 262, May 2019, pp. 178-180, fig. 19.
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 850.00
Sold...US$ 850.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:09:40 EST
Sold For 850

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4009
Symbol:
Cat No: 17

image Australian States: Victoria, 1853 (Aug. 9) Sydney, New South Wales to Boston, Mass. Blue folded letter bearing New South Wales, 3d green (17), pos. 16, margins to touched, tied by barred oval, matching "Ship Letter, Sydney, AU * 9 1853" rimless crown backstamp, endorsed "Argo via England", carried as endorsed by non-contract sailing of GSSC Argo via Cape of Good Hope to England, red London (10.28) transit backstamp with manuscript "1/4" due rating updated to "64" cent debit to U.S., carried by Cunard Line America from Oct. 29th to Boston arriving Nov. 13th, "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov 13" exchange cds with matching "74" due handstamp for double the 37¢ rate, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BOSTON "74" RATING HANDSTAMP.

This Boston "74" cent rating handstamp was unrecorded in the Blake & Davis "Boston Postal Markings to 1890".
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 1,250.00
Sold...US$ 1,250.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:10:15 EST
Sold For 1250

United States
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4010
Symbol:
Cat No: 8a

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1853 (Aug. 16) Melbourne, Victoria to Wooster Oh. Cover bearing Victoria, Half-length, Third Printing, 1d dull red (SG 8a) single and abnormal pair, position. 22, 23-21 with 21 being substituted transfer, tied by "1 V" barred ovals, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, AU 16, 1853" rimless datestamp, carried as endorsed by non-contract sailing of GSSC Argo via Cape of Good Hope to England, red London (10.28) transit backstamp with manuscript "8" due rating updated to "32" cent debit to U.S., carried by Cunard Line America from Oct. 29th to Boston arriving Nov. 13th, "Boston Br. Pkt. Nov 13" exchange cds with matching "37" due handstamps for the 37¢ rate, "Worcester Mass., Nov 14" cds and manuscript "Missent" rating; some edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

AN EXCEPTIONAL VICTORIA HALF-LENGTHS USE TO THE UNITED STATES.

The 1d dull red pair is positions 23-21 on Ham's lithographic stone, 21 being a substituted transfer. Described and referenced in Barwis's Half-Length book on pages 59 and 61.
Est. $2,000-3,000 (Image)

Est. $2,000-3,000

Opening US$ 9,000.00
Sold...US$ 9,000.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:11:26 EST
Sold For 9000

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4011
Symbol:

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1853 (Oct. 24) Oatlands, Tasmania to Kings Ferry N.Y. Cover docketed "Oatlands, 24/10/53" at left and with red Hobart "Paid, 25 OC 25, 1853" postmark and manuscript "9" pence prepaid rating for two-times 4d ship letter plus 1d internal, carried by private ship via Cape Horn to England, red London (2.9) transit backstamp and manuscript "64" cent debit rating, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Feb. 11th to New York arriving Feb. 25th, "New-York Br. Pkt., Feb 25" exchange cds with manuscript "75" cent final due rating; small opening tear at left, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

New York's 37 handstamp was already in use by this date, but no 74 handstamp has been recorded from New York.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 550.00
Sold...US$ 550.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:12:09 EST
Sold For 550

United States
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4012
Symbol:

image 1853 (Oct. 26) Newburgh N.Y. to Penrith, New South Wales. Orange cover with red "Newburgh N.Y., Oct 26" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red crayon "37" cent prepaid rating, red "New.York, Am. Packet, Oct 29" exchange cds and magenta "16" cent credit to G.B., carried by Collins Line Atlantic from New York Oct. 29th to Liverpool arriving Nov. 9th, red London Pad (11.10) transit cds, carried by City of Sydney via Cape of Good Hope, "Penrith N.S.W.AP 15, 1854" rimless backstamp and matching large "5" pence due rating for ship letter fee to inland town, original enclosed letter; some edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED 37¢ RATE COVER FROM THE UNITED STATES ROUTED BY PRIVATE SHIP FROM ENGLAND. Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 600.00
Sold...US$ 600.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:12:54 EST
Sold For 600

Worldwide Stamps and Covers
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4013
Symbol:
Cat No: 25

image Australian States: Victoria, 1854 (Jun. 27) Melbourne, Victoria to Philadelphia Pa. Blue cover bearing Victoria, Half-length, 3d blue (SG 25) block of four, margins to touched, and G.B. 1s green embossed (5), both tied by "1 V" ovals, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, JU 27, 1854" rimless oval, carried by ship Eagle via Cape Horn to England, reverse with "Liverpool Ship" (9.29) framed and oval transits with matching "8" pence due rating, manuscript "32 Cents" debit to U.S., carried by Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Sep. 30th to Boston arriving Oct. 12th, "Philadelphia Br. Pkt. Oct 13" exchange cds and matching "37" due rating; edge repairs, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate; $4,000 - 6,000.

A REMARKABLE VICTORIA USE ATTEMPTING TO PREPAY THE 1S TRANSATLANTIC POSTAGE.

The sender attempted to pay transatlantic postage with a British shilling embossed stamp that had been carried out to Australia. Note that the shilling stamp was tied by the Melbourne barred oval cancel. Prepayment of transatlantic charge was not allowed and 37¢ was charged to the addressee. One of only two recorded Philadelphia "37" handstamps.
. Est. $4,000-6,000 (Image)

Est. $4,000-6,000

Opening US$ 4,500.00
Sold...US$ 4,500.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:13:27 EST
Sold For 4500

United States
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4014
Symbol:
Cat No: 18

image Australian States: Victoria, 1854 (Sep. 4) Melbourne, Victoria to Monmouth County, N.J., U.S.A. Blue folded letter bearing Victoria, 1s blue (18), margins to touched, tied by "1 V " barred oval, matching "Melbourne, Victoria, SE4, 1855" rimless oval, carried as endorsed by ship Croesus via Cape Horn to England, red London (12.15) cds with ms. "8" pence due for ship rate, manuscript "16" cent debit to U.S., carried by Collins Line Atlantic from Liverpool Dec. 18th to New York arriving Dec. 31st; some edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED UNITED STATES DESTINATION FROM THIS INTERRUPTED SAILING.

The steamship "Croesus" sailed from Melbourne on 10 September 1854. Her propeller broke near New Zealand and she limped around Cape Horn under sail. After repairs were attempted at Ascension Island, the "Croesus" finally arrived at Southampton on Dec. 15th. This letter was in transit for 112 days.
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 850.00
Sold...US$ 850.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:14:23 EST
Sold For 850

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4015
Symbol:

image 1855 (Feb. 22) Rushville N.Y. to Melbourne, Australia. Cover endorsed "Adams & Co. Express" at left with blue "Rushville N.Y., Feb 22" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with manuscript. "37" cent prepaid rating, red "New-York, Br. Pkt. Feb 27" exchange cds backstamp with magenta "28" cent credit to G.B., carried by Cunard Line Asia from Boston Feb. 28th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 10th, red London Paid (3.12) transit cds and matching "1d" colonial credit handstamp for contract sailing, carried by Marco Polo to Melbourne, partial arrival backstamp; flap tears and edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Endorsed to be sent by Adams & Co. outside the mails, but mailed instead because Adams was in financial difficulties and was about to shut down its Melbourne branch. This is one of several United States covers recorded prepaid 37¢ cents but sent by contract packet from England, so overpaid 33¢ rate.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 290.00
Sold...US$ 290.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:14:49 EST
Sold For 290

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Private Ship Rates

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4016
Symbol:
Cat No: 3

image Australian States: Western Australia, 1855 (Apr. 28) Albany, Western Australia to Bridgeport Md. Blue folded cover with red "Post Office, Albany, Western Australia" crowned oval with red ms. "28/4 55" dating bearing Western Australia, 4d blue (3), four margins, sent by private ship via Cape Horn to England, red London (7.17) transit backstamp with ms. "8" pence due rating for two-times 4d ship letter rating, ms. "16" cent debit to U.S., carried transatlantic by Ocean Line Washington from Southampton Jul. 18th to New York arriving Aug. 2nd, "New-York Am. Pkt., Aug 2" exchange cds and matching "37" due handstamp ties 4d; 4d small flaws and toning, Fine and scarce early use from Western Australia.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED 37¢ RATE USE FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Est. $2,000-3,000 (Image)

Est. $2,000-3,000

Opening US$ 2,600.00
Sold...US$ 2,600.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:15:49 EST
Sold For 2600

Italy, Italian States and Colonies
Two Capes - Direct via Cape Horn

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4017
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1844 (Mar. 3) Sydney, New South Wales to Rome N.Y. via Salem Mass. Datelined folded letter with partial red "Ship Letter, Sydney, MR 14, 1844" crowned rimless oval and magenta "3" pence prepaid rating for ship letter fee, carried by whaler to Salem, entered mails with blue "Salem, Mass. Apr 16" cds and matching "Ship" handstamp with magenta "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland plus 2¢ ship fee, forwarded to Albany with light strikes of red "Rome N.Y." cds and matching "Forwarded" straightline with ms. "12½" rating totalled to "33¼" cents due; edge splitting and soiling, Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 950.00
Sold...US$ 950.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:17:29 EST
Sold For 950

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Two Capes - Direct via Cape Horn

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4018
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1848 (May 5) Sydney, New South Wales to Boston Mass. Folded letter with red "Paid Ship Letter, Sydney, MY * 5, 1848" rimless crown oval and red manuscript "3" pence rating for ship fee, carried by private ship via Cape Horn, entered mails with red "New-York 'Ship 7 cts' Jan 27" integral due cds for 5¢ for domestic postage plus 2¢ ship captain fee; edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

The New York "Ship 7cts" cds is recorded used from November 1845 to December 1850.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 675.00
Sold...US$ 675.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:19:18 EST
Sold For 675

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4019
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1853 (Sep. 7) Sydney, New South Wales to Natchez, Miss. via New Bedford Mass. Blue cover bearing New South Wales, 3d yellow green (9), corner crease, tied by barred oval, matching "Ship Letter, Sydney, SE 7, 1853" rimless crown backstamp; carried by Whaler Berkshire via Cape Horn, entered mails with "New Bedford Mass., Mar 2" and matching "Ship" and "7" rating handstamps for 5¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee; some cosmetic edge reinforcing, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate; $500 - 750. Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 325.00
Sold...US$ 325.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:24:36 EST
Sold For 325
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4020
Symbol:
Cat No: 9

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1853 (Sep. 8) Sydney, New South Wales to New Bedford Mass. Legal-size blue cover bearing New South Wales, 3d yellow green (9), mostly large margins, tied by multiple strikes of barred ovals for quadruple the 3d ship fee, matching "Ship Letter, Sydney, SE 7, 1853" rimless crown backstamp; carried as endorsed by Whaler Berkshire via Cape Horn, entered mails with New Bedford "Ship" straightline and manuscript "6" due rating for 6¢ post of entry ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE ON COVER OF THE NEW SOUTH WALES 3D LAUREATED.

This was carried on the same voyage as the previous lot but address to the port of entry. This was a quadruple weight ship letter in Sydney, but the 6¢ collect charge at the port of entry was not dependent on weight. Had it been sent via England, the addressee would have paid four-times 37¢, or $1.48.
Est. $1,500-2,000 (Image)

Est. $1,500-2,000

Opening US$ 1,250.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:24:54 EST
Sold For 0

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