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

France (including Algeria and Corsica) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1252 c Image30c Orange (38). Bright shade, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Paid 12 Dec. 29" credit datestamp on square-shaped 1860 cover to Mostaganem, French Algeria, handsomely addressed with explicit detail ("Africa", "Algerie", "Province d'Oran"), French transit circular datestamp front and back, Mostaganem receiving backstamp, couple small edge tears

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND EXOTIC DESTINATION IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD.

Although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors.

Ex Haas and "Sevenoaks" (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1253 c Image10c Yellow (116). Wide margins, well-centered, used with 2c Brown (113), deep shade, both stamps tied by segmented cork cancels, "Mobile Ala. May 14" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Ersa, Corsica, red "New York May 18" circular datestamp, red Havre transit datestamp with "Juin" month, but day unclear, black "8" decimes due handstamp, various transit backstamps including Centuri and Rogliano datestamps

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 1869 COVERS TO THE FRENCH ISLAND OF CORSICA, OF WHICH ONLY THIS ONE WAS CARRIED TO FRANCE ON THE RUGER BROTHERS' LINE.

Corsica is a Mediterranean island that lies about 150 miles southeast of Marseilles, but it was regarded by France as an integral part of the nation (as was Algeria), and the postage rates applicable to mail to France applied equally to mail bound for the island. Nevertheless, postal history collectors regard Corsica as a separate and rare destination for U.S. mail. Only three 1869 Pictorial covers are addressed to Corsica -- all have 10c stamps, but only this cover has an additional 2c stamp, which apparently prepays a non-existent 12c rate.

This cover is illustrated in Michael Laurence's 10c 1869 book (page 177) where it is described as one of seven 10c 1869 covers carried by the Ruger Brothers' Line to France -- it is the the only one carried on the Western Metropolis, which departed New York on May 18, 1870, and arrived in Havre on June 1 (the Havre arrival datestamp is a June date, but the day is unclear). It is also the only Ruger Line cover to Corsica. Laurence states, "covers that crossed the Atlantic on any of the three Ruger Brothers sailings from 1870 are scarce and highly collectible."

Ex Kuphal. With 1979 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $8,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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