Lot 237France, 1834 "E Armée Expéd. D'Afrique ", bold straight line postmark on folded letter with red cursive "Purifié à Toulouse" handstamp (Disinfected), manuscript "6" rating and several disinfection slits in letter, Very Fine, a rare Army in Africa marking.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 238France, 1850, Ceres, 10c bister on yellowish, ample to large margins, tied by large size "Quingey, 12 No" date stamp on small folded letter; faint fold slightly affecting stamp, Very Fine appearance, a rare large townmark usage. Scott Nos. 1.
Maury Nos. 1 €10,000 ($13,800).
Lot 239France, 1850, Ceres, 10c bister on yellowish, horizontal pair, in combination with 1849, Ceres, 40c orange on yellowish on cover to Rotterdam, Holland, tied by small numeral "441" lozenge cancels, matching "Bordeaux, 19 Nov, 52" cds, with Paris transit & Rotterdam arrival backstamps, Very Fine. Scott Nos. 1+7.
Maury Nos. 1+5; €4,000 ($5,520) Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 240France, 1850, Ceres, 15c very dark green, mostly large margins at clear at upper right, intense color, tied by bold Paris dotted star cancel on locally addressed folded letter sheet, with "Paris, 23 Fevr, 53" backstamp, Very Fine, a wonderful example of this rare shade; with 2014 Roumet certificate. Scott Nos. 2b var.
Maury Nos. 2 €4,300 ($5,940).
Lot 241France, 1849, Ceres, 20c black on yellowish, manuscript canceled on folded letter to St. James, with "Passy-Les-Paris, 8 Janv, 49" origin cds and receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a scarce provisional cancel used 8 days after the date of issue. Scott Nos. 3.
Maury Nos. 3 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 242France, 1849, Ceres, 20c gray, ample to huge margins, tied by neat diamond grid handstamp on cover to Beaucaire, "Paris, 26 Dec, 49" origin cds, Very Fine, a lovely example of this rare shade; with 2014 Roumet certificate. Scott Nos. 3 var.
Maury Nos. 3i €3,750 ($5,180).
Lot 243France, 1849, Ceres, 20c black on buff, horizontal pair, clear to huge margins, tied by diamond grid cancels on on 1850 St, Genietz cover to Espalion, Very Fine, a scarce pair on buff paper. Scott Nos. 3b.
Maury Nos. 3c €750 ($1,040).
Lot 244 ()France, 1849, Ceres, 20c blue on yellowish, unissued, left margin single, without gum as issued, ample margins, strong bold color, Very Fine. Scott Nos. 4b.
Maury Nos. 8 €3,300 ($4,560).
Lot 245France, 1850, Ceres, 25c dark blue on yellow, full even margins, tied by diamond grid cancel on folded letter sheet to Dreux, postmarked with clear strike of rare "Assemblee Nationale, Postes, 16 Aout, 50" double circle date stamp, Very Fine and choice, a lovely example of this rare postal marking; with 2014 Roumet certificate. Scott Nos. 6 var.
Maury Nos. 4 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 246France, 1849, Ceres, 1fr bright vermilion, tied on piece by diamond grid cancel, ample to large margins, bold vivid color, Very Fine, an excellent example of this rare and distinctive shade; signed Calves. Scott Nos. 8 var.
Maury Nos. 7a €24,500 ($33,820).
AN ATTRACTIVE USED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1849 1FR CERES ISSUE.