Lot 2734Mexico, 1864, Eagle (1st Period), ½r brown, Aguascalientes, two singles, both with ample to large margins, neatly tied by mute "0" cancels (Schatzkes 12) on fresh 1865 folded letter sheet to Guadalajara, matching Aguascalientes boxed date stamp alongside (Schatzkes 11A), Very Fine and choice, only 100 sent, a wonderful exhibition piece and a true rarity of the issue, covers with this issue have eluded most of the great Mexico collections; with 2016 M.E.P.S.I. certificate.
Scott No. 19 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A GREAT EAGLE ISSUE RARITY - ONE OF ONLY FIVE ON COVER USAGES OF THE ½R EAGLE ISSUE FROM THE FIRST PERIOD.
Lot 2711Mexico, 1861, Second Issue, ½r black on buff, Queretaro, complete sheet of 60, full o.g., bright and fresh with complete unreduced selvage all around, natural preprinting paper fold in 7th row and horiz and vertical file folds only affecting a few stamps, still Very Fine for this, a great rarity with only three sheets recorded; with 2007 Jaretzky certificate.
Scott No. 6 Estimate $6,000 - 8,000.
A REMARKABLE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE 1861 ½R ISSUE FROM QUERETARO.
Lot 2782 ()Mexico, 1864, Eagle (2nd Period), 8r red, Jalapa, in combination with 1864, Eagle (2nd Period), 4r green, Jalapa, both cons 132-1864, 4r full margins to in at right, 8r large margins, tied by "Jalapa, Setbre 6" cds on certified cover front receipt to Mexico City, matching certified straight line date stamp with manuscript "6 Octobre de 1864" and "Certi-Ficado" oval handstamps (Schatzkes 596 + 601), Very Fine, very rare as only 100 of each were sent (NF $3,100 for off cover singles), Pietsch rarity K for each stamp ($1,000-2,000).
Scott No. 25a var. Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
Lot 21551893, Columbian, $4 crimson lake, block of 4, o.g., lightly hinged, wide margins, fresh with rich bright color, horizontal gum crease affecting bottom stamps, otherwise Very Fine, still an attractive and rare Columbian high value multiple.
Scott No. 244 $10,000.
Lot 13701852 (Jun. 8) Papeete, Tahiti to London via San Francisco Cal., folded letter with blue "San Francisco Cal 16 Sep" cds with matching "Paid" and "29" rate handstamp, New York red "3" credit handstamp to G.B., carried by Collins Line Atlantic from New York Oct. 16th to Liverpool arriving Oct. 27th, red London (10.28) arrival cds, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO "29" IN BLUE, A REMARKABLE USAGE FROM TAHITI.
Letter sent privately to agent in San Francisco, where the 29¢ fee to England was paid. It was carried by Pacific Mail Steamship Co. steamer "Golden Gate" from San Francisco to Panama City and by U.S. Mail Steamship Co. steamer "Illinois" from Chagres to New York. Blue handstamp "29" applied at San Francisco when letter paid by agent. The blue color ink was used in San Francisco from September 1 to December 13, 1852 only.
Lot 1178(Illinois) "Kaskaskia, Illinois Territory, March 2. 1813", dateline on ALS folded letter from Governor Ninian Edwards to Governor Shelley at Frankfort Ky., interesting letter reading, "I have the honor to enclose… extract from a letter to Mr. Bolvine which will show that the Indians are no motion to attack us - I have recd another letter of similar in part - I had clearly foreseen this want and an … to disappoint these savages. I have raised and … service several fine companies of mounted volunteers, and shall myself set out for the frontier the day after tomorrow".
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN EXCELLENT LETTER FROM ILLINOIS TERRITORIAL GOVERNOR NINIAN EDWARDS MENTIONING INDIAN WARS TO KENTUCKY GOVERNOR SHELBY.
The Territory of Illinois was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 1, 1809, until December 3, 1818, when the southern portion of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Illinois. Its capital was the former French village of Kaskakia and with Ninian Edwards as Governor. Governor Isaac Shelby was in office from 1812 to 1816.
Lot 18661887, 3¢ vermilion, in combination with 2¢ green on 5¢ Grant entire to Gibraltar paying the 5¢ UPU rate plus 5¢ supplementary mail fee, tied by "N.Y. Supplementary, Feb 15" duplex postmarks, Gibraltar (2.28) arrival cds, forwarded to Tangier with additional Mar. 1st cds, Tangier (3.1) arrival cds, Very Fine, an unusual usage and destination combination.
Scott No. 214 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED 3¢ VERMILION SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL USE.
Lot 12981847 (Jun. 1) New York, N.Y. to London, England, folded letter with red "New York Jun 1" cds with matching arced "Paid" handstamp, endorsed "per Washington", carried by Ocean Line Washington from New York Jun. 1st to Southampton arriving Jun. 15th, red "London 16 JU 1847" arrival backstamp and manuscript "1/" shilling discriminatory due rating, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A RARE LETTER CARRIED ON THE INAUGURAL VOYAGE OF AMERICAN TRANSATLANTIC PACKET SERVICE.
The commencement of the American Packet service led to Britain imposing a "Discriminatory Rate" on mails landed at Southampton with all US prepayment ignored and the One Shilling Packet Rate charged to the addressee. There are four recorded examples to Great Britain, each showing the discriminatory fee. There are also three recorded covers on this voyage to France and Germany.
Lot 22261923, $5 carmine & blue, top margin plate block of 8 with two plate numbers and guide arrow, o.g., never hinged (gum skips affecting five stamps), exceptional centering throughout, rich colors, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine and choice, a wonderfully well centered plate block of the 1923 $5 Freedom issue.
Scott No. 573 $3,750.
Lot 2889Mexico, 1939, 20c blue & red, Sarabia overprint, bottom left corner margin block of 4, o.g., never hinged (hinged in selvage only), fresh and Very Fine, a wonderful position multiple.
Scott No. C93A $3,200 for singles.