Lot 1962France, 1870, 40c blood red, clear to huge margins, deep color, canceled by "532" dotted lozenge cancel on folded letter to Blaye, matching "Bordeaux, 26 Janv, 71" cds and receiving backstamp, Very Fine, a scarce on cover usage; with 2005 and 2016 Roumet certificates. Yvert No. 48e. Maury No. 48h €3,000 ($3,180).
Scott No. 47 var. Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 1963France, 1870, Bordeaux, 80c black, Sperati reproduction, "trial color" in glazed card (47x65mm), signed in pencil, Sperati handstamp on reverse, Very Fine. Maury No. 49F.
Scott No. 48F Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1964France, 1872, Ceres, 1c olive green on pale blue, in combination with 1876, Sage Type I, 2c green on greenish on intact printed wrapper banded notice, all tied by "Paris, 1 Sept, 76" cds, Very Fine and rare; with 2016 Roumet certificate. Maury No. 50+62.
Scott No. 50+65 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1965France, 1871, Ceres, 10c brown on rose, small numerals, tête-bêche, horizontal pair, in combination with 1872, Ceres, 5c yellow green on pale blue on mourning folded letter sheet to Paris, canceled by large numeral "532" lozenge cancels with matching "Bordeaux, 19 Janv 75" cds, clear arrival backstamp, Very Fine; signed Calves, Brun, with 1992 & 2017 Roumet certificates. Maury No. 58+53.
Scott No. 55a+53 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A RARE ON COVER USAGE OF THE 1871 10C SMALL NUMERALS ISSUE IN TÊTE-BÊCHE FORMAT.
Lot 1966 oFrance, 1871, Ceres, 15c brown bister, small numerals, tête-bêche, vertical pair, "1" dotted star cancel, bright pastel-like color, small edge repair in one stamp, Very Fine appearance, still a very presentable example of this rare tête-bêche pair; with 2015 Roumet certificate. Scott No. 56a var.
Maury No. 59b €23,500 ($24,930).
Lot 1967France, 1870, Siege of Paris, 40c orange on yellowish, horizontal pair and single, tied by dotted lozenge anchor cancels on folded letter sheet to Veracruz, Mexico, with "St. Thomas, 8/3, 1872" cds alongside; single stamp with corner nick at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine. Yvert No. 38. Maury No. 38.
Scott No. 59 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 1968France, 1870, Siege of Paris, 40c orange on yellowish, tied by "A.S.N.A." lozenge cancel on cover to Alercon, matching "Versailles, Assemblee Natl., 3 Nov, 73" cds, reverse with transit and receiving cds' as well as embossed "Assemblee Nationale" on backflap; small cover edge nick above stamp, F.-V.F. Yvert No. 38. Maury No. 38 €1,650 ($1,750).
Scott No. 59 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1969France, 1878, Sage Type I, 40c red on straw, right margin single, o.g., never hinged, bright and fresh, Very Fine. Yvert No. 70. Maury No. 70 €900 ($960).
Scott No. 74 $950 for n.h.
Lot 1970France, 1876, Sage Type I, 75c carmine on rose, o.g., rich color, fresh and Fine; with 2014 Roumet certificate. Yvert No. 71. Maury No. 71 €1,450 ($1,540).
Scott No. 75 $950.
Lot 1971France, 1878, Sage Type II, 3c yellow on straw, horizontal pair, in combination with 1877-80, 4c claret + 4c violet brown + 10c black + 15c blue + 35c black on yellow & 1879-90, 3c gray, two singles + 20c red on yellow green, all tied by red "Ligne N, Paq. Fr. No. 1, 1 Juin, 92" cds' on cover to Luxembourg, transit and receiving backstamps; some cover edge wear, F.-V.F., an attractive 8-color franking. Yvert No. 86.
Scott No. 89 Estimate $750 - 1,000.