Lot 2387Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 12c blue, Veracruz, Papel Sellado watermark, cons 50-73, tied by "Veracruz, Feb 2, 1874" cds (Schatzkes 1753 A) on folded letter sent per Corsica to Havana, Cuba, with bold "3" reales inland Cuba rate handstamp and red crayon "4" British postage paid, British agency "Paid at Veracruz" crown circle handstamp with additional "Vera-Cruz" date stamp on reverse, Very Fine, believed to be the second latest recorded usage of the Veracruz crown circle handstamp, ex-Rosenthal; with 2008 M.E.P.S.I. certificate.
Scott No. 82 Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
By the mid 1870's, the volume of mail out of the British agency at Tampico was down to between 1,000-2,000 pieces, while Veracruz was handling even less. Because of low volume the Veracruz agency was closed in 1874 and Tampico in 1876. This is one of the latest usages through the British agency at Veracruz.
Lot 2388 ()Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 50c yellow, Matamoros, Papel Sellado watermark, cons 25-72, tied cover front to Zacatecas by circular handstamp, F.-V.F (Follansbee 90w1, $400).
Scott No. 84 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2389Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 6c green, block of four, San Luis Potosi, unwatermarked, cons 37-72, tied by two strikes of San Luis Potosi circular handstamps (Schatzkes 1460) on 1872 folded letter to Mezquite; light file fold affecting right pair, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce block of four usage.
Scott No. 93 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2390Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 25c red, Chalco, unwatermarked, con 6-72, tied on small cover by Tlalmanalaco wreath postmark (Schatzkes 103, Taylor 12/1), to Veracruz, Very Fine.
Scott No. 95 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2391Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 25c red, Tixtla Guerrero, unwatermarked, cons 11-73, tied on folded letter to Mexico by oval Iguala cancel (Schatzkes 1847A, Taylor TG-10/2), Very Fine and scarce.
Scott No. 95 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2392 ()Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 25c red, Ures, unwatermarked, cons 29-72, in combination with 1872, 12c blue, Orizava, cons 31-72 (used out-of-district) on judicial front by Nogales oval cancel, Very Fine, ex-Schimmer.
Scott No. 95+94 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2393Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 100c gray lilac, Durango, unwatermarked, in combination with 1872, 6c green + 50c yellow, Durango, all cons 15-73, tied by Durango cds on 1873 registered front to Mexico City, Durango certification boxed date stamp and additional cds' in corners; slight front separation along fold at bottom, Very Fine, an impressive three color franking.
Scott No. 98+93+96 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 2394 ()Mexico, 1872, Hidalgo imperf, 100c gray lilac, Durango, unwatermarked, in combination with 1872, 12c blue + 50c yellow, all cons 15-72, tied by Durango cds on 1873 registered front to Mexico City, Durango certification boxed date stamp and additional cds' in corners; 12c with surface scrape at lower left, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 98+94+96 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2395Mexico, 1881, Hidalgo Profile, 10c orange, thin paper, without district overprint (Mexico), horizontal strip of 4, tied on piece by two strikes of fancy Cap & Rays cancel of Texcoco (Schatzkes 1627 - 400 points, Taylor MEX 81/8), one strike virtually complete, margin fault and spot affecting two stamps, Very Fine strikes, very rare.
Scott No. 119c Estimate $250 - 350.