Lot 1471870, 1¢ ultramarine, H. grill, bottom margin single with part imprint, o.g., barest trace of hinge, rich brilliant color and pristine freshness, strong well defined grill impression, Very Fine, a lovely position single; with 2015 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 134 $2,000.
Lot 148 o1871, 7¢ vermilion, H. grill, geometric cancel, remarkably well centered within beautifully balanced margins, bright color, full intact perfs and strong clearly defined grill impression, Extremely Fine to Superb, ex-N. Kirke; with 1989, 2004 & 2017 P.F. certificates, the latter Graded (XF-S 95, SSV $3,000).
Scott No. 138 $500.
ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE 1871 7¢ BANKNOTE H. GRILL ISSUE.
Lot 1491870, 10¢ brown, tied by bold strike of red "New York, Paid All, Nov 22" cds on 1871 gray folded letter from Aux Cayes, Haiti to New York, N.Y. via St. Thomas, blue "Brown, Ross & Co., Aux Cayes, Hayti, Nov 4, 1871" double-oval, endorsed "Via St. Thomas", carried by private ship to St. Thomas, entered mails with partial "St. Thomas 14/11 1871" cds and bearing Danish West Indies, 1866, 3¢ rose (2), clear to large margins, tied by matching five-ring canceler with center dot, carried by U.S. and Brazil Mail Steamship Line North America departing St. Thomas Nov. 14th to New York arriving Nov. 21st; some edge wear.
Scott No. 150 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
ONE OF THE FINEST OF ONLY 6 RECORDED U.S. 10¢ BANK NOTE ISSUE - DWI 3¢ 1866 ISSUE COMBINATION FRANKINGS.
The local Danish West Indies postage was prepaid by the 3¢ 1866 imperforate stamp. The United States 10¢ steamship rate was prepaid by the 10¢ 1870 Bank Note issue.
Lot 1501870, 10¢ brown, natural s.e. at right, tied by partial "New Haven N.Y. Aug 1" duplex on cover to Lucerne, Switzerland, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Aug 3" exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Cuba departing Aug. 3rd to Queenstown arriving Aug. 12th, sent via France to Basel where "30" centimes emergency surcharge assessed, Zurich (8.19.1870) backstamp, original Aug. 1st 1870 enclosed letter; part of flap missing, cover tear and edge flaw, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 150 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS SPECIAL EMERGENCY FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR RATE PREPAID BY THE 1870-88 BANK NOTE ISSUE.
After France declared war on July 19th 1870, German forces entered the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, using their Baden territory as a staging area for troops and supplies. The mass of German activity in Baden obstructed the normal mail route via Ostende and Aachen to Basel. Switzerland organized an alternative temporary route, westbound across France to England. The closed bags went from the Basel exchange office northwest through Paris, crossing the Channel to England from the French port of Calais. The temporary Swiss rate for this emergency service was 80c per 15 grams, 30c (as due rated "30" in red crayon) higher than the 50c rate by the treaty mandated German-Belgian route. As a result, United States mail was surcharged "30" centimes.
Lot 1511870, 10¢ brown, tied by NYFM circle of Vs (TR-W4a) and red "New York, May 14" exchange cds on 1870 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "Etats-Unis, Paq. Fr. No 1, 14 Mai 70" octagon datestamp, carried by French Line Pereire from New York May 14th to Havre arriving May 24th, black "8" decime due handstamp, Paris (5.25) and Bordeaux (5.26) arrival cds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 150 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST ON COVER USE OF THE 10¢ BROWN 1870 ISSUE.
Lot 152 o1870, 30¢ black, neat segmented cork cancel, exceptional centering amid wide margins, deep intense color, Extremely Fine to Superb, a wonderful large-margin gem; with 2010 P.S.E. Graded certificate (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $2,000).
Scott No. 154 $300.
Lot 153 o1870, 90¢ carmine, cork cancel, choice centering amid well balanced margins, strong brilliant color, Extremely Fine and choice, an exceptional high value; with 1997 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates, the latter Graded (XF 90, SMQ $750).
Scott No. 155 $350.
Lot 1541873, 2¢ brown, vertical bisect, tied by "West Haven Conn., Mar 30, 1895" cds on small local cover to D.C. Abbott in West Haven Ct., late use, Very Fine and rare.
Scott No. 157e $1,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED 1873 2¢ BROWN VERTICAL BISECT COVERS.
Lot 1551873, 6¢ dull pink, bottom margin plate no. "21" block of 12 with imprint, disturbed o.g. and slightly short gumming at bottom, attractive overall centering, bright vibrant color and very fresh, some reinforced perf separations, Very Fine, with less than a dozen plate blocks recorded; with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 159 $17,500.
A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1873 6¢ CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.
Lot 1561873, 7¢ orange vermilion, o.g., lightly hinged once, deep intense color, choice centering amid uncommonly wide margins, an Extremely Fine jumbo, a stunning large margin stamp; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 160 $1,150.