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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Transatlantic Mail

Lots 1402-1411 Lots 1412-1421 Lots 1422-1431

Lot 1412    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jul. 6) Guilford, England to London, England, mourning cover with "Guilford, JY 6, 1848" single-arc datestamp and red manuscript "1/-" prepaid rating, red London Paid (7.7) cds and Liverpool (7.7) transits, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Hibernia from Liverpool Jul. 8th to New York arriving Jul. 21st, New York red "24" cent due rating handstamp; edge wear and small faults, Fine, One of the earliest recorded example of the scarce New York small "24" retaliatory rating handstamp.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $120

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Lot 1413    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Aug. 26) Vera Cruz, Mexico to London, England via New Orleans, datelined folded letter with red "Forwarded by Schmidt & Co., New Orleans" forwarders oval on flap, entered mails with black "New Orleans, La. Sep. 16" cds and matching "Paid" and "34" rating handstamps, carried by Cunard Line Europa from New York Sep. 27th to Liverpool arriving Oct. 9th, red London (10.10) arrival backstamp and manuscript "1/-" shilling due rating; minor fold wear and toning, F.-V.F., An uncommon example of New Orleans "34" retaliatory rating handstamp.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1414    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Sep. 5) Paris, France to Boston, Mass., folded letter with red Paris cds and manuscript "15" décimes prepaid rating on reverse, carried by Cunard Line Acadia from Liverpool Sep. 9th to Boston arriving Sep. 24th, London "Paid 6 SP" and Liverpool (9.7) transits, red "24" retaliatory due rating for 24¢ packet fee; light toning, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter carried on 12th of 25 Cunard voyages westbound to Boston under the retaliatory order.

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Lot 1415    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Nov. 17) New Orleans, La. to London, England, folded letter with black "New Orleans La. Nov 18" cds and matching "Paid" and "34" rate handstamps for prepaid single rate of 10¢ postage plus 24¢ packet fee, carried by Cunard Line Acadia from Boston Nov. 29th to Liverpool arriving Dec. 12th, London (12.13) backstamp arrival and manuscript "1" shilling retaliatory due packet rating; two file folds, F.-V.F., ex-Winter.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Letter carried on the 22nd of 26 Cunard mail east bound voyages to England under the retaliatory order. This was the final mail voyage of the "Acadia" for Cunard.

Realized: $80

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Lot 1416    

1852 (May) Ship Loo Choo at Sea, North Atlantic to Dorchester, Mass. via Cowes, Isle of Wight, folded letter from sailor on board the ship Loo Choo in North Atlantic, latitude 29°N 11'W, which was transferred to another ship headed to England and landed at Cowes, "Cowes / Ship-Letter" backstamp, British manuscript "32" cent debit to U.S. for "8" pence (16¢) incoming ship fee plus 16¢ transatlantic packet service, carried by Cunard Line Africa from Liverpool May 8 to Boston arriving May 20, red "New-York 'Ship' May 20" exchange cds and manuscript "37" cent postage due with 5¢ added for inland postage, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

The U.S.-U.K. convention of 1848 had a provision for this 37¢ rate, which is uncommon. The New York Ship cds is rare on transatlantic convention mail.

Realized: $450

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Lot 1417    

1853 (Nov. 9) St. Louis Mo. to Lucerne, Switzerland, folded letter with red cds and bold red "20" rating handstamp, bold "PART / PAID" two-line handstamp paid to French border only, red Le Havre transit cds, red Basel (12.7) transit backstamp, red crayon "65" and dark red "90" rappen due rating; some ink bleed, F.-V.F., ex-Risvold.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Complete Images.

Realized: $80

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Lot 1418    

1856 (Apr. 25) Edinburgh, Scotland to New York, N.Y., blue folded letter with red Edinburgh (4.25) backstamp and bearing G.B. 1s green, embossed (5), large margins to touched, tied by Edinburgh "131" roller cancel, red Liverpool (4.26) transit and matching "5/Cents" credit handstamp, carried by Cunard Line America from Liverpool Apr. 26th to Boston arriving May 10th, New York red "Paid" arc handstamp; horizontal fold, Very Fine; with 2008 Sismondo certificate.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1419    

1856 (Sep. 4) Mokelumne Hill, Cal. to Urrugne, France, fancy embossed cover with "Moeklumne Hill Cal. Sep 4" cds and matching "Paid 26" rating handstamp for the 21¢ American packet rate plus 5¢ West Coast fee, carried by Ocean Line Washington from New York Oct. 4th to Brest arriving Oct. 20th, Calais (10.20) entry cds and matching "8" decimes due handstamp, reverse with Paris aux Pyrenees (10.21) railroad cds and Behobie (10.23) arrival cds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $100

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Lot 1420    

1857 (Jul. 10) Madison, Ind. to Port Stewart, Ireland, cover with "Madison Ind. Jul 10" cds, black "N. York Br. Pkt. '5' Jul 14" debit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Niagara from Boston Jul. 15th to Liverpool arriving Jul. 26th, Dublin "American Mail, JY27 1857" rimless cds with attached "1/" shilling due rating, Coleraine (7.27) arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

AN UNCOMMON EXAMPLE OF THE DUBLIN "AMERICAN MAIL" MARKING WITH ATTACHED RATE.

In January 1856, London authorized Dublin to mark rates on Irish mail when there was insufficient time to do so in Liverpool.

Realized: $230

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Lot 1421    

1857 (Oct. 6) St. Louis Mo. to London, Canada West, buff cover with clear "St. Louis Mo. Oct 6, 1857" cds and matching "10" rating handstamp, partial "United States, 6" pence exchange oval, reverse with Windsor (10.8) and London (10.9) arrival cds; flap torn, Very Fine, ex-Nettles.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $80

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