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Sale 81: The Sescal Sale

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Transatlantic Mails - Foreign Mails 1848 to 1853

Lots 305-314 Lots 315-324 Lots 325-334 Lots 335-340

Lot 305    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jun. 16) Palermo, Italy to Boston Mass. via London, datelined folded letter carried privately to London, red "Paid, L.S." (6.30) Maltese cross with red manuscript "1/-" prepaid rating, carried by Cunard Line Niagara from Liverpool Jul. 1st to Boston arriving Jul. 12th, Boston red "24" retaliatory due rating handstamp, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $150

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Lot 306    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jun. 20) Wellington, New Zealand to Salem, Mass. via London, England, folded letter in care of Baring Bros. with red "Paid at Wellington, New Zealand" crown circle and red manuscript "4" rating, sharp "Wellington, New-Zealand, JU27, 1848" rimless backstamp, endorsed "pr Philip Laing" at top, red London (10.31) arrival backstamp and manuscript "1/4" rating, remailed with London "Paid" (11.3) Maltese cross and red manuscript "1/-" shilling prepaid packet rating, carried by Cunard Line Acadia from Liverpool Nov. 9th to Boston arriving Nov. 19th, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Nov 19" cds and matching "29" cent retaliatory due rating handstamp for 24¢ transatlantic packet plus 5¢ inland postage, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

AN EXCEPTIONAL TRANSATLANTIC USE FROM NEW ZEALAND TO THE UNITED STATES DURING THE RETALIATORY RATE PERIOD.

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Realized: $550

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Lot 307    

1848 (Jun. 26) Malaga, Spain to Boston Mass. via London, datelined folded letter with blue "U.S. Consulate, Malaga" octagonal hand, red Malaga origin cds, sent unpaid overland via Paris to London, red (7.7) arrival backstamp and manuscript "1/3" due rating applied, postage due paid by Baring Bros and remailed with red London "Paid, L.S." Maltese cross datestamp and red manuscript "1/-" 1s prepaid rating, carried by Cunard Line Hibernia from Liverpool Jul. 8th to New York arriving Jul. 21st, bold strike of red "29" retaliatory due handstamp for 24¢ transatlantic packet plus 5¢ inland postage, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter was sent overland via Madrid and Paris to London where Baring Brothers & Co. paid postage due and remailed letter to Boston.

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Realized: $325

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Lot 308    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jul. 9) Zurich, Switzerland to Baltimore Md., folded cover with red "Zurich, Vormittag, 9 Juli 1848" origin cds and matching bold "PD" framed handstamp, red manuscript "102" rating on reverse, additional red orange Zurich (7.11) cds, endorsed via "England" at top, London red "Paid" (7.13) transit cds, Liverpool (7.13) transit, carried on Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Jul. 15th to Boston arriving Jul. 27th, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Jul 27" cds and matching "34" retaliatory due handstamp for 24¢ packet rate plus 10¢ inland postage; some edge wear and light toning, F.-V.F. and scarce retaliatory rare use from Switzerland.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 309    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jul. 11) New-Castle-on-Tyne, England to Boston, Mass., datelined folded letter with blue "Newcastle-on-Tyne, JY 11, 1848" cds, bold red "Detained for Postage" framed handstamp and matching "Returned for Postage" framed backstamp, red manuscript "postage not paid" at left, Liverpool (7.13) backstamps, red London "Paid" (8.31) transit cds and manuscript "1/-" transatlantic packet rating, Liverpool (9.1) transit and framed "NOT PAID" handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Sep. 2nd to New York arriving Sep. 14th, New York blue manuscript "29" cent retaliatory due rating for 24¢ packet fee plus 5¢ inland postage, Very Fine and unusual held for postage use during the retaliatory period.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Realized: $300

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Lot 310    

(Retaliatory Rates) 1848 (Jul. 17) Munster, Prussia to New York N.Y., folded letter with "Munster, 18 / 7" origin cds with magenta "15/16" zoll loft weight note at top left (approx. 13.6 grams) and matching "fr 14¼" rating updated to "21¾", Aachen oval "P." handstamp, Belgian manuscript "1-10" credit to G.B., red London "Paid" and Liverpool (7.22) transits, missed the America and held for Cunard Line Acadia departing Liverpool Jul. 29th to Boston arriving Aug. 13th, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Aug 14" cds with matching "29" cent retaliatory rating handstamp for 24¢ transatlantic packet plus 5¢ inland postage, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

The transit fee through Belgium was based on 7½ grams for a single letter while Prussian and British single letter rates were based on 1 loth and ½ ounce, or 15 grams each. Therefore, this letter required one Prussian rate, two Belgian rates and one British rate.The letter was prepaid 21sbr 9pf.

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Realized: $170

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Lot 311    

1848 (Aug. 19) Sonneberg, Germany to New York N.Y., folded letter endorsed "via Ostende & Liverpool Steamer" at top with red "Sonneberg / 19 Augt 1848" two-line postmark with matching "PP" handstamp and ms. "3-6" rating, red ms. "1 1/8" weight notation (18 grams) top left, magenta "fra 27 - 24 - 18 - 106 } 148" kreuzer indicating double and triple rates for Prussian (Turin & Taxis) transit to and from Belgium, British transit and sea passage, Aachen blue ms. "42¼" sbr conversion, oval "P." handstamp, red London "Paid" (8.24) transit cds, Liverpool (8.24) transit, carried by Cunard Line Hibernia from Liverpool Aug. 26th to Boston arriving Sep. 8th, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Sep 8" cds and matching "58" retaliatory double-weight rating handstamp for two-times 24¢ packet plus two-times 5¢ inland postage; horizontal fold, F.-V.F. and rare double-weight retaliatory use from Germany.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The articles of the Anglo-Prussian Convention, Oct. 1st 1846, eff. Jan. 1st 1847, specified that on paid letters there was to be marked in the upper right corner the amount (in British currency) due to the receiving exchange office. The Aachen exchange office inscribed "3-6" 3s6d, the equivalent of 106 kreuzer for British transit and sea passage to the U.S. and applied the black oval "P." to indicate the letter was paid.

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Lot 312    

1848 (Aug. 25) London, England to New York N.Y., blue folded letter with "Fenchurch St" straightline, red London "Paid" (8.25) cds and red manuscript "2/-" prepaid rating, carried by Cunard Hibernia from Liverpool Aug. 26st to Boston arriving Sep. 2nd, "Boston Ms., Ship, Sep 8" cds and bold "58" retaliatory due handstamp for double the 24¢ transatlantic packet and double the 5¢ inland postage; file fold, Very Fine and choice double-weight retaliatory rate use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $375

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Lot 313    

(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    $100 - 150.

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Lot 314    

(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    $200 - 300.

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

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Realized: $190

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