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Sale 81: The Sescal Sale

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Transatlantic Mails - Foreign Mails 1858 to 1886

Lots 365-374 Lots 375-384 Lots 385-388

Lot 365    

"Sarah Sands" Second Return - 1858 (Apr. 22) Hong Kong, China to New York, N.Y., datelined folded letter endorsed "Via Marseilles", partial Hong Kong (4.22) double-arc backstamp, carried by P&O steamers from Hong Kong via Marseilles, red London (6.12) backstamp and manuscript "24" cent debit to U.S., carried transatlantic by Vanderbilt Line Ariel from Southampton Jun. 16th to New York arriving Jun. 29th, sharp strike of "New - York Am. Pkt. Jun 30" cds and "45" cent due handstamp for ¼ - ½ ounce letter via Marseilles (effective Jan. 1857 to Aug 1861), a Very Fine use at the 45¢ rate.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Very interesting letter from Augustine Heard & Co. concerning ship wreck and Second Opium War: "…About 4,000 Packages have been recovered from the wreck of the "Cruiser" and are held by the sailors until some settlement until some settlements are made with the local underwriters of the ship. Some 2000 packages more, report says were carried off by the local Chinese to Whampoa and sold there….The "Grey Feather" has come down the river from Whampoa to complete he loading here, probably with Chow-Chow Cargo…The Chinese traders at Canton, anticipating some hostile proceedings towards foreigners upon the arrival of the new Governor General, who is expected from the north about the 10th, are very anxious to move off what stocks of Teas and other export produce they have remaining on their hands… All the foreign Ambassadors have left Shanghae for the north; and should the Allied Powers carry into effect their reported intentions of stopping the supplies for Pekin serious apprehensions are entertained that the Chinese will take some retaliatory measures at the Treaty Ports…".

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Realized: $425

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Lot 366    

1858 (Jun. 6) Calcutta, India to Boston Mass., light salmon cover with sharp "Forwarded by Wills Brothers & Co., Calcutta" oval and red "Cal., 6, Jun, 1858, G.P.O." origin cds on reverse, endorsed "Per 'Candia' via Southampton", framed "INDIA UNPAID" handstamp and pencil "1" pence colonial debit to London, red London (8.2) transit backstamp and manuscript "12" debit, carried by Inman Line City of Washington from Liverpool Aug. 4th to New York arriving Aug. 18th, black "New.York, Am. Packet. Aug 19"; cover tears, Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Calcutta struck small boxed INDIA UNPAID and debited G.B. 1 penny for colonial fee. London debited U.S. 12¢ for transit fees from India via Southampton.

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Realized: $160

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Lot 367    

1858 (Dec. 8) Calcutta, India to Boston Mass., cover with original datelined enclosure, red "Calcutta, 8 Dec 1858" backstamp and and manuscript "1½" annas debit for the Colonial fee via Marseilles, black "INDIA UNPAID" framed handstamp, endorsed "pr 'Candia' via Marseilles" at top, red London (1.15) transit backstamp and manuscript "18" cent debit to U.S., carried by Inman Line City of Baltimore from Queenstown Jan. 19th to New York arriving Feb. 4th, bold "Boston, AM. Pkt., Feb 8" backstamp with matching "39" due rating for the ¼ ounce rate via Marseilles, Extremely Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

The 39¢ rate from India via Marseilles for up to ¼ ounce comprised: 18¢ debit to Britain, 16¢ American packet sea passage plus 5¢ U.S. inland.

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Realized: $180

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Lot 368    

1859 (c., Jan. 8) London, England to Newport R.I. via New York, folded cover from the Vernon correspondence to Newport R.I. with London "8/IA" bishop mark on flap and red manuscript "1 N" shilling packet rating, entered U.S. mails with "New / York" two-line postmark and manuscript "4 dwt" rating, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 369    

1859 (Mar. 18) York, England to Philadelphia, Pa., cover bearing G.B. 1s green tied by "York, MR 18 1859" duplex, Liverpool (3.19) backstamps and small red "5/Cents" credit exchange handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Persia from Liverpool Mar. 19th to New York arriving Mar. 30th, red "Phila. Br. Pkt. 'Paid 24' Mar 30" exchange cds, forwarded with 3¢ dull red (26)" cancelled by grid cancel, matching "Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 31 1859" octagonal datestamp, Very Fine and scarce mixed-franking transatlantic forwarded use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Realized: $300

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Lot 370    

1859 (Nov.) Auraria, Kansas Terr. via Council Buffs, Iowa to Henley on Thames, England, yellow cover with "Aurarua, near Denver City, Kansas Territory, U.S." return address on reverse, entered mails with "Council Bluffs, Iowa, Nov 23, 1859" cds and bearing 12¢ black (36B) horizontal pair tied by pen cancels, red "Portland Me., Am. Pkt. '3' Dec 3, 1859" credit exchange cds, carried by Allan Line Bohemian from Portland Dec. 3rd to Liverpool arriving Dec. 15th, red London Paid (12.16) transit cds, Henley on Thames (12.17) arrival backstamp; pair hinged in place, Fine and rare transatlantic use from Kansas Territory via Portland Packet, This was the maiden return voyage of the Allan Line "Bohemian".
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Gold was discovered in Georgia in 1828, and the town of Auraria was named in 1833. In 1857 a group of Aurarians called the "Russell Boys" traveled to the Pikes Peak region to seek gold, which they discovered in the sands of Cherry Creek in February 1858. This soon gave birth to a town which they named Auraria in honor of their Georgia home. Council Bluffs, Iowa is approximately 540 miles east of Auraria.

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Realized: $325

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Lot 371    

1860s, U.S. Consul of Mexico Diplomatic Pouch via Washington D.C. to Hudson N.Y., amber cover endorsed "JAS Killin, U.S.C., Mexico" as U.S. Consul, sent via diplomatic pouch,free franked "B.S. Chew, C.C." as chief clerk and blue "DEPARTMENT OF STATE" straightline handstamp, entered mails with "Washington D.C., Free, May 13" cds to Hudson N.Y., Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $230

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Lot 372    

1860 (Aug. 4) Darlington, England to Wytheville, Va., cover with blue "Darlington AU 4 1860" double-arc datestamp, carried by Cunard Line Niagara from Liverpool Aug. 3rd to New York arriving Aug. 16th, black "N. York Br. Pkt. '24' Aug 15" exchange debit cds with matching small "19" debit accountancy handstamp, manuscript "Due 24" at top left; edge flaws, missing right backflap, Fine, A Rare Example of This Unlisted New York Small "19" Debit Accountancy Handstamp. .
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 373    

1861 (Feb. 13) Hong Kong, China to Salem Mass., fresh gray folded cover docketed "Augustine Heard & Co., Hong Kong, Feb 13, 1861" and endorsed "Via Marseilles", entered mails with "Hong Kong, C, FE 14 '61" cds, manuscript "1" 1s due rating, London "24 / Cents" debit handstamp to U.S. for British foreign transit, carried by Inman Line Edinburgh from Queenstown Mar. 28th to New York arriving Apr. 8th, sharp bold "Boston Am. Pkt. Apr 8" exchange cds and matching bold "45" due handstamp, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 374    

1861 (Sep. 6) Boston Mass. to Cardiff, Wales, orange buff cover with red, white and blue Civil War Patriotic design showing Snake, Eagle and American Flag, addressed to Capt Daniel Jones, Ship W. Moses in care of the American Consul, "Boston, A.Pkt. '24' Sep 6" debit exchange cds, carried by Inman Line Glasgow from New York Sep. 7th to Queenstown arriving Sep. 20th, red London (9.21) transit backstamp and manuscript "1/-" due rating for transatlantic packet, Cardiff (9.22) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $350

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