Lot 12691861, 1¢ blue, horizontal pair, in combination with 1861, 10¢ green on 1861, 3¢ pink entire to Konigsau, Germany, all tied by "Lexington, Ky., Jan 9" origin cds's, red "N. York, Brem Pkt., 12 Paid, Jan 18" cds and blue Bremen transit handstamp, NGL Line Steamship "Bremen" prepaid the 15 cent treaty rate, Atlantic transit of 20 days to Bremen (delayed at Southampton until February 5th); small cover tear at left, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 63+68+U35 Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Opening Bid: $140
Lot 12701861, 1¢ blue, dot in U, plate 9, three singles, small faults, tied by two strikes of "Philadelphia Pa. Oct 22 1861" cds on lady's cover to Sanbury Pa., D. O. Blood & Co. 1¢ bronze (15L14), acid tied, paid the carrier fee to the mails by private carrier, "Bloods, Penny Post, Oct 22, 1861" cds, F.-V.F.; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 63 var. Estimate $250 - 350.
Illustrated and discussed in Donald Evans, The United States 1¢ Franklin 1861-67, pg. 164, fig. 10-1.
Current Opening Bid: $130
Lot 12711861, 1¢ blue, group of 25 circular rate usages bearing single frankings except 1863 Boston circular bearing pair, includes legal-size State of Maine Adj. Gen. Office shaded ad cover, Rutland Vt. with blue fancy radial geometric, some illustrated circulars, etc.
Scott No. 63 Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Opening Bid: $290
Lot 12721861, 1¢ blue, group of 24 covers bearing frankings of three 1¢ including singles, pairs, vertical and horizontal strips of three, includes one 63b dark blue vertical strip of three (cat. $800 each single) with APS cert., various origins including Chicago Ill., Fort Dodge Ioa., New Berne N.C., Auburn N.Y., Baltimore Md., Brooklyn N.Y., Washington D.C., some cancels including framed "Paid", circle of wedges, grids, Philadelphia patent, etc.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 63 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Opening Bid: $475
Lot 12731861, 1¢ blue, group of 39 drop rate covers with single or double frankings, cancels in red, blue and blue, towns including Chicago, Providence, Boston, Middletown Conn., Sandusky O., Nashua N.H., Pawtucket R.I., Malden Ms., Logansport Ind., Greenville S.C., Keene N.H., Hillsdale Mich., Yonkers N.Y., Washington D.C., San Francisco, Westerly R.I., Burlington N.J., etc; some faults, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 63 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Opening Bid: $625
Lot 12741861, 3¢ rose, bright color, used in combination with 3¢ dull red (26), tied by partial Illinois 1861 town datestamp on orange cover to Springfield Ill., Very Fine and scarce combination, ex-Hegland; with 1989 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Opening Bid: $70
Lot 12751861, 10¢ green, horizontal pair, rich color, tied between perfs by four-ring target with center dot cancel, matching "Alpena, Mich, Apr 14" cds on orange buff cover to Trondheim, Norway, endorsed "Via Hamburg or Bremen line paid" at bottom left, partial red "New York, Paid All, Direct, Apr 19" exchange backstamp and matching "10" in circle overstruck with correct "6" credit, carried by NGL Line Weser II from New York Apr. 23rd to Bremen arriving May 6th, red "Bremen, Franco 6/5 68." framed handstamp and matching red "Weiterfr. 2-1/2 Sgr." framed handstamp (equivalent to the 6¢ credit); edge wear, left 10¢ tiny tear, Very Fine.
Scott No. 68 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1861 ISSUE FRANKING PREPAYING THE RARE PREPAID 20¢ NORTH GERMAN UNION DIRECT MAIL RATE TO NORWAY, PERHAPS THE ONLY RECORDED PROPERLY PREPAID EXAMPLE.
The prepaid 20¢ North German Union direct mail rate per ½ ounce became effective with the US-NGU Convention on January 1, 1868. It was lowered to 16¢ only four months later on May 1st. The Chicago exchange office typically made up treaty mail from the Northwest and Chicago area, and sent it by train to the Allan Line steamers departing from Quebec (Summer) or Portland (Winter).
Current Opening Bid: $950
Lot 12761861, 10¢ yellow green, straight-edge at right, tied by cogwheel, matching well-struck "San Francisco Cal., Jul 10, 1867" cds on fresh blue cover with blue "Post Office, Paid, Victoria Vancouver Island" oval handstamp to New York N.Y.; minor edge tears and hinge reinforcing on back, Very Fine and attractive use from Vancouver Island, ex-Hall.
Scott No. 68 Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Opening Bid: $190
Lot 12771861, 30¢ orange, used with 2¢ black (73) and 12¢ black (69), each tied by circular grid cancel, matching "La Crosse Wis., Dec 24, 1863" cds on orange cover to Ringsaker, Norway, partial red "Detroit, Mich, Am. Pkt., Paid, Dec 31" exchange backstamp and matching red "23" in circle handstamp credit to Prussia, forwarded by train to Portland, carried by Allan Line Jura from Portland Jan. 2nd to Londonderry arriving Jan. 12th, red "Aachen, Franco, 16/1" framed transit handstamp, blue ms. "f 6½" credit rating (17¢), reverse with Hamburg (1.16.64), K.D.O.P.A. Hamburg (1.16) transits, and Christiania (1.25) arrival cds; edge wear and soiling, Fine and scarce.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A SCARCE THREE-VALUE 1861 FRANKING TO NORWAY AT THE 44¢ PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE VIA THE DETROIT EXCHANGE OFFICE.
The 44¢ per ½ ounce Prussian Closed Mail rate to Norway was effective May 1, 1863 to May 31, 1865. Minnesota was settled by a large number of Norwegians. The Detroit exchange office typically made up treaty mail from the Wisconsin area and sent it by train to the Allan Line steamers departing from Quebec (Summer) or Portland (Winter).
Current Opening Bid: $475
Lot 12781861, 30¢ orange, tied by grid handstamp on regimental addressed cover from Philadelphia, Pa. to Wellington, India, sent via French mail with red Calais and Madras transit cds's, reverse with numerous transit date stamp and ribbon Too Late handstamp, red Wellington receiving cds; docketing at left additionally tying stamp, F.-V.F.; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Opening Bid: $220