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Sale 75: The Sescal Sale

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Transatlantic Mails - Foreign Mails 1801 to 1852

Lot 196    

1842 (Apr. 7) Baltimore, Md. to Longtown, England, envelope with letter with blue "Baltimore, Md. Apr. 7" cds with matching "Paid" handstamp with blue manuscript "37½" rating for double-weight to Boston, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Boston May 1st to Liverpool arriving May 15th, black "1/-" shilling due rating, Longtown (5.17) framed arrival datestamp, Very Fine, a scarce example of a pre-1845 envelope on transatlantic mail, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

In the U.S., letters were charged by the number of sheets of paper until the shift to a weight basis in July 1845. Because envelopes were charged as a sheet of paper, they were seldom used in this country before July 1845.

Realized: $120

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