Lot 32021863 (Oct. 23) Le Havre, France to Philadelphia Pa., blue folded letter bearing France, 1862 80c Rose (28; Yvert 24), tied by lozenge cancel, "Le Havre 23 Oct. '63" origination double-circle datestamp, London Paid (10.24) transit cds, carried by Inman Line Edinburgh from Liverpool Oct. 28th to New York arriving Nov. 15th, "Philadelphia Am. Pkt. Nov 16" exchange cds also ties stamp and matching "21" cents due handstamp, Very Fine and unusual.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Vanderbilt ships were American-flagged vessels. When the Civil War began in April 1861, all of Vanderbilt's ships were chartered to the government for military use, which put a permanent end to their mail service. U.S.-British treaty mails carried by other lines were unaffected. In 1860, the Inman Line expanded their New York - Liverpool schedule from bi-weekly to weekly service.