Lot 31191857, 12¢ black, plate I, horizontal strip of three, used with 1¢ blue (24), trimmed perfs, tied by circular grid cancels, matching "Washington D.C., Sep 17, 1860" cds on cover to Grobin, Libau, Russia (Latvia), partial "Boston Br. Pkt. Sep 19" exchange backstamp and red crayon "14" cent credit, red "Aachen, Franco 2/10" framed transit and blue ms. "fr 3" rating; left 12¢ toned, couple small cover edge tears at right, F.-V.F. use at the 37¢ Prussian Closed Mail rate to Russia, ex-Sevenoaks.
Scott No. 36 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE USAGE OF THE 1857 ISSUE TO RUSSIAN LATVIA.
Unlike this cover to Latvia, most of the 37¢ rate to Russia via Prussian Closed Mail uses are from the Pierce correspondence to St. Petersburg.
Lot 3120 o1859, 12¢ black, plate III, vertical pair, remarkably well centered with wide margins, intense shade and impression, light strike of blue grid cancels, Extremely Fine and choice pair; with 1993 and 2014 P.S.E. certificates, latter graded (XF 90).
Scott No. 36B $640.
Lot 31211860, 24¢ gray lilac, intense proof-like color and impression on bright paper, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, matching "Boston. Br. Pkt. Mar 6" exchange backstamp and red "19" cent credit handstamp on 1861 folded cover to Smyrna, Turkey, addressed in care of an address in London, England, red London Paid (3.18) arrival cds, receiving datestamp (Mar. 18), then privately carried to Turkey, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Gabriel (Angel).
Scott No. 37 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 31221860, 24¢ gray lilac, tied by "Stonington, Conn. Dec 8" cds on J.M. Whittemore & Co. "In Union There is Strength" Patriotic Cover to Liverpool, England, forwarded with G.B. 1d red tied by "466" barred oval duplexed with "Liverpool, 23 AU, 61" duplex to Wiltshire, remailed to London with red "Redirected/Postage Unpaid" framed handstamp, London (8.24) arrival backstamps; 1d slightly discolored, Very Fine and rare transatlantic patriotic use, ex-Mathies; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 37 Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A STRIKING 24¢ 1857 ISSUE CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC USE TO ENGLAND AND FORWARDED WITH G.B. 1D RED.
Lot 31231860, 24¢ gray lilac, used with 5¢ brown (30A), each with magenta pen stroke, red "New-York, Br. Pkt. Feb 19" exchange backstamp and matching magenta "34" credit rating on 1861 buff cover to Angier, Java, endorsed "Overland Mail", carried by Cunard Line Canada from Boston Feb. 20th to Queenstown arriving Mar. 2nd, red London Paid (3.4) transit cds, red Singapore backstamp; edge wear, some stamp flaws, Fine use to an extremely rare destination, ex-Ishikawa, Gallagher and Myers; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 37 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
This cover would have required an additional 10¢ to pay the 39¢ British rate via Marseilles, which was probably paid in cash as there is no evidence of a missing stamp.
Lot 3124 o1860, 30¢ orange, exceptionally well centered within balanced margins, vibrant color with strong impression on bright paper, bold red circular grid cancel, Extremely Fine and choice; with 1986 and 2003 P.F., 2012 P.S.E. certificates, latter graded (XF 90, SMQ $1,200), somewhat conservatively graded in our opinion.
Scott No. 38 $525.
Lot 31251860, 30¢ orange, bright shade, tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston 'Paid 12' Dec 29" credit datestamp on square-shaped 1860 cover to Mostaganem, French Algeria, French (1.11) transit cds, reverse with Paris transit and Mostaganem receiving cds; couple small edge tears, Very Fine, ex-Haas, Sevenoaks, Gabriel (Angel); with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 38 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN OUTSTANDING 30¢ 1857 ISSUE USE TO AN EXOTIC DESTINATION IN THE CLASSIC PERIOD.
Although Algeria was considered by French postal authorities to be part of France (with the same rates), it is highly regarded as a separate destination by postal history collectors.
Lot 31261860, 30¢ orange, vibrant color, tied by well-struck red grid along with light strike of matching "New York 'Paid 6' Jul 20" cds on 1861 blue folded cover to Lyon, France, carried as endorsed by Havre Line Arago from New York Jul. 20th to Havre arriving Aug. 3rd, ultramarine Havre (8.3) entry octagon and red boxed "PD" handstamp also ties stamp, Lyon (8.4) arrival backstamp, fresh and Very Fine; with 2019 P.F. certificate, small Warren H. Colson (W.H.C.) handstamps at lower right, Philip Ward backstamp.
Scott No. 38 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 31271860, 30¢ orange, tied by "Washington D.C., Jul 14, 1861" cds on 1861 embossed "Union Forever" Flag Patriotic cover to Lechhausen, Bavaria, partial strike of red "N.York, Br. Pkt. '7 Paid' Jul. 17" credit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Persia from New York Jul. 17th to Queenstown arriving Jul. 26th, partial red Aachen Franco framed transit, Lechhausen (7.30) arrival backstamp; reduced slightly at left, 30¢ slightly scissor separated at top with intact perfs, Very Fine; with 2006 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 38; $7,500 on a patriotic cover Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A RARE 30¢ 1860 ISSUE USE ON A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER TO GERMANY.
This "Union Forever" Flag patriotic cover was mailed the day after the Battle of Bull Run, the first major Civil War battle and a win for the Confederacy.
Lot 31281860, 30¢ orange, canceled by red NYFM circular grid cancel, matching "N.York, Am. Pkt. '7 Paid' Apr 6" credit exchange cds on 1861 light buff cover to Saxony, Germany, carried by Inman Line City of Baltimore from New York Apr. 6th to Queenstown arriving Apr. 18th, red "Aachen, Franco 20/4" framed handstamp ties 30¢; German (4.22) arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine and choice; with 1980 and 2004 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 38 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A BEAUTIFUL 30¢ 1860 ISSUE USE TO GERMANY WITH ALL POSTAL MARKINGS STRUCK IN RED.