Lot 1Great Britain, 1856 London to New York, folded cover franked with 1847 1sh (four singles cut to shape) + perforated 1d red tied by numeral "17" grid cancels with orange London Maltese Cross postmark on reverse, markings include ed "20 Cents" credit to the U.S. (4 x 5¢ per half ounce U.S. inland), red curved "Paid" and circular "X" hand-stamped, Very Fine.
Scott Nos. 5+16 Estimate $300 - 400.
This franking paid the correct rate of one pence late fee, plus 1 shilling per half ounce for up to an ounce, and an additional 2 shillings for between one and two ounces, as G.B. had no triple rate.
Lot 2Great Britain, 1857 Chester, Great Britain to New York, N.Y., cover franked with 1847 1sh green (cut to shape) + 1856-58 1d tied by numeral "180" barred oval duplex cancel of Chester with brown manuscript underlined "above 1/2 oz" & handstamped "48" cents due marking, backstamped "Liverpool De 7, '57" cds, Very Fine.
Scott Nos. 5+20 Estimate $150 - 200.
As this wasn't sufficiently prepaid, it was treated as totally unpaid at the rate of 24 cents per half ounce. The only sailing that fits the Liverpool markings is that of the Collins Line steamer "Adriatic", departing on her final voyage for this line from Liverpool on 9-Dec-1857, arriving New York 21-Dec-1857.
Lot 3Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 1d black & 2d blue, mint entires, bright and fresh; 2d light wrinkles, Very Fine pair.
Scott Nos. U1-U2 $810.
Lot 4Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 1d black, A223, Forme 6 (scarcer), dated Bristol SP 12 1840 red Maltese cancel, to London, very fresh for this, minor fault on internal back flap from being sealed, Very Fine. Scott Nos. U3 $600.
SG Nos. ME2; £750 ($890) Estimate $200 - 250.
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Lot 5 oGreat Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 1d black, stereo A66, Forme 3, addressed to Birmingham with light "Wolverhampton, Ap 27, 1844" cds, reverse with rare Birmingham temporary date stamp of the same day; some skillfully repairs at top with faint scuffing on Britannia, Extremely Fine appearance, the rare Birmingham temporary date stamp was only used in April of 1844; with 2016 M. Jackson certificate. SG Nos. ME1.
Scott Nos. U3 Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 6Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 1d black & 2d blue, mint entires; slight overall toning, 2d some mount marks on reverse, F.-V.F. pair.
Scott Nos. U3-U4 $775.
Lot 7Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 2d blue, stereo a96, particularly bright and fresh, Extremely Fine. SG Nos. ME3 £425 ($510).
Scott Nos. U4 $440.