Lot 2739Massachusetts to Chile, 1866, Prepaid 34 cents by Stamps, U.S. packet to Panama. Then British Packet to South America, credited 25 cents, of which one cent was retained for Panama transit and the remaining 24 cents (equal to one shilling) then credited to Great Britain. Franked with 1861, 30¢ orange + 1863, 2¢ black, pair with s.e. at left; stamps with small faults including a tear in pair and cover tone spots, all markings strong, F.-V.F. appearance, a scarce and most attractive cover.
Scott No. 71+73 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 2740HAPAG Line Steamship "Teutonia", New York September 1st - Southampton September 13th 1866. Envelope posted at New York to receive the "NEW PAID YORK / SEP / 1" departure stamp addressed to Paris and routed in a closed bag via Southampton to Havre transiting there September 14th 1866. Prepaid $1.05 cent being the rate for up to 1? ounces set in April 1857 using 1861, 30¢ orange, vertical strip of three + 1866, 15¢ black (s.e. at left). Reverse bears Paris arrival stamp for September 15th 1866. Atlantic Transit of 12 days to Plymouth; cover slightly reduced at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. 71+77 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 2741Baltimore & Liverpool Steamship Company, Steamship Carroll Maiden Voyage, Queenstown June 7th - Baltimore June 21st 1866. Wrapper file noted "London 6th June 1866" to Richmond, Virginia. Baltimore had no appropriate stamp for the rate and annotated the letter "24/36" in crayon as depreciated currency, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
The Line operated between October 1865 and October 1868 on a somewhat sporadic basis with three slow and unreliable steamships. Winter notes that few covers carried on this route are known. Atlantic Transit of 14 days.
Lot 2742Mourning Envelope to Ireland by American Packet, 1866. Prepaid by two each of 1861, 10¢ yellow green, pair + 1863, 2¢ black large red "NEW-YORK / AM. PACKET" cds with integral "3" cent credit to Great Britain, addressed to Holy Cross, Ireland; left 10¢ stamp with tiny tear and 2¢ at bottom slightly overlapping cover, Very Fine.
Scott No. 68+73 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 2743NGL Line Steamship "Hansa" Mails to France, New York June 23rd - Southampton July 3rd 1866. Envelope with letter sheet dated "New York June 23 1866" addressed to Havre and redirected to Paris. Prepaid the rate for 1/3 to 1/2 ounce of 30 cents using a 1861, 30¢ orange tied by red circle of wedges cancel. Struck with the New York "SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL" stamp (type A) for mails put onto the quay 10 minutes prior to sailing. Atlantic Transit of 10 days, Very Fine.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2744French Line "Europa", New York October 20th - Brest October 31st 1866. Wrapper file noted "New York Oct 66" to Bordeaux prepaid the 15 cent rate using 1861-63, 5¢ brown + 10¢ green. Reverse bears Paris transit of November 1st and Bordeaux of next day. Letter delivered at the suburb of La Bouscat 2¼ miles north of the City on November 2nd. Atlantic Transit 11 days; 5¢ with blunt perfs and small cover tear at top, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 68+75 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2745Inman Line "City of Washington" Delayed Arrival. Envelope originating in St. Louis 27th March 1866 an put onto the City of Washington at New York to receive the "N. YORK AM PKT / 21 / MAR / 21" American Packet credit stamp for the 31st March. Addressed to Thurles, County Tipperary and taken off the City of Washington by the Propontis on the 12th April 1866. Landed at Cork on the 27th April where the Cork 1 Shilling packet rate charge stamp was applied, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
On the 31st May 1866 the "City of Washington" left New York for Queenstown and Liverpool. On the 2nd April she lost her propeller and continued under sale. On the 12th April she lost her rudder and shortly after her passengers, and it would seem the Irish mails were taken off by the "Propontis".
The "City of Washington" continued onto Queenstown with a temporary rudder arriving 7th May. The cover appears to have been dropped at Cork by the "Propontis" on the 27th April.
Lot 2746HAPAG Line "Borussia", Hamburg June 3rd - New York June 16th 1866. Envelope posted at Clausthal, Germany to New York arriving Hamburg the same day. Stamped with the "HAMBURG PACKET 12 / JUN / 2" 12 cent credit to HAPAG departure stamp. On arrival at New York stamped with the Depreciated Currency mark "N.Y. 15 HAMB PKT U.S.24 NOTES / JUL /16" for the 15 cents treaty rate of October 1859. Atlantic Transit 12 days to Bremen, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 2747London to San Francisco via New York 1867, with Extremely Fine Agent's Cachet in Blue. Ship in double oval handstamp of H. Starr & Co., agents for the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, the Panama Rail Road Company. And the California & British Columbia Steam Ship Company, folded letter with printed letterhead of those companies named. Sent unpaid (due 24), postmarked with San Francisco cogwheel duplex (though letter carried without stamps), Very Fine, A lovely and quite scarce handstamp, ex Kramer.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 2748French Line "St. Laurent", New York - Brest 29th December 1866 - 8th January 1867. Envelope posted 29th December addressed to Hiersac, Charentes Department. Stamped with Line H date stamp when put onto vessel. Prepaid the 30 Cents rate for over ½ Ounce of April 1857 using 1861, 10¢ orange tied by unusual blue geometric cancel. Atlantic transit of 10 days, Very Fine; with 1995 Holcombe certificate.
Scott No. 71 Estimate $600 - 800.