Lot 944(Restored Rate) 1848 (Dec.) Persia To Monson Mass. Via Edinburgh, Scotland, part folded letter from missionary in Persia with disinfection slits, entered mails with red "Paid at Edinh. Dec 22 1848" split ring postmark and red manuscript "1/-" packet rating, London (12.23) and Liverpool (12.23) backstamps, carried by Cunard America from Liverpool Dec. 30th to Boston arriving Boston Jan. 12th, red "Boston 'Ship' Jan 12" entry cds and matching "7" rating handstamp for 5¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, red "Monson Ms. Jan 15" cds forwarding to Palmer, manuscript "Palmer Ms 7, Forward 5" totaled to "12" due rating, Very Fine and attractive, A rare dinsinfected and forwarded transatlantic use during the restored rate period.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 945(Restored Rate) 1848 (Dec. 29) Liverpool, England To Petersburg, Va., folded letter endorsed "p. America", red "Paid at Liverpool, DE 29 1848" postmark and matching "1/-" shilling prepaid packet rating h.s., carried by Cunard Line America from Liverpool Dec. 30 to Boston arriving Jan. 12, red "Boston Ms. 'Ship' Jan 12" cds and red crayon "12" cents due rating for 10¢ inland postage and 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine and rare example of first westbound restored rate sailing.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Letter carried on first of four Cunard mail voyages to the U.S. during six week period when pre-retaliatory rates were resumed before U.S.-U.K. postal convention became effective. Two voyages went to Boston and two to New York. Covers during this period are referred to as "restored rate" covers.
Lot 946(Restored Rate) 1849 (Jan. 22) New York N.Y. To Cognac, France, blue folded letter prepaid only 5¢ to Boston, carried by Cunard Line America from Boston Jan. 24th to Liverpool arriving Feb. 4th, red London (2.5) transit backstamp with matching "Colonies, &c.Art.13" accountancy marking, red Boulogne (2.6) entry cds, Cognac (2.8) arrival backstamp with manuscript "19" decimes due rating for 9 dec. internal postage plus 10 dec. GB fee, Very Fine, Note that there were only three Eastbound sailings from the United States to England during the Restored Rate Period, so that examples of letters sent to France via this route are very uncommon.
Estimate $200 - 300.