Lot 10681858 (c., Jun. 11) Burlington N.J. to Hamilton, Bermuda, cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26), upper left corner repair, tied by "Burlington N.J. Jun 11" cds to the care of Messrs. Tucker & Lighthouse in New York, crossed out and forwarded, manuscript "Due 3" rating, Bermuda manuscript "4" pence due rating, Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 10691860 (c.) Conn. to Bermuda, 3¢ red on buff (U10) entire addressed to American Consul bearing 1¢ blue, type II (20), deep rich color, and two 3¢ dull red (26) singles, one faulty, all tied by partial blue Ct. cds for the 10¢ American packet rate; minor edge wear, 1¢ wrinkled from placement, F.-V.F. and exceptionally rare use, ex-Beals, Piller.
Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY 5 RECORDED 1857 ISSUE COVERS TO BERMUDA.
Lot 10701861 (Jul. 1) San Francisco Cal. to Guatemala via Panama, left straddle line pair, pos. 71-81R2, tied by two strikes of "San Francisco, Jul 1, 1861" cds on light yellow United States Marshal's Office, Northern District of California envelope addressed to Hon. E.O. Crosby, U.S. Minister, Guatemala in care Wm. Nelson Esq., Panama, black "4" reales due rating handstamp; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
This cover is prepaid for the 20¢ West Coast rate (over 2,500 miles) per ½ ounce. The rate for under 2,500 miles was 10¢ per ½ ounce.
Lot 10711861 (Jul. 3) Washington D.C. to Guatemala, orange buff cover to Mr. S.N. Hilton, U.S. Legation, Guatemala, care of Mr. Corwine, U.S. Consul, Panama, bearing 3¢ dull red (26), 5¢ brown (30A) and 12¢ black (36B) single and pair, all with some scissor cut perfs, tied by two strikes of "Washington City, D.C. 'Free' Jul 3, 1861" cds, black "6"due rating handstamp; corner mend and reduced at ends, Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
A scarce franking apparently overpaying the 34¢ per ½ oz. American packet rate via Panama, then British packet to destination (effective October 1860 to September 1862). Previously, the rate for distances over 2,500 miles had been 44¢ per ½ oz., and it is possible the sender thought the rate still applied.