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The Collins Line

Lots 958-967 Lots 968-972

Lot 968    

(TransA - Collins) "Quaker City" Round Voyage, 1856 (Feb. 12) Boston Mass. to Cognac, France, 1856 (Feb. 12) Boston Mass. to Cognac, France, datelined gray folded letter with "Boston Am. Pkt., Feb 15" exchange backstamps and red "PAID" straightline with pencil "21" cent prepaid rating, carried for Collins Line by Quaker City from New York Feb. 16th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 1st, red London (3.3) transit backstamp, Calais (4.3) entry cds and "8" décimes due handstamp, Cognac (3.5) arrival backstamp.

1856 (Mar. 4) Liverpool, England to Kennebunk, Me. blue cover with Liverpool (3.4) cds and matching large "3/Cents" debit handstamp, carried for Collins Line by Quaker City from Liverpool Mar. 5th to New York arriving Mar. 21st, "N.York Am. Pkt. '24' Mar 21" debit cds, tiny tone spot, ex-Winter., a Very Fine and scarce pair of covers carried east and westbound sailings of the Quaker City for Collins Line.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

The "Quaker City" was chartered by Collins for a single round voyage after the loss of the "Pacific".

Realized: $300

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Lot 969    

(TransA - Collins) (1857 (Apr. 7) Alexandria Va. to Hong Kong, China via London, buff cover with "Alexandria Va. Apr 7" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp and manuscript "33" cent rating, red "New-York Am. Pkt. Apr 11" exchange cds and magenta "12" cent credit to G.B., carried for Collins Line by Alps from New York Apr. 11th to Liverpool arriving Apr. 25th, red London Paid (4.25) transit cds, train to Marseilles and carried by P&O Euxine Apr. 29th to Alexandria arriving May 5th, overland to Suez for P&O Bentinck departing May 9th to Galles arriving May 24th, then P&O Singapore departing May 26th to Hong Kong arriving Nov. 10th, Hong-Kong (11.11) double-arc backstamp; light tone band, F.-V.F. and rare voyage.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

"Alps" of the Cunard Line was chartered to carry the "Baltic" mails from New York on Feb. 14th 1857. "Baltic" had required extensive voyage repairs after returning to New York on Feb. 6th. On the return voyage, Alps went by way of Boston. No contract mails were carried on the return voyage as the Collins Line had made no arrangements with Cunard for this voyage. See Hubbard's articles in Chronicles 84 and 102.

Reverse.

Realized: $475

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Lot 970    

(TransA - Collins) 1857 (Apr. 7) Washington D.C. to Paris, France, cover bearing 1¢ blue (7) and 10¢ green, type IV-II (16-14) horizontal pair, pos. 74-75L, large margins to in at top, all tied by "Washington D.C., Apr 7" cds to Paris, France, red "New York 'Paid 6' Apr 11" credit exchange cds, carried for Collins Line by Alps from New York Apr. 11th to Liverpool arriving Apr. 25th, red Calais (4.25) entry cds; small left edge flaw, Very Fine and rare voyage, Carried on the second of only two voyages by Alps.; with 1998 A.P.S. certificate.
Scott No. 16-14; $2,000 as used pair    Estimate $500 - 750.

"Alps" of the Cunard Line was chartered to carry the "Baltic" mails from New York on Feb. 14th 1857. "Baltic" had required extensive voyage repairs after returning to New York on Feb. 6th. On the return voyage, Alps went by way of Boston. No contract mails were carried on the return voyage as the Collins Line had made no arrangements with Cunard for this voyage. See Hubbard's articles in Chronicles 84 and 102.

Realized: $600

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Lot 971    

(TransA - Collins) 1857 (Aug. 4) Liverpool, England to New York N.Y., blue folded letter with sharp "Liverpool, AU 4, 1857" double-arc datestamp with perfect bold "3/Cents" debit handstamp, carried as endorsed for Collins Line by Columbia from Liverpool Aug. 5th to New York arriving Aug. 17th, New York "24" due handstamp; some letter bleed, otherwise Very Fine, Carried by Columbia on the second and final voyage on charter to Collins.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $160

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Lot 972    

(TransA - Collins) "Adriatic" Maiden and Return Voyages, 1857 (Nov. 21) New York, N.Y. to Cognac, France, folded letter with "New York '18' Nov 21" exchange debit cds, carried for Collins Line by Adriatic from New York Nov. 23rd to Liverpool arriving Dec. 4th, red French (12.5) entry cds with "16" décimes due handstamp; aging along fold. "Adriatic" sailed from New York two days late which is why New York circular datestamp did not show departure date. U.S. debited France 2x9¢=18¢. Postage due of 2x8=16 décimes marked on ambulant from Calais to Paris.

1857 (Dec. 9) Liverpool, England to Boston, Mass., datelined folded letter with red "Liverpool Paid, DE 9 1857" origin cds and red manuscript "1" shilling prepaid packet rating, red "21/Cents" credit rating handstamp, carried as endorsed for Collins Line by Adriatic from Liverpool Dec. 9th to New York arriving Dec. 21st, red "Boston Paid, Am. Pkt., 22 Dec" exchange cds, Very Fine and rare sailing, ex-Hegland., F.-V.F. pair carried on the only voyage of Adriatic, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PAIR OF COVERS CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN AND ONLY ROUND VOYAGE OF THE "ADRIATIC" FOR THE COLLINS LINE, WHICH TERMINATED OPERATION IN FEBRUARY 1858.

Realized: $575

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