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Sale 96: The Robert S. Boyd Collection of US-German Mails

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Lots 5001-5010

Lot 5001    

1835, 1841 United States to Germany via Union Line, two folded letters: 1835 (Apr. 8) New York N.Y. to Undingen, Württemberg carried by Union Line Francis Depau from New York Apr. 10th, French "Pays D'Outremer/Par Le Havre" framed handstamp with red crayon "48" kr final due rating; 1841 (Jun. 28) Plymouth Mass. to Göttingen, Hanover carried by Union Line Oneida from New York Jul. 1st to Le Havre arriving Jul. 22nd, red "Outre Mer, Le Havre" (7.22) arrival cds with red crayon "42" kr and red ms. "9½" ggr final due rating.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $220

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Lot 5002    

New York, N.Y., 1845, 5¢ black on bluish, light blue folded letter care of Jas. Lang, London, England bearing New York, N.Y., 5¢ black on bluish (9X1a), Position 16, ample to large margins, tied by red "New-York '5 Paid' Nov 29" foreign-mail integral-rate cds, carried as endorsed by Cunard Britannia from Boston Dec. 2nd to Liverpool arriving Dec. 17th, red London (12.17) arrival backstamp and manuscript "1/-" due rating; stamp with minor wrinkle at left center, Very Fine and scarce, ex-Lapham, Frelinghuysen.
Estimate    $3,000 - 4,000.

A SCARCE USE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL TO TRIESTE VIA LONDON.

As usual for this correspondence, this cover was sent to James Lang in England and forwarded to Trieste outside the mails.

Realized: $2,500

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Lot 5003    

(Freight Money) 1847 (Feb. 23) New Orleans, La. to Dresden, Saxony, Redirected to Göttingen, Hannover, folded letter with "New Orleans La. Feb 23" cds with "Paid" h.s. and manuscript "25" prepaid rating for freight money fee and blue manuscript "10" for inland postage, carried by Black Star Line Nicholas Biddle from New York Mar. 5th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 26th, "Liverpool Ship/26MR1847" backstamp with manuscript "1/6" debit to Prussia, forwarded to Hannover, various German debits with final "22¼" ggr. due rating, Very Fine, One of only three recorded freight money covers to Germany..
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter prepaid 25¢ steamship freight money fee plus 10¢ inland fee to New York in anticipation of going on board the new steamship Sarah Sands, marked in blue ink, upper right. Letter arrived in New York after steamer left so New York postmaster placed it on sailing ship to Liverpool and refunded unused portion of freight money fee. London marked 1/6d debit to Prussia and sent letter on steamer to Hamburg. Prussians marked 16-2/3 sgr. for 1846 Anglo-Prussian Convention fees owed them (15 sgr. to U.K. and 1-2/3 sgr. for Hamburg transit). Prussia added 5 sgr. transit fee and debited Saxony 21-2/3 sgr. (not shown), which Leipzig converted to 218 npf. Postage due at Dresden was 234 npf with 16 npf added for Saxony transit. Letter redirect to Hannover and marked for 22¼ ggr. postage due.

Realized: $230

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Lot 5004    

1847 (Jul. 10) Philadelphia Pa. to Hannover, Germany, folded letter datelined July 10th with endorsed "New York, Bremen Steamer" at top, instead carried by sailing ship to Bremen, boxed "See Brief." (Vanderlinden 2554, scarcity 6) and "America/über Bremen" handstamps, Bremen (9.23) transit backstamp and red crayon "5" grote due rating (1 11/12), Hanover added 2ggr domestic for red ms. "3 11/12" ggr final due rating, Very Fine, ex-Boettger.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Ocean Line
Washington made its maiden voyage on June 1st 1847. This letter was intended for its August voyage, which was postponed for mechanical reasons. This letter was sent by private sailing ship as a result.

Realized: $250

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Lot 5005 ()   

1847 (Sep. 28) Brattleboro Vt. to Furstenau, Hannover, Germany, cover front bearing 5¢ red brown (1), rich color with mostly large margins except clear at bottom, tied by blue circular 13-bar grid cancel, matching blue "Brattleboro Ct., Sep 28" cds, carried by Cunard Line Britania from Boston Oct. 1st to Liverpool arriving Oct. 16th, London manuscript "1/6" debit rating, Hannover black "England/über Bremen" two-line handstamp and red crayon "12" ggr restatement (1s6d) also ties stamp, manuscript "14gg 2d" rating at top right; 5¢ with vertical crease, a Very Fine use; with 2012 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A VERY EARLY USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE TO GERMANY.

The first U.S. steamship sailed in June 1847. During the retaliatory time period, the British charged sea postage on prepaid mail carried by U.S. ships. So to avoid the double payment, the sender specified "Engl. Steamer". The total postage paid by the sender and addressee was 45¢.

Realized: $5,250

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Lot 5006    

1850 (Apr. 3) Boston, Mass. to Cassel, Kurhessen, gray folded datelined letter endorsed "via Ostend & Coln" at top, carried privately on Cunard Line Niagara from Boston Apr. 3rd to Liverpool arriving Apr. 16th, entered mails prepaid with red "London, Paid" (4.16) cds and matching red "P" oval handstamp with red ms. "1/8" prepaid rating, red ms. "1/4" credit, red "Aus England, per Aachen Franco" framed handstamp; Prussian blue ms. "f 3 1/3" credit to Thurn & Taxis, indistinct arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $150

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Lot 5007    

1851 (Feb. 1) Pittsburgh Pa. to Deizisau, Württemberg, blue folded cover with brilliant red "Pittsburgh Pa., Feb 1" cds and matching "Paid" and "10" rating handstamps, carried by Union Line Gallia from New York Feb. 8th to Le Havre arriving Mar. 5th, Ligne L'Havre (3.5) arrival backstamp, blue Essingen (3.9) arrival backstamp, red ms. "18/4" totaled to 22 kr due in red crayon, Very Fine and attractive with all markings in red.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

The steam packet "Franklin" also left New York on Feb. 8th, but the sender directed the letter to go via New York and Le Havre without paying the 24¢ ship letter fee. So, it was sent by sailing vessel without charge. The French transit was 6 decimes, or 18 kr, plus Thurn & Taxis 4 kr transit for total due of 22 kr.

Realized: $210

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Lot 5008    

1852 (Mar. 26) Cincinnati, Ohio to Darmstadt, Hessen, gray folded letter with bold red "Cincinnati O. '5 cts' Mar 26" integral-cds, red "Paid" straightline, carried by Cunard Line Niagara from Boston Mar. 31st to Liverpool arriving Apr. 13th, red London (3.14) transit backstamp and manuscript "1/4" debit 1s4d rating, red Aachen (4.15) exchange backstamp and "Amerika/über Preussen" two-line handstamp, blue ms. "57" debit rating, German (4.17) arrival backstamp and red crayon "57/1" final due rating, Very Fine and scarce use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $260

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Lot 5009    

1854 (Mar. 1) New Philadelphia Pa. to Herrenberg, Württemberg, blue folded letter with sharp "New Philadelphia O. Mar 1" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with ms. "20" rating, light red "New York, Am. Packet, Mar 14" exchange cds, carried by Havre Line Nashville from New York Mar. 14th to Le Havre arriving Mar. 28th, red "Outre mer Le Havre" (3.28) entry cds, Herrenberg (3.31) arrival backstamp, red ms. "14/6" totaled to "20" kr due, Very Fine, ex-Feldman.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

The French transit was 5 decimes, or 16 kr, plus Thurn & Taxis 6 kr transit for total due of 20 kr.

Realized: $120

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Lot 5010    

1864 (Jul.) On-board Ship letter to Würzburg, Bavaria, cover with Bronze Lady Liberty and Indian Maiden Civil War Magnus Patriotic design carried by Hapag Saxonia from New York Jun. 25th to Southampton arriving Jul. 6th, entered mails with "Southampton, JY 6, 64" origin cds, red London transit backstamp, Calais (7.7) transit cds, Wurtzburg (7.9) arrival backstamp and blue ms. "45" kr due rating; light wax seal stain, F.-V.F. and scarce transatlantic Magnus Bronze patriotic use.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $1,100

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