Lot 51161858 (Nov. 17) Jefferson City, Mo. to Munster, Prussia, blue folded letter bearing 10¢ green, types I, II, III (31, 32, 33), each canceled by "Paid" handstamp, matching "Jefferson Mo., Nov 17", red "N.York, Br. Pkt. 'Paid 7' Nov 24" credit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Asia from New York Nov. 24th to Liverpool arriving Dec. 5th, red "Aachen, Franco 12/7" framed handstamp and matching "Recomandirt" fancy framed handstamp, Dec. 8th arrival backstamp; 10¢ type 1 with scissor cut, a fresh and Very Fine registered use, a rare franking with three different 10¢ 1857 issue types prepaying the 30¢ PCM rate.
Estimate $500 - 750.
In October 1855, a registered mail article was added to the Prussian Closed Mail agreement. Registered letters had to be fully prepaid, including the 5¢ registration fee in cash. US post offices usually did not use "Registered" markings; the originating post office and the NY exchange office assigned registry numbers. Aachen marked a registered letter with a red "Recomandirt" (Recommandirt- Registered) and the weight in Prussian Loth (1 Loth = 1/2 oz). This letter weighed "4/10" Loth Wùrttemberg and marked "recommand".
Lot 51171861 (Jul. 1) St. Louis Mo. to Waiblingen, Württemberg, orange buff cover bearing 30¢ orange (38), tied by "Saint Louis Mo., Jul 7 1861" cds, red "New-York, Jul 6, 1861" cds and red crayon "7" cent credit rating, carried by Inman Line Kangaroo from New York Jul. 6th to Queenstown arriving Jul. 17th, red "Aachen, Franco 19/7" framed transit and matching "Recomandirt." fancy framed registry handstamp, blue ms. ratings including "7/10" Loth weight, Waiblingen (7.26) arrival backstamp, Very Fine, 30¢ Prussian Closed Mail rate plus 5¢ Registry Fee paid in cash.; with 1994 and 2008 P.F. certificates.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND EARLY FOREIGN REGISTRY USAGE BEARING THE 1860 30¢ ISSUE.
Lot 51181867 (Nov. 12) Savannah, Ga. to Rendsburg, Holstein, registered folded cover showing blue "Savannah, Ga. Nov 12" cds and "Registered" framed handstamp with matching open grids tying two 30¢ orange (71) vertical pairs and 5¢ brown (76) single, red "New York, Registered, Nov 19, 1867" rimless transit and red crayon "28" credit (7-times 4¢), carried by Cunard Line Java from Boston Nov. 20th to Liverpool arriving Dec. 3rd, blue Verviers Coeln (12.3) transit backstamp and manuscript "19" Sbgr. (45¢) due rating; vertical file fold, 5¢ with some slight perf toning, a Very Fine use, overpayment of the four-times 28¢ Prussian closed mail rate plus 5¢ registry fee, ex-Paliafito, DuPuy.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE FOREIGN REGISTRY USAGE TO GERMANY WITH THE FEE PAID BY STAMPS.
The Aachen Exchange Office began using blue ink for their markings in 1865. This quadruple-rate wrapper had the registry fee paid by a stamp rather than cash, which was common practice by this time.
The convention with the North German Union became effective 1 January 1868, and ended the Prussian Closed Mail agreement. Instead of the customary "AACHEN FRANCO" marking for Prussian Closed Mail, this cover bears the marking of the Verviers-Coeln Railway Post Office, the name of the Aachen Exchange Office under the NGU convention. The December 5, 1867 date on this and one other cover is its earliest known use.