Lot 51391857 (Feb. 25) Sunfish, Ohio to Signau, Bern, Switzerland, unsealed buff cover bearing two 3¢ dull red (11A) singles tied by neat "Sun Fish, Ohio, Feb 28" cds, black "N.York, Br. Pkt. '23' Mar 4" debit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Asia from New York Mar. 4th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 16th, red Aachen (3.18) transit backstamp and blue ms. "45" kr due rating, reverse with Basel (3.20), Bern (3.21) transits and Signau (3.21) arrival cds, red crayon "185" rappen due rating, Very Fine and unusual attempted Prussian Closed Mail printed matter use.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Payment of 6¢ and the open top flap show the sender had enclosed a circular and wanted it to go as printed matter. The agreement required wrappers to be open at the sides, not the top, so this cover was charged the unpaid letter rate.
Lot 51401858 (c., Feb. 12) Cincinnati, Oh. to Eutingen, Württemberg via New York, buff wrapper bearing 3¢ dull red (26) vertical pair tied by blue circle grid cancels, New York red "Paid All" straightline also ties pair, carried by Glasgow & N.Y. Steamship Co. New York from New York Feb. 13th to Glasgow arriving Feb. 26th, partial strike of red Aachen (2.28) framed transit at right, reverse with Stuttgart (3.2.1858) transit and Mar. 3rd arrival cds, Very Fine and rare use at the 6¢ Prussian Closed Mail printed matter rate.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 6¢ PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL WRAPPERS TO GERMANY.
Printed matter sent via Prussian Closed mail is rare. The rate was 6¢ for up to 2 oz., which was two or three-times the rates by other routes. The Glasgow & N.Y. Steamship was a substitute for the Collins Line, which had ceased operations in February.
Lot 51411865 (Apr. 1) New York, N.Y. to Andeer, Gaubunden Canton, Switzerland, large newspaper wrapper with New York red "Paid All" straightline, carried by Hapag Line Borussia from New York Apr. 1st to Southampton Apr. 13th, blue Aachen "Franco Preuss: resp.Vereinsl:Ausg:Gr." framed handstamp indicating prepaid only to border, Prussian "2" sgr. due rating, Fine and rare.
Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED NEWSPAPER WRAPPERS BY PRUSSIAN MAIL TO SWITZERLAND.