Lot 51601860 (Aug. 8) Indianapolis, Ind. to Weissenburg bei Nürnberg, Bavaria, all-over gray shaded Bates House illustrated ad design showing building on cover bearing 1¢ blue (24), 3¢ dull red (26) and two 10¢ green (35) singles, each tied by "Indianapolis, Ind. Aug 8" double-circle datestamps, slightly indistinct red "N.York, Hamb. Pkt. 'Paid 10' Aug 15" credit exchange cds, carried by Hapag Line Saxonia from New York Aug. 15th to Hamburg arriving Aug. 29th, reverse with Hamburg (8.30) transit and Weissenburg (9.1) arrival backstamp; cover and stamp flaws, left 10¢ with lightened ms. cancel, Fine and attractive appearance at the 24¢ "Mistaken" rate; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $200 - 300.
It appears the sender reused the left 10¢ stamp to attempt to pay the "mistaken" 24¢ rate.
Lot 51611860 (c., Nov. 26) Mount XXXXXX, XX to Tiefenbach, Prussia, orange cover bearing 12¢ black (36) horizontal pair tied by "Mount XXXX,XXX, Nov 26" cds, New York red "3" credit handstamp obliterated with circular grid, correct "N.York, Hamb. Pkt., 'Paid 10' Dec 1" credit exchange cds, carried by Hapag Line Teutonia from New York Dec. 1st to Hamburg arriving Dec. 16th, Hamburg (12.16) transit backstamp and bold "Franco" straightline, F.-V.F. prepaid for the 24¢ "Mistaken" rate.
Estimate $200 - 300.
The sender prepaid the cover for the "mistaken" 24¢ rate, which confused the New York exchange office who initially struck the red "3" credit handstamp used on mail at the 24¢ rate to Great Britain.
Lot 51621861 (May 12) Bucks, Ohio to Rohrdorf, Overamt Horb, Württemberg, legal-size orange cover with manuscript "Bucks O, May 12" postmark and bearing 3¢ dull red, type IV (26A) block of eight, positions 1-4/11-14R10L, s.e. at left, bright color, choice centering for this difficult issue, tied by red "N. York Paid, Hamb. Pkt. 'Paid 10' May 18" credit exchange datestamp, carried by Hapag Line Hammonia from New York May 18th to Hamburg arriving Jun. 1st, Hamburg (6.2) arrival backstamp and well-struck "Part Paid" straightline, blue crayon "12" kr due rating, Stuttgart and Horb (6.4) backstamps; small cover imperfections, stamps with few slight flaws to be expected, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE BLOCK OF EIGHT OF THE 1857 3-CENT TYPE IV USED ON A COVER TO GERMANY.
This exceedingly rare on-cover multiple of the 3¢ type IV is especially desirable because one can clearly see the identifying characteristics of the type, the interrupted framelines between stamps.
Bucks, Ohio accepted this letter as single-rate for 24¢, paid by a rare block of eight 3¢ Type IV. The New York Exchange Office found the letter required two rates (30¢). To avoid treating it as unpaid, New York sent it as "PART PAID" with the full double rate to Hamburg (20¢) and kept the extra 4¢ prepayment.
Rounding among the various currencies was imperfect. Had this letter been fully paid, the GAPU transit share would have been 10¢. It was not, so the GAPU double rate of 12 kr (only 8¢) applied.