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Sale 27: The Autumn Sale

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U.S. Transatlantic Mail - Retaliatory & Restored Rates

Lot 27    

(Retaliatory Rate) Manchester, England to Boston, Massachusetts. 1848 folded letter with red "Manchester, Ju 30 1848" cds & manuscript "4/" rate, manuscript "72" rate and endorsed "pr Niagara Steamer", Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Carried per the Cunard Line steamer "Niagara" departing Liverpool 1-Jul-1848 & arriving Boston 12-Jul-1848. This was the second sailing eastbound during the retaliatory period, the English rate structure didn't allow for a triple rate, moving from a double rate of 2/ for between half and one ounce to a quadruple rate of 4/ for over one ounce but not over 2 ounces was collected from the writer, the U.S. progression was per half ounce allowing for a triple rate, thus 72¢ at 24¢ per half ounce retaliatory for up to 1½ ounces was collected from the addressee. Multiple rate retaliatory rate covers are scarce as are covers illustrating the disparity in rate progression between the two countries.

Realized: $1,100

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