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Sale 89: The John Barwis Collection of Philadelphia Postal History

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Philadelphia Foreign Mail: 1840-1848 Post-War Period Sailing Ships to Steamships

Lot 3098    

1840 (Aug. 17) Philadelphia Pa. to Paris, France via Bristol, datelined folded letter with blue "Philadelphia Pa., Aug 17" cds and matching framed "Paid" handstamp with manuscript "150" prepaid rating for combined four-times 25¢ Freight Money letter steamship fee plus 12½¢ inland for four sheets, carried as endorsed on Great Western Steamship Co. Great Western from New York Aug. 18th to Bristol arriving Sep. 1st, red "Bristol/Ship Letter" two-line handstamp and manuscript "1/4" rating for double the 8d uniform ship fee, London updated with manuscript "3/-" pence due rating for ½-1 oz letter double the 9d ship rate plus 10d to France, Paris "6fr/" for 36 decimes (3/- converted) plus 25 decimes inland (< 20g), fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

In most cities that collected the freight-money charge, the freight-money fee was accounted for separately. Only in Philadelphia did the post office add the two charges and show them as a single number.

Realized: $240

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