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Sale 96: The Robert S. Boyd Collection of US-German Mails

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German Transit - US Packet

Lot 5061    

1850 (Aug. 15) Philadelphia Pa. to Bischofsweda, Saxony, blue folded letter with blue "Philadelphia Pa., Aug 15" cds and matching "Phila., Paid, 5 Cts." octagon due handstamp with ms. "21" cents rerating, carried as endorsed by Collins Line Pacific from New York Aug. 16th to Liverpool arriving Aug. 27th, red London (8.27) transit backstamp with red "U.S. Pkt." straightline and ms. "8" pence debit to Prussia, Aachen red "Seebrief per England and Aachen" (8.28) double-circle transit backstamp and blue ms. "9 2/3" sgr. debit rating crossed out in ms. and rerated "16 2/3", Saxony red crayon "16 8/10" ngr final due error rating, Very Fine and unusual cover.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

This cover shows the London ms. "8" pence debit for British and Belgian transit. A Prussian clerk converted that to 6 2/3 sgr, added 3 sgr postage, and marked "9 2/3" in blue. Some other clerk saw the UK debit had not been crossed out and added it again for "16 2/3". That error was carried on in Saxony and converted to "16 8/10" neugroschen, almost doubling the real postage due.

Realized: $400

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