Lot 50931862 (Sep 3) Boston Mass. to Meran, Austria, stunning red and blue Eagle with Shield, Flags, and Symbols, Magee patriotic design (Walcott 2463) with "Onward to Victory" slogan on cover bearing 1¢ blue, 3¢ rose, 12¢ black (63, 65, 69 pair) tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancellations, red "Boston, Br Pkt '7 Paid' Sep 8" credit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Boston Sep. 3rd to Queenstown arriving Sep. 13th, red "Aachen Franco 16 / 9" framed transit with manuscript "5 / 15" rating for 5 kreuzer internal German fee and 15 kr foreign fee, Meran arrival backstamp, redirected to Vevey, Switzerland with various backstamps including Zurich (9.21) and Lausanne (9.22) transits; 3¢ with straight edge, Very Fine, ex-Matthies, Gabriel, Mark Gordon, Pacetti; with 1987 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN EXCEPTIONAL CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH A THREE-COLOR FRANKING FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.
In September 1861, the US Post Office Department reduced the prepaid letter single rate to most German states from 30¢ to 28¢ due to a British reduction of 1d (2¢) postage to those states. By British-Prussian agreement, the single rate for letters was reduced by 2d, half of which was extended to the transit of US mail.
In May 1862, the reduction was applied to all German States except Baden, which was included one year later. The rate for unpaid mail remained at 30¢.