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Auction Description for Rumsey Auctions: The Richard F. Winter Collection of Trans-Atlantic Mails #50
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31st January, 1st, 2nd & 3rd February 10am to 5pm.
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The Richard F. Winter Collection of Trans-Atlantic Mails #50

by Rumsey Auctions


787 lots

February 4, 2013

47 Kearny Street

Suite 500

San Francisco, CA, 94108 USA

Phone: 00 1 415 781 5127

Fax: 00 1 415 781 5128

Email: srumsey@rumseyauctions.com

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Lot 1: [ US Philatelic ]

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Description: Britannia Boston November 16th-London November 30th 1841. Folded Oct. 30 cover from Havana, Cuba to London, letter carried out of mails by unknown forwarder (manuscript "Fa & Co."in manuscript on reverse) to New York, who turned the letter over to "Goodhue & Co., New York" (red oval backstamp) and forwarded to Boston, red "Forwd. by T.W. Ward, Boston" oval h.s. with matching "Pr. Britannia" name-of-boat straightline, London (1 DE 1841) arrival backstamp and "1" shilling packet rating, Very Fine, a scarce Ward name-of-boat marking on a triple forwarded cover.

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Lot 2: [ US Philatelic ]

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Description: British Queen Maiden Voyage, London July 10th-New York July 28th 1839. Folded June 19th letter outer sheet (no side flaps) from Smyrna, Turkey to Boston via Liverpool, Smyrna (6.19) origin cds, Malta disinfected h.s. and two chisel slits for fumigation, red "London Paid Ship Letter 10 JY 1839" crown d.s. with manuscript "5/5" (5s/5d) prepaid rating updated to a "2" shilling ship fee to Boston, red "New York 'Ship' Jul 28" cds and "20¾" rating for the 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee; Very Fine, a rare non-contract steamship letter showing disinfection. Letter posted at French post office in Smyrna and carried by French steamer "Eurotas" to Malta, where it was disinfected (two chisel slits for fumigation). Malta applied mark of purification, then sent letter by French steamer Rhamses to Marseille. London marked on reverse 2x1s10½d=3s9d "foreign" fees and 2x10d=1s8d "British" fees for postage due of 5s5d for double rate letter. Forwarding agent Woolley Bell & Co. in Liverpool paid this fee and 2x1s=2s outgoing ship fee to re-direct letter by non-contract steamship.

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Lot 3: [ US Philatelic ]

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Description: British Queen Maiden Return Voyage, New York Aug. 1st-Portsmouth Aug. 15th 1839. Folded Aug. 1st cover from New York to London, letter taken directly to ship's letter bag, London (8.16) arrival backstamp with manuscript "1/4" 1s4d due rating for 8d incoming ship fee plus 8d inland postage, Extremely Fine and choice use. The "British Queen" was a vessel of the British & American Steam Navigation Company, which also owned the "Sirius" and the "President".

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Description: British Queen Maiden Return Voyage, New York Aug. 1st-Portsmouth Aug. 15th 1839. Folded Aug. 1st cover from New York to Paris, France endorsed "Per 'British Queen' ", letter taken directly to ship's letter bag, "Portsmouth Ship Letter" stepped h.s. with manuscript "2/8" due 2s8d rating, London (8.16) backstamps, red Calais (8.18) transit, various manuscript ratings, Very Fine, Scarce cover showing rating on letter from the United States under 1836 Anglo-French Convention. Portsmouth marked 2s8d due in the United Kingdom for double-rate letter. London crossed through this and debited France 2 x 1s6d = 3s under the 1836 postal convention with France. France marked 5 franc 6 decimes postage due for 10 gram letter, 36 decimes to London and 20 decimes internal postage.

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Description: British Queen London September 1st-New York September 20th 1839. Folded Aug. 30th letter from Liverpool to Salem, Mass., endorsed "p 'British Queen' ", red "New-York 'Ship' Sep 21" cds and matching "2nd Delivery" straightline h.s. with "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, Extremely Fine and choice. Letter taken directly to ship letter bag in London and not posted, avoiding ship letter rate. This was British Queen's second voyage to New York. Postage due included 2¢ ship fee and 18¾¢ for U.S. inland fee. New York struck red 2nd DELIVERY handstamp to account for delay in handling of letter, which was probably brought to the post office subsequent to the principal mail bag delivery by the ship's captain. This marking is scarce on transatlantic steamship covers.

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