Sale 260

Lot 65

24¢ Grayish lilac (78a), two singles, each with sharp impression and attractive color, used with #65 (2), #68 and #76 on 1864 cover to Bombay, India, stamps tied by matching targets, twice struck San Francisco postmark dated Dec. 18 and Dec. 22, New York and London transits, faded magenta manuscript credit marking, there is also a red crayon "72", via Marseille crossed out at top; cover with corner repaired at upper left, 10¢ and left 3¢ faulty, still Fine, an intriguing usage.
Estimate 500 - 750

Provenance: "Patrick Henry"

This appears to be a double 33¢ rate cover via South Hampton with a 3¢ overpayment though the "72" needs to be explained in light of this interpretation. At least one other cover from the correspondence (Ward) show similar disparate notations; a magenta "42" and a pencil "120" (the cover, the same size as this one is franked with $1.20 and appears to be considerably overpaid). The 72 might have simply been the sender's idea of payment. Other Ward covers may reveal the writer's intentions, but on the basis of this cover and the $1.20 franking (Patrick Henry Sale, Lot 1089), it appears as though the sender relied on guesswork.

Realized $800

Go to lot: