Sale 260

Lot 99

1864 Returned cover to California, 1860 5¢ yellow green and 10¢ vermilion (8, 9) tied by oval grid on blue cover from Richibucto to San Francisco and returned, postmarked on reverse Richibucto, July, 1864, with July 16 St. John broken circle alongside, addressed to a Mr. William Miller "from Richibucto", red straight line handstamp "NOT CALLED FOR" on front with "San Francisco, Cal./Advertised" c.d.s. on Aug 17 and San Francisco c.d.s. on Sept 23 (upon departure) on reverse, finally with a neat "Dead Letter Office/New Brunswick" rimless c.d.s. Dec 1 on front; cover open on three sides with about a third of the back missing and some closed tears, still an attractive and completely unique and highly desirable usage.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

Expertization: clear 1987 V.G. Greene Certificate as a full cover.

Realized $3,750

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