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The Knapp Collection of Airmail Flights


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Lot 1

1870 (Sep 23), Neptune (Scott BM1), folded letter to Antwerp, Belgium franked with 30c Napoleon Laureate tied by "2" in star with "Paris/ Pl. St. Lazare" c.d.s., Sep 22, and red "PD", backstamped Antwerp Oct 19 (inverted day), Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 1; €15,000 ($15,990).
Scott $10,500.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

A rare and desirable cover carried on the first balloon to leave Paris after the establishment of the siege.

Current Bid$2,500
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Lot 2

1870 (Sep 29), Les Etats-Unis (Scott BM3), folded letter to Trouville franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "1" in star with "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" c.d.s. Sep 27, Very Fine.
Maury 3; €775 ($830).
Scott $550.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 3

1870 (Oct 7), Armand Barbès (Scott BM6), Correspondence Havas, Sep 30 (French edition) to Bruges, Belgium, franked with 10c & 20c Napoleon Laureates tied by mute stars with blurred Sep 30 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s. and boxed "PD", backstamped Bruges, Oct 13, Very Fine.
Yvert 6. Maury €1,375 ($1,470).
Scott $275 ++.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 4

1870 (Oct 7), Armand Barbès (Scott BM6), Correspondence Havas, Oct 1 (French edition) to Grenoble, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by mute star and by Oct 1 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s, backstamped Valence-s-Rhône & Grenoble, both Oct 17, Fine to Very Fine.
Yvert 6. Maury €1,375 ($1,470).
Scott $275 ++.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 5

1870 (Oct 12), Washington or Louis Blanc (Scott BM9 or BM10), folded letter to Pau franked with two 10c Napoleon Laureates tied by "25"in star with Oct 11 "Paris/ R. Serpente" c.d.s., backstamped Bordeaux transit and Pau c.d.s.s, both Oct 15, Very Fine. A most uncommon franking.
Yvert 9 or 10; €575+ ($610).
Scott $425+.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 6

1870 (Oct 12), Washington or Louis Blanc (Scott BM9 or BM10), pair of plain postcards franked with 10c Napoleon Laureates; one to Paix-Verron, marked manuscript "par ballon libre" [by free balloon], stamp tied by clear "27" in star with Oct 8 "Paris/ Gros-Caillou" c.d.s; the other to Chalon-s-Saone, not marked for balloon, stamp tied by illegible "15" in star with Oct 10 "R. Bonaparte" c.d.s., backstamped Chalon-s-Saone, Oct 12, Fine to Very Fine.
Yvert 9 or 10; €800 ($850).
Scott $550.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 7

1870 (Oct 12), Washington or Louis Blanc (Scott BM9 or BM10), folded letter to Montreux, Switzerland franked with 30c Napoleon Laureate tied by "Paris/ R. du Cherche-Midi" c.d.s., Oct 9, with red boxed "PD", backstamped Montreux, Oct 16, Very Fine. It was unusual for this post office to use their datestamp as a cancelling device.
Yvert 9 or 10; €575 ($610).
Scott $425.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 8

1870 (Oct 14), Washington or Louis Blanc (Scott BM9 or BM10), folded letter to Montereau franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by clear "9" in star with Oct 7 "Paris/ R. Montaigne" c.d.s., backstamped Montereau, Oct 17, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 9 or 10; €400 ($430).
Scott $275.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 9

1870 (Oct 14), Godefroy Cavaignac or Jean Bart No. 1 (Scott BM11 or BM12), folded letter to Gex franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "4" in star with Oct 12 "Paris/ Rue d'Enghien" c.d.s., backstamped Gex, Oct 16, Very Fine.
Maury 11 or 12.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 10

1870 (Oct 14), Godefroy Cavaignac or Jean Bart No. 1 (Scott BM11 or BM12), folded letter to Olette franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "12" in star with Oct 13 "Paris/ Bt. Beaumarchais" c.d.s., redirected to Amelie-les-Baines, backstamped Carcassonne (Oct 17), Perpignan (Oct 18), Olette (Oct 19) and Amelie-les-Baines (Oct 20), Very Fine. Most unusual with five readable postmarks.
Maury 11 or 12.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 11

1870 (Oct 14), Godefroy Cavaignac or Jean Bart No. 1 (Scott BM11 or BM12), folded letter to La Bernerie franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "28" in star with "Paris/ R. Cardinal-Lemoine", c.d.s., Sep 28, backstamped Nantes, Oct 16, Very Fine. The postmark indicates that the letter should have flown Les Etats-Unis on Sep 29, but was delayed, for some reason, until Oct 14. The rue du Cardinal-Lemoine postmark is most unusual for this flight.
Maury 11 or 12.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 12

1870 (Oct 16), Jules Favre No. 1 (Scott BM13), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Toulon-sur-Mer franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by light "35" in star with Oct 15 "Paris/ Ministere des Finance" c.d.s., backstamped Toulon-s-Mer, Oct 21, Very Fine.
Maury 13; €350 ($370).
Scott $250.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 13

1870 (Oct 18), Victor Hugo (Scott BM15), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Montrichard franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by Oct 17 "Paris/ R. Cardinal-Lemoine" c.d.s., backstamped Montrichard, Oct 22; content is an articulate 3-page letter from a soldier defending the city (see website), Very Fine. It was unusual for this post office to use their datestamp as a cancelling device.
Maury 15; €450 ($480).
Scott $325.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 14

1870 (Oct 18), Victor Hugo (Scott BM15), folded letter to Angers franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "20" in star with Oct 16 "Paris/ R.St-Domque-St-Gn, 56" c.d.s., backstamped Angers, Oct 22, Very Fine.
Maury 15; €450 ($480).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 15

1870 (Oct 19), Lafayette (Scott BM16), tiny blue-bordered envelope to Givet endorsed "Armée de Paris" and sent unfranked with "Paris/ Maison Blanche" c.d.s., Oct 19, and boxed "P.P."; includes original letter (two sides of a tiny sheet of paper) dated Oct 18, from a Sergeant stationed at the fort at Moulin Saguet to his mother, two backstamps, Nov 2 & 6; a bit soiled, Fine and rare soldier's letter from Paris during the Siege.
Maury 16.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 16

1870 (Oct 19), Lafayette (Scott BM16), folded letter to Brest franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by mute star with Oct 18 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Brest, Oct 23, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 16; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 17

1870 (Oct 22), Garibaldi (Scott BM17), folded letter to Cour-Cheverny franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by large numeral "892" with Oct 19 "Paris/ La Chapelle-St Denis" c.d.s., redirected to Le Puy-en-Velay, backstamped Cour-Cheverny (Nov 3 & 4) and Le Puy-en-Velay (Nov 5), Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 17; €670 ($710).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 18

1870 (Oct 22), Garibaldi (Scott BM17), folded letter to Dieppe franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by two strikes large numeral "2793" with Oct 21"Paris/ Passy-les-Paris" c.d.s., backstamped Dieppe, Nov 1, Very Fine.
Maury 17; €585 ($620).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 19

1870 (Oct 27), Vauban (Scott BM19), folded letter to Chateauroux franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by mute star with Oct 25 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Chateauroux, Nov 4, Very Fine.
Maury 19; €450 ($480).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 20

1870 (Oct 27), Vauban (Scott BM19), folded letter to Montmirail-Sarthe franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by large numeral "347" with Oct 24 "Paris/ les Batignolles" c.d.s., backstamped Montmirail-Sarthe, Nov 6, Very Fine.
Maury 19; €585 ($620).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 21

1870 (Nov 2), Fulton (Scott BM22), Gazette des Absents No. 3 to Havre, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by illegible "14" in star with Oct 29 "Paris/ R. de Strasbourg" c.d.s., backstamped Paris a Havre transit (Nov 4) and Le Havre (Nov 5), Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 22; €500 ($530).
Scott $325+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 22

1870 (Nov 4), The Ferdinand Flocon (Scott BM23), Dépêche-Ballon No. 2 to Bordeaux, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by illegible Paris c.d.s., unreadable backstamp but letter dated Nov 2; stamp slightly damaged, otherwise Fine.
Maury 23; €1,050 ($1,120).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 23

1870 (Nov 6) Ville de Châteaudun (Scott BM25), Gazette des Absents No. 4 (no supplement) to St. Malo, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by clear "38" in star with Nov 5 "Paris/ R. des Feuillantines" c.d.s., backstamped St. Malo, Nov 9, Very Fine.
Maury 25; €400+ ($430).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 24

1870 (Nov 6), Ville de Châteaudun (Scott BM25), Dépêche-Ballon No. 3 to Langrune-sur-Mer franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by red Nov 4 "Paris/ (SC)" c.d.s.; backstamped Caen (Nov 9) and Luc-s-Mer (Nov 9 & 10), Very Fine.
Maury 25; €1,250 ($1,330).
Scott $275 ++.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 25

1870 (Nov 8), Gironde (Scott BM27), Gazette des Absents No. 5 to St. Nazare du Var, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by light "1" in star with Nov 6 "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" c.d.s., backstamped St. Nazare du Var, Nov 11, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 27; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 26

1870 (Nov 12), Daguerre (Scott BM28), Correspondence Havas, Nov 9 (French edition) to Grenoble, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by mute star with Nov 9 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Grenoble, Nov 30, Fine to Very Fine.
Yvert 6. Maury 28; €1,475 ($1,570).
Scott $325 ++.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 27

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), folded letter to Gaillac-du-Tarn franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by two strikes "12" in star with Nov 15 "Paris/ Bd. Beaumarchais" c.d.s., backstamped Gaillac-du-Tarn, Nov 26, Very Fine.
Maury 30; €400 ($430).
Scott $275.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 28

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Dépêche-Ballon No. 5 to Chablis, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by bold mute star with Nov 14 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Chablis, Nov 27; bit of light toning, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 30; €400+ ($430).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 29

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Dépêche-Ballon No. 6 to Savigne-l'Eveque, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by clear "15" in star with Nov 16 "Paris/ R. Bonaparte" c.d.s, redirected to La Flèche, backstamped Savigne-l'Eveque (Nov 26) and La Flèche (Nov 27), Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 30; €400+ ($430).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 30

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Gazette des Absents No. 6 to Chéligny, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by partial large numeral "3(47)" with Nov 13 "Paris/ Les Batignolles" c.d.s, not backstamped, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 30; €535+ ($570).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 31

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Gazette des Absents No. 7 with supplement to Valenciennes, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by partial "2" in star and by Nov 12 "Paris/ R. St. Lazare" c.d.s, backstamped Valenciennes, Nov 25; slightly soiled on outer edges, content is pristine, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 30; €675 ($720).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 32

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Gazette des Absents No. 8 to St. Nazaire-du-Var, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "1" in star with Nov 17 "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" c.d.s, backstamped St. Nazaire-du-Var, Nov 27; small repair of wax seal damage, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 30; €500 ($530).
Scott $275+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 33

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Correspondence Havas, Nov 16 (French edition) to Grenoble, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by mute star with Nov 16 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Grenoble, Nov 27, Very Fine.
Maury 30; €1,400 ($1,490).
Scott $275 ++.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 34

1870 (Nov 18), Général Uhrich (Scott BM30), Correspondence Havas, Nov 18 (French edition) to Grenoble, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by mute star with Nov 18 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s, backstamped Grenoble, Nov 27, Very Fine.
Maury 30; €1,400 ($1,490).
Scott $275 ++.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 35

1870 (Nov 21), Archimède (Scott BM31), Gazette des Absents No. 9 to Caen, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "20" in star with Nov 20 "Paris/ R.St-Domque-St-Gn, 56" c.d.s, backstamped Caen, Nov 23, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 31; €500 ($530).
Scott $325+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 36

1870 (Nov 21), Archimède (Scott BM31), Gazette des Absents No. 9 to Auxerre, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by light "12" in star with Nov 20 "Paris/ Bt. Beaumarchais" c.d.s, not backstamped; central file fold, Fine.
Maury 31; €500 ($530).
Scott $325+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 37

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Chénérailles franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by large numeral "2523" (not struck up) with Nov 22 "Paris/ Montrouge-Paris" c.d.s., not backstamped, Very Fine.
Maury 33; €835 ($890).
Scott $500.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 38

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33), folded letter to Cherbourg franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "9" in star with Nov 23 "Paris/ R. Montaigne" c.d.s., backstamped "Caen a Paris" transit (Dec 9) and Cherbourg (Dec 10), Very Fine.
Maury 33; €700 ($750).
Scott $500.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 39

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Raubaix clearly postmarked "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse", Nov 23, but with stamp missing, backstamped Raubaix, Dec 5, Fine. This flight landed in Norway after a rough and stormy voyage, during which it became necessary to throw some mail overboard to lighten the load. That mail was eventually recovered but showed the effects of having been tossed into the sea—including missing stamps.
Maury 33; €700 ($750).
Scott $500.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 40

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33b), folded letter to Brussels, Belgium clearly postmarked "Paris/ Rue de Bondy", Nov 24, but with stamp missing, bold red London/ Paid c.d.s. and matching "PD" in oval, backstamped Belgian "Angleterre/ par l'Ouest" entry c.d.s. and Brussels receiver, both Dec 3, Very Fine. Some of the overboard mail from this difficult flight ended up in London and was forwarded from there.
Maury 33; €1,750 ($1,870).
Scott $1,350.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 41

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33), Dépêche-Ballon No. 7 to Brussels, Belgium, franked with 10c & 20c Napoleon Laureates tied by two light strikes "1" in star with Nov 21 "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" c.d.s and red boxed "PD"., backstamped Brussels, Dec 15; small hole in letter from wax seal, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 33; €900+ ($960).
Scott $700+.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 42

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33 var.), Dépêche-Ballon No. 8 to London, England clearly postmarked Nov 23 "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" and red boxed "PD", but with stamp missing, bold red Dec 2 London/ Paid entry c.d.s., backstamped regular London W.C. c.d.s., also Dec 2; somewhat soiled, Fine. From the overboard mail that had its stamp washed off.
Maury 33; €900+ ($960).
Scott $700+.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 43

1870 (Nov 24), Ville d'Orléans (Scott BM33), Gazette des Absents No. 10 to Marseille, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by clear "30" in star with Nov 23 "Paris/ Bt. Mazas" c.d.s, backstamped Marseille, Dec 23, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 33; €700 ($750).
Scott $500.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 44

1870 (Nov 30), Jules Favre No. 2 (Scott BM35), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Grasse franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by mute star with Nov 20 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Grasse, Dec 5; bears intact sender's paper seal, "Cuvillier Frère/ Paris", on flap, Very Fine.
Maury 35; €425 ($450).
Scott $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$0
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Lot 45

1870 (Dec 5), Franklin (Scott BM38), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to St. Malo franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by choice strike "18" in star with clear Dec 2 "Paris/ R. d'Amsterdam" c.d.s., backstamped St. Malo, Dec 7; stamp with nicked upper left corner, otherwise Extremely Fine.
Maury 38; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 46

1870 (Dec 5), Franklin (Scott BM38), small envelope to Angers franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by illegible "18" in star with partial Dec 4 "Paris/ R. St-Domque-St-Gn, 56" c.d.s., backstamped Angers, Dec 6, with original letter; slight opening tears at top of envelope, Fine. Envelopes were seldom carried on the balloons.
Maury 38; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 47

1870 (Dec 5), Franklin (Scott BM38), Dépêche-Ballon No. 11 to Rapperswil, Switzerland, franked with 30c Napoleon Laureate tied by light "8" in star with clear Dec 3 "Paris/ R. d'Antin" c.d.s., backstamped Rapperswil, Dec 9; minor separation at ends of folds, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 38; €675+ ($720).
Scott $500+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 48

1870 (Dec 7), Armée de Bretagne or Denis Papin (Scott BM39 or BM40), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Nantes franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by large numeral "445" with Dec 6 "Paris/ Bercy" c.d.s., backstamped Nantes, Dec 8, Fine.
Maury 39 or 40; €625 ($670).
Scott $425.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 49

1870 (Dec 7), Armée de Bretagne or Denis Papin (Scott BM39 or BM40), folded letter to Blot l'Eglise franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by mute star with Dec 5 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Cermont-Ferrand (Dec 10) and Menat (Dec 11); light edge toning, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 39 or 40.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 50

1870 (Dec 11), Général Renault (Scott BM41), Ballon-Poste No. 11 to Orthez, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied "2" in star with Dec 9 "Paris/ R. St. Lazare" c.d.s, backstamped Dec 20; some internal splitting of folds, otherwise Fine.
Maury 41; €1,000 ($1,070).
Scott $350 ++.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 51

1870 (Dec 11), Général Renault (Scott BM41), Gazette des Absents No. 13 (no label or supplement) to Granville, franked with two 10c Napoleon Laureates tied by mute stars with Dec 7 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s, backstamped Granville Dec 17, Fine to Very Fine. A very scarce franking.
Maury 41; €550+ ($590).
Scott $350+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 52

1870 (Dec 15), Ville de Paris (Scott BM42a), folded letter to Bordeaux franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "3" in star with "Paris/ Pl de la Madeleine" c.d.s., Dec 11; backstamped Paris Jul 26 and Bordeaux Jul 27; from a mail bag thrown overboard into enemy territory in order to lighten the load and recovered after the end of the war, Very Fine.
Maury 42 var.; €1,600 ($1,710).
Scott $1,100.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 53

1870 (Dec 17), Parmentier (Scott BM43), folded letter to Bordeaux, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "8" in star with Dec 16 "Paris/ R. d'Antin" c.d.s., backstamped Bordeaux, Dec 28, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 43; €475 ($510).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 54

1870 (Dec 18), Davy (Scott BM45), Dépêche-Ballon No. 15 to Brussels, Belgium, franked with 10c & 20c Siege of Paris tied by light "17" in stars with clear Dec 17 "Paris/ R. du Pont-Neuf" c.d.s., backstamped Brussels, Dec 23; horizontal file fold through stamps, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 45; €900 ++ ($960).
Scott $700 ++.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 55

1870 (Dec 22), Lavoisier (Scott BM47), folded letter to Pau franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by unreadable 14 in star with Dec 21 "Paris/ R. de Strasbourg" c.d.s., Dec 25 Pau receiver on front and back, Very Fine.
Maury 47; €450 ($480).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 56

1870 (Dec 22), Lavoisier (Scott BM47), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Dieppe and redirected to Brussels, Belgium franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by "24" in star with Dec 19 "Paris/ R. de Clery" c.d.s., handstamped red boxed "Affranchissement Insufficient" and "3" (decimes due), backstamped Dieppe (Dec 25), Paris au Havre transit (Dec 27), Belgian "France par Tournay" entry c.d.s. and Brussels receiver, both Dec 29.; letter includes an inserted page made from second Ballon Monté letter sheet; small repair to wax seal damage, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury 47; €450+ ($480).
Scott $325+.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 57

1870 (Dec 23), Délivrance (Scott BM48), folded letter to Brest franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "25" in star with Dec 22 "Paris/ R. Serpente" c.d.s., backstamped Brest, Dec 26, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 48; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 58

1870 (Dec 27), Tourville (Scott BM50), folded letter to Agen franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by partial "22" in star with Dec 23 "Paris/ R. Taitbout" c.d.s., backstamped Agen, Dec 29; small piece of backflap missing, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 50; €450 ($480).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 59

1870 (Dec 29), Bayard (Scott BM52), formular Ballon Monté letter sheet to Plouescat franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by partial large numeral "347" with Dec 28 "Paris/ Les Batignolles" c.d.s., backstamped Plouescat, Jan 1, 1871, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 52; €635 ($680).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 60

1870 (Dec 31), Armée de la Loire (Scott BM53), folded letter to Vire franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "25" in star with Dec 30 "Paris/ R. Serpente" c.d.s., backstamped Vire, Jan 1, 1871, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 53; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 61

1870 (Dec 31), Armée de la Loire (Scott BM53), folded letter to Roubaix franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by mute star with Dec 29 "Paris/ (60)" c.d.s., backstamped Roubaix, Jan 4, 1871, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 53; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 62

1871 (Jan 4), Newton (Scott BM54), folded letter to Vannes franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by bold "17" in star with Jan 1 "Paris/ R. du Pont-Neuf" c.d.s., backstamped Vannes, Jan 11, Fine.
Maury 54; €475 ($510).
Scott $325.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 63

1871 (Jan 9), Duquesne (Scott BM55), folded letter to Marseille franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "9" in star with Jan 4 "Paris/ R. Montaigne" c.d.s., backstamped Marseille, Jan 19, Fine.
Maury 55; €450 ($480).
Scott $285.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 64

1871 (Jan 9), Duquesne (Scott BM55), Gazette des Absents No. 24 to Foulsham (Norfolk), England, franked with 10c & 20c Napoleon Laureates tied by "4" in star with Jan 8 "Paris/ Rue d'Enghien" c.d.s and boxed "PD", backstamped Thetford (Norfolk), Jan 12; stamps slightly damaged, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury 55; €750 ($800).
Scott $560.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 65

1871 (Jan 10), Gambetta (Scott BM56), folded letter to Pau, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by clear "15" in star with Jan 7 "Paris/ R. Bonaparte" c.d.s., backstamped transit & Pau receiver, both Jan 20, Fine.
Maury 56; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 66

1871 (Jan 11), Kepler (Scott BM57), folded letter to Dieppe, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by light "35" in star with Jan 10 "Paris/ Ministere des Finances" c.d.s., redirected to Boulogne-sur-Mer, backstamped Dieppe (illegible date), Paris au Havre transit (Jan 13) and Boulogne-sur-Mer (Jan 17), Very Fine.
Maury 57; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 67

1871 (Jan 20), Général Bourbaki (Scott BM63), folded letter to Valence, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by light "1" in star with Jan 19 "Paris/ Pl. de la Bourse" c.d.s., backstamped Valence-s-Rhône, Feb 1. Letter is from a General to a Madame Lafeuillade, informing her that her son is to receive the Legion of Honor, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 63; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 68

1871 (Jan 20), Général Bourbaki (Scott BM63), Gazette des Absents No. 29 to Janze, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "3" in star with Jan 19 "Paris/ Pl. de la Madeleine" c.d.s, backstamped Janze, Jan 29; repaired wax seal damage on flap, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 63; €500 ($530).
Scott $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 69

1871 (Jan 22), Général Daumesnil (Scott BM64), folded letter to Vannes, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by partial large numeral "(26)35" with Jan 20 "Neuilly-s-Siene" c.d.s., backstamped Vannes, Jan 29; stamp with rounded lower left corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Maury 64; €815 ($870).
Scott $325+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 70

1871 (Jan 22), Général Daumesnil (Scott BM64), Gazette des Absents No. 30 to Geneva, Switzerland, franked with 30c Napoleon Laureate tied by "30" in star with Jan 21 "Paris/ Bt. Mazas" c.d.s and boxed "PD", backstamped Geneva, Jan 27; repaired wax seal damage on flap, Fine.
Maury 64; €640+ ($680).
Scott $475+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 71

1871 (Jan 24), Torricelli (Scott BM65), folded letter to Pau, franked with 20c Napoleon Laureate tied by illegible "14" in star with Jan 22 "Paris/ R. de Strasbourg" c.d.s., backstamped Pau, Feb 1, Fine to Very Fine.
Maury 65; €600 ($640).
Scott $425.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 72

1871 (Jan 24), Torricelli (Scott BM65), small envelope with original letter to Rotours, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by clear "9" in star with Jan 23 "Paris/ Senat" c.d.s., backstamped Caen a Paris transit c.d.s., Jan 28; minor opening tears at top, Fine to Very Fine. Intact envelopes are scarce.
Maury 65; €600 ($640).
Scott $425.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 73

1871 (Jan 28), Général Cambronne (Scott BM67), Gazette des Absents No. 32 to Romans, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by "18" in star with Jan 27 "Paris/ R. d'Amsterdam" c.d.s, backstamped Romans, Feb 4; repaired wax seal damage on flap, Fine to Very Fine.
Yvert 67. Maury €2,650 ($2,820).
Scott $1,100+.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

The
Général Cambronne was the last balloon to leave Paris prior to the city's surrender on February 28.
Current Bid$375
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Lot 74

1871, Gazette des Absents No. 33, dated Jan 28, the day the Siege ended, carried by normal means to Marseille, "Ballon Monté" on address leaf crossed out, franked with 20c Siege of Paris tied by illegible "22" in star with Jan 30 "Paris/ R. Taitout" c.d.s, backstamped Marseilles (date not clear); slight edge wear and wax seal damage, Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 75

1870-71, Gazette des Absents, group of 14 different, 12 were flown on Ballons Monrtés: Nos. 2, 12 & 14-23; also includes No. 34, which announced the end of the War, mailed as an enclosure in a regular folded letter from Paris to Lascelle, Feb 2-11, and No. 35 (unmailed) announcing post-war details; condition of the flown editions is a bit mixed, the two post-war issues are Very Fine.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 76

1870-71, Ballon Monté covers, group of 11, all are normal folded letters; the lot comprises États-Unis, Vaubon, Général Uhrich, Jules Favre, Franklin, Ville de Paris, Parmentier, Bayard, Newton, Duquesne and Général Bourbaki; all have condition problems with some combination of the letter, the stamp or the markings, most not being particularly serious. Also includes a reproduction of an 1873 Membership application for The Aéronautic-Club of Paris. A useful group.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 77

Franco-Prussian War postal history, small group, nearly all German, comprising 11 German Military Correspondence cards (6 mint), 11 stampless covers with different Military Unit markings, an Alsace-Lorraine cover from Muhlhause to Rodez, France, franked with 20c ultramarine (N6), Sep 5-8, 1871; and an Official Military Telegraph dated Aug 12, 1870, from the Governor of Paris, General Louis Jules Trochu, to Admirals Saisset and de la Roncière regarding supplies of bacon. A very interesting group.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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