Sale 746


 
Lot 4



S.S. Caroline Tucker, Commercial Clipper, Congdon Correspondence cover addressed to "Captain John R. Congdon, Ship Caroline Tucker, Care American Consul, Callao, Peru" horizontal pairs of the 10¢ green, type II, and 12¢ black (14, 17), the 12¢ with a right sheet margin, canceled by faint red grids with a matching Providence c.d.s., Jan 31 (probably 1857) and straightline "PAID"; endorsed "with 3 papers" and marked with a manuscript "2" indicating double weight and a (New York) manuscript "24" (cents credit); reverse with an oval "Forwarded by Crosby & Co., Callao, Peru" forwarders handstamp and an indistinct blue arrival c.d.s.; top flap missing, small stamp and cover flaws including tear at left, Fine, Ex-D. Richardson. Prepaid at double the then-current 22¢ per ½ oz. rate for mail carried by American packet to Panama followed by British packet to Peru.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE EXAMPLE OF A DOUBLE WEIGHT USE OF THE 22¢ TREATY RATE TO PERU PREPAID WITH STAMPS OF THE 1851 ISSUE—THE RATE DIDN'T GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 1856.

Caroline Tucker was built in Stonington, Ct., and operated all over the world.

 
Realized $960



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