London 2020 Private Treaty Sale



Lot 27



Bermuda, 1852-53, group of 25 Levantine Crisis covers, all fully annotated on Exhibition oversized horizontal pages; three carried from Bermuda (Hamilton, Ireland Island and St. George's) and 22 from England to Bermuda; carried on a variety of Levantine or replacement sailings, including the first successful trip of the Levantine, second trip, third trip (2), fourth trip, fifth trip (2, one from Newfoundland!) plus the sixth, 12th, 15th, 16th and 18th and last trip, these interspersed with 13 replacement sailings, Very Fine overall, a remarkable holding of these covers fully demonstrating the unreliability of steam in the early days.

The
Levantine was registered to Cunard on Nov. 1, 1851, intended for use on the Halifax-Bermuda run. She arrived in Halifax on Nov. 26, but on her first trip out, she developed a serious leak and was forced to return to port and requiring two months of repairs. She continued to experience mechanical problems and was removed from service in April 1853.

Price: $4,750.

 


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