Sale Number: 1010
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2011 Rarities of the World

French Consular P.O. in Cuba
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
193° c Cuba Imper. Eugenie 20 Juin 65. Clear strike of octagonal datestamp on cover to Bordeaux, France, endorsed "Vie de St. Nazaire" at upper left, neat "8" decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamp of July 11, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED USES OF THE "CUBA IMPER. EUGENIE" STEAMSHIP HANDSTAMP.

The side-paddle steamship Imperatrice Eugenie was built for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, also known as the "French Line" in 1864. She made her maiden voyage from St. Nazaire to Vera Cruz on Feb. 16, 1865, and was intended for use on the "Mexico Line", which carried mail between St. Nazaire in France and Vera Cruz in Mexico, with stops in Martinique and Santiago de Cuba. In June 1865 a reorganization took place in the French Line, due to the French military expedition to Mexico and the increase in volume of mail to Mexico. Markings thereafter bore the new "Ligne B" designation without the ship designation. It is possible this marking was applied on the last of the few voyages the Imperatrice Eugenie made before reorganization of the lines.

Only two examples of this marking are reported. The other has been cut out of the cover and then put back. (Image Magnifier)

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194° c FRANCE, 1860, 80c Rose (20). Horizontal pair, tied by anchor in diamond of dots cancel, "Cuba Vera Cruz 17 Juin 63" octagonal datestamp on blue folded cover to Bordeaux, France, second octagonal datestamp at left of June 23 as well as "Cuba 23 Juin 63" octagonal datestamp at right, small boxed "PD" handstamp, horizontal file fold, part of address obliterated, left stamp tiny nicks at bottom in margin only, still Very Fine, scarce double-rate use carried on the Vera Cruz, dealer's backstamp (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 0
195° c FRANCE, 1862, 40c Orange (27). Horizontal pair, tied by anchor in diamond of dots, bold "Cuba Louisiane 20 Juin 64" octagonal datestamp on blue folded cover to Bordeaux, France, "Cuba 19 Juin 64" octagonal datestamp, Paris and receiving backstamps, stamps with some oxidation, part of address obliterated, light horizontal file fold not affecting stamps, Very Fine single-rate use carried on the Louisiane (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 0
196 c Cuba Tampico 23 Mai 63. Octagonal datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Santiago de Cuba 18 Mayo 1863" to Paris, France, endorsed "Tampico" at upper left, also with "Cuba 23 Mai 63" octagonal datestamp, manuscript "8" decimes due marking, faint horizontal file fold, Very Fine use sent unpaid (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-3,000 2,000
197° c Cuba Floride 20 Avril 64. Clear strike of octagonal datestamp in red on blue folded letter datelined "Santiago de Cuba 20 Mars 64" to Bordeaux, France, blue company handstamp at upper left, manuscript "16" decimes due marking, receiving backstamp of May 12, horizontal file fold

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED EXAMPLE OF THE "FLORIDE" MARKING STRUCK IN RED.

This double-rate letter was sent unpaid and so postage was collected from the recipient. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 3,500
198° c FRANCE, 1871, 25c Blue (58). Vertical strip of four, second stamp from bottom with unusual plate flaw at left, tied by anchor in diamond of dots cancels and used with Mexico, 1868, 12c Black on Green (59), margins to in and with "Vera Cruz" district name at left, tied by indistinct double-circle datestamp on 1871 folded letter to Bordeaux, France, blue "J. M. Vendano * Habana" backstamp, also with "La Havane 19 Dec. 71" octagonal datestamp, neat "Ligne-B Paq. Fr. No. 4 20 Dec. 71" backstamp, receiving backstamp, neat boxed "PD" and "P.P." handstamps, two horizontal file folds affect French stamps which also have some toning from gum

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COVER CARRIED ON THE PACKET "FLORIDE" FROM VERA CRUZ AND FORWARDED IN HAVANA.

This franking is possibly unique. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 6,000-8,000 0
199° c FRANCE, 1869, 5fr Laureated (37). Bright color, used with 40c Pale Orange (35), color faded, both tied by anchor in diamond of dots handstamps, "La Havane 14 Avril 72" octagonal datestamps on folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, blue Havana company origination handstamp, boxed "P.P." handstamp, additional "I" and "3" handstamps at upper right, vertical file fold affects 40c stamp, 5fr faint creases and few slightly toned perfs

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE HIGHEST REPORTED FRANKING FROM CUBA SENT BY THE FRENCH PACKET SERVICE. IT IS ALSO ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FRANCE 5-FRANC LAUREATED ISSUE USED FROM CUBA. A GREAT RARITY.

The 5fr40c postage on this covers pays nine-times the inter-island rate of 60c. Signed Calves. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 10,000-15,000 0
200° c FRANCE, 1872, 30c Brown on Yellowish (62). Horizontal pair, tied by anchor in diamond of dots and used with Cuba, 1874, 25c Ultramarine (59), light strike of "La Havane 9 Nov. 74" octagonal datestamp also ties stamps, on folded cover to Vera Cruz, Mexico, boxed "P.P." handstamp, also with "Ligne B Paq. Fr. No. 1 9 Nov. 74" backstamp (small part of marking missing from opening), light vertical file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COMBINATION USES OF THE STAMPS OF CUBA AND FRANCE ON COVER.

The Cuba stamp pays the rate for internal Cuban postage from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, which is where the French Line's ships departed. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 12,000
201° c FRANCE, 1872, 80c Rose (63). Horizontal pair and single, used with 40c Orange (59) and horizontal pair of 10c Bister (60), tied by anchor in diamond of dots cancels, well-struck "Santiago-De-Cuba Paq. Fr. D No. 2 27 Fevr. 76" octagonal datestamp on blue folded cover to Paris, France, endorsed "pr Ville de Brest" at upper left, light strike of blue receiving backstamp, faint horizontal file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE THREE-COLOR FRANKING FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA TO FRANCE.

The franking pays three-times the 1fr rate. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,500-3,000 0
202 c FRANCE, 1876, 1fr Bronze Green (76). Horizontal pair, used with 10c Green (68) and 30c Brown (73), tied by "Santiago-De-Cuba P. P. D No. 1 17 Janv. 77" octagonal datestamp on folded cover to Lima, Peru, blue company oval handstamp at lower left, also with Peru, 1874, 20c Blue, Postage Due (J4) torn and tied by light strike of Lima circular datestamp, blue "2" crayon rate, vertical file fold affects right 1fr stamp, some overall toning and wear

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND COLORFUL FRANKING COMBINING THREE DIFFERENT FRENCH STAMPS WITH THE PERUVIAN POSTAGE DUE STAMP.

The cover is franked to pay double the 1fr20c rate. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 7,000
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