Details For Cover ID# 29891

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Cover Type: USA outbound with stamp(s)
Entered by: markrogers
Added on:Jul 3, 24
Edited on:Jul 3, 24
Postmark: Oct 24, 1854
Origin: San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: London, UNITED KINGDOM

12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, used with horizontal pair of 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9) and single of 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A).

Folded letter datelined "San Francisco Oct 24th 1854" to London, England, light strike of "Via Nicaragua/In Advance of the Mails/Sullivan" oval handstamp (Type 13) struck in red, red "Paid 27 NO 1854" London circular datestamp.

This cover is franked with a complete set of 1851 issue stamps at the time. The 10c was issued in 1855 and the 5c was issued in 1856, so the three denominations on this cover were the only ones available when it was sent. It was given to the letter bag operator Sullivan, who applied the faint "Via Nicaragua" marking.

It left San Francisco on the Vanderbilt Sierra Nevada, departing Oct. 24, 1854, and arriving San Juan del Sur Nov. 6. It was then carried to the east coast of Nicaragua where it was put on the Northern Light, departing San Juan del Norte Nov. 7 and arriving New York Nov. 14. The letter entered the mails at the New York foreign exchange office where the red "19" credit handstamp was used to cancel the stamps; it did not receive a circular datestamp or standard cancels.

The franking pays the 24c rate plus 5c extra for a letter originating on the West Coast. It departed New York Nov. 15 on the Cunarder Arabia, arriving in London Nov. 27.

Ex Hubbard, Grunin, Walske, Eubanks.

Certificate? Yes
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
Stamps:Stamp images are from reference catalog. Click image to view at larger resolution.
[SNS 3] SNS# 3 [1851 1¢ Blue - USA Stamps 1851-1856 Issue]
[SNS 4] SNS# 4 [1851 3¢ Orange Brown - USA Stamps 1851-1856 Issue]
[SNS 7] SNS# 7 [1851 12¢ Black - USA Stamps 1851-1856 Issue]