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Lot# 3030 - Auction 227-233

  • Lot# : 3030 New South Wales

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    1850: 1 d. carmine-lake, Plate I, showing a blurred printing (early thus) and Intermediate Impression of 2 d. greyish-blue, each with large margins all round, used on 1850 cover to Glasgow endorsed 'per Phoenician' (White Star Line Clipper under Captain Sproat), tied by barred obliterators in black with oval 'PAID SHIP LETTER / Crown / SYDNEY' datestamp in red below (Jan 22). Rated '8' (pence) for Ship Letter charge and struck on arrival with framed 'Glasgow' datestamp (April 24). Slight closed tear in front panel not affecting the appearance of a wonderful first issue cover used in the first month of issue. Cert. RPSL (2018).rnrnNote: The 'Phoenician' of the Aberdeen White Star fleet, was to make a reputation for speed under command of one of best known passage makers of the day, Captain Sproat. The first 3 voyages were considered extraordinarily good for those days:rn1849-50 London-Sydney 90 days, Sydney-London 88 days, carrying this cover.rn1850-51 London-Sydney 96 days, Sydney-London 103 days.rn1851-52 London-Sydney 90 days, Sydney-London 83 days.rnrn 
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 7,500 CHF