Argentina Outgoing Mail 1764, Oct. 31. Entire letter from Córdoba del Tucumán to Granada (Spain), most probably completing the route via Buenos Aires-Montevideo-Cádiz, struck on arrival with red "Andalucia/la Alta" two-line handstamp and "4" rate marking, to be paid by the addressee. The letter was unpaid on dispatch, following the usual practice before the application of the 20.8.1764 tariff. The earliest known usage of a rate handstamp on a...
Maritime Mail of Spanish Colonies in America
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Spink Investphila Maritime Mail of Spanish Colonies in America
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Lot #2 - Argentina
Argentina Outgoing Mail 1767, March 21. Entire letter from Buenos Aires to Cádiz, carried via Portugal as denoted by the black "Portvgal" entry postmark applied at Badajoz in Spain, following application of "Yndias" straight-line and "4.Rs" due marking, both struck in red on arrival. From Cádiz, the letter, after being turned, was re-addressed inland to Eibar in Northern Spain, charged in manuscript at 5 cuartos and bearing "Andalucia/Alta"...
Lot #3 - Argentina
Argentina Outgoing Mail 1775, July 30. Entire letter from Buenos Aires to Seville, showing "Bs.AIR.s." and framed rate "4Rs." handstamps, both applied in bluish green, charged on arrival with brown "4R." postmark. The "4Rs." marking denoted the fee to be paid by the recipient, which corresponded to the single postage. The earliest cover recorded exhibiting a rate handstamp struck in the Americas.
Lot #4 - Argentina
Argentina Outgoing Mail 1776, March 14. Entire letter sent by Manuel de Basavilbaso, Postmaster of Buenos Aires, to Gerónimo Grimaldi, Marquis of Grimaldi, Spanish State Secretary and "Superintendente General de Correos y Postas de España" (the highest authority of the Spanish post). The front indicates in manuscript the letter to be carried by the "La Infanta" frigate and its Captain Solís, this ship belonging to the Corunna-Buenos Aires...
Lot #5 - Argentina
Argentina Outgoing Mail 1810 circa. Cover front from Capilla del Rosario to Naval (Spain), most probably carried via Cádiz, bearing two-line "Capilla De/Rosario" and straight-line "Franca" handstamps, both in red, the latter being unlisted by Tizón-Guinovart. Extremely rare postmarks from a small locality, further enhanced by being applied on transatlantic mail.
Lot #6 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1767, Sept. 25. Entire letter from Cádiz (Spain) to Buenos Aires, struck on dispatch with three postmarks in...
Lot #7 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1767 circa. Folded cover from Spain to Buenos Aires, carried via Cádiz as confirmed by the "España" postmark in red (Kouri type VII), rated "3 De Plata" (reales) with corresponding handstamp in same colour on reverse, both well and freshly struck. The letter was addressed to Domingo de Basavilbaso, Postmaster of Buenos Aires. One of the extremely few covers recorded bearing this combination of postmarks, both conceived...
Lot #8 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1772, Nov. 11. Entire letter from Cádiz (Spain) addressed to the Postmaster Domingo de Basavilbaso at Buenos Aires, bearing "Andalucia/Alta", "España" straight-line and framed rate "3 Pta." (as required for the single weight) postmarks, all struck in red on dispatch. "San Miguel" endorsement to confirm the carriage by this ship. A very rare combination of handstamps including a rare rate marking for transatlantic mail...
Lot #9 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1776, Aug. 10. Contents signed by the Marquis of Grimaldi (Headmaster of the Spanish mail and State Secretary), addressed to Manuel de Basavilbaso, Postmaster of Buenos Aires, including the following text with postal aspects in Spanish: "Puede convenir al servicio del Rey en las actuales circunstancias que el Gobernador de esa Plaza emplee en alguna comisión extraordinaria alguno de los Buques Correos. Esté v.m....
Lot #10 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1791, Oct. 10. Entire letter endorsed "Yndias" from Pontevedra (Spain) to Buenos Aires, placed on board a Spanish Royal Maritime Mail ship at Corunna, with application of the "España" postmark in red (Kouri type I), struck on dispatch by the regional "Galicia" handstamp. The earliest letter to South America bearing these two postmarks. Ex Camino.
Lot #11 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1802, Jan. 2. Entire letter from Vigo (Spain) to Buenos Aires, with faint strike applied in centre on dispatch, bearing red "España" straight-line (Kouri type IV) into service at Corunna. This is one of just three items known bearing this "España" type.
Lot #12 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1802, Dec. 9. Entire letter from Vigo (Spain) to Buenos Aires, bearing faint strike of "Vigo/Galicia" handstamp and "España" postmark in red (Kouri type III). As an unpaid letter, 3 reales should have been collected from the recipient. A rare transatlantic entire. Ex Camino.
Lot #13 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1802, Dec. 25. Entire letter from Vigo (Spain) to Buenos Aires, struck in centre in greenish black with "Vigo/Galicia" two-line handstamp before the application of the "España" postmark of Corunna (Kouri type III). A very fine, fresh and rare transatlantic entire.
Lot #14 - Argentina
Argentina Incoming Mail 1810 circa. Cover (three side flaps missing) from Spain to Buenos Aires, extraordinarily carried via Havana-Panama-Valparaíso by maritime means, then overland via Santiago to final destination, bearing red "España" straight-line handstamp struck in Havana on front, also confirming the transit through Chile with the corresponding italic "Chile." postmark of Santiago on reverse, with handwritten "5" reales on front,...
Lot #15 - bolivia
Bolivia Outgoing Mail 1800 circa. Folded cover from Cotagaita (then belonging to the Virreinato del Perú), with very fine strikes including "Cotagaita" & "Peru" straight-line handstamps in red, initially rated in manuscript at "4½" reales for the portion of the overland journey to Buenos Aires, with the maritime carriage to Corunna corresponding to the "8 RS". Endorsement at lower left denoting the contents of the letter with "Asuntos...
Lot #16A - bolivia
Bolivia Outgoing Mail 1810 circa. Cover front from Puno (nowadays in Bolivia, then part of the Virreinato del Perú) to Madrid, very attractively struck on dispatch by "Puno" & "Peru" straight-line handstamps in red, with manuscript notation "Por Buenos Ayres" confirming the route via Corunna, and handwritten "8 r" rate for the single weight for maritime conveyance (1807 tariff). The only example recorded of the "Peru" of Puno used on...
Lot #16 - bolivia
Bolivia Outgoing Mail 1800 circa. Cover (flaps lacking at top and base) from Plata (then belonging to the Virreinato del Perú) via Buenos Aires to Madrid, struck on dispatch by red Italic "Plata." & "Perú." handstamps, taxed on arrival with "10Rs" marking within oval. A rare colonial mail from Bolivia, highly desirable as the only transatlantic mail known with the "Peru" postmark of Plata.
Lot #17 - Chile
Chile Outgoing Mail 1779 circa. Folded cover from Santiago de Chile to Vitoria (Spain), struck on dispatch by "Chyle" straight-line (P.E. 1), additionally handstamped by boxed "4Rs." rate marking during its transit in Buenos Aires, this rate being amended to "6R" on arrival in manuscript, according to the change of tariff of 1779. The 4 reales postmark of Buenos Aires, produced in May 1768, was obsolete at that time and did not correspond to...
Lot #18 - Chile
Chile Outgoing Mail 1851, Oct. 28. Entire letter from Valparaiso via Cape Horn to Cádiz (Spain), initially forwarded by a forwarding agent of Valparaiso, with octagonal "Jorge Loring & Ca." handstamp on reverse and matching endorsement at lower left on front (crossed out), rated "44rs" in manuscript as per 2 1/3 oz weight, struck on arrival with "Perú" straight line in red. One of just three covers recorded with this "Perú" marking after...
Lot #19 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1770 circa. Cover front to Santiago de Chile, carried via Cádiz where the "España" straight-line in red was handstruck, paying the 13 reales rate (in manuscript) per 1 ounce. Scarce. Ex Camino.
Lot #20 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1780 circa. Cover front from Madrid addressed to Agustín Jáuregui at Santiago as Governor and President of the Royal Audience of Chile, with annotated "13" rate corresponding to 1 ounce including 10 reales maritime fee and 2½ reales for inland carriage, struck by crowned "M/Al. 6" marking on dispatch and "España" postmark of Cádiz. It was very probably transmitted via Buenos Aires and Cordillera. Scarce. Ex Camino.
Lot #21 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1790 circa. Cover front from Madrid, bearing the Royal black cachet to indicate official mail (cachets in red where mainly handstamped on commercial correspondences), endorsed "Por el Rey", sent to Santiago de Chile via Buenos Aires, as denoted by the green "España." postmark (Kouri type VII) struck in this city, rated at "80" reales in manuscript, corresponding to a 6¼ ounces weight. Ex Camino.
Lot #22 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1795 circa. Front of large wrapper sent as official correspondence with "Por el Rey" heading with contents originating from Madrid, re-addressed with "Virrey" (viceroy) endorsement from Lima to Concepción, to be forwarded to the Commander of the Veteran Troops and the Militia in the Province of Chiloé, initially rated "44" (11 ounces), this being crossed out and re-rated at "72¾" reales, bearing "Lima" straight-line and "...
Lot #23 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1797 circa. Handmade envelope (opened for display) from Spain to a Brigadier, Politician and Governor in Chiloé (Chile), bearing manuscript "Por Buenos Ayres, Chile, y Valdivia" routing mark placed, as usual, at lower left, carried via Corunna with red "España" straight-line handstamp, following the American inland route Buenos Aires-Santiago de Chile-Valparaíso-Valdivia, with two strikes of Italic "Chile" postmark in red...
Lot #24 - Chile
Chile Incoming Mail 1809 circa. Large cover front from Madrid to the Governor Chiloé (Chile), bearing nearly complete framed oval with coat of arms, a scarce marking applied on "Por el Rey" royal mail, carried via Lima where the framed "MZ" was struck, indicating the postal fee was annotated in a special account of the Real Renta de Correos. Handwritten "390" maritime and "195" inland rates, totalling 585 reales corresponding to 39 pounds,...