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UNITED STATES TRANS-ATLANTIC SHIP COVERS

 

 

VERY FINE 1832 TRANS-ATLANTIC NEW YORK TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHIP "RHÔNE" COVER -
LE HAVRE TRANSIT
BOXED "PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE" OR "OVERSEAS COUNTRY VIA LE HAVRE"

ODD RATED "23"

COVERED BY OUR 5 YEAR PHILATELIC GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY



New York to Le Havre to Geneva, Switzerland by the Ship "Rhône"


Le Havre Transit Cancel for 1 October 1832


Black boxed "PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE"


"23" Due Rate in Red

 
Geneva Receiving Mark for 6 October 1832



Ship Rhône 
 


"23" on Reverse showing postage paid

Front: Nice Trans-Atlantic carriage loaded with marks. The boxed black "PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE" cancel applied at Le Havre on incoming mail from across the sea. Also a Le Havre Transit cancel dated 1 October 1832. There is a lower left manuscript notation "Ship Rhône" and a red manuscript "23" indicating the rate due. If this was handed off directly to the ship (no US markings evident) then there would have been a 6¢ Ship fee, plus French transit fee, and the delivery charge in Switzerland.
Reverse: Geneva 6 October 1832 receiving mark. Manuscript black "23" indicating postage was paid by the recipient.
Notes: The
Rhône is known from Immigrant Ship Registries to have been on the New York to Le Havre from at least October of 1833 under Captain John Rockett. This is August 1832. It was a 450 ton burthen ship and could carry 150 passengers, mixed freight, and, of course, mail. Believed to have been owned by Havre-Union-Whitlock Line. Captain Rockett had quite a history but that is another tale. 
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds.
Contents: Extensive letter in French from John (Jean) Magnin of the new New York office of legendary Swiss Watch makers Vacheron & Constantin of Geneva. More than just a usual business accounts letter, this is personal and refers to the Asiatic Cholera Epidemic that was raging in New York in the summer of 1832. A unique insight into Vacheron & Constantin's first attempt to penetrate the North American Market

               




Reverse of Cover

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