FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LATEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BRADY & CO. LOCAL STAMP.
The original Clark & Co. local post is reported by Sloane to have started in early 1857; it used stamps of the same letter-box design with the "Clark & Co." label. In the summer of 1857, the post was sold to Abner S. Brady, who is known to have had financial trouble maintaining the operation. This information comes from a letter written by Brady, in which he states "I am not making anything yet in the business..." (Aug. 13, 1857 letter quoted by Sloane in Stamps, Mar. 9, 1935). The Brady & Co. post evidently closed sometime after January 6, 1858 (latest cover known).
Our records contain four Brady & Co. covers: 1) tied by company oval, to Lizzie Richard, 52 4th Ave., ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 775, realized $20,000 hammer); 2) tied by "Paid", to A. Dickinson, 5 Wall St., ex Worthington, Caspary, illustrated in Patton; 3) tied by "Paid", to C. Mathews (sic), 107 Fulton St., docketed Nov. 3, 1857, ex Boker; and 4) tied by "Paid", to C. Matthews, 107 Fulton St., docketed Jan. 6, 1858, ex Abt and Golden, the cover offered here.
Ex Abt and Golden (pre-restoration). With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $22,000.00