2¢ Brown, Re-Issue (124), beautifully centered, dark rich color, tied by "Baltimore Md. Jun. 7" (ca. 1884) duplex datestamp and numeral grid cancel on cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, corner card of stamp dealer Frank Y. Jones, addressed to Henry Hechler (another stamp dealer of the era), receiving backstamp
Extremely Fine Gem stamp on a fresh choice cover. This is the only single franking among the three recorded 2¢ 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue covers.
This is not a printed matter rate, as indicated in the 1869 PRA census. The rate to Canada, which was based on the domestic letter rate, was lowered to 2¢ on October 1, 1883. Another of the three recorded 2¢ 1869 Pictorial Re-Issue covers is offered in lot 536.
Ex John C. Juhring, Jonathan W. Rose, Edgar Kuphal ("European's Large Gold" collection) and Steven C. Walske ("Lafayette" collection). Illustrated in Rose, United States Postage Stamps of 1869 (p. 36). With 1978 P.F. certificate.
2¢ Brown, Re-Issue (124), Positions 131-132/141-142R4, block of four from bottom right of sheet of 150 with "No. 4" plate number and guide arrow in selvage, original gum with slight adherence, rich color, choice centering
Daniel F. Kelleher sale, 10/18/1940, lot 100
1000th Sale (with material from Philip G. Rust), H.R. Harmer, 4/11/1956, lot 537
H. R. Harmer sale, 10/15/1956, lot 176
H. R. Harmer sale, 5/10/1965, lot 189, to Chapin
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)
Chapin census no. 351
The Philatelic Foundation (1965)
Very Fine; negligible faint crease in selvage and minor separations