EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF EITHER BRAINARD & COMPANY ISSUE. AN EXTRAORDINARY BLOCK, WHICH ONLY CAME TO LIGHT FIVE YEARS AGO.
None of the major collections of Independent Mails contained a multiple of the rare Brainard & Co. stamps, and no record of a multiple can be found in published or unpublished sources. This block of four surfaced in a 2011 Jacques C. Schiff auction and was acquired by Dr. Puliafito. It is the only recorded block of the Brainard Black or Blue stamps, and we know of no other multiples.
With 2011 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE BRAINARD & COMPANY 5-CENT BLACK STAMP ON COVER FROM TROY, NEW YORK.
The Brainard & Co. Black stamps were used interchangeably on letters carried on the company's routes between New York City, Albany and Troy. This folded letter from Troy is one of the finest of all Brainard & Co. covers bearing stamps.
Signed Stern. Ex Frajola. With 2000 P.F. certificate
A FINE AND FRESH COVER AND ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF INDEPENDENT MAILS. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THE BLACK BRAINARD STAMP EXIST ON COVERS.
With 1990 P.F. certificate. Not listed in Scott as a single tied on cover
VERY FINE STAMP AND PRESENTABLE COVER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH BRAINARD'S STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SERVICE.
Brainard & Co. provided service from Troy, but not to Boston, thus the letter was given to American Letter Mail Co. (transfer point unknown). It is one of two covers known to us which show conjunctive use of a Brainard stamp with American Letter Mail Company.