VERY FINE. A VERY ATTRACTIVE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP USED ON INBOUND MAIL FROM BOSTON.
New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris arranged to distribute stamps to some cities outside of New York and instructed the postmasters to treat the letters as unpaid at origin, but New York would accept them as prepaid on arrival. This cover originated in Boston, and the stamp has the unusual initials configuration with the letters “ACM” almost completely separated (without periods), except the “C” and “M” are faintly attached.
Ex Lapham and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate
New York, N.Y., 5¢ Black, "AC M" Initials (9X1a), Position 36, showing double frameline at top, large to huge margins, tied by red "New-York 28 Feb. 5cts." (1846) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Lyon, France, sender's ship-name directive "Str. Cambria"--carried on that Cunarder, departing from Boston on March 1, 1846, and arriving at Liverpool March 14--red "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, "Liverpool Ship 28 MR 1846" octagonal datestamp on back, red London (Mar. 29) datestamp on back, brownish Boulogne arrival datestamp, Lyon (April 3) receiving datestamp on back, manuscript "25" decimes due marking (10 decimes for Great Britain, 15 decimes French internal postage), Extremely Fine stamp and cover, a beautiful use of the New York provisional to France, ex Moeldner and Newbury, USPCS census no. 20485