VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED PAIR USED ON JULY 15, 1845, WHICH IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE. AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
The earliest recorded use of the New York provisional is July 15, 1845. The USPCS census lists 14 used on that day, all without signature. Four are known used to England, three each are known to Germany and France and three are domestic uses, all bearing a single stamp. The example here is the only to Scotland and the only with more than one stamp. In Chronicle 115 (p. 163), Philip Wall records only eight pairs on or off cover of the without signature variety.
Ex "Aristocrat" (2007 Bennett sale) where offered at auction for the first time and where acquired by the current owner. With 1999 A.P.S. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP AND THE ONLY COVER BEARING THE DESIRABLE UNSIGNED VARIETY (9X1e). AN EXTRAORDINARY USE.
The USPCS census records only five covers to Switzerland with the New York Postmaster’s Provisional, including two covers bearing 9X1, two bearing 9X1a and this single cover with the unsigned 9X1e. Three of the covers have the addresses obliterated.
USPCS census no. 20691. Ex Lapham and Frelinghuysen. With 2012 P.F. certificate