VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRUE YELLOW CIRCULAR DATESTAMP CANCEL ON AN 1851 ISSUE COVER. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
Randolph Macon College is known for colored cancels during the decades of the 1850's-1860's. In addition to blue cancels there is a vivid green and this yellow, which is the rarest color used to cancel an 1851 Issue stamp.
With 1991 P.F. certificate and accompanied by a 1932 letter from Edson J. Fifield of Scott Stamp & Coin Co. stating this will be the basis for a new catalogue listing. Scott Retail for on-cover yellow cancel
3¢ Dull Red, Type II (11A), Position 58L3, large margins to clear, tied by neat strike of "New-York Aug. 2" circular datestamp on Barnabas Bates "Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage" two-panel illustrated cover with wonderful depiction of steamship and railroad train, imprint on back from D. Felt & Hosford, Stationers, 50 Wall St., New York, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, fresh and Very Fine, a rare and desirable Bates "Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage" propaganda cover--Barnabas Bates (1785-1853) was born in England and came to the U.S. as a child, he became a Baptist preacher in Rhode Island, where he was also for some time collector of the port of Bristol under President Adams, he became a Unitarian and established in New York in 1825 a weekly paper called the Christian Inquirer, during the Jackson administration he received an appointment in the New York post office and was for some time acting postmaster, he became an advocate for cheap land and ocean postage and lived to see the 3¢ domestic rate introduced in 1851--ex Dr. Chase
3¢ Dull Red, Type II (11A), Positions 71-80L3, horizontal strip of ten, large margins to clear except just in on two positions, Positions 75L and 77L with vertical creases, Positions 77L and 80L with small scissors-cuts at bottom, tied by light strikes of "Washington D.C. Sept. 21, 1855" circular datestamps on buff legal-size cover to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, docketing at left, slightly reduced at right, refolded at top, some slight edgewear, still Very Fine, one of three recorded full-row strips on cover, ex West, Piller, Giamporcaro and Hackmey, with 1999 P.F. certificate
3¢ Orange Red, Type II (11A), Position 37R2, huge margins to just barely in including part of adjoining stamp at top, pen cancel and tied by bold strike of 7-ring Canadian target cancel on buff cover originating at Port Rowan, Upper Canada, and addressed to Danville, Pennsylvania, red "Port Rowan U.C. JU 8, 1855" circular datestamp, red "CANADA/PAID 10Cts" two-line handstamp and "PAID 6D" in circle handstamp indicating that Canadian postage was paid
Very Fine; stamp lifted and reaffixed in position from which it originated, cover split at sides and neatly rejoined, missing small part of bottom flap.
An incredibly rare use of the 3¢ 1851 Issue in Canada. Only seven examples of this stamp used from Canada are recorded.
The sender affixed the 3¢ stamp in Canada to prepay postage. The Canadian post office cancelled the stamp and must have received 6 pence to prepay the treaty rate, because they marked the cover fully paid.
Ex Tracy W. Simpson and Joseph Hackmey. With Dr. Chase's notes on back including "The 3¢ 51 is rarer than the 1847 issue used from Canada". With 1979 P.F. certificate.