10¢ Green, Type IV (16), Position 74L1, recut at top, full margins to well clear at left, double-rate usage with 10¢ Green, Type III (15) at left, three large margins, cut in at left, tied by two strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 16 Jul." circular datestamp on buff cover to Brunswick Maine, beautiful bold strike of green "From Noisy Carriers. Mail. 77 Long Wharf S.F. Cal." in ornamental framed handstamp, small piece of backflap missing and minor wrinkles, still Very Fine, a magnificent strike of the scarce Noisy Carriers handstamp in green and a very rare use with the 1855 10¢ Type IV, one of only two examples of the recut 10¢ 1855 on a cover with the Noisy Carriers handstamp in our Levi records, Noisy Carriers Publishing Hall was operated by Charles P. Kimball, one of its services was the delivery of letter bags to steamers departing for Nicaragua or Panama, the markings were applied to indicate (or advertise) the source of the mail, ex Jessup, Pearce, Grunin and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A STRIKING USE OF A 10-CENT 1855 TYPE III-IV COMBINATION PAIR ON A COLORFUL 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE COVER TO BORDEAUX, FRANCE.
French Circular #67 eliminated the discriminatory Great Britain 10 decimes packet fee for American Packet mail to France and reduced the French collections to 8 decimes per 7.5 grams, effective Sep. 1, 1851. Therefore this cover lacks the discriminatory sea postage charge found on other U.S.-France covers even after the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain treaty ended the discriminatory/retaliatory rates for mail between the U.S. and Great Britain. This cover shows the 21c U.S. postage under the 1848 treaty -- consisting of 16c packet and 5c inland.
Ex Warm, Ishikawa and Hackmey
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB 1855 10-CENT TYPE IV IMPERFORATE STAMP AND VERY RARE USE ON AN INBOUND STEAMSHIP COVER VIA NEW YORK CITY. OUTSTANDING QUALITY.
Ex Brown, Moody and Jessup.
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE 1855 10-CENT IMPERFORATE MULTIPLE CONTAINING TWO TYPE IV POSITIONS, USED TO PAY THE DOUBLE RATE TO FRANCE. MAGNIFICENT QUALITY FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT AND RARE CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVER.
Although several covers are known with strips of three of the 10c 1855, which include one Type IV position, we are aware of only five multiples larger than a pair on cover that contain more than one Type IV (thanks to Michael Perlman for sharing his records). The superb strip on this cover is the finest of the five recorded.
Annotated and signed by Stanley B. Ashbrook in pencil on back: "In My Opinion This Cover is Genuine in Every Respect. Plate Positions 54L1-55L1-56L1. Types IV, IV, II"