VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT 1857 TYPE I ON A COVER TO VERA CRUZ.
The strip of four pays the four-times 10c rate to Mexico. Noted in The United States Ten-Cent Stamps 1855-59 on. p. 40. Ex Emerson, Knapp, Neinken, Ishikawa and "Sevenoaks". Signed Ashbrook.
10¢ Green, Type I (31), Position 100L1, bottom right corner position of left pane with perforated interpane margin at right showing centerline, superb centering and margins, rich color, proof-like impression, tied by well-struck "Iowa City Iowa. May 3, 1859" circular datestamp on small cover to Sharon, Canada, red "U.STATES" and "PAID 10" Detroit cross-border exchange office handstamps, receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine Gem stamp and attractive cover, ex Newbury, Grunin, Zoellner and "Sevenoaks"
10¢ Green, Type I (31), horizontal strip of three from the bottom row of Plate 1 with extra wide-spaced perforations at bottom showing the key complete shells, perfs well clear other sides, pretty pastel color, tied by two light strikes of New Orleans circular datestamp on blue 1858 folded letter to Paris, France, red "Boston Nov. 17 Paid 24" 24¢ credit datestamp, French arrival datestamp (November 30), receiving backstamp, trace of manuscript on center stamp, Extremely Fine, a rare and choice strip of the 10¢ 1857 Type I with wide-spaced perforations--10¢ Type I stamps are found only on the 20 bottom-row positions of Plate 1; due to narrow spacing on the plate and difficulties in perforating, stamps at the bottom of the plate usually have perforations cutting into the bottom portion of the design where the Type I characteristics are located; wide-spaced bottom-row stamps showing the full shells are particularly rare and desirable--ex Haas, Grunin and "Sevenoaks"
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW COVERS KNOWN WITH A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I. FROM THE FAMOUS HARGOUS CORRESPONDENCE.
The strip of four pays the quadruple 10c rate to Mexico. We know of three Hargous covers with this size multiple.
VERY FINE. A RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 1857 10-CENT TYPE I ON A COVER TO AUSTRALIA.
The Type I stamps, with design complete at bottom, only come from the bottom row of the plate. This strip is scarce, and possibly unique used on a cover to Australia. It pays the 33c British Mail via Southampton rate to Australia.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE LATEST OF ONLY FOUR REPORTED EXAMPLES OF THE ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK.
The town of Arizona City (or Arizona) was established in 1854 by Charles D. Poston and originally named Colorado City. Consisting of adobe dwellings, two stores and two saloons, it was situated on the bank of the Colorado River, opposite Fort Yuma, California. By 1858 the town became known as “Arizona City” or simply “Arizona” (the official post office name). John Blake Dow was appointed postmaster on March 17, 1858, but was replaced by Lansford Warren Hastings three months later, on July 17. The post office and Butterfield station were one small counter in the Hooper mercantile store. Originally part of Doña Ana County, New Mexico Territory, on February 1, 1860, Arizona City became part of Arizona County, New Mexico Territory. Arizona County comprised all the land of the Gadsden Purchase west of a line close to the current New Mexico-Arizona border.
The manuscript postmark was applied by Arizona City postmaster, Lansford Warren Hastings.