VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR OVERALL FLAG DESIGN AND RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT 1859 ISSUE.
The 12c 1859 stamp overpaid the 10c transcontinental rate by 2c. Ex "Sevenoaks". With 1993 P.F. certificate
12¢ Black, Plate 1 (36), five singles, arranged slightly overlapping and used with 3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26), tied by "New Orleans La. Mar. 21, 1859" circular datestamps on blue folded letter to Lisbon, Portugal, sender's directive "British Steamer Via Southampton", red "New-York Br. Pkt. Mar. 30" circular datestamp on back--carried on the Cunarder Asia on that day, arriving Liverpool April 10--magenta manuscript "58" credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (April 11), bold "210" reis due handstamp also ties 3¢, Lisbon receiving backstamp (April 23), vertical file fold barely affects two stamps, stamps scissors-separated affecting perfs at top of 3¢, Very Fine appearance and beautiful cover to Portugal bearing five copies of the 1857 12¢ Perforated Issue from Plate 1, paying the 63¢ rate via Southampton, ex Ishikawa and "Sevenoaks"
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM PLATE ONE IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Due to narrow spacing on the plate, most examples of this stamp have perforations touching at least part of the outer frameline of the design. The example offered here has far wider margins than most.
Ex Merlin. With 1989, 2003 and 2007 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $10,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it. This is the first we have offered in this grade since 2012.
VERY FINE. THE 1857 12-CENT PLATE 1 STRIP OF FIVE IS AN EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE FRANKING, AND THE CAPE VERDE DESTINATION IS EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE IN THIS PERIOD.
Ex Seybold, Gibson, Gallagher and "Sevenoaks". With 1984 P.F. certificate
12¢ Black, Plate 1 (36), horizontal pair, tied by “Dubuque Iowa. Aug. 18” (1860) circular datestamp with “PAID/24” rate handstamp on light salmon cover with Beardless Lincoln Portrait, Split Rail Fence and Riverboat Scene, 1860 Campaign design, Baker imprint, “‘Honest Abe Lincoln’ on his flat boat” slogan at bottom, addressed to a Miss Teat in Waltham on the Wolds, England, red “19” credit handstamp also ties pair, Melton-Mowbray backstamp (September 3)
* Siegel Auction Galleries, 1995 Rarities of the World, 6/5/1995, Sale 767, lot 142, to William H. Gross
CENSUS, LITERATURE AND EXHIBITION REFERENCES
* Dr. James W. Milgram, Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Envelopes and Letter Paper 1860-1865, design AL-81
* Very Fine cover with negligible slight wear in corners
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