EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS WEST MERIDEN CONNECTICUT, DEVIL & PITCHFORK FANCY CANCEL.
For a history of this fancy cancel go to http://www.ctpostalhistory.com/CtPP/Postal_Markings_files/D%26PArticleJan2016XXXLR.pdf . A fascinating article on this subject by William Duffney also appeared in the 2017 Congress Book. This example is offered to the market for the first time since 1974, when the consignor purchased it in Siegel Sale 444
3¢ Rose (65), block of eight with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 32 Plate." plate number at bottom, original gum, lightly hinged, lovely pastel shade and choice centering
As a block of 16: Henry B. Close, Eugene Costales sale, 6/23-26/1952, lot 168, to Cole
Chapin census no. 214
Very Fine; creased at bottom of selvage
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)