VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA AND FORWARDED TO GERMANY, FROM THE FAMOUS DR. ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.
Dr. Henry C. Angell was a Boston optometrist who spent considerable time traveling in Europe. Covers are known sent to him in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a few forwarded to other destinations. Dr. Angell was an art collector and undoubtedly appreciated the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him overseas.
12¢ Black (69), pair and single, pair with straight edge at left, used with 3¢ Bright Rose (65), tied by red grid cancels, red "N. York Am. Pkt. Feb. 8" (1862) circular datestamp on back of folded letter to Port Louis, Mauritius, magenta manuscript "12" credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (February 21), bold red "4-1/2d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Mauritius (April 24) backstamps, right 12¢ stamp small tear at bottom, cover with some separations along top edge and light toning, still Very Fine and very rare 1861 Issue franking to the British Colony of Mauritius, prepaid for the 39¢ British Mail rate via Marseilles, ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks"
12¢ Black (69), block of four, original gum, intense shade and proof-like impression, centered left
Alfred H. Caspary, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/19-21/1956, lot 105
Ryohei Ishikawa, Christie's Robson Lowe sale, 9/28-29/1993, lot 416
The Philatelic Foundation (1993)
Fine; bottom right stamp has faintest trace of a corner crease noted on certificate
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB JUMBO USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Although the 12c 1861 plate provided ample space between the subjects, the 12-gauge perforation holes use up much of that space, and the lines of perforations were rarely applied in a way that created four balanced margins around the design. This stamp is a one-in-a-million example of perforating outside the normal boundary line on all four sides.
Ex Senchuk and Merlin. With 1980 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $4,500.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only three others share it.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 12-CENT 1861 ISSUE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 2002 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,750.00). Only four have graded higher (all at 98J) and only six others share this grade