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"