24¢ Red Lilac (70), deep rich color and well-centered, used with horizontal pair of 3¢ Rose (65), tied by neat strikes of large "Paid" grids and 24¢ tied by red "Boston Paid 12 Oct. 10" (1862) 12¢ credit datestamp on red and blue "The Union. It must be preserved." Waving Flag Patriotic cover to Paris, France, red Calais arrival datestamp also ties 24¢, red boxed "P.D." handstamp and receiving backstamp, Very Fine and fresh, an unusually beautiful 24¢ 1861 Issue Patriotic cover to France from the Angell correspondence, ex Matthies, Haas, Paliafito, Ishikawa, Gabriel and "Sevenoaks"
History and Commentary
The 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.
24¢ Red Lilac (70), used with three 30¢ Orange (71), bright colors, cancelled and tied together by grids, "Sheffield Mass. Nov. 18" (1862) circular datestamp on tissue-paper cover to Singapore, sender's directive "Via Marseilles", red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 19" circular datestamp, magenta manuscript "104" double-rate credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (December 1), red crayon "2" British Colonial credit marking, right 30¢ stamp with tiny faults from placement near edge of cover, fresh and Very Fine, a rare 1861 Issue franking for the double 57¢ rate by British Mail via Marseilles, ex Ishikawa
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1861 24-CENT RED LILAC ISSUE. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE RED SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL CANCEL. THIS STAMP IS GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
With 2015 P.S.A.G. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $4,750.00). This is the highest grade awarded.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING TO TURKEY SENT BY FRENCH MAIL. FROM THE WASHBURN CORRESPONDENCE.
This cover was carried on either Inman's City of Baltimore (depart NY Aug. 27; arrive Queenstown Sep. 6, Liverpool Sep. 7) or NGL's Hansa (depart NY Aug. 27; arrive Southampton Sep. 7). The mail was off-loaded and entered the French mail system at Calais. It was prepaid for the double 30c French Mail rate, but the 21c credit indicates it was treated as a single rate letter at the New York exchange office.
Ex "Cihangir" (Schaeffer). With 2001 P.F. certificate. Illustrated in an Apr. 10, 2000 article in Linn's Stamp News