VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS "VIA PANAMA" ILLUSTRATED DESIGN WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. A WONDERFUL 1861 ISSUE TRANSATLANTIC COVER.
The illustrated "Via Panama" envelopes were published and used mainly from 1858 through 1860. This is the only example of this particular type we have seen or could locate in our Levi records. It is used quite late, but was probably published years earlier.
Union Soldier's Head, New York, N.Y. (Skinner-Eno PH-F 72), bold strike on 30¢ Orange (71), trivial perf crease at top left, Very Fine strike of this distinctive fancy cancel, the creation and use of this fancy cancel in the Spring of 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War, it is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries, ex Jennings
Horse's Head, Knoxville, Tennessee (Skinner-Eno PA-H 1), bold and complete strike on 30¢ Orange (71), few flaws at top including sealed tear, Extremely Fine strike and very rare on the 30¢ stamp, ex Jennings
30¢ Orange (71), horizontal strip of four with "ENGRAVED BY THE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY CITY OF NEW YORK" imprint and "No. 7 Plate." plate number at bottom, original gum, centered to left
Col. Edward H. R. Green, Part 25, Costales sale, 2/18-21/1946, lot 153 (as a strip of eight)
H. R. Harmer sale, 10/13/1958, lot 289
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)
Chapin census no. 253
Average appearance; creases and slight gum staining
HISTORY AND COMMENTARY
Original-gum and unused blocks of the 30¢ 1861-68 Issue are extremely rare. We record two unused plate number strips of four: the strip offered here and another that emerged in 2012 with the sale of the Frelinghuysen collection (Siegel Sale 1021, lot 220). There is also a plate block of eight with "Specimen" oveprint. This strip was reduced from eight to four stamps.
30¢ Orange (71), block of nine, original gum with hinge remnants, light shade, centered to right
Henry B. Close, Eugene Costales sale, 6/23-26/1952, lot 182
Friedl Expert Committee (1971) issued by Herbert J. Bloch
Fine; some trivial gum toned spots
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$31,100.00 as block, two pairs and single