VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE STRIP OF THREE OF THE 5-CENT 1862 RED BROWN ON A PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA, FROM THE FAMOUS ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE. A PHENOMENAL COVER.
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.
Very few patriotic covers are known franked with the 5c Red Brown. Only two Angell covers bear this franking (the other, cancelled on the same day, was offered in our "Sevenoaks" sale). Only three others are known with the 5c Red Brown, including one with a single and two with two singles.
Ex Matthies and Myers. With 2004 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE 1861 ISSUE COMBINATION FOR THE DOUBLE 33-CENT RATE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
Double-rate covers from the Howland correspondence are almost always paid with 30c and 3c pairs, rather than this three-color combination. This cover is the perfect mate to lot 2505 in our sale of the Bailar collection (Sale 1105). Both covers were carried by the same Cunarder (different sailings) to Edwin Howland in the Cape of Good Hope. They have the same composition of denominations; however, the 5c on the Bailar cover is the Buff shade, and on this cover the relatively new Red Brown printing was used.
5¢ Red Brown (75), nine singles, neatly affixed overlapping (two inverted) and tied by grid cancels, "Norwalk Ct. Jan. 12, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Shanghai, China, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Jan. 14" circular datestamp, magenta "40" cents credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (January 29), "INSUFFY STAMPED/VIA MARSEILLES" two-line handstamp, manuscript "1" British Colonial credit, Hong Kong (March 25) and Shanghai (March 31) backstamps, several stamps with tears or other small faults, overall soiling, Very Fine appearance and extremely rare use of nine 5¢ 1861 stamps on a cover to China, this was short paid for the rate via Marseilles and was instead sent by British Mail via Southampton at the 45¢ rate and treated as completely prepaid, ex Rohloff and Ishikawa, with 1993 P.F. certificate