24¢ Lilac (78), interpane margin at left with centerline, wonderful depth of color, single pulled perf at top not mentioned on either certificate, tied by bold grid of diamonds cancel on "Gen McClellan" Patriotic cover to London, England, red "Boston Am. Pkt. 21 Jun. 24" (1864) 21¢ credit datestamp, credit portion struck out in red by postal clerk who applied "Boston Am. Pkt. 3 Paid Jun. 24" 3¢ credit datestamp, red "London Paid' receiving datestamp (July 7), the beard and moustache have some minor contemporary enhancements in black ink, Extremely Fine, an outstanding McClellan Patriotic cover to London from the Angell correspondence, ex Matthies, Paliafito and Ishikawa, with 1993 and 2010 P.F. certificates--the former specifically stating that the manuscript embellishments in the design are contemporary
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.
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS BRIDGEPORT FIREMAN FANCY CANCELLATION, WHICH WAS CREATED IN WATERBURY BY POSTMASTER JOHN W. HILL. ITS USE ON A 24-CENT STAMP IS LIKELY UNIQUE.
This cancel was inspired by the annual Bridgeport Fireman's Parade through Waterbury. It is almost always seen on 3c stamps, though a few are known on 1c stamps or on a 3c entire. This use on a 24c stamp is truly remarkable -- we can only fantasize about what the cover must have looked like.
Ex Hessel and Jennings. With 1976 P.F. and 1994 P.S.E. certificates.