Shield with Eight Bars and Open Top, Waterbury, Connecticut (Rohloff Q-4), bold strike ties 3¢ Red, F. Grill (94), deep shade, clear grill, on cover to Blackstone, Massachusetts, "Waterbury Con. Apr. 24 '68" double-circle datestamp, sender's directive "Via Worcester", reduced at left, minor edgewear, Very Fine, ex Eno
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE MORTAR & PESTLE FANCY CANCELLATION OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT.
The Waterbury postmaster, John W. Hill, carved three different Mortar & Pestle cancellations. The Rohloff Types 1 and 3 (O-5 and O-7) were carved in 1867 and used with the large double-circle datestamp. They are much rarer than the Type 2 Mortar & Pestle (O-6) that was carved in 1869 and used with the 1868 Grilled and 1869 Pictorial Issues. We know of two other covers with this Type 3 Mortar & Pestle: one is illustrated in Rohloff (p. 181) and the other was offered in our 2011 Rarities sale (realized $17,000 hammer).
Ex Houser. With 1990 P.F. certificate