2¢ Brown (113), block of 24 from bottom right with "NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. NEW YORK" imprint, "No. 28" plate number and guide arrow at bottom, original gum, sixteen stamps are Mint N.H., including entire second and third rows and pairs at each end of bottom row, bright shade, choice centering
William L. Moody III, H. R. Harmer sale, 11/6-8/1950, lot 26
H. R. Harmer sale, 11/26/1956, lot 21
John C. Chapin (collection sold privately to Shreves and then to William H. Gross, 2002)
Chapin census no. 321 (illustrated on page 24)
The Philatelic Foundation (1957)
SCOTT CATALOGUE VALUE (2019)
$72,350.00 as plate block, three blocks and one pair without well-deserved premium for Mint N.H. stamps
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED FRANKING -- MIXED COUNTRIES AND MIXED ISSUES -- PAYING POSTAGE FROM CUBA TO THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND TO SPAIN. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE NEW YORK FOREIGN MAIL GEOMETRIC CANCELS.
There are ten recorded mixed franking covers sent from Cuba to Spain. This cover is one of the most attractive of the Quadrado correspondence, because it has a large number of stamps, all of which are tied on the front, including by NYFM cancels.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-ISSUE COVER TO ROME WITH RED BALTIMORE FOREIGN MAIL MARKINGS, SENT FULLY PAID TO ITS DESTINATION BY NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL.
Rome at this point was still part of the Papal States, defended in part by French troops and not yet incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. The most common route for mail from the U.S. to Rome was via French Mail. The mate to the cover offered here (ex Vogel, Siegel Sale 995, lot 2203, realized $8,500 hammer) was the subject of an article by George Hargest in Chronicle No. 45. At the time of mailing, Baltimore was an exchange office for some foreign mails. This letter was routed through New York where it went by Closed Mail via England to Ostend, then by the travelling post office from Verviers to Cologne, where the bag was opened and an accounting was made. It was then likely exchanged with the Italian railway post office that carried the letter to Rome.
With 2008 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING TO PAY DOUBLE THE 34-CENT RATE BY AMERICAN PACKET TO PANAMA AND THEN TO DESTINATION VIA BRITISH PACKET.
This rate was in effect from October 1867 to March 1870. Ex Foote. With 2014 Moorhouse certificate.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN IMPRESSIVE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE, WITH IMPRINT AND FULL ARROW AT LEFT.
With 2001 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four blocks of four, four pairs and a single