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Sale 1239 — 2021 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 24 June, 2021

Category — 1847 Issue

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512°
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Sale Number 1239, Lot Number 512, 1847 Issue10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Position 22R, large margins to full at upper left, tied by blurry strike of blue "Philada. Pa. 10 Nov. 5" (1849) 10c integral-rate circular datestamp with second strike at right on folded letter to "Color Maker Hamilton Print Works" in Lowell Mass., with dark blue illustration of the medicinal plant Valerian, letter is from Arthur Campbell, an employee of the pharmaceutical company Powers & Weightman, contains lengthy and interesting content on pharmaceutical manufacturing and also references "Per Blood's Despatch" in origination address

VERY FINE. A VERY EARLY EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN RIGHTLY BE CALLED AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING DESIGN ON A 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE COVER.

Powers & Weightman, who employed the writer of this letter and used the Valerian plant in its chemical compounds, was founded by William Weightman (1813-1904). Weightman was a prominent chemical manufacturer and one of the largest landowners in the United States during the mid-1800's. He was nicknamed the "Quinine King" and invented a synthetic form of the drug. The company merged in the 1920's with the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.

USPCS census no. 11820. Accompanied by a transcription of the letter. With 1990 P.S.E. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
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