EXTREMELY FINE. THE MOST SPECTACULAR OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE ST. LOUIS 2-CENT BLUE CARRIER (8LB2), OF WHICH ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN IN TOTAL. A REMARKABLE STAMP, ISSUED CIRCA 1857 AND MODELED UPON THE ONE-CENT 1851-57 FRANKLIN STAMP AND THE 1852 3-CENT SILVER COIN.
Elliott Perry theorized that the design of this stamp was a cross between the 1851 1c stamp (ornamental border) and the 1852 3c silver coin known as a "fish-scale", which had the shield in six-point star design (see Pat Paragraphs, reprint, pp. 263-264). The concept was "something between" 1c and 3c. Our records contain just five examples of 8LB2: 1) "1 ct" cancel, off cover, ex Golden, Siegel Sale 817, lot 425; 2) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Edwin Harrison, ex Middendorf; 3) used on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, dated Feb. 13, 1857, ms. "X" cancel (not tied) and "Paid" straightline, ex Bulger, the cover offered here; 4) tied by "1 ct" in frame on cover to Miss St. Denis, the cover offered in lot 2404; and 5) cut to oval shape, tied by "Paid" in arc on large Valentine cover to Mrs. Scoot, Sloane photo.
Ex Bulger. Scott Retail for off-cover 8LB3 is $22,500.00