Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1).
Ample margin at right, touched at top and left, scissors-cut at bottom, small repaired corner in bottom right margin, tied by red "Towle's City Dispatch Post, 7 State St., 2 Cents" oval handstamp
with matching "Paid." on blue folded cover to local addressee, circa 1849-50, ms. "Gone to California"
indicating that addressee had left for the Gold Rush, side panels removed
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH THE CHEEVER & TOWLE STAMP TIED BY A HANDSTAMP.
Cheever & Towle's usual method of cancelling its stamps (if at all) was to apply a small "X" in manuscript, sometimes with an extra dash or two. This is the only cover in our records, the Sloane or Costales files that has the stamp cancelled and tied by the red oval marking.
Ex Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 902, realized $4,500 hammer)
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