VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE-APPEARING COVER. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY STAMP ON COVER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF LOCAL POSTS.
Ex C. E. Chapman (handstamp at lower left), Caspary and Kramer
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.
The Scott Catalogue contains a footnote to No. 104L1 that reads "Only one genuine example is known. It has a Philatelic Foundation certificate." The stamp offered here also has a certificate, and it is the second of two stamps certified genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. There is a total of four in our records (all unused): 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, which is a recent discovery.
According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.
With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND UNIQUE USE OF THE RARE MAGNUS CRYSTAL PALACE LETTERSHEET WITH STAMP OF SWARTS' LOCAL POST, WHICH BROUGHT THE LETTER TO THE POST OFFICE FOR ITS TRANSATLANTIC JOURNEY TO GERMANY. REMARKABLE FROM MANY PERSPECTIVES.
Only a few used examples of this Magnus lettersheet are known. Use of the Swarts stamp on transatlantic mail is also very rare. The combination of elements here is extraordinary by any measure.