EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE AND COVER. THE FINEST OF THE THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF A 2-CENT BLACK JACK TIED ON COVER BY THE WEST MERIDEN DEVIL AND PITCHFORK FANCY CANCEL.
Census records contain the following three genuine examples (in chronological order, all 1866 dates): 1) Jun. 1 to Meriden Conn. with U.S. Internal Revenue printed corner card, weak strike, stamp defective, offered in lot 512; 2) Aug. 1 to Wallingford Conn. with U.S. Internal Revenue printed corner card, cover with two tiny faults, ex Lehman, Rorke (realized $6,500 hammer in 1988); and 3) Aug. 29 to Windsor Conn., unsealed circular-rate cover, the example offered here.
With 1981 P.F. certificate