EXTREMELY FINE. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST "CHICAGO PERF" COVERS EXTANT AND ONE OF THE FEW WITH AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING CORNER CARD. A MAGNIFICENT ARTIFACT FROM THE EARLY PERIOD OF PERFORATED UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS.
Observing the Chicago Perf covers mailed by business firms, W. Wilson Hulme II observed "[it is likely] these businesses used the stamps because Swift actively distributed them... When the businesses are plotted on a 1856-era map, a pattern emerges. Most of these businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Hadley's office. One business, E. S. Wells, shoe manufacturing and sales [the cover offered here], was downstairs in the same building as Swift." (Chronicle 175, p. 167). Swift was a promoter of the Chicago Perfs, and Hadley was the inventor who designed the machine.
With 1991 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE 1856 5-CENT ISSUE AND 1855 10-CENT GREEN HORIZONTAL STRIP CONTAINING A COMBINATION OF TYPES II AND III.
The plate used to print imperforate 10c 1855 stamps contained only one horizontal pair of Types II and III, located in Positions 2L and 3L on the sheet. Positions 1L and 2L are Misplaced Transfers from the B Transfer (Type III), while Position 3L comes from the normal A Transfer (Type II).
This magnificent cover is franked with a 10c 1855 strip containing both Misplaced Transfer Type II positions with the Type III and a single 5c 1856 for the 35c rate to Switzerland via Prussian Closed Mail. Our records of 5c 1856 covers contain eleven covers to Switzerland, including six franked for the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate.
EXTREMELY FINE. EVERY ELEMENT OF THIS COVER WAS APPLIED WITH CARE 148 YEARS AGO AND PRESERVED IN PRISTINE CONDITION SINCE MAILING. WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND FINEST-QUALITY CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVERS EXTANT.
This immaculate cover comes from the Cohn correspondence, from which the cover bearing a 5c 1856, 1c and 12c 1851 pair originated (realized $85,000 in our 1981 Rarities sale).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-CENT 1855 MULTIPLE CONTAINING A VERTICAL PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE IV, USED ON A COVER CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE--ESSENTIALLY A UNIQUE USAGE.
The Collins Line's Baltic departed New York on July 19, 1856, and arrived in Liverpool on July 30. The 42c postage pays the double 21c American Packet rate via British Open Mail. Vertical strips of the 10c 1855 are quite uncommon, thus the great rarity of a vertical pair from the conjoined Type IV positions.
Illustrated in Graham's "Great Stamps Make Greater Covers" (American Philatelist, Oct. 1977). Ex Caspary, Baker and Grunin. With 1987 P.F. certificate.