EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE BRONSON & FORBES STAMP EXTANT, AND ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN CANCELLED COPIES.
With the exception of one cover, the examples on covers are uncancelled, and are mostly cut to shape.
VERY FINE. THE BRONSON & FORBES' LOCAL STAMP IS EXTREMELY SCARCE ON COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN INTACT COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED BY A POSTMARK. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY UNDERRATED RARITY.
W. H. Bronson and G. F. Forbes operated their local post in Chicago from mid-1856 through early 1857, based on the most reliable evidence. A March 1855 cover is recorded, but its early date and the absence of dated examples from the following fourteen months make it doubtful that the stamp originated or that the date was reported accurately. The post probably closed in 1857. The Chicago city directories support this date span.
Fewer than a dozen Bronson & Forbes' covers are known, and all but two have uncancelled stamps. Of the two tied examples, only this cover has the 3c stamp still in place. The ex-Middendorf cover has a blank space where the 3c stamp was originally affixed but later removed; the local is still tied in its place. A piece is recorded with the stamp tied in combination with a 3c 1851, ex Caspary.
Ex Hennan (his note on back indicates purchased from Elliott Perry in 1930) and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 809, realized $9,000 hammer).