VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE HALE & CO. RED STAMP WITH MANUSCRIPT OVERPRINT SHOWING CHANGE OF ADDRESS. A SIGNIFICANT INDEPENDENT MAILS RARITY.
The change-of-address overprints -- handstamped and handwritten -- were implemented after Hale moved its Boston office from 13 Court Street to 23 State Street in April 1844 (this date according to Robson Lowe). March 14, 1844, is the earliest recorded date of use for any Hale stamp (Blue Type I, 75L1, in the Gutman collection). No later than June 1, after the move to 23 State Street, the stereotype plate was modified by deleting the old address, leaving the second line at center blank. Our records (corroborated by Michael Gutman) contain a total of 12 Red stamps with either type of manuscript address change (see Hall catalogue, Siegel Sale 830, lot 257 for classification) -- 3 of Type B ("23 State St.") and 9 of Type D (line thru address) -- including seven covers. One cover bears both Types B and D (Portsmouth, Jan. 16, 1845), which was the subject of a an article by Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (Chronicle, No. 166, May 1995). This cover bearing the Type B overprint has a pencil indicating the origin was Worcester on Mar. 26, 1845. There is also an off-cover Type B example (ex Golden).
With 1973 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE "23 STATE ST." MANUSCRIPT CHANGE-OF-ADDRESS OVERPRINT ON THE HALE & COMPANY BLUE STAMP.
A June 5, 1844, cover is recorded with the Blue Type II stamp (75L5, address omitted) and magenta manuscript "23 State St." overprint applied at Boston (Robson Lowe sale, Oct. 26, 1973, lot 2016). The other recorded "23 State St." manuscript overprint (in blue) on 75L5 is the stamp on the cover offered here, dated August 9, 1844, out of Boston.
Ex Judd and Jarrett