EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF MEAD'S 2-CENT GREEN STAMP ON COVER, USED IN FEBRUARY 1847, THE FIRST VALENTINE SEASON OF MEAD'S POST.
Abraham B. Mead, a New York City postal clerk, took control of the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier operation after it was discontinued. Mead announced the start of his "Post Office City Despatch" on November 30, 1846. Evidence indicates that Mead turned the post over to Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright, two New York City local post operators, as early as March 1847. Mead had the old City Despatch Post plate (used by Grieg to print 40L1) modified by changing "Three" to "Two" cents. Stamps were printed by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch on Green and Pink enameled paper.
Ex Kapiloff (realized $3,500 hammer in our 1992 Rarities sale).
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB STAMP ON A VERY ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE "CC" ISSUE ON COVER.
The use of the black circular datestamp and black "Paid" indicates 1848 usage. Beginning in September 1848, the Post Office City Despatch stopped using the "Paid" handstamp on mail brought to the post office, probably by order of the New York postmaster who may have received complaints about the word "Paid" appearing on letters which had no prepaid U.S. postage. From September 1848 on, only city-delivery covers have the "Paid" handstamp, as this example demonstrates.
Ex Kapiloff. With 1983 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE "CC" STAMP ON COVER WITH THE RED COLE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP AND "PAID" CANCEL.
Ex Caspary and Middendorf. With 1991 P.F. certificate