VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.
According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.
The four examples of 104L1 in our records (all unused) are: 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133), ex Hall and Sale 878 (realized $5,500); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, a recent discovery, offered in Sale 811 (realized $22,000).
With 1998 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE AND HANDSOME USAGE. ONLY THREE OR FOUR COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH TWO MESSENKOPE'S STAMPS PAYING THE 2-CENT RATE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO CANCELLED BY THE "PAID" IN ARC.
With 1994 P.F. certificate
A FINE AND RARE 1847 ISSUE AND LOCAL POST COMBINATION, ESPECIALLY WITH THE MESSENKOPE'S STAMP TIED.