FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LATEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BRADY & CO. LOCAL STAMP.
The original Clark & Co. local post is reported by Sloane to have started in early 1857; it used stamps of the same letter-box design with the "Clark & Co." label. In the summer of 1857, the post was sold to Abner S. Brady, who is known to have had financial trouble maintaining the operation. This information comes from a letter written by Brady, in which he states "I am not making anything yet in the business..." (Aug. 13, 1857 letter quoted by Sloane in Stamps, Mar. 9, 1935). The Brady & Co. post evidently closed sometime after January 6, 1858 (latest cover known).
Our records contain four Brady & Co. covers: 1) tied by company oval, to Lizzie Richard, 52 4th Ave., ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 775, realized $20,000 hammer); 2) tied by "Paid", to A. Dickinson, 5 Wall St., ex Worthington, Caspary, illustrated in Patton; 3) tied by "Paid", to C. Mathews (sic), 107 Fulton St., docketed Nov. 3, 1857, ex Boker; and 4) tied by "Paid", to C. Matthews, 107 Fulton St., docketed Jan. 6, 1858, ex Abt and Golden, the cover offered here.
Ex Abt and Golden (pre-restoration). With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $22,000.00
A FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE STAMP, OF WHICH SEVEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.
This Brigg's usage is enigmatic. There is no street address for Wm. H. Newbold, but the sender did mark the letter "Paid", and the Brigg's stamp is cancelled (but not tied). The docketing identifies the sender as George S. Robbins & Son, a well-known New York City firm. The cover entered the Philadelphia post office and was rated "5" with their distinctive blue handstamp. If the stamp originated on this cover and Brigg's was involved, it must have been carried outside the mails to Philadelphia and given to Brigg's for delivery -- without a street address, the cover was dropped at the post office. Refusing to accept it as a drop letter, Philadelphia rated it 5c due. The alternate explanation is that the cover came into Philadelphia by railroad and was never handled by Brigg's, which would of course make the stamp superfluous to the cover. Because of the possibility that this genuine 25L1 stamp has been added to the cover, it is offered on its own merits.
Ex Souren, Gibson, Boker and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate affirming the genuineness of the stamp but declining opinion as to whether it originated on this cover
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE BROWNE & CO. ONE-CENT STAMP TIED ON A LOCALLY-ADDRESSED COVER.
Although Lyons records 33 1c Browne & Co. covers, the 1c is much rarer used alone on a local Cincinnati cover versus to-the-mails outbound usage. Lyons records only three such covers, plus one local cover with three uncancelled 1c stamps (The Penny Post, July 2004).