EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT BARNABAS BATES "CHEAP INLAND AND OCEAN POSTAGE" PROPAGANDA COVER AND BELIEVED TO THE ONLY EXAMPLE KNOWN WITH THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Barnabas Bates (1785-1853) was born in England and came to the United States as a child. He became a Baptist preacher in Rhode Island, where he was also for some time collector of the port of Bristol under President Adams. Bates became a Unitarian and established in New York in 1825 a weekly paper called the Christian Inquirer. During the administration of Andrew Jackson he received an appointment in the New York post office and was for some time acting postmaster. He became a reform advocate for cheap land and ocean postage, founding the New York Cheap Postage Association, which published this envelope in 1851.
Ex Knapp and Baker.
VERY FINE AND FRESH. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS NEW YORK DROP-RATE MARKING APPLIED TO A ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMP ON COVER.
This cover is illustrated and briefly discussed in Ashbrook's One-Cent book, Volume II, where he states "New York had two postmarks they used frequently on Drop Letters. One was a postmark with 'Paid 1ct.' On prepaid stampless drops this was applied in red. It was rarely used on letters prepaid by a One Cent stamp." (p. 69-70).
Ex Knapp, Baker and Haas
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TIED ON COVER BY THE NEW YORK INTEGRAL DROP-RATE DATESTAMP.
The postmark, date and handwriting are identical to the cover offered in lot 235. This was probably part of a group of circulars bootlegged from England and dropped at the New York Post Office.
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE "ST. LOUIS & KEOKUK STEAM" ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP ON THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Ex Newbury and Grunin
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING COVER, COMBINING A CHOICE STRIP OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT IMPERFORATE TYPE IV WITH A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING CAMEO DESIGN.
Truly superb in every respect.
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL FRANKING ON AN IMMACULATE NESBITT ENTIRE PAYING THE 24-CENT TREATY RATE TO ENGLAND.
With 1986 P.F. certificate. Ex Sevenoaks and Hillmer
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE MULTIPLE FRANKING ON COVER TO THE GOLD-MINING CAMPS OF MOUNT KORONG, VICTORIA.
The sender evidently intended to pay the old 37c rate via private ship from England; however, this cover was carried at the 33c rate via Southampton.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNUSUAL AND SUPERB FRANKING FOR THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO HONG KONG. CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE AND DELIVERED TO LIEUTENANT EARL ENGLISH ON BOARD THE U.S. SLOOP OF WAR LEVANT.
Under the command of U.S. Navy officer William N. Smith and with Lieut. Earl English aboard, the U.S.S. Levant sailed on Nov. 13, 1855, for Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope, and Hong Kong, where she arrived to join the East India Squadron on May 12, 1856. On July 1 the U.S. Commissioner to China boarded the Levant for transport to Shanghai, arriving on August 1. At the outbreak of hostilities between the British and Chinese, the Levant arrived in Whampoa on October 28. The Levant took part in protecting American interests, and, in November 1856 saw action during the American amphibious assault on Chinese fortifications on the Pearl River. The Levant received the major part of the Chinese bombardment, with 22 shot holes in her hull and rigging, one man dead, and six injured. The Levant cruised between Hong Kong and Shanghai until she departed Hong Kong on December 7, 1857, arriving at the Boston Navy Yard on April 6, 1858 (source: Wikipedia).
This cover to Lieut. Earl English was carried on the Collins Line Atlantic, departing New York City on Sep. 27, 1856, and arriving in Liverpool on Oct. 9.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE THE BALANCE OF A PLATING STUDY OF THE 1851 IMPERFORATE ONE-CENT FROM PLATE ONE LATE IN UNIFORMLY OUTSTANDING CONDITION.
Scott Retail approximately $15,000.00