VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND EXTRAORDINARY OF ALL AMERICAN HAND-DRAWN COVERS, ORIGINATING FROM THE FAMOUS PATTEE CORRESPONDENCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO PATTEE COVERS EXECUTED IN COLOR, BOTH OF WHICH DEPICT WASHINGTON AND FRANKLIN IN HUMOROUS CARTOONS.
The partnership of Pattee & Macfarlane, dealers in hardware and cutlery, was announced on February 1, 1855, in the New York Evening Post. The partnership announcement allows us to narrow the date range in which this cover was mailed to February 1855-57. We are aware of approximately eight to ten covers from the Pattee correspondence. Five of these were offered in the Matthies sale, at the same time as the majority of covers from the famous Angell correspondence of Union Patriotics to Europe. Of the Pattee covers, two stand out from the rest -- the cover offered here, and one of Washington and Franklin seated at a table (ex Grunin). These are the only two drawn in color.
Ex Matthies (Siegel Sale 353, May 20-21, 1969)
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMP USED ON THE ILLUSTRATED SAN FRANCISCO NEWSLETTER. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED WITH THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
The "San Francisco News Letter" was sold by all Wells, Fargo & Co. agents throughout the state of California and was sent on each sailing of the Pacific Mail Steamship to Panama.
Ex Polland and Haas
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING PAYING THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL POSTAGE AND 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN'S FEE ON A COVER FROM HAWAII TO THE UNITED STATES.
This cover was carried on the L. P. Foster, departing Honolulu on Dec. 6, 1856, and arriving in San Francisco on Dec. 22. It was datestamped by the San Francisco post office on Jan. 5, 1857, when the mails were prepared for the next sailing via Panama. The 12c United States postage on covers from Hawaii was usually paid with a single 12c stamp. Very few covers are known with 1c 1851 and 10c 1855 Issue frankings.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT TYPE I TO PREPAY THE AMERICAN PACKET RATE TO SWEDEN.
Ex White and Sevenoaks. With 1980 P.F. certificate