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 and Kuphal (Sale 925, lot 1227, realized $5,750 hammer)