FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE TO FRANCE AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S MARKING ON COVER TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.
The Alexander 1847 Issue census book records 31 examples of this Long Island Railroad marking, including one with the 10c and 30 with the 5c. This is the only cover to a foreign destination. The addressee, Richard Rush, was the recipient of the magnificent "Rush" cover, sent approximately eight months earlier during the Retaliatory Rate period (see Siegel Sale 912). The cover offered here was sent early in the Treaty Rate period.
With 1967 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THE RED ORANGE IS THE RAREST OF ALL 5-CENT 1847 SHADES AND IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND ON COVER, ESPECIALLY IN SUCH CHOICE CONDITION.
According to a series of articles by the late Calvet M. Hahn in the Collector's Club Philatelist, the Red Orange shade was printed some time during the fourth and last printing, which took place in December 1850. A Power Search review produced one other example on cover (ex Amonette), but the P.F. later issued a certificate stating that the stamp is not the Red Orange.
With 2010 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in Scott as on cover. Scott Retail as used off cover $9,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR SELDOM-OFFERED 1847 PLATE VARIETY IN CHOICE CONDITION.
Ex Senchuk. With 2010 P.S.E. certificate (XF 90; SMQ $1,800.00 as ordinary used stamp). On a ratio basis, this stamp would most likely be valued around $4,200.00 in SMQ if it were listed