EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE RARE AND DESIRABLE "CONGRESS GAITER" BUTTONLESS SHOE FANCY CANCELLATION. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE WATERBURY FANCY CANCELLATIONS.
According to Wikipedia, this style of buttonless shoe was invented for Queen Victoria in 1836, utilizing stretchable rubber (a new invention) at the sides in place of laces but still keeping the profile of lace-ups. Its feminine image was soon lost and was adopted by male wearers, at which time it was dubbed the Congress Gaiter or Boston Boot in the United States.
With 1998 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE DESIRABLE OLD WOMAN IN BONNET FANCY CANCEL OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT.
The last two examples offered on cover brought $30,000 and $40,000 hammer in our Coulter and Eubanks sales. With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE WATERBURY LARGE BEE FANCY CANCEL. A SCARCE AND DESIRABLE FANCY CANCEL.
The details of this carving are truly remarkable and clearly visible in this example; for example, the delicate lines of the bee's wings.
With 1981 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THE DRAMATIC ROSE BLOSSOM FANCY CANCELLATION OF WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT. THIS IS THE MOST ELABORATE FLOWER DESIGN CARVED BY THE POSTMASTER OF WATERBURY.
Several of the different Waterbury designs carved by postmaster John W. Hill are noteworthy for their elaborate designs, such as the Running Chicken, Bee, Eagle & Shield and some of the human faces. This Rose Blossom design is certainly one of the Hill's finest creations.
With 1995 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL STRIKE OF THE CORRY EAGLE AND SHIELD FANCY CANCEL ON COVER. A BEAUTIFUL PATRIOTIC-THEMED DESIGN. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN ON COVER.
With 1996 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE THREE-COLOR COMBINATION FRANKING TO PERU FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.
The franking pays double the 22c rate via American Packet and thence by British Mail via Panama.
With 1997 P.F. certificate