VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE USED WITH THE HUDSON RIVER MAIL MARKING. DESCRIBED IN THE ALEXANDER CENSUS AS "THE MOST SPECTACULAR MULTIPLE."
The Hudson River Mail route carried mail between New York City and Albany. Four horizontal pairs and this strip of four are the only recorded multiples used on this mail route. There are two other covers to Penn Yan listed in the Alexander census including one of the pairs and one with two singles, so this is a double 10c over-300 miles rate for a letter weighing more than a half-ounce (and up to one ounce).
FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE COMPLETE SET OF THE NEW YORK CITY CARRIER DEPARTMENT "U.S. MAIL" STAMPS ON SEPARATE COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. THE 6LB11 COVER IS THE NEW EARLIEST KNOWN USE.
In Chronicle 232 (Nov. 2011, included with lot), Alex Haimann discussed a new find of 1847 covers from the Dexter correspondence. These three covers are illustrated and represent the only known complete set of covers bearing each of the New York Carrier Dept. adhesives and the 1847 issue used to one recipient. The Black on Buff (6LB11) offered here also moves up the earliest known date of use considerably, from Mar. 2, 1850 to Nov. 12, 1849, and demonstrates that 6LB9 and 6LB11 were at least briefly in use simultaneously.
Each cover with 2010 P.F. certificate. Total Scott Retail $6,500.00
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE SCARCE RED ORANGE SHADE.
According to Wade Saadi, the Red Orange shade was produced exclusively during the last printing, stamps from which were part of the Fifth Delivery (December 7, 1850).
With 2011 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM SHEET MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Apart from the incomparable Caspary-Lilly-Sevenoaks copy, we have offered only two other 10c 1847's with original gum and sheet margins since 1998, including a bottom-margin horizontal pair and a right-margin single.
With 1985 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WHICH HAS BEEN GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.
With 1981 and 1998 P.F. and 2008 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $6,400.00). Only seven others share this grade, and only three have graded higher to date (at 98J)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $2,500.00)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH ENORMOUS MARGINS AND CANCELLED BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.
With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON COVER WITH A GREEN CANCELLATION.
Tallahassee was one of the few post offices in the 1847 Issue era to use true green ink for its postmark and cancellation.
With 2010 P.F. certificate
A UNIQUE AND HISTORIC COVER BEARING THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, SENT DURING THE ANTEBELLUM ERA FROM NEW YORK TO MACON, GEORGIA, TURNED AND RE-USED APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS LATER DURING THE CIVIL WAR AS A CONFEDERATE COVER FRANKED WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN 1847 TURNED USE WITH ANOTHER STAMP OF ANY KIND -- MUCH LESS A CONFEDERATE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT.
There exists a large correspondence related to John J. Gresham dating as far back as the 1830's (a disc of scans is included). More importantly, there is a second cover, included with this lot, which serves to confirm this turned use. The second cover is franked with a half-peeled 3c 1851 Issue stamp and was sent to John Gresham in Macon Ga. Like the 1847 cover, the second cover was refolded into an envelope and sent to Thomas B. Gresham with the Macon datestamp -- though it is missing its Confederate stamp.
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact year of use for this cover during the 1847 period as this style of New York datestamp was in use for several years. The Confederate mailing date was either 1863 or 1864.
Turned uses with 1847 stamps are known, but one of the sides is invariably stampless. We record no 1847 turned covers with a second stamp, and a turned use with a Confederate stamp is truly remarkable
VERY FINE. A RARE DIAGONAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.
Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 13, 1851, just prior to demonetization, and one day after the bisect offered in the following lot.
Unlisted in Alexander census.
VERY FINE. A RARE VERTICAL BISECT OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED TO PAY THE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE JUST A FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO DEMONETIZATION OF THE 1847 ISSUE.
Effective July 1, 1851, the basic letter rate was reduced to 3c for domestic letters sent up to 3,000 miles. New stamps were issued to accommodate the new rates, and the old stamps were demonetized and invalid for postage after June 30, 1851. This letter was sent June 13, 1851, just prior to demonetization, and one day before the bisect offered in the previous lot.