VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE ON A SHIP LETTER RECEIVED AT A UNITED STATES PORT AND SENT TO BRITISH NORTH AMERICA. ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE 1847 COVERS IN EXISTENCE.
This extraordinary cover was discussed in detail by the late Creighton C. Hart in his article "1847 Covers to Canada: Part II" (Chronicle, Nov. 1973). Hart described this as "One of the most unusual covers to Canada" and explained the use: "This letter came into Eastport on a coastal ship and the captain received 2c from the Eastport post office for his service. Unfortunately the original letter is missing, but Eastport is just a port stop away from St. John, New Brunswick. Carriage of mail by coastal vessels from ports in Maritimes was a common practice. The stamp was on the envelope before it reached the States and may represent a use of the '47 stamps from New Brunswick. If the letter had originated at Eastport there would not be the 'due and 'SHIP 2' markings." Adding a final comment, Hart wrote "It's treasures such as this that make philatelic hunting sometimes very rewarding."
The Alexander census records 5c and 10c 1847 stamps on two other separate covers originating in St. John, New Brunswick. Both are addressed within the United States and were not treated as ship letters. The cover offered here is remarkable not only as a use of the 1847 Issue from outside United States borders -- almost certainly St. John -- but also as an inbound ship letter received in transit to Canada. We know of no other comparable 1847 Issue cover.
Ex Sevenoaks. With 1998 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE TO NEW BRUNSWICK.
The Alexander census lists six 5c covers and five 10c covers to New Brunswick; the cover offered here is unlisted in the census and becomes the seventh (and earliest) known use. The earliest reported use to Canada is September 25.
VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER TO NEW BRUNSWICK. ONLY FIVE COVERS BEARING THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ARE KNOWN USED TO NEW BRUNSWICK, AND THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO WITH THE U.S. EXPRESS MAIL ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.
Ex Rust and LeBow.
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 1847 ISSUE COVER TO NOVA SCOTIA.
Ex Rose and illustrated in his Classic United States Imperforate Stamps
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING 1847 ISSUE COVER CARRIED BY CUNARD PACKET TO NOVA SCOTIA.
The 10c 1847 stamp paid the U.S. over-300 miles rate from Baltimore to Boston, and the letter was then carried by the Cunarder Hibernia. The British packet rate of one shilling was collected from the addressee (no inland postage was assessed). The one-shilling charge was levied until September 20, 1849, at which point it was reduced to 4 pence (4-1/2 pence in local currency).