A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER BEARING THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND THE SEAL OF THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY ASSOCIATED WITH LUCRETIA MOTT. A WONDERFUL ARTIFACT OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society was founded in 1833, partly as a result of the inability of women to become members of male abolitionist organizations. It was organized as a local chapter of the American Anti-Slavery Society, had an interracial membership and claimed as one of its founders the famous social reformer, women's rights advocate and abolitionist, Lucretia Mott. It was headquartered at 5th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, where a street marker stands today commemorating the Society.
Slavery-themed covers with the 1847 Issue are exceedingly rare. Apart from the Elijah Lovejoy memorial letter sheet sold in our David L. Jarrett sale (Siegel sale 970 lot 15), a Power Search review failed to find a single additional example of an 1847 Issue cover or lettersheet with printed references to slavery.
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE ADVERTISING DESIGN DEPICTING AN EAGLE -- THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Any form of printed advertising with the 1847 Issue is rare, and this design with six distinct fancy fonts and the soaring eagle is remarkable. This is without question one of the most dramatic advertising uses of the 1847 Issue.
Ex Pope, Garrett and Boker. From our 1987 Rarities sale. With 1985 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ADVERTISING CORNER CARD COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR VALENTINE'S DAY COVER WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Garrett and Kapiloff. With 1976 P.F. certificate as Blackish Brown
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS AND IMMACULATE EMBOSSED FLORAL DESIGN ON COVER WITH THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Garrett and Kapiloff and from our 1980 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook
VERY FINE. A STRIKING AND ELABORATE VALENTINE DESIGN WITH THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE.
Ex Meroni, Matthies, Kapiloff and Boker.
VERY FINE. A MARVELOUS EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON A VALENTINE DURING THE 1849-51 TIME PERIOD WHEN THE TRIPLE RATE WAS ELIMINATED. A PHENOMENAL COVER.
The Post Office Reform Act of 1845 greatly simplified the rate structure for sending mail. It provided for a 5c rate per half ounce for distances under 300 miles, with an increase of 5c for each additional half ounce or portion thereof.
A clause included in the Act of March 3, 1849 (30th Congress, Session II, Ch. 104) modified the postage on a letter weighing more than one ounce to bring U.S. domestic rate progression in line with the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty, which had gone into effect on February 15, 1849. The relevant clause reads:
"That the better to enable the postal treaty with Great Britain to go Into full effect with equal advantage to both countries, letters shall be mailed as composing one rate only where the letter does not exceed the weight of a half ounce avoirdupois; where it exceeds a half ounce, but does not exceed an ounce, as composing two rates; where it exceeds an ounce, but does not exceed two ounces, as composing four rates..."
This change eliminated the the 15c rate for a letter weighing between one and one-and-a-half ounces. Letters weighing between one and two ounces would be charged four-times the single rate (20c for distances under 300 miles). The elimination of the triple rate went into effect with the Postmaster General's notice on March 15, 1849, meaning this was used in either 1850 or 1851.
Ex Wenk and Boker. From our 1985 Rarities sale. Signed Ashbrook who notes "In my opinion this cover is genuine in all respects. It shows the no triple rate of 1849-51 and is the finest example of that rate I have ever seen."
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE USED ON AN ELABORATE VALENTINE.
Ex Boker. With 1966 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL DOUBLE-RATE USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A VALENTINE COVER. WIDELY REGARDED AS THE MOST SPECTACULAR 1847 ISSUE VALENTINE COVER EXTANT.
The distance from New York to Lakeville is over 300 miles, which would have required 10c postage. However, due to the weight this was charged twice the 10c rate, reflected by the manuscript "20". The additional 10c stamp was affixed over the manuscript rate to indicate that no additional postage was due.
Ex Pope, Garrett and Boker. With 1985 P.F. certificate.