VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER BEARING THE RARE BRAINARD BLUE STAMP USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY SERVICE.
The description in our Hall sale (Siegel sale 830) for lot 238 provides our overall analysis of Brainard & Co.'s stamped covers and the origination of the Black vs. Blue stamps. The cover offered here bears the Brainard & Co. Blue stamp, cancelled by the "B" in manuscript, of which there are at least two distinct versions. Brainard & Co. provided service from Troy and Albany, but not to Boston, thus the letter was given to American Letter Mail Co. (transfer point unknown). The cover offered here is one of only three Brainard & Co. stamped cover in our records showing conjunctive use with the American Letter Mail Company and one of only two with the Blue 24L2 stamp.
Raymond Weill backstamp. Scott Retail as normal use (non-conjunctive) on cover $4,500.00