Bouton's Manhattan Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Pink (17L1).
Large margins, gum stain, uncancelled as usual, used on brown cover to local street address, pencil "WB-- Deliver this without fail this day. Dean"
and "Paid Bouton"
printed in identical pencil, with Mar. 1, 1848, letter enclosure, couple minor stains in cover, Very Fine, one of seven or eight reported examples and one of only four covers, the Manhattan Express was operated by William V. Barr as early as October 1845 until sometime soon after Valentine's Day 1847, when Barr sold out to John R. Bouton, ex Schwartz and Geisler, with 2000 P.F. certificate that describes the "Paid Bouton" pencil notation as "non-contemporary" (an opinion with which we vehemently disagree), Scott Retail $4,500.00
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