ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "INVERTED C" PLATE VARIETY ON ANY TYPE OF PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY CONFIRMED EXAMPLE ON GREEN PAPER. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF LOCAL POSTS.
Only one subject on the plate of 42 (Position 36) shows the so-called "Inverted C" variety, which was caused when a mirror-image letter punch was used to enter the righthand "C". The mirror-image punch left a right-reading engraved letter on the plate, which in turn produced a mirror-image printed letter "C". The Scott Catalogue lists this variety as "C at right inverted", but in fact it is a mirror image of the letter "C". We have photographs of five different examples of Position 36, including three we can positively identify by paper type: Green (40L4a, the stamp offered here), Grayish (40L5a on cover, Mazza collection) and Yellowish Buff (40L8a, the stamp offered in lot 314). Our records contain black-and-white photographs of two other examples, but we cannot identify the paper color (one off cover and another on a cover with 3c 1851 overlapping).
Ex Lilly, Cunliffe and "New Amsterdam." With 2009 P.F. certificate.
A VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FRANKED WITH THE CLIPPERTON ISLAND PRIVATE FRANKING STAMP.
Clipperton Island lies 670 miles southwest of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was an important source of guano fertilizer and home to 150-200 miners at the time the Clipperton Island stamp was issued for use on mail carried from the island to San Francisco. This cover to England entered the mails at San Francisco and is additionally franked with the proper 5c U.S. postage for the U.P.U. rate. Very few other Clipperton Island covers are known.