VERY FINE. THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON ROSE PAPER IS FAR RARER THAN THE GREEN OR YELLOW -- PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FOUR OR FIVE GENUINE COVERS EXIST.
Alfred H. Cummings operated Cummings' City Post as early as December 1845 (earliest reported cover) through 1847. Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright joined to take over the City Despatch Post Office from Abraham Mead by March 1847. The distinctive stamps picturing Cupid (55L4-55L5) and a letter sealed by a heart (55L1-55L3) tie the post's activities to the Valentine season. All are very scarce, but the Rose 55L1 is the rarest of the Cummings "Letter & Heart" series -- Caspary had only one; Middendorf the same. The Rose covers we have located have November 1846 dates. At a later date, the "Cummings" name was erased from the plate, as evidenced by the one recorded 55L8 stamp (ex Ferrary, Caspary and Boker).
Ex Chapman, Hollowbush, Golden, Kuphal and Geisler. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FEW TIED EXAMPLES OF THE RARE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP ON GREEN PAPER, WHICH IS EXTREMELY RARE ON COVER.
Ex German Sale, Mason, Ackerman and Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate
FINE STAMP AND BEAUTIFUL COVER. AN EXTREMELY RARE VALENTINE USE OF CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.
Illustrated in Perry's 100 Years Ago. Ex Ferrary. With 2000 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A VERY RARE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE CUMMINGS' "LETTER & HEART" STAMP ON YELLOW PAPER.
The Cummings' "Letter & Heart" stamp was printed on three different papers -- Rose, Green and Yellow -- any examples tied by a New York datestamp are very rare