VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE POSITION 23R, DEFECTIVE TRANSFER, ON A THREE-MONTHS PERIOD COVER TO FRANCE.
Carried on the Cunarder Persia which departed New York Feb. 4, 1857 and arrived Liverpool Feb. 14. The "Arabia" referenced in the manuscript marking at top actually refers to a steamer which left on Feb. 11. There are probably fewer than five uses of the 5c 1856 Position 23R1 defective transfer on cover.
With 1977 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND HANDSOME 1856 5-CENT COVER TO FRANCE CANCELLED BY THE RARE AND DISTINCTIVE "VARIANT" CIRCULAR DATESTAMP OF NEW ORLEANS.
The New Orleans variant circular datestamp is distinguished by its larger diameter circle and with two dots below "La" abbreviation. It was in use only for a very short period of time. After leaving New Orleans and transiting New York this cover was carried from Boston on the Cunarder Arabia, which departed Aug. 13 and arrived Liverpool Aug. 25.
With 1957 Brun certificate. Ex Hubbard and Mayer. Illustrated in Frajola and Mayer
FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 TYPE IV, SCOTT 16. COMBINED WITH THE 21-CENT AMERICAN PACKET RATE USAGE TO FRANCE, THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING CLASSIC COVER.
Signed Ashbrook. With 2005 A.P.S. certificate confirming the EDU. This date listed in Scott as EDU
EXTREMELY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BISECTED USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE, ACCEPTED AS POSTAGE ON A TRANSCONTINENTAL COVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO ILLINOIS.
12c 1851 stamps were bisected in San Francisco when 3c stamps were in short supply. This is one of the most attractive "simple" 6-cent rate covers we have encountered.