EXTREMELY FINE. THIS 1847 ISSUE COVER -- FROM A RECENT FIND -- IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA "R" REGISTRATION HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL AN ADHESIVE STAMP. A MARVELOUS 1847 COVER.
This letter is addressed to Dr. Alfred L. Elwyn as treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Elwyn was a philanthropist and leader in the care of the mentally disabled.
Philadelphia's post office was the first to apply a marking to indicate that a letter was registered. The "R" marking was only applied to incoming letters. The large "R" was used until October 1849, at which point it was replaced with a smaller "R". A list of 1847 Issue covers with registration markings appears in an article by Dr. James W. Milgram in Chronicle 249, where this cover is illustrated and described. It is the only Philadelphia "R" cover with the stamp cancelled by the registration marking. Presumably, the Philadelphia postal clerk felt that the Baltimore office did not sufficiently cancel the 5c stamp with the small manuscript "X".
This letter surfaced in 2013 in a New England antiques auction. It is offered in the philatelic market for the first time in this auction.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COVER FROM GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT, WITH THE 1847 ISSUE CANCELLED BY THE 5-CENT RATE HANDSTAMP OF THE PRE-STAMP ERA, WHICH FORMS A WONDERFUL TRIO WITH 5-CENT AND 10-CENT STAMPLESS COVERS FROM GUILFORD.
Illustrated in 1851 Sesquicentennial book (p. 221). Ex Dr. Kapiloff.
EXTREMELY FINE. A TRULY REMARKABLE 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH STAMPS CANCELLED BY THE BRILLIANT RED "10" RATE HANDSTAMP OF BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA.
Source notations on back indicate this was sold by Hugh Barr on Jan. 14, 1948, and Irwin Heiman in 1968.
EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE HOUSATONIC RAILROAD 1847 ISSUE COVER.
Ex Chase, Ackerman, Hall, Hackmey and Gross. With 2000 and 2013 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE FAMOUS ST. JOHNSBURY "SCARAB" FANCY CANCELLATION TYING A SUPERB 5-CENT 1847 STAMP ON AN IMMACULATE COVER.
Fancy "killer" cancels are extremely rare in the 1847-51 period. The term "killer" to describe the cancel was actually used by New York Postmaster Robert H. Morris. Although fancy rate markings from the pre-stamp era were used to cancel 1847 stamps, fancy cancels created for the specific purpose of "killing" stamps did not become popular until the 1850's. The more distinctive designs are the St. Johnsbury Vt. Scarab, Trenton N.J. Star and Binghamton N.Y. Herringbone. The Alexander book lists eight genuine uses of the 5c on cover with this cancel.
Illustrated in Chronicle 50 (p. 94). Ex Brown, Bingham, Floyd T. Starr, Ishikawa, Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND COVER. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF THE 1847 ISSUE USED FROM CHICAGO WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
Ex Newbury, Hart, Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR ON A PRISTINE COVER WITH PERFECTLY STRUCK CHARLESTON S.C. DATESTAMP AND QUADRUPLE "PAID" CANCELLATION.
Ex "European Connoisseur". With 2015 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT BROWN ORANGE TIED BY THE MAD RIVER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT'S DATESTAMP.
This railroad route ran from Sandusky to Bellefontaine, Ohio. In 1848 it was extended to Springfield. The trains ran six trips per week and connected with the Little Miami Railroad for Cincinnati via Xenia. There are perhaps a half-dozen examples of this marking known on the 1847 Issue, and this is most definitely the finest.
Ex Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF ALL EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE VERTICAL BISECT. A SPECTACULAR COVER.
This is the only recorded bisect used from Walpole, New Hampshire. The brilliance and care taken in applying the cancel and circular datestamp remind us of other iconic 1847 covers, such as those from Waukegan, Illinois.
Ex Boker and Gross. With 1988 and 2013 P.F. certificates.