FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE Ib ON COVER.
Docketing reads "M B Southweek Letter Feby 10 1852" which must refer to a later filing date. With 2008 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,500.00
VERY FINE. A SCARCE FRANKING PAYING THE SHORE-TO-SHIP RATE ON A COVER TO HONG KONG, WHICH WAS DELIVERED TO THE RECIPIENT BY A FORWARDER.
The receipt docketing at left indicates this found the recipient on Nov. 9, 1859. It arrived in Hong Kong in September (day of backstamp is unclear). According to Wikipedia, the Hartford was launched Nov. 22, 1858 and sailed for the far east where she relieved the Mississippi as flagship of the East India squadron. In November 1859 (when this was received) the U.S. Minister to China, John Elliott Ward, came aboard in Hong Kong and the ship sailed for Canton, Manila and other ports to advance American interests in the region.
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 3-CENT CHICAGO PERFORATION USED ON AN ILLUSTRATED CAMEO CORNER CARD COVER. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST COVERS WITH THIS ISSUE WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
Wilson Hulme speculates in his article in Chronicle 175 that R. K. Swift distributed Chicago perf stamps to various businesses as a trial or to strengthen the possibility of selling the perforating machine to the post office. Many of the businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Elijah Hadley's (inventor of the machine) office (p. 167).
Signed Dr. Chase. With 1977 P.F. certificate.