VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH AN ODD FELLOWS THEME, USED TO VIENNA, AUSTRIA. FROM THE FAMOUS ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.
The Odd Fellows was a secret fraternity, separate from the Masons. The three links in the symbol stand for its motto of "Friendship, Love and Truth". In 1851 it became the first fraternal organization to accept women (the Daughters of Rebekah). This effort was spearheaded by Schuyler Colfax, who would later serve as Grant's Vice President.
Dr. Henry C. Angell was an optometrist who spent a considerable amount of time in Europe. Covers are known sent to him in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a very few forwarded to other destinations. He was an art collector and undoubtedly appreciated the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him while he travelled abroad.
Ex Worden and Faiman. With 2002 P.F. certificate
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE UNION SOLDIER'S HEAD FANCY CANCELLATION ON A COVER TO HUNGARY.
This is reportedly the only known cover to Hungary with this fancy cancel. This cancel's creation and use in 1866 coincided with the return of soldiers from the Civil War. It is known on at least one domestic cover, but apparently the cancelling device migrated to the foreign-mail exchange office, where it was used to cancel stamps on mail to foreign countries. This explains why it is found on high values of the 1861-66 Issue, including the 10c, 12c, 15c, 24c, 30c and 90c denomination stamps off cover. Covers with this cancel are very rare, probably because European stamp collectors removed the high-value stamps from covers.
With 2000 P.F. certificate