VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING PAYING DOUBLE THE 34-CENT RATE TO PERU. A BEAUTIFUL COVER FROM THE DAVIS CORRESPONDENCE.
The story of the "Portchester Find" was first told by Elliott Coutler in the 1982 Register and summarized by Michael Laurence in his book on the 10c 1869 Issue. Probably the most plausible explanation is that two workmen found the cache of covers in a building that was about to be demolished, and they split them equally. This theory is supported by the fact that the covers made their way to market in two batches.
The single rate to Peru was 34c up to March 1870, when the rate was lowered to 22c. The franking on the cover here pays double the 34c rate in effect at the time of sending. The letter travelled from New York to Aspinwall in Panama, then overland to the west coast of Panama and down to Lima by British Mails by way of Callao.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE USE FROM CHEFOO, CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES, SENT VIA THE U.S. POSTAL AGENCY IN SHANGHAI.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER TO HUNGARY BEARING THE 15-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The stamps on this rare cover pay the 10c Direct Mail rate to Germany and 8c registry fee. According to the 1869 Census book, this is the only 15c 1869 (either type) used to Hungary.
Illustrated in 1869 PRA Census book (p. 160). Signed Ashbrook. Ex Mack.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC COVER WITH THE 30-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE PAYING TEN TIMES THE 3-CENT RATE.
Our records contain only eight covers with the 30c 1869 Pictorial on domestic covers sent between U.S. post offices (the 1869 PRA Census contains five). Ex "Lake Shore". Scott Retail $17,500.00 on cover to a domestic destination is half the value of a foreign use, despite the far greater availability of the foreign uses