VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FIRST ROYAL PACKET MARKING WITH THE “CAPT. CORNICK” INSCRIPTION. AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF 18TH CENTURY TRANSATLANTIC MAILS.
The French consul was the agent for the Première Régie in New York, and prepared departure markings which incorporated ships’ names for each sailing from February 1784 to June 1785. Only ten covers are known, showing eight different ship-name departure markings. Two types of markings are known on mail carried by the French Royal Ship Agency’s Le Courier de l’Europe on separate trips from New York to L’Orient: the marking offered here with “capt:CORnick”, and a similar marking that reads “Le Courier de l’EUROPE/New York*16 juin 1785.” Both are unique.
Ex Martin and Walske.