VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN THE RED ORANGE SHADE. LESS THAN A DOZEN ARE KNOWN ON COVER.
We have offered only three others on cover in this shade since 1996. The online records of the Philatelic Foundation contain nine on cover.
With 2011 P.F. certificate. Scott value $10,500.00
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER WHICH ARRIVED FROM GERMANY JUST DAYS AFTER THE FIRST FEDERAL STAMPS WERE ISSUED AND WAS FORWARDED WITH THE NEW 5c 1847 STAMP.
This is a unique use of the 5c 1847 Issue as forwarding postage on a folded letter from a famous artist writing from Dusseldorf, Germany, and a scarce first-month use of the 5c 1847 Issue. This cover is fascinating in many aspects. It was mailed from Germany to the United States two weeks before the release of the 1847 Issue. By the time it reached Boston, on Independence Day, the first federal postage stamps were just three days old. The Philadelphia circular datestamp was dated July 16 either in error, as Creighton C. Hart speculated, or for another reason--perhaps the letter was carried on a different vessel, or the markings were applied after a delay or upon forwarding to Boston.
The writer, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, was born in Germany, but emigrated to the U.S. as a child. His artistic talent manifested itself early in life, and in adulthood he was noted for many significant paintings, including his iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware. Another painting, Columbus in Chains, won him the gold medal at the Brussels Art Exhibition, and was subsequently purchased by the Art Union in New York; it was the basis of the 1893 $2.00 Columbian stamp. In this letter Leutze mentions having painted pictures entitled "Columbus" and "Knox." Leutze quotes a $1,000 price for the picture he is painting for James T. Furness, the addressee, and asks to be paid with a British bank draft. He writes that the picture will be sent via Havre in ten days.
USPCS Census no. 10358. Ex Hart, Boker and Gross. Illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 46 (pp. 6 and 34-36) and in Hargest (p. 10). With 1963 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVER TO EGYPT. AN IMPORTANT 1847 COVER TO A DESTINATION RARELY ENCOUNTERED IN CLASSIC UNITED STATES POSTAL HISTORY.
6,000 Miles from Kentucky to Egypt in 1850
Joseph Holt, the addressee, was a leading member of the Buchanan administration and served as Judge Advocate General in the United States Army, most notably during the Lincoln assassination trials. Under President Buchanan he was appointed Postmaster General and Secretary of War. Earlier in life, Holt was a wealthy lawyer. In 1848 he made a trip to Europe and to the Middle East, and was away from home for seventeen months (Harper's Weekly 2/16/1861).
This cover was mailed to Holt during his travels. It was sent in care of the banking and mail-forwarding firms of Barings Brothers and Rathbone & Co., each of which would have been given instructions by Holt for sending mail to him as he traveled. Barings Brothers mailed the letter to Alexandria, Egypt, where Rathbone & Co. redirected it to Cairo.
After the cover was sent on December 4, 1850, from Bardstown to the New York foreign-mail office, it was bagged for the sailing of the Cunard Line Asia from New York, which departed on December 18 and arrived at Liverpool on December 28.
Interestingly, the pair of 5c 1847 stamp pays the over-300 miles rate from Bardstown, Kentucky, to New York City, but under the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty, only 5c U.S. postage was required. Despite the absence of any markings to indicate prepayment of the 24c treaty rate to England, the foreign-mail clerk in New York applied the "19" cents credit handstamp, which was sufficient for the receiving clerk in England to consider it prepaid. When Barings Brothers mailed the letter at the London post office, it was marked prepaid "2/1" (2sh1p, approximately 50c) and datestamped with the red "London Paid" circle. The "VIA MARSEILLES" straightline handstamp does not resemble official post office markings, so we assume they are private markings applied by Barings Brothers as a route directive.
According to all of the literature and census work on the 1847 Issue, this is the only known 1847 cover to Egypt. The fact that it was actually carried in the postal system to Alexandria, Egypt, rather than handled outside the mails, adds to its importance as a postal history artifact. Further, the Kentucky origin and addressee's prominence at a later stage of life are elements that add considerable character to the cover.
USPCS Census no. 1432. Ex Pope, Dr. Kapiloff, Craveri, Schwartz and Gross. With 1993 and 2003 P.F. certificates
FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 1847 ISSUE COVERS WITH THE HONOUR'S CITY EXPRESS OVAL CARRIER ISSUE AND THE ONLY ONE WITH THE HONOUR'S STAMP ON ROSE PAPER.
This is one of only two recorded covers with a combination of the 1847 Issue and Honour's oval carrier stamp, the other with 4LB2. This is a highly important rarity for both 1847 Issue and Carriers and Locals specialists alike.
Only five examples of Scott 4LB1 are recorded in any format, as follows:
1) Cut rectangular, in at top, used on 8/16/1849 cover, ex Hind, Golden, "D.K." collection
2) Cut to shape (brighter pink paper), used with 10c 1847 on 7/14/1849 cover, ex Ferrary, Waterhouse, Hessel, Golden, Boker and Gross, the cover offered in this sale
3) Cut rectangular, in at top, on piece dated 8/19/1849, ex Worthington, Caspary, Boker, Golden and Kuphal
4) Cut to shape, cancelled by red Charleston circular datestamp (June date, no year), ex Middendorf
5) Cut to shape, sealed tear, added to 1851 cover with January 24 datestamp, Siegel Sale 164 and ex Hall
The other Honour's 1849 oval stamp, printed on Yellow paper (Scott 4LB2), is just as rare with five recorded, including one used with the 10c 1847 Issue (ex Caspary and Middendorf).
As a side note, the paper of this stamp is decidedly brighter and more pink than the paper of the four other 4LB1 examples. Given the great rarity of the Honour's oval stamp and the basic differentiation between Brown Rose and Yellow papers, it is only an academic point to separate this Pink shade from the others. However, among other more abundant Carrier Department issues, the paper color would certainly be grounds for a separate catalogue listing.
Ex Ferrary (small trefoil handstamp at lower right), Waterhouse, Hessel, Golden, Boker and Gross. Illustrated in Chronicle 151 (p. 162). With 1975 and 1999 P.F. certificates.
FINE AND VERY SCARCE COMBINATION OF 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE STAMPS WITH AN UNUSUAL FANCY TARGET CANCEL OF GREENWICH, NEW YORK.
The two stamps were intended to pay the triple 5c under-300 miles for 1.5 ounces, but the half-ounce rate increments were eliminated in March 1849, so this was handstamped with the "V" 5c rate marking, either to indicate additional postage paid or (more likely) due from addressee.
Ex Gross. With 1989 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR CONFIRMED 10c 1847 ISSUE COVERS TO GERMANY -- AND, OF THE THREE 1847 COVERS TO GERMANY WITH THE "COLONIES/&C ART. 13" HANDSTAMP, ONLY THIS ONE HAS A 10c STAMP.
This cover is one of four verified 10c 1847 covers to Germany (of the five in the USPCS census), and it is one of three with either denomination bearing the "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" marking.
The 10c stamp was clearly intended to pay the over-300 miles rate from Naples, Illinois, to New York City for the next available Cunard sailing. However, unbeknownst to the sender and possibly the postmaster of this small midwestern town, the 1848 U.S.-Great Britain postal treaty required only 5c internal U.S. postage on covers sent by Open Mail to or through Great Britain; therefore, since all other markings indicate this was a single-rate letter, the 10c stamp overpaid the 5c shore-to-ship rate.
USPCS Census no. 1299. Ex Knapp, Rust, Stollnitz, "Sevenoaks", Craveri, Hackmey and Gross. Illustrated in The United States 1847 Issue: A Cover Census (in color section and also on p. 932) and in Burkhard Krumm's article, "1847 Covers to the German States" (Chronicle 256). With 1999 P.F. certificate.