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Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
16
ogbl
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 16, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Positions 58-60/67-70/77-80L1E, block of eleven with guideline visible in right margin, full margins to slightly in, additional stamp (Position 57) detached and repositioned at top, original gum, gum toning only slightly visible on face, creased in top horizontal row and some creasing in last row near bottom

AN IMPORTANT CLASSIC MULTIPLE--THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 FROM PLATE ONE EARLY.

This block was discovered in the early 1990s inside a file of old records. It is the largest known block from Plate 1 Early, followed in size by the irregular unused block of eight containing Position 7R1E, an unused and defective block of six (Pos. 51-53/61-63L1E) and seven or eight unused blocks of four (one used block is also known).

Ex Zoellner and Curtis. With 1994 A.P.S. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
11,000
17
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 17, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Positions 65R1E, the most prominent double transfer on Plate 1 Early, large to huge margins including portion of adjoining stamp at left, brilliant Plate 1E shade, cancelled by town datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb example of 65R1E, this is the most pronounced of the eight double transfers on Plate 1 Early, the lines of Franklin's shoulder and the lower label are extensively doubled, ex Neinken and Wagshal, with 2010 P.F. certificate for pair

500
2,600
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18
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 18, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Plate 1 Early, large margins at bottom and right, just in at top and left, faults including sealed tears, tied by red grid cancel on blue printed circular for wholesale druggist with printed dateline "New York, July 1st, 1851", addressed to Newburgh, New York, manuscript "Circular" and "paid" at upper left, docketing below stamp includes the July 1, 1851 date, Very Fine appearance, only two 1c 1851 covers postmarked July 1 are recorded (one with Scott 5A, offered in lot 8 and the other with Scott 7); six July 1 circulars with the 1c 1851 are recorded, but printed circulars were frequently mailed after their publication date, so they are not considered true First Day of Issue uses; the Scott U.S. Specialized lists the July 1 circular in the First Day Cover section and prices it at $4,000.00, ex Fisher and Gross, noted in Neinken book

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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19
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 19, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Positions 98-100L1E, horizontal strip of three with bottom sheet margin and right interpane margin showing centerline, mostly ample on other sides, just touched at top, tied by red square grid cancels with matching "New-York Jul. 2" (1851) circular datestamp on July 1, 1851 blue folded letter datelined "Rockaway July 1st 1851, Tuesday 1 oclk" and addressed to Dr. Henry W. Bellows in Walpole N.H., written by his wife while she stayed at a beach resort hotel, her postscript reads "We found on our arrival at Union Square this morning...", therefore, this was undoubtedly mailed from the post office in Union Square on the second morning the new 1851 Issue was available, the strip has tears and slight creases but the overall appearance is attractive

AN IMPORTANT ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER, POSTED IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 2, 1851, THE SECOND DAY OF ISSUE. ONLY TWO JULY 1, 1851, FIRST DAY COVERS AND TWO JULY 2 SECOND DAY COVERS WITH THE ONE-CENT ARE RECORDED.

The addressee, Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows, was a prominent Unitarian minister and anti-slavery advocate. In this letter, his wife describes "luxuriating" at a seaside hotel in the company of Dr. Bellows's father. She wrote the letter on Tuesday, July 1, 1851, and mailed it upon arriving at Union Square on Wednesday morning, July 2.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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20
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 20, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Position 100L1E, ample margins to barely touched at top, beautiful rich Plate 1 Early shade, tied by red "PAID" straightline with matching "DROP" straightline of Indianapolis Ind. on buff cover to local addressee, Extremely Fine, very rare "Drop" marking used in conjunction with the 1c 1851 Issue, signed Ashbrook, ex White, Emerson and Vogel

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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21
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 21, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Position 17L1E, deep dark shade, margins to just in, tied by bold grid cancel, red "Lawrence Ms. Oct. 8" (1851) circular datestamp and matching "PAID" handstamp on teacher's association printed folded circular to West Concord N.H., fresh and Very Fine, this distinctive dark shade from the Plate 1 Early printing is very rare, ex Cipolla

E. 200-300
750
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22
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 22, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Horizontal pair from Plate 1E, ample margins to slightly in, bright shade, used with 3c Orange Brown, Type II (10A), ample margins to just in, vivid color, manuscript "X" cancel on 3c only, all stamps tied by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Jan." (1852) circular datestamp on folded printed market report (error date "1851", but correctly dated elsewhere in report) to Providence R.I., sender's ship-name directive "pr California", couple small stains at bottom, Very Fine, an extremely rare 1851 Issue franking for the 5c over-3,500 miles printed matter rate (effective July 1, 1851, to Sep. 30, 1852), this is one of only two recorded examples, ex Piller and Cipolla

E. 1,500-2,000
4,250
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23
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 23, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Three singles from Plate 1E, tied by large "Paid" grid cancels with red "Boston Mass. May 16" double-circle datestamp on cover to St. Johnsbury Vt., with "Stand by the Flag" Patriotic design in red and blue, depicting a soldier with sword holding a large American flag, middle and right stamps each with very minor edge crease, light cover fold at left

VERY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 IMPERFORATE ISSUE ON A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER.

By the time the Civil War began in 1861, the 1857 Perforated Issue had been in service for approximately four years. Supplies of the imperforate 1851 Issue were largely depleted by then. Its use on a Patriotic cover is therefore extremely rare.

Ex Stephen D. Brown

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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24
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 24, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Positions 75-80L1E, horizontal strip of six with right interpane margin showing part of centerline, ample to large at bottom and left, cut in along top, bright Plate 1 Early shade, second and sixth stamps with double transfer, tied by multiple strikes of blue segmented cork grid cancel, matching "Marysville Cal. Mar. 29" (circa 1852) circular datestamp on light blue cover to Painesville O., some faint gum toning around strip, small corner crease in left stamp, top backflap added

VERY FINE. A RARE TRANSCONTINENTAL COVER WITH THE 6-CENT RATE PREPAID BY A STRIP OF SIX OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE II FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. VERY FEW COVERS EXIST WITH THIS FRANKING.

The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to April 1, 1855. Approximately seven such West Coast multiples are known to us.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal

E. 3,000-4,000
7,500
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25
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 25, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type II (7), 1c Blue, Type II (7)1c Blue, Type II (7). Positions 43-47R1E and 41-42R1E, horizontal strip of five and pair, ample margins except touched to slightly in on three positions, faint creases and two with small closed tear, used with 3c Orange Brown, Type II (10A) and tied by six strikes of "Rochester N.Y. Dec. 6" (1851) two-slug circular datestamps on buff cover to Quebec, Canada, blue ribbon-style "U. States" cross-border marking, red Montreal circular datestamp, mended opening tear at right

FINE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE FRANKING TO PAY THE 10-CENT RATE TO CANADA.

Ex Baker, Ishikawa (illustrated in his book) and Dr. Kapiloff.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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26
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 26, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A). Position 51R1E with left interpane margin and centerline, large margins all around, wide break in top outer line, bright shade

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A MAGNIFICENT USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT TYPE IIIa IMPERFORATE WITH THE CENTERLINE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY. POSITION 51R1E IS ONE OF THE BEST EXAMPLES OF TYPE IIIa ON PLATE ONE EARLY.

Plate 1 Early stamps showing the centerline are rare. According to the Neinken chart, only three of the centerline positions on Plate 1 Early are Type IIIa--40L, 51R and 71R--and this position (51R) shows a wide break in the outer line at top.

On Plate 1 Early there are strong Type IIIa positions with well-defined breaks in the top line, and there are weak positions that show a slight break. The Neinken book discusses the variation in Type IIIa positions on Plate 1 Early (page 73) and lists the following as the "best" examples of Type IIIa with the line broken at top: 40L, 53L, 33R, 35R, 51R, 55R, 72R and 75R1E.

Ex Vogel. With 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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27
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 27, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A). Position 100R1E, large to huge margins including bottom right corner sheet margins, 5mm at right and 4mm at bottom, clear break at bottom and complete line at top, brilliant color, neat New York circular datestamp cancels, light corner crease at bottom left entirely in sheet margin, Extremely Fine appearance, a beautiful corner-margin Type IIIa

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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28
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 28, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A). Position 11L1E, huge margins to clear including large portion of adjoining stamp at right and left sheet margin, bright color beautifully complemented by red grid cancel and by portion of "AMERIKA/PREUSSE" Prussian Closed Mail handstamp, Very Fine and choice, a stamp with great visual appeal, ex Cipolla, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,900
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29
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 29, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types IIIa/II (8A/7), 1c Blue, Types IIIa/II (8A/7)1c Blue, Types IIIa/II (8A/7). Positions 32/42R1E, vertical pair with Type IIIa at top, huge margins to just clear at top, with large portion of adjoining Position 52R1E at bottom, bright color, a beautiful combination pair with the bottom Type II stamp an Extremely Fine Gem, with 1986 P.F. certificate, Scott value $1,450.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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30
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 30, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-II-IIIa (7-7-8A), 1c Blue, Types II-II-IIIa (7-7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-II-IIIa (7-7-8A). Positions 98-100L1E, horizontal strip of three, Position 100L1E with small break in outer line at top (Type IIIa) and right interpane margin showing trace of centerline, ample to large margins at top and bottom, just barely in at left, bright shade complemented by three strikes of red "Paid 3" in circle cancel, crease and tiny tear in stamp at left, small toned spots

AN EXTRAORDINARY ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE MULTIPLE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY, COMBINING FOUR ELEMENTS OF RARITY INTO A VISUALLY STUNNING PIECE.

The confluence of rare elements in this one strip is astounding. Sheet-margin multiples are rare. Those showing part of the centerline are rarer. Those with unusual cancellations are even rarer. Finally, any example of Position 100R from Plate 1 Early that has the break in the outer line at top is exceedingly rare (see Neinken book, page 73). To have a strip that combines all four elements into one defies the odds.

Ex Neinken and Wagshal. With 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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31
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 31, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa (7-8A-8A), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa (7-8A-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa (7-8A-8A). Positions 16-18R1E, horizontal strip of three, early impression, Type IIIa at center with a wide break in outer line, another Type IIIa at right with a small break, Type II at left, mostly large to huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps above, including the plumes and balls of Position 7R1E at center, beautiful rich color in Plate 1 Early shade

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL 1851 ONE-CENT PLATE ONE EARLY MULTIPLE WITH A SCARCE COMBINATION OF TYPES AND CAPTURING THE COVETED BALLS OF POSITION 7R1E.

The reason that Position 7R1E retained its Type I elements at the bottom is because 17R1E was short transferred at the top, thus reducing the "ironing out" effect on 7R1E. If one cannot afford an example of Scott 5, Position 7R1E, this provides an alternative; after all, having the balls of 7R1E is nearly as important as having the whole stamp.

Ex Wagshal and Merlin. Scott value $2,385.00 as pair of Scott 8A and single Scott 7.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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32
 
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 32, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7, 8A), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7, 8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7, 8A). Positions 95-96R1E, horizontal pair, B-A Reliefs, right stamp Type IIIa, large margins to touched, neat grid cancels, toning around margins shows more on back than face, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce combination pair showing the misplaced A Relief, found only on the bottom row of the right pane of Plate 1E (see Neinken book, p. 72 and footnote 8, for commentary on the rarity of 96R1E), Scott value $1,450.00

E. 200-300
425
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33
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 33, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A). Horizontal pair from Plate 1E, right stamp has small break in top outer line qualifying it as Type IIIa, mostly large to huge margins including left sheet margin, bright early shade, tied by bold "Quincy Ill. 1 Nov." circular datestamp on the Nov. 1, 1852 issue of the "QUINCY WHIG" newspaper, addressed to West Portland, Maine, right stamp with small creasing and tear from placement near edge of paper, newspaper folded for display, Very Fine appearance and a very rare showpiece, the 2c newspaper rate was changed to 1c beginning October 1, 1852, this use was therefore overpaid by 1c, the use of this issue on wrappers is unusual, but this example of the stamps actually tied on the newspaper is truly remarkable and considered by some to be unique, ex Grunin and Giamporcaro ("Tito")

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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34
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 34, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A), 1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A)1c Blue, Type IIIa (8A). Position 51L1E, full even margins all around, tied by clearly struck small "Paid" grid cancel and "Boston 1 22 Oct." (1851) one-cent integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded drop letter, Extremely Fine, a beautiful cover and a scarce example of this short-lived Boston drop-rate circular datestamp, which was used briefly at the end of 1851, ex Cipolla, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
1,900
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35
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 35, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Dark Blue, Type IIIa (8A), 1c Dark Blue, Type IIIa (8A)1c Dark Blue, Type IIIa (8A). Position 81L1E, double transfer, one inverted, this position shows a wide break in outer line at bottom (a rare Type IIIa with break at bottom instead of top), large margins to just in at bottom left, intense shade and choice impression shows the inverted transfer lines at left, striking pre-printing vertical paper fold opened up to show width, tied by blue "Troy N.Y. Nov. 6" circular datestamp on safe manufacturer's blue printed circular to Otsego Bank in Cooperstown N.Y., Very Fine, Position 81L1E is not only an inverted transfer position, but the Neinken book describes it as the "finest" example of Type IIIa on Plate 1 Early, extensive note by Dr. Chase on back, commenting on type, rare Dark Blue shade and paper fold, ex Wagshal

E. 500-750
700
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36
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 36, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa (7-8A). Horizontal pair from Plate 1E, right stamp with small break in top outer line qualifying it as Type IIIa, large margins to just in at bottom, deep Plate 1E shade, tied by partly clear strike of Cleveland O. circular datestamp on patent agent circular with corner card to Waterford N.Y., Very Fine, the 2c circular rate is scarce and may have been applied for distance if calculated over 500 miles (it is 480 miles)

E. 500-750
1,100
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37
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 37, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-II (7-8A-7), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-II (7-8A-7)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-II (7-8A-7). Horizontal strip of three from Plate 1E, middle stamp Type IIIa, outer stamps Type II, large margins to in at bottom of middle and left stamps, tied by two strikes of "Prov. & Stonington R.R. Jul. 11" (1853) railroad route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded letter to New York, fresh and Very Fine, with 1990 A.P.S. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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38
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 38, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa-II-IIIa-II (7-8A-8A-7-8A-7), 1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa-II-IIIa-II (7-8A-8A-7-8A-7)1c Blue, Types II-IIIa-IIIa-II-IIIa-II (7-8A-8A-7-8A-7). Positions 31-36R1E, horizontal strip of six, Positions 32, 33 and 35 are Type IIIa, large to huge margins except barely touched at bottom of right stamp, with left interpane margin and centerline, wonderful bright early color and impression, tied by neat strikes of "Sacramento City Cal. 1 Mar." (circa 1852) circular datestamp on buff cover to Bloomville Ill., Position 35 natural pre-printing paperfold, cover expertly mended

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL STRIP OF SIX OF THE 1851 ONE-CENT FROM PLATE ONE EARLY CONTAINING THREE TYPE IIIa AND THREE TYPE II STAMPS, USED TO PAY THE 6-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE FROM CALIFORNIA. THIS 1852 USE IS EARLY AND RARE.

The 6c transcontinental rate was effective from July 1, 1851, to March 31, 1855. This use of the 1c stamp from Plate 1 Early probably dates to 1852. Approximately seven such West Coast Plate 1 Early multiples are known to us, this being among the most attractive.

The Neinken book notes (p. 81) "I have a very incomplete record of early uses of the one cent stamps in California, but I have observed very few uses in 1851. Supplies of the three cents were not received at the San Francisco Post Office until late in September of 1851, and it is doubtful if any one cents were sent out there so early. Covers from California to Eastern states showing the single 6c rate paid by a block of six, or a strip of six Plate IE stamps are scarce items." This cover is illustrated on the same page in the Neinken book, where he notes this is an 1852 use.

Illustrated in the Neinken book (p. 81). Ex Dr. Chase, Caspary, Fortgang, Dr. Kapiloff and Bailar.

E. 7,500-10,000
10,000
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39
c
Sale Number 1242, Lot Number 39, One-Cent: Plate One Early, cont. (Scott 7-8A)1c Blue, Types II/IIIa/II/II (7/8A/7/7), 1c Blue, Types II/IIIa/II/II (7/8A/7/7)1c Blue, Types II/IIIa/II/II (7/8A/7/7). Vertical strip of four from Plate 1 Early, margins to in, bright shade, tied by bold grid cancels on July 30, 1852 folded letter to New Orleans, clear strike of red "Steamer Princess No. 3" oval name-of-boat handstamp, red "New Orleans La. Aug. 2" circular datestamp, manuscript "Way" just below stamps, sender's directive "Dalman", horizontal file fold well away from stamps

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE FROM PLATE ONE EARLY ON A PREPAID "WAY" FEE LETTER CARRIED BY MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT INTO NEW ORLEANS.

This letter was carried on the steamer Princess No. 3, which was destroyed by fire on October 8, 1854, two miles from Fort Adams, which resulted in fourteen fatalities and the loss of 3,039 bales of cotton, according to The New York Times report (Oct. 18, 1854). The 4c postage on this 1852 letter paid the 3c rate plus 1c way fee.

Ex Grunin (who bought the cover from an original find) and Bailar.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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