EXTREMELY FINE. ALMOST CERTAINLY THE FINEST ON-COVER STRIKE OF THE RUNNING STAG PICTORIAL CANCEL OF SHELBURNE FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS.
This rare and early pictorial fancy cancel seldom appears as more than an indistinct blob. We have offered a comparably well-struck example off cover, but this is the finest we have encountered on cover.
Ex Moody, Baker, Haas and Grunin. With clear 1987 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A CLEAR AND CHOICE STRIKE OF THE CANTON MASONIC FANCY CANCEL ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER TO NEW ORLEANS.
Canton's postmaster is well known for his fancy cancellations, including a Lyre, Star in Rope Circle, Negative Star, Negative "Paid 3", Christian Cross and an unusual Open Triangle, as well as the star used as a Confederate Postmaster's Provisional. This is the most elaborate of the Canton designs.
Ex Judd (note on back) and Gabriel, and from our 1994 Rarities sale. With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER SENT VIA THE U.S. NAVAL LYCEUM TO A RECIPIENT IN HONG KONG.
This oval handstamp depicting a full-rigged ship was applied to mail forwarded to naval personnel from the the U.S. Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn at no additional charge. In the case of this letter, it took more than nine months to reach the recipient.
Ex H. J. Baker