Sale 1265 — Classic United States Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Thursday, 29 September, 2022
Category — 5c 1847 Issue: On-Cover (Scott 1)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE RED ORANGE IS THE RAREST OF ALL 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE SHADES AND IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND ON COVER.
Ex Hart and Gross. With clear 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott value $10,000.00.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS COVER-FRONT IS ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES OF THE "U.S. STEAMSHIP/POSTAGE NOT PAID" MARKING EXTANT, AND IT IS THE ONLY USE OF THE MARKING WITH THE 1847 ISSUE.
Richard F. Winter described this unusual New York foreign-mail office marking in an article in Chronicle 136 (pp. 285-286). At the time he was only aware of a few covers to France with this marking. Winter writes: "Taken literally, the 'U.S. STEAMSHIP/POSTAGE NOT PAID' marking would mean that the U.S. inland postage was paid and the sea transit was not paid... Lacking any definitive information on this marking, examination of the few covers seen does not provide any sensible reason for New York's use of the handstamp other than the incorrect rate mentioned above. Since so few of these markings have been reported it may be that the marking was abandoned soon after it was first used because it was ambiguous and confusing."
Ex Boker and Gross. With 2013 P.F. certificate