5c Dark Brown (1a).
Large margins to clear, rich color, cancelled by blue grid
and matching "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT"
framed handstamp, matching "2cts." in double-line circle
handstamp at right on folded letter to Troy N.Y. dated April 21, 1848 (no origination in dateline but probably New York City), vertical file fold does not affect stamp which does have tiny scissors-cut in margin only at upper left
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO TROY.
According to the Alexander census book, this marking was used on non-contract steamboats carrying mails between New York City and Troy. At Troy the mail would enter the U.S. mail system (or vice versa). The 2c marking indicates the amount due for the steamboat fee.
Ex Newbury and Boker. With 1968 P.F. certificate
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