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Sale 1211 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2019

Category — 1847 Issue—Registered Mail

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 63, 1847 Issue—Registered Mail, 5¢ 1847 Issue on colorful registered cover with the Philadelphia small "R" handstamp

5¢ Red Brown (1), large margins to touched at upper right, rich color and clear impression, tied by red grid cancel with blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 18" (1850) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter with Mechanics Bank of Baltimore printed letterhead to Philadelphia, blue small "R" (Recorded) handstamp struck on arrival and manuscript "95" registry number, file fold slightly creases the stamp, still Very Fine use sent from one bank clerk to another, this early registered mail marking is very scarce on 1847 Issue covers (see Chronicle 249 for a discussion and a census), this smaller "R" replaced the large "R" in October 1849, ex Krug and Boker, illustrated and discussed in Ashbrook's Special Service (p. 525, photo 260)

E. 750-1,000
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