2c Black (73).
21 stamps including a block of thirteen
and strip of four, used with 3c Rose (65),
all pen-cancelled on front and back of yellow cover to William Stubbs, care of American Consul, U.S.S. Relief
, Macau, China,
"Milo Me. Nov. 17" (1864) circular datestamp, additional "Milo, Maine, Nov. 17, 1864"
manuscript postmark on block and blue grid cancel on one stamp (one wonders if the clerk started to use a handstamp and switched to a pen to speed up cancelling 22 stamps), red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 20" circular datestamp--carried on Cunarder Africa
, departing Boston November 23, 1864, arriving Queenstown December 3, then by P&O route--there is no 40c credit marking, red "London Paid BI DE 5 64" circular datestamp struck twice, red crayon "1"
British Colonial credit, blue Hong Kong transit datestamp struck on stamps on back (difficult to read date), as is to be expected there are some creases and small tears in the stamps, opened for display
A REMARKABLE BLACK JACK FRANKING PAYING THE 45-CENT RATE TO MACAU, CHINA, BY BRITISH MAIL VIA SOUTHAMPTON. ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR COVERS FROM THE STUBBS CORRESPONDENCE.
There are at least three covers from the Stubbs correspondence with the 45c rate to Macau made up almost entirely by Black Jack stamps. This is the finer of the two with 21 Black Jack stamps. It is unlikely that another cover has more than 21 Black Jacks.
Ex Atherton and Knapp.
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