VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.
The Scott Catalogue contains a footnote to No. 104L1 that reads "Only one genuine example is known. It has a Philatelic Foundation certificate." The stamp offered here also has a certificate, and it is the second of two stamps certified genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. There is a total of four in our records (all unused): 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, which is a recent discovery.
According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.
With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00