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Sale 886 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 2: United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3056
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3056, 1851-56 Issue3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var), 3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var)3c Dull Red, Chicago Perf 12-1/2 (11 var). Almost perfectly centered with full perfs all around, deep rich color, tied by bold "Chicago Ill. Apr. 24, 1857" circular datestamp on cover to Indianapolis with Boots and Shoes Manufacturer's blue illustrated cameo corner card, backflap removed, a few tiny edge tears and nicks neatly repaired

EXTREMELY FINE. WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST "CHICAGO PERF" COVERS EXTANT AND ONE OF THE FEW WITH AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING CORNER CARD. A MAGNIFICENT ARTIFACT FROM THE EARLY PERIOD OF PERFORATED UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS.

Observing the Chicago Perf covers mailed by business firms, W. Wilson Hulme II observed "[it is likely] these businesses used the stamps because Swift actively distributed them... When the businesses are plotted on a 1856-era map, a pattern emerges. Most of these businesses were in a straight path between Swift's bank and Hadley's office. One business, E. S. Wells, shoe manufacturing and sales [the cover offered here], was downstairs in the same building as Swift." (Chronicle 175, p. 167). Swift was a promoter of the Chicago Perfs, and Hadley was the inventor who designed the machine.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
17,000
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