La licitaţia casei Schuyler Rumsey care se va desfăşura săptămâna viitoare va fi oferit unul dintre cele mai frumoase plicuri Mulready purtând o francatură suplimentară multiplă realizată cu mărci Penny Black (click pe imagine pentru mărire).
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(May 16) London, England to Digby, N.S. G.B. 1d Mulready lettersheet
to Henry Stewart, Postmaster at Digby, with two strikes of red London
"G, Paid, 16 MY 1840" tombstone and matching "PUT IN: AFTER / 7 o'CLOCK
NIGHT" double-framed handstamp, endorsed "pr. Unicorn Steamer - Via
Liverpool" and "If too late per first steamer" at left, bearing G.B. 1840, 1d black, plate 1a (1), 13 singles,
each tied by red Maltese cross and
additional strike cancels Mulready, prepaid 1s4d as a double ship letter
(two Penny Blacks fell off from opening the Mulready), missed the Unicorn and carried by Black Ball Line North America
departing Liverpool May 24th to New
York arriving Jun. 26th, red "New York 'Ship' Jun 26" cds and manuscript
"102" rating ($1.02) as 1oz. quadruple letter over 400 miles to
Robbinston plus 2¢ ship fee, blue "St. Andrews, N.B." star cds
and manuscript "AP 5/½" American Postage cy. conversion rating plus "BP
3N - " British postage to N.S. totalled to "8N½" due rating; some stamp
flaws including one torn from opening, some light staining and
reinforced faults, Very Fine appearance, ex-Yates, Meroni, Wellburn, Hahn and Grunin., with 1998 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate; $75,000 - 100,000.
A REMARKABLE MULREADY - PENNY BLACK USE, THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF
GREAT BRITAIN'S FIRST ISSUE TO BRITISH NORTH AMERICA.
sender hoped this letter would make the maiden voyage of the "Unicorn",
which departed May 16th on the First Transatlantic Voyage of the Cunard
Line in anticipation of a
feeder service she would perform between Pictou, Nova Scotia and Quebec
and to insure facilities were ready at Boston for the inaugural mail
voyage of the line in July 1840. It was posted too late and was sent by
the Black Line sailing ship
"North America" instead.
Plicul este estimat la circa 75.000 - 100.000 de dolari SUA.