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    2¢ Black Jack Bisect Paying the 1¢ Drop Rate

    (1867), March 2, Easton, Pa. Unsealed cameo-style advertising envelope for Young & Slough's Eagle Foundry and Machine Shop, franked with a Diagonal Bisect of the 1863 2¢ Black (73b) nicely tied by a small blue quartered cork cancel with a matching partial Easton c.d.s. alongside, Extremely Fine. The fact that the envelope is unsealed with its full gum intact, is proof that it was used to mail a printed circular.

    Estimate $7,500-$10,000

    UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE FINEST BLACK JACK BISECTS EXTANT AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED TO MAIL A PRINTED CIRCULAR.

    Expertization: 1976 PF and 2006 PSE Certificates

    An employee of Young & Slough, while preparing a mailing of advertising circulars by addressing the envelopes and affixing 2¢ stamps, must have realized that while most circulars were going out of town and required 2¢, those that were being delivered to local Easton addresses could be sent at the local drop rate of 1¢. He therefore cut the 2¢ stamps in half, affixing only a half to each locally addressed cover. In turn, the postmaster, probably as a favor to the mailer, accepted the half-stamp as full payment of the 1¢ drop rate.

    From the Ron Cipolla Collection


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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