Details For Cover ID# 29830

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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: nomad55
Added on:Nov 5, 23
Edited on:Nov 6, 23
 
Postmark: Apr 11, 1812
Origin: Ipswitch, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: Vassalborough, Maine, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

I have been chasing this cover (really a FLS) for almost 2 decades. It is the earliest recorded domestic mourning coveer. Got out bid on two auctions, which maybe for the best, as the final bid ranged well into 4 digits. But in its last appearence, a reasonable 3-digit figure snagged it.

Rumsey description: "Ispwich Ms, April 11th", manuscript postmark and "17" cent rating on 1812 folded letter to Vassalborough Me., endorsed "Dr Odione will do a favour by forwarding this immediately" at bottom left, letter reads "…This morning at half past ten … dear brother Samuel yielded up his spirit to god that gave it…", bold encircled "Death" embellishment; some light staining and wear, Fine and striking mourning letter, ex-Turner, Hahn.

 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes