Lot 1635 EGreat Britain, 1840 "Congressional Mulready", facsimile of the Mulready A34 lettersheet produced as an essay for presentation to the U.S. Senate (the third page of Daniel Webster's Senate Resolution of June 10, 1840); some side splits and light soiling, F.-V.F.; with 2008 B.P.A. certificate.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
AN EXTREMELY RARE MULREADY ESSAY PRODUCED BY DANIEL WEBSTER FOR HIS 1840 SENATE RESOLUTION.
Postal reform was such a popular success in Britain that within two decades it was adopted by dozens of countries around the world. An early sign of that global change was a U.S. Senate resolution on "a reduction of the postage on Letters" submitted by Daniel Webster of Massachusetts. A leading senator who later became Secretary of State, Webster submitted his resolution on June 10, 1840, about a month after the first British stamps were issued.
Webster proposed "to connect the use of stamps, or stamped covers, with a large reduction in the rates of postage." He attached a London newspaper's reproduction of a British Post Office notice announcing the first stamps, and a facsimile of the British "Mulready" postal stationery. Nothing came of Webster's proposal at the time. In 1845, however, U.S. postage was greatly reduced and simplified to just two rates-5 cents for mail sent less than 300 miles, and 10 cents for longer distances. The United States introduced the first U.S. postage stamps in 1847, following Britain itself, Brazil, and some Swiss cantons.
Lot 1636 oGreat Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 1d black, stereo A 150, addressed to Clapham and canceled by neat bold red Maltese cross cancel, straight line "TP, Temple" handstamp and reverse with two different red "My 9, 1840" boxed date stamps; some minor cover wear at left, Very Fine, a very early usage. Scott No. U1.
S.G. Spec. No. ME2; £900 ($1,110) Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1637 oGreat Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 1d black, stereo A 149, addressed to Surrey and canceled by bold red Maltese cross cancel, reverse with London "My-13, 1840" cds, Very Fine. Scott No. U1.
S.G. Spec. No. ME2 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1638 oGreat Britain, 1840, Mulready Envelope, 2d blue, stereo a 201, addressed to Kent and canceled by black Maltese cross cancel, straight line "T.P., Portugal St." handstamp and reverse with red London "Sp 5, 1842" date stamp; central scuff slightly affecting design, F.-V.F. Scott No. U2.
S.G. Spec. No. ME4; £2,500 ($3,080) Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1639Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 2d blue, stereo a 99, bold color, Very Fine and choice. Scott No. U4.
S.G. Spec. No. ME3 £425 ($520).
Lot 1640Great Britain, 1840, Mulready Letter Sheet, 2d blue, stereo A23, nick on reverse and some light fold separations, F.-V.F. Scott No. U4.
SG No. ME4 £425 ($520).
Lot 1641 /oGreat Britain, 1840, Mulready Lettersheet and Envelope Balance, of 13 items; includes five 1d Mulready usages (2 envelopes, three lettersheets) and two unused (envelope and lettersheet), a used 2d lettersheet and two unused (envelope and lettersheet), also a Mulheaded caricature and a couple of Deraedemaeker reproductions; condition generally F-VF (no photo).
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 1642 oGreat Britain, 1840, 1d black, plate 10, lettered A-D, black Maltese cross cancel, ample to large margins, Very Fine. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 £950 ($1,170).
Lot 1643 oGreat Britain, 1840, 1d black, plate 8, lettered M-G, black Maltese cross cancel, full even margins, Very Fine and choice; with 2002 Sismondo certificate. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 £525 ($650).
Lot 1644 oGreat Britain, 1840, 1d black, plate 6, lettered NE, Maltese cross cancel in brown, large to huge margins, Extremely Fine, choice so nice. Scott No. 1.
SG No. 2 £375 ($460).