Lot 1022Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, tied by octagonal "Floyd C.H. Va. Sep 29 1885" duplexed with cork cancel along with 2¢ red brown (210) tied by matching cork, on cover to Columbus Oh., reverse with "Columbus. O. Rec'd. Oct 1, 5PM, 1885" arrival cds; light stain, F.-V.F.; with 1979 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. E1 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP, DELIVERED ON OCTOBER 1, 1885, THE FIRST DAY OF SERVICE.
This letter was mailed two days prior to the first day of stamp issuance and inauguration of the special delivery service. It was deliver on the first day of special delivery service.
References: Illustrated and discussed in Robert L. Markovits article in Collectors Club Philatelist, May-June 2001, pp. 133-139.