Lot 920(Orleans Territory - Pre-Territorial Period) N*Orleans*Feb 27, bold strike of straightline with manuscript "25" rating on datelined folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., Very Fine and choice. ASCC $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE EARLIEST PRE-TERRITORIAL PERIOD COVER RECORDED.
The Territorial Governor appointed Beverly Chew the New Orleans postmaster pro tempore on Feb 4th, 1804. This would presumably be the earliest possible date a cover might show a "New Orleans" cancel and be rated using the United States rate schedule.