THE OUTSTANDING « DALE-LICHTENSTEIN » STRIP OF FOUR ON COVER
1857-59 Waterlow lithographed 1 cent, type B, very fresh horizontal strip of four paying the four cents letter rate on cover to New Amsterdam, wide margins except for being slightly touched at right, neatly cancelled by crisp Demerara datestamp on 6 January 1860, tied to cover at top, nice pastel shade of the dull red printing.
Just four covers are known exhibiting this stamp, and this is the finest bearing the largest multiple recorded.
W. J. Webster (Lot 43, Harmer Rooke N.Y., February 1942)
Dale-Lichtenstein (Lot 429, H. R. Harmer, February 1969, acquired then by Renato Mondolfo)
John E. du Pont (Lot 60059, David Feldman SA, June 2014)
Expertise: Cert. BPA (2014)
Census of covers:
– Single franking on mail to London, 1st December 1860; ex Burrus and Townsend
– Strip of four, 6th January 1860; ex Webster, Dale-Lichtenstein and Du Pont, (the item offered here)
– Strip of four, 6th March 1860; ex Small and Du Pont (the following lot in this sale)
– Strip of four featuring mixed types, 27th March 1860; ex Ferrary, Caspary, Lek and Dr. Chan Chin Cheung