The One

The One

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The 2nd May 1840 Penny Black Cover

The Birth of Modern Communication

Auction Closed

February 2, 03:31 PM GMT


1,500,000 - 2,500,000 USD

Lot Details


GREAT BRITAIN, 1840 1d Black, Plate 1a, lettered H I, tied by red double line (evening) May 2 1840 “A” London tombstone date stamp and one of two red “1” hand stamps on reverse of — 1d Mulready letter-sheet, stereo A64, addressed to Wm Blenkinsop Esquire, B(edlington) I(ron) Works, Bedlington, Nr. Morpeth – prepaid.

Turned and resent as Mulready with black Morpeth May 4 1840 circular date stamp and red manuscript “1” addressed to Mr. Blenkinsop, Dalston, Carlisle – prepaid.

William Blenkinsop Esquire (recipient)

Robson Lowe, London, 27 April 1960, lot 32 

Phillips Son and Neale, London, 3 November 1988, lot 224 

Harmer Auctions SA, Lugano, Switzerland, 23 March 1991, lot 1

Private European Collection

Washington, D.C., Smithsonian National Postal Museum, May 2, 1840 Penny Black Cover; The Genesis of Philately, May 2014