Patriotic Pony Cover

17 Nov 2020  Tue

In 2019 Robert A Siegel conducted an auction of postal history. This sale auction firm offered Pony Express covers and more from the George Kramer collection of Confederate States illustrated covers. The celebrated and unique ‘patriotic Pony’ covers to Europe was the highlight of this sale, it is one of the iconic specimens of the American Postal history.

This Patriotic cover was addressed to Mr H.Hauschildt at Elmshorn in Schleswig-Holstein then under Danish crown rule with sender directive By Hamburg and in the same hand on the back. ‘Stadt Altona’. Altona was a Danish harbour town on the Elbe River.

The cover was carried on the pen Express trip departing San Francisco, 14 September 1861 and arriving in Atchison Kansas on September 27. It covered the destination outside the United States and the only patriotic cover in that group and the only pony express cover 30c stamp. According to the auction house, this handstamp seal was accepted to fetch around USD750,000.

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