Philadelphia to Epernay, France, 1784, P. Le Courier de
l’Europe./capt:CORnick: New-York.” Straightline. Clear strike of two-line handstamp on flap of folded letter datelined Philadelphie le 13 Dece. 1784” and addressed to Epernay, France, sent under cover to Régie agent in New York who applied
the straightline and placed it aboard Le Courier de l’Europe on Dec. 31, arriving L’Orient on Jan. 17, 1785, forwarded to Paris (internal notation dated at Paris, February 7, 1785), manuscript 26” sols due marking crossed out and
re-rated 36”, manuscript Deb. d’Epernay” on back, small piece out of flap (clear of marking), short sealed tear just into New”
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FIRST ROYAL PACKET MARKING WITH THE CAPT. CORNICK”
INSCRIPTION. AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF 18TH CENTURY TRANSATLANTIC MAILS.
The French consul was the agent for the Première Régie in New York, and prepared departure markings which incorporated ships’ names for each sailing from February 1784 to
June 1785. Only ten covers are known, showing eight different ship-name departure markings. Two types of markings are known on mail carried by the French Royal Ship Agency’s Le Courier de l’Europe on separate trips from New York to L’Orient:
the marking offered here with capt:CORnick”, and a similar marking that reads Le Courier de l’EUROPE/New York*16 juin 1785.” Both are unique.
Ex Martin and Walske.
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