Fresh and Crisp "Old Church Hano Co January 1st 1844" New Year's Day cancel in manuscript for this Hanover County, VA town on a wrapper addressed to Chiswell Dabney in Lynchburg. This is actually the last page of a letter signed Sister Elizabeth P. Pollard used as the actual wraper for the full letter.
This is an original sheet of paper (it's real deal--this is NOT a reproduction) called a "wrapper" that was folded by a letter-writter to resemble an envelope and to contain a now-gone letter after it was written to be taken to the post office by and mailed. It is a stampless folded wrapper.
You are purchasing only the postal portion, as pictured and described below. I do not have the letter. Once the letter was written, the entire item was sealed by the sender with a drop of sealing wax to seal the letter to provide security.
The seal would be broken upon receipt by the addressee. ONE of the reasons this item is collectible is because of the fact that the local postmaster applied postal markings considered appropriate for the letter's journey. In addition to being collectable because of the content of the letter, or the writer, or the addressee, or clues about the letter that was once present, it is a collectable item of.Postal history because of the rates, markings and usage. This particular item has a highly-desirable "manuscript" town marking. This is a full wrapper, not just a front or small portion. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Covers\Postal History".
The seller is "ivymontcpa" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.