Postage Stamp Envelopes
Rare William Robins/Excelsior Envelope Manufactory N.Y. “Unlisted” Rarity-9 Perhaps Unique and The Finest Known
Wm. Robins, Excelsor Envelope Manufactory, 25 Cents. U.S. Postage Stamp Envelope, Friedberg PE599 “Unlisted” for Type. KL123-25. Reed PE599. Milt-126. Complete Envelope less Flap. Crisp New.
This Civil War Era Postage Stamp Envelope is essentially new and complete, lacking only its back flap. M. Friedberg reference, “PAPER MONEY of the UNITED STATES” (Unlisted under Wm. Robins), but for that William Robins and the Excelsior Envelope Manufactory are one and the same, although we find that Friedberg has erroneously listed it under two separate numbers for each merchant type, thus “Unlisted” for Type under Wm. Robins. PE599. #KL123-25. Reed PE599. Milt-126. This EXCEEDINGLY rare Envelope has deep black printed text on a white wove paper envelope, black “25 cts.” in a decorative double-bordered box at center with printed text reading:
“Excelsior ENVELOPE Manufactory, / No. 51 ANN STREET, NEW YORK,” at top, “Envelopes / FOR THE / Million.” at left, “NEWS / PAPER/ Wrappers, / &c. &c. &c.” at right, “AT THE LOWEST RATES IN THE CITY. / WM. ROBINS.”
This Excelsior Envelope Manufactory 51 Ann Street New York, NY 25 cts. PE599 is listed in Fred Reed under “WM. ROBINS” and confusingly listed in Friedberg under both Excelsior and Robins. Therefore, now, you are no longer confused. A photograph matching with the Reed book tells us this is Reed PE599, Milt-126. Extremely rare, as there are about 15 examples are known existent of ALL Types, spread across seven varieties. Therefore it is not unreasonable to believe that this current example is Rarity-9, perhaps Unique and/or the Finest Known.