Here is another cool (Twice?) FORWARDED letter from 1859.
Originally sent from DAYTON, O(hio) on "MAR 7, 1859" Where the two stamps were first applied and cancelled with that CDS.
Dr. J.M. Wreting(?)
Ten days later, on it arrives in Syracuse and receives the CDS "SYRACUSE, N.Y. MAR 17, 1859" It appears that the "DUE 3" & FORWARDED Handstamps that tie the 3c stamps to the cover match the ink from the SYRACUSE NY CDS, so I would assume that these markings joined this cover in Syracuse.
The Syracuse and Hew York are crossed out and two new addresses are now seen. My guess is that the added address of:
"At Bromfield House
was added in Syracuse.
Now, I cannot tell exactly what happened next and I will wait to see who chimes in here, but it almost appears that in Boston, the fancy, manuscript, double line lettering "FORWARDED" gets added across the top and a new address of:
March 31, 59"
Whether or not this was forwarded once or twice, the single "DUE 3" and the duplicate, but obviously different "FORWARDED" markings cause me to lean towards it being twice forwarded.
Sent from Dayton, Ohio to Syracuse, NY
Forwarded from Syracuse to Boston, Mass
Forwarded from Boston to Dayton, Ohio.
Anyway - an interesting cover to say the least.
Both stamps, shown enlarged, appear to be Scott #26A - top row, Relief A with repaired damaged area above the lower left rosette. The right stamp has a clear guide dot in the upper right corner.
I would assume that both of these stamps are plateable, but I do not yet have access to the required plating comparisons.