Metropolitan Post Office, New York N.Y., 1c Red on Wove (108L4).
Cut to shape, fine early impression on glazed
paper (similar to 108L1-108L3A issues), tied by clear strike of "Paid/W. H. Laws" framed handstamp (also an early state), used with 3c Dull Red (11), margins cutting in, tied by "New-York Feb. 14" circular datestamp on cover to Silver Spring Md., opening tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, probably a Feb. 1857 usage of the new 108L4-5 issue inscribed "Express to Mail" -- it also appears that Laws purchased a new "Paid" handstamp, as this strike does not show the broken frame at bottom nor the clogged letters seen in strikes from late 1856
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