American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2).
Positions 14-16, horizontal strip of three, mostly large margins, in at right, each stamp cancelled by clear strike of red "Paid" handstamp, matching "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "pr Amn. Letter mail Cy. New York, 5th Novr. 1844"
to Boston, handstamped on arrival, neatly docketed, horizontal fold thru strip has been carefully pressed out and is now virtually invisible
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLE OF THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY LARGE EAGLE ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ARTIFACTS OF THE INDEPENDENT MAIL ERA.
Used pairs of the Large Eagle issue are extremely rare, and the only used multiple larger than a pair is this strip of three. It is also one of the few triple-rate Large Eagle covers extant.
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