VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "WASHINGTON PAQ. FR." NAME-OF-SHIP EMBARKATION DATESTAMP. AN OUTSTANDING COVER BY FRENCH PACKET DIRECT.
This was carried on the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique steamer Washington (second sailing of the line) from Le Havre on Jul. 27, 1864, arriving New York Aug. 9. In addition to the only recorded example of the "Washington Paq. Fr." marking, the "Fr. Service" handstamp is also rare (struck in blue to signify direct service).
Illustrated and discussed in Chronicle 246 on p. 177