24¢ Gray Lilac (37), exceptional centering and margins, intense color and proof-like impression, tied by well-struck blue grid cancel on orange-buff cover to Glasgow, Scotland, clear strike of red "Chicago Am. Pkt. 3 Paid Mar. 13" (1861) credit datestamp, four-line "Glasgow Packet/Paid/MR 28, 1861" datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem stamp on a fresh cover with clear markings in red and blue, also a rare example of mail sent through the Chicago exchange office with the Glasgow Packet marking, ex Baker, Grunin, John R. Hill and "Sevenoaks"
24¢ Gray Lilac (37), used with 1¢ Blue, Type V (24), 3¢ Dull Red, Type III (26), and two 10¢ Green, Type V (35) with right part imprints, tied by open grid cancels, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 38 Jul. ?" (1860) 38¢ credit datestamp on double-rate blue folded cover to Dublin, Ireland, manuscript directive "P. Steamer Europa" and carried on that Cunarder on July 11 from Boston, arriving Queenstown July 21, dark blue Dublin receiving backstamp (July 21), Very Fine, a remarkable and extremely rare four-color combination of 1857-60 Issue stamps paying the double British treaty rate to Ireland, a spectacular 24¢ 1860 Issue cover, ex Seybold, Baker and Klein, illustrated in Bakers' U.S. Classics (p. 217), with 1989 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING TO A DESTINATION IN RUSSIA OTHER THAN ST. PETERSBURG.
The 37c rate to Russia via Prussian Closed Mail is rare, with most examples coming from the Pierce correspondence to St. Petersburg. This usage to what is now Latvia is extremely unusual.
Ex Gallagher and "Sevenoaks". With 2001 P.F. certificate