5¢ Buff (67), used with 5¢ Red Brown (75), both cancelled by and Buff tied by grid cancels, "Reading Pa. Sep. 10, 1863" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to San Jose, California, with blind embossed booksellers and music dealers corner card, Buff stamp with light diagonal crease at right, cover slightly reduced at left not affecting the corner card, certificate does not mention either of these issues but states light overall soiling which is not evident, Very Fine and striking, a scarce combination of these two better shades paying the 10¢ rate over the Rocky Mountains, ex Grunin and Ishikawa, with 1994 P.F. certificate
5¢ Buff (67), vertical pair, perfectly centered, warm shade, tied by part strike of "N. York Steamship" circular datestamp on cover to Brooklyn N.Y., backflap removed, Extremely Fine Gem pair of the 5¢ Buff on cover, probably fewer than five pairs on cover exist in this superb quality, ex Brown, Moody and Haas
5¢ Buff (67), rich color, used with 10¢ Green (68) and 30¢ Orange (71), tied by target cancels, "Williamsburgh N.Y. Jan. 31" (1862) circular datestamp on buff cover to Hong Kong, China, magenta manuscript "24" credit, red "London Paid" transit datestamp (February 15) ties 10¢, well-struck "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp, "New York Am. Pkt Feb. 1" and Hong Kong (Apr. 11) backstamps, 5¢ with slight crease from placement near edge, fresh and Very Fine, a colorful use to Hong Kong paying the 45¢ rate, the dates correspond to the sailing of the Inman City of New York from New York on February 1, 1862, arriving Liverpool February 15, with 1994 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR FRANKING OF THE 1861 ISSUE IN EARLY SHADES, USED TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO CHINA VIA MARSEILLES. USED WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH OF ISSUE FOR ALL THREE STAMPS.
With 1979 P.F. certificate