VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE THREE-COLOR 1861 ISSUE FRANKING, INCLUDING THE SCARCE 24-CENT STEEL BLUE, PAYING THE 39-CENT RATE TO AUSTRALIA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES.
Ex Vogel. With 1971 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 24-CENT 1861 STEEL BLUE, GRADED XF-SUPERB 95 BY P.S.E. -- THIS IS THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND IT IS SHARED BY ONLY ONE OTHER.
The Steel Blue is the most distinctive of all the 24c shades. Unlike some of the others, it is rarely mistaken or misidentified, and as such has always been a favorite of collectors. It is extremely rare in this superb used condition.
With 2014 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $9,000.00). This is the highest grade awarded and only one other shares it (ex Kirke).
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER TO GUATEMALA WITH THE 24-CENT 1861 STEEL BLUE SHADE.
This cover comes from the Crosby correspondence. Using Power Search, we located only one other cover to Guatemala with the 24c Steel Blue (from our 1983 Rarities sale).
Ex Haas and Rose. With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS PAIR OF THE 1861 24-CENT STEEL BLUE TIED ON A PIECE BY THE SUPPLEMENTARY MAIL CANCEL. TRULY PHENOMENAL IN EVERY RESPECT.
We are surprised this pair has remained intact, as the 24c Steel Blue shade is difficult to find with such choice centering.