2c Black, F. Grill (93).
Vertical pair, clear grill, used with 15c Black, F. Grill (98),
tied by circle of wedges cancel, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Apr. 29" (1869) backstamp on tissue-paper cover to Rome, Italy, and forwarded to Paris, France,
forwarding postage paid by Roman States, 1868 10c Black on Deep Crimson (23) and 40c Black on Greenish Yellow (24),
latter with trivial corner crease at top left not mentioned on accompanying certificate, each tied by blue circular datestamp, red "4" credit handstamp, red Verviers-Cologne transit marking also ties 2c pair, several other transit and rate markings including blue crayon "WF 1-1/2" which is equivalent to 4c credit to the North German Union, blue Rome banker's straightline handstamp struck five times, some slight edgewear as normally associated with this kind of envelope paper
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND UNIQUE BLACK JACK COVER SENT TO ROME VIA NORTH GERMAN UNION CLOSED MAIL AND THEN FORWARDED TO FRANCE WITH ROMAN STATES STAMPS.
The North German Union Closed Mail rate was effective from January 1, 1868, thru June 30, 1870. The U.S. rate to Rome was 19c per half ounce. The rate from Rome to France was 50 centesimi.
Ex Beane and Faust. With clear 2010 P.F. certificate
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