3c Dull Red, Ty. III, 12c Black, Plate 3 (26, 36B).
3c slightly trimmed at top, cancelled by red grids on blue folded letter written in French to Paris, France,
datelined "New Orleans, August 9, 1861"
and addressed to "Monsieur G d'Arnaud de Vitrolles",
red "New York Paid 3 Aug. 17" credit datestamp, ultramarine Havre transit (Aug. 29) ties 3c stamp, red "PD" in frame, Paris receiving backstamp, Very Fine and rare, this was carried by Adams Express through the lines,
it must have gone through Louisville as no other routes were available during this period in August, but there are no Adams or Louisville markings (it may have been contained in a larger envelope with other covers until its arrival in New York), it was carried to France on the Havre Line's Fulton,
departing from New York on August 17, 1861, arriving in Havre on August 29, two other covers from this correspondence, carried on the same New York sailing, are among the most iconic and valuable of all Civil War through-the-lines uses (see Siegel Sale 981, lots 4123-4124 -- the 30c cover will be offered again by Siegel in the William H. Gross sale in October 2018), a history of the Arnaud de Vitrolles family may be found at http://gillesdubois.blogspot.com/2007/05/arnaud-de-vitrolles.html
(also see lot 516)
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