24c Gray Lilac (37).
Used with 1c Blue, Ty. V, and 12c Black, Plate 3 (24, 36B),
deep rich colors, tied by red grid cancels on cover to Grobin, Libau, Russia (Latvia),
matching "New York Am. Pkt. Aug. 11" (ca. 1860) circular datestamp on back, magenta manuscript "14" credit and blue Prussian "f" manuscript rate, red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, 24c is partly torn away at left prior to use (barely noticeable due to placement of stamps)
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
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