TOGO (French), 1914, 10c on 5pf Green, Vertical Bisect Used as 5c (154 var; Yvert 24 var).
Two bisect items, both in strips with two normal stamps originally forming a strip of five
from pos. 21-25, first a left vertical half (pos. 21-23) tied by "Anecho, Togo 20/12" (1914) circular datestamp on cover to Porto Novo (Dahomey), arrival backstamp, cover with file fold (not affecting stamps), one flap missing and slightly reduced at bottom, second a right vertical half (pos. 23-25) tied by same datestamp on right half of cover to Porto Novo with part of arrival backstamp, pos. 23 also showing the broken "0" variety
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE PAIR OF ITEMS HAVING BEEN REUNITED FOR SALE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEIR POSTING OVER 100 YEARS AGO IN ANECHO. A WONDERFUL PAIR FOR EXHIBITION.
The likelihood of finding a matched pair of bisects, from any country, is slim. Especially since it is unlikely more than 30 or so exist. Both correctly paying the 25c external letter rate as Togo was not technically qualified as a French territory until 1920. These bisects were used in late Dec. 1914 to early Jan. 1915 as Anecho ran out of 10c stamps.
Cover with 1995 Holcombe certificate. Large part of cover with 1985 Kilian certificate. Footnoted in Yvert at €4,400 for both
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