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Sale 1211 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2019

Category — 1857-60 1¢ to 90¢ Perforated Issues

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 314, 1857-60 1¢ to 90¢ Perforated Issues, A magnificent strip of six of the 5¢ 1857 Red Brown on cover to France--the largest and finest recorded on-cover strip

5¢ Red Brown (28), horizontal strip of six, well-centered, rich color, tied by clear strikes of "Charleston S.C. Apr. 16, 1858" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Lille, France, red "Boston 21 Apr. Paid 24" 24¢ credit datestamp--carried on the Cunarder America, departing Boston on April 21, 1858, and arriving at Liverpool May 4--French arrival datestamp (May 4) and "P.D." in frame struck twice, receiving backstamps

Very Fine strip and cover. No strip larger than six is recorded on cover, and this is the finest of the few known 5¢ 1857 multiple uses.

Illustrated in Hill, United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856-1861 (p. 45) and Bakers' U.S. Classics (p. 141). Ex Howard Lehman, J. David Baker, Walter C. Klein (where it was illustrated on the front cover of the postal history sale) and "Sevenoaks."

E. 10,000-15,000
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