5c Bright Red Brown (28b).
Vertical pair, rich color, tied by New Orleans La. circular datestamp on 1859 folded cover to Germany, endorsed for Bremen or Hamburg steamer but the red "New York Paid 12 Dec. 8" exchange circular datestamp indicates this went on the Cunarder Africa
, French and Belgium markings, evidence that a third stamp fell off in transit - the "Aus Franfeich per Aachen Franco" circular datestamp partly occupies its space, scissor separation at L. with wide margin showing adjoining stamps, top stamp Very Fine, an intriguing and rare usage, with 1999 P.F. certificate
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