VERY FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MIXED FRANKING FOR TRANSIT FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA TO ITALY.
The 35c U.S. postage was insufficient to prepay the 42c rate to Lombardy via Prussian Closed Mail. At the New York exchange office, the cover was rated as a fully prepaid 28c rate letter to the German Union and collect beyond its borders. The three-line directive handstamp is very rare.
Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 138) and in an article by Charles J. Starnes, "Prussian Directive: Paid to the Border" (Chronicle, Vol. 39, No. 4). Ex Grunin and Ishikawa.
A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT IMPERFORATE AND ONE OF THE CHOICEST OF THE FEW COVERS KNOWN.
The imperforate stamps were usually separated only partially by scissors, resulting in irregular margins with parts of the design touched or cut into where the stamps were torn apart. This example is extraordinary both for its margins and for the quality of the cover.
With 19?? B.P.A. certificate