Swarts' City Dispatch Post, New York N.Y., (1c) Red (136L9).
Mostly large margins, small 4-bar grid cancel, tied by "N. York Br. Pkt. 23 Jul. 26" circular datestamp with integral debit on folded letter to Frankfurt, Germany,
appropriate transit and rate markings, lettersheet with hand-colored Magnus lithograph of New York Crystal Palace Exhibition Fairgrounds,
dated July 18, 1854, written in German
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND UNIQUE USE OF THE RARE MAGNUS CRYSTAL PALACE LETTERSHEET WITH STAMP OF SWARTS' LOCAL POST, WHICH BROUGHT THE LETTER TO THE POST OFFICE FOR ITS TRANSATLANTIC JOURNEY TO GERMANY. REMARKABLE FROM MANY PERSPECTIVES.
Only a few used examples of this Magnus lettersheet are known. Use of the Swarts stamp on transatlantic mail is also very rare. The combination of elements here is extraordinary by any measure.
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