3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11).
Horizontal strip of seven, large margins to just in, deep rich color on bright paper, tied by grids, red
"New Orleans La. Nov. 6" circular datestamp on blue 1855 folded cover to Bordeaux, France,
blue pencil "21", red "New York Am. Pkt. Nov. 17" circular datestamp also ties stamps as does red Havre transit, "6" decimes due handstamp, light file folds do not affect stamps, second stamp from left small wrinkling at top, Very Fine, overpaid 20c American Packet Direct rate to France via New York-Havre Line, the strip was sufficient for and probably intended to prepay the 21c rate via England (as evidenced by the blue "21"); however, the letter reached New York in time for the Havre line sailing of the Arago
, which departed New York on Nov. 17 and arrived at Havre Dec. 1, ex Caspary
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