Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 12, 1861.
Clearly struck circular datestamp ties 30c Orange (38),
few scissors-blunted perfs, vivid color, on piece of cover sent to France, pencil "55/ Through"
(55c paid, including 30c postage and 25c express fee), re-franked with horizontal strip of three 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A),
tied by blue grid cancels and "Louisville Ky. Aug. 13, 1861" double-circle datestamp, part of Havre transit at bottom of piece, strip lifted to show markings, Extremely Fine, a very rare use -- bearing in mind a similar franking on full cover brought nearly $200,000 in one of our sales, this is certainly an affordable alternative -- ex Birkinbine, Walske and Dr. Brandon
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