ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKINGS WITH THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL. ONLY ONE OTHER COVER WITH THREE 24-CENT STAMPS (A STRIP) IS IN PRIVATE HANDS. THE QUINTUPLE FRANKING IS CONTAINED IN THE SWISS POSTAL MUSEUM'S COLLECTION AND IS UNAVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
In total there are seven recorded 1869 Pictorial covers with multiple copies of the 24c. Only three of those contain more than two stamps and one of those is permanently ensconced in the Swiss PTT Museum.
Illustrated in Rose book (p. 138). Ex Clarence Eagle, Hessel and from our 1998 Rarities sale. With 1975 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOMESTIC USE OF A PAIR OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
The franking pays 17-times the 3c rate, so the depositions must have been fairly long. Only four covers are known bearing two copies of the 24c 1869 Pictorial (plus three with more than two stamps, one offered in lot 881)