12c Black (17).
Positions 25-28L1, horizontal strip of four, large margins to clear, tied by red grid cancels, "New York 38 Jun. 17" (1856) credit datestamp on cover to London, England and forwarded to Paris, France,
sender's directive "pr Niagara for L'pool 18 June"
, red London Paid datestamp (Jun. 30), red "PD" in circle handstamp, stamps additionally cancelled by British grids, missing part of top flap, minor soiling, Very Fine double-rate cover, forwarding postage must have been paid in cash, strips of the 12c 1851 are rare on cover, the last time we offered a strip of four on cover was in our 1992 Rarities sale and we have offered only one larger strip (of five, to Mexico) since keeping computerized records, with 1973 P.F. certificate
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