VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND REMARKABLE FRANKING COMBINING THE 1868 GRILLED, 1869 PICTORIAL AND 1870 BANK NOTE ISSUES.
The 17c postage on this cover overpays by 1c the 16c British packet rate for a letter weighing between one-third and one-half ounce (or 10-15 grams). The presence of the word "grille" next to the 5c stamp--an obvious philatelic reference in the same ink and hand of the address--leads us to speculate that the sender was an early timbrophile. Recognition of shades and grill varieties was already established at this time, and the use of three different issues may have been deliberate, although each of these stamps was still in general use at the time this was mailed. Whatever motivated this spectacular three-issue franking, it is one of the more beautiful 1869 covers to France.
Ex Krug, Rose Kuphal and Gross. Illustrated in Laurence, United States Ten-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey (p. 145). With 2019 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND DESIARBLE COMPLETE SET OF THE COLUMBIAN ISSUE ON A REGISTERED COVER. ONLY FIVE COMPLETE SETS ON COVER ARE RECORDED.
The census of dollar-value covers of the Columbian Issue, available at https://www.uspcs.org/resource-center/censuses/columbian-dollar-value-cover-census , contains only five complete sets on cover. The investment of $16.34 was a sizable sum.
With 1988 P.F. certificate.
FINE STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 COLUMBIAN ON A CHICAGO DAY ILLUSTRATED COVER, WITH THE EXPOSITION MACHINE CANCEL AND THE 1876 CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION EMBOSSED STAMP.
The 3c entire was created for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Scott value $6,500.00