24c Gray (37a).
Horizontal strip of three, straight edge at left, well-centered, used with 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B),
tied by three strikes of Boston large "Paid" grid cancel on blue folded letter to Augustine Heard & Co., Hong Kong, China,
sender's directive "Via Marseilles"
, "Boston Am. Pkt. Jul. 27" (1860) circular datestamp on back, red crayon "42/2"
credit--carried on the Vanderbilt Line Vanderbilt
, departing New York July 28, 1860, and arriving Southampton August 7--red "London Paid C AU 7 60" datestamp, manuscript "2"
British Colonial credit, Hong Kong receiving backstamp (Sep. 1860), slight bleed of manuscript, faint gum toning, 24c stamps slightly creased and lefthand stamp has nick at bottom right
VERY FINE COVER AND EXTREMELY RARE MULTIPLE OF 24-CENT 1860 ISSUE TO PAY THE 84-CENT RATE TO HONG KONG BY BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES FOR A LETTER WEIGHING BETWEEN ONE-HALF AND THREE-QUARTERS OF AN OUNCE.
This cover was sent by British Mail via Marseilles, following the Peninsular & Oriental Line route via Alexandria, Suez and Galle.
Note by Stanley B. Ashbrook on back: "Over 1/2 oz but not over 3/4 oz, 2 x 39 + 6 = 84c. Rare Rate."
With 2013 P.F. certificate.
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