Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue
Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Category — Foreign Uses: Italy & Spain
VERY FINE. A RARE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING FOR THE 28-CENT BRITISH MAIL RATE TO SPAIN VIA FRANCE. ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE COVERS FROM THE FAMOUS GOMEZ CORRESPONDENCE.
Effective January 1870 the rate to Spain via British Mail for a letter weighing 7.5-15 grams was 28c, with 24c credited to Great Britain. The components of the single 16c rate were the U.S. 4c British Open Mail rate and a 12c credit to Great Britain -- the latter advanced in 7.5-gram weight steps, so the 4c rate on this 7.5-15-gram letter remained the same, but 24c was required as a credit. This cover shows the 24c credit and, in turn, the "4" pence British double-rate credit to Spain.
Illustrated in the Rose 1869 book (p. 32). Ex Ishikawa and Kuphal.
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE. THIS WAS UNDERPAID 2-CENTS FOR THE 14-CENT PRINTED MATTER RATE TO SPAIN VIA ENGLAND AND WAS TREATED AS A LETTER-RATE COVER, PAID ONLY TO ENGLAND, WITH POSTAGE DUE FOR DELIVERY IN SPAIN.
Ex Millard Mack. Signed Ashbrook and illustrated in his Special Service (No. 237).