5c Red Brown (1).
Vertical pair, large to huge margins showing trace of adjoining stamp above, beautiful rich color and detailed impression, tied by two clear strikes of "paint red" grid
cancel, matching "Mobile Ala. May 12" circular datestamp on fresh blue folded letter to Whelen & Co. in Philadelphia, datelined at New Orleans,
May 11, 1850, light horizontal fold
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE IN A BRIGHT RED BROWN SHADE, USED ON UNMARKED WAY MAIL FROM NEW ORLEANS TO PHILADELPHIA VIA MOBILE.
Van Koppersmith refers to these Mobile covers as unmarked way mail (Chronicle 215, pp. 196-198).
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