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Sale 1211 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2019

Category — 1856 5¢ Red Brown

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 231, 1856 5¢ Red Brown, 5¢ 1856 and 10¢ 1855 Issue on an unusual first-week treaty rate cover to France

5¢ Red Brown (12), large side margins, clear or touching at top and bottom, deep shade, used with 10¢ Green, Type II (14), large margins, rich color, tied by lightly struck "New Orleans La. Apr. 6, 1857" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Bordeaux, France, red "New York Paid 12 Apr. 15" 12¢ credit datestamp struck twice--carried by the Cunarder Asia, departing New York on April 15, 1857, and arriving at Liverpool April 28--French arrival datestamp (April 28), receiving backstamps including Bordeaux (April 30)--the French postal clerk erroneously rated this as a pre-treaty letter with manuscript "5" decimes due (American Packet) and re-rated "8" (British Packet), but nothing was due since the new 15¢ treaty rate was paid (undoubtedly the clerk was unfamiliar with the new procedures)--some wear and paper loss along folds, 5¢ slightly wrinkled, otherwise Fine, ex Moody, Walter Hubbard, Mayer and Hackmey, illustrated in Frajola-Mayer, The United States Five Cent Stamp of 1856 (p. 72), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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