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Sale 886 — The Dr. Robert LeBow Collection, Part 2: United States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 November, 2004

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3059
c
Sale Number 886, Lot Number 3059, 1851-56 Issue5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Three large margins, full at left, used with horizontal strip of three 10c Green, Ty. III-III-II (15-15-14), Positions 1-3L1, including Misplaced Transfer Positions 1L and 2L, ample to large margins except barely in at upper left, rich color, tied by "Bridgeport Ct. Feb. 17" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in a flourishing hand to Bienne, Switzerland, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid 7 Feb. 18" credit datestamp also ties 5c, red Aachen and "Franco Preuss:/resp:Vereinsl:Ausg:Gr:" framed transit handstamps, Basel and other receiving backstamps (one with 1857 year date)

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL COVER TO SWITZERLAND WITH THE 1856 5-CENT ISSUE AND 1855 10-CENT GREEN HORIZONTAL STRIP CONTAINING A COMBINATION OF TYPES II AND III.

The plate used to print imperforate 10c 1855 stamps contained only one horizontal pair of Types II and III, located in Positions 2L and 3L on the sheet. Positions 1L and 2L are Misplaced Transfers from the B Transfer (Type III), while Position 3L comes from the normal A Transfer (Type II).

This magnificent cover is franked with a 10c 1855 strip containing both Misplaced Transfer Type II positions with the Type III and a single 5c 1856 for the 35c rate to Switzerland via Prussian Closed Mail. Our records of 5c 1856 covers contain eleven covers to Switzerland, including six franked for the 35c Prussian Closed Mail rate.

Ex Hill.

E. 10,000-15,000
32,500
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