10c Green, Ty. III-III-IV (15-15-16).
Positions 84-86L1, horizontal strip of three, righthand stamp recut at top, large to enormous margins incl. parts of three adjoining stamps at top (the recut bottom line of Position 76L is intact), deep rich color and marvelous early impression, tied by vivid red
grids, perfectly clear strike of matching "N.York Am. Pkt. Paid 7 Oct. 11" (1856) credit datestamp on light blue folded letter to Glogau, Prussia,
beautiful script with sender's "Pr. Steamer 'Baltic'"
and "Prussian Closed Mail"
endorsements, sender's blue oval handstamp with mailing date in manuscript, red Aachen transit (Oct. 24) and receiving backstamp
EXTREMELY FINE. EVERY ELEMENT OF THIS COVER WAS APPLIED WITH CARE 148 YEARS AGO AND PRESERVED IN PRISTINE CONDITION SINCE MAILING. WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND FINEST-QUALITY CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVERS EXTANT.
This immaculate cover comes from the Cohn correspondence, from which the cover bearing a 5c 1856, 1c and 12c 1851 pair originated (realized $85,000 in our 1981 Rarities sale).
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