10c Green, Ty. III/IV/IV/II (15/16/16/14).
Positions 45/55/65/75L1, vertical strip of four containing pair of Type IV at center,
Position 55L recut at bottom and 65L recut at top, deep rich color, large margins except for right side of Position 55L where slightly cut in, used with vertical pair of 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), large margins to slightly in at right, all stamps cancelled or tied by four-bar cork grid, "Norwich Ct. Jul. 16, 1856" circular datestamp on light blue folded cover to Hamburg, Germany,
sender's routing instructions "Steamer Baltic July 19th",
red "New-York Am. Pkt. Jul. 19" circular datestamp, "U.S. Pkt." straightline
handstamp, red crayon "18" and ms. "2", red London transit (Jul. 31) and German oval datestamp on back, filing crease and scissors cut in bottom Type IV (65L)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-CENT 1855 MULTIPLE CONTAINING A VERTICAL PAIR OF THE RARE TYPE IV, USED ON A COVER CARRIED BY THE COLLINS LINE--ESSENTIALLY A UNIQUE USAGE.
The Collins Line's Baltic departed New York on July 19, 1856, and arrived in Liverpool on July 30. The 42c postage pays the double 21c American Packet rate via British Open Mail. Vertical strips of the 10c 1855 are quite uncommon, thus the great rarity of a vertical pair from the conjoined Type IV positions.
Illustrated in Graham's "Great Stamps Make Greater Covers" (American Philatelist, Oct. 1977). Ex Caspary, Baker and Grunin. With 1987 P.F. certificate.
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