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Lot 104

U.S. 5¢ Red brown (1), two horizontal pairs originally forming a block of four, margins to cutting, tied together by bold single pen stroke in blue, on buff envelope from Canada to California, addressed to a "Mr. William Phillips of Canada. Post Office San Francisco California", red slanting "Paid" and matching Montreal Aug 14 1850 postmark, manuscript "4½" rate, manuscript "p. paid" and "to be kept till called for" written by sender; cover extensively cleaned and repaired, penciled numbers at left, probably non-postal, strengthened, the left stamps with staining removed, their color affected, Very Good appearance.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

Expertization: 2002 Sismondo Certificate and a 1988 "no opinion" P.F. Certificate.

The rate from Montreal to the U.S. border was 4½d. The U.S. transcontinental rate was 40¢ with these two 5¢ pairs representing a 20¢ short payment of that rate.

Realized $4,250

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