Lot 1606War Dept., 1873, 2¢ rose, tied by red quartered cork cancel duplexed with "Washington D.C. Feb 25" cds addressed locally, stamp placed over pencil "½" for ½ ounce; barely reduced at right, Very Fine.
Scott No. O84 Estimate $400 - 600.
One of only five recorded War Department usages with red cancelling ink. Washington D.C. used red ink for local mail only in 1874-75.