Lot 31411849 (Oct. 16) Philadelphia, Pa. to Cognac, France, blue folded letter with blue "Philada Pa. Oct 16" cds and red provisional "Paid/5" rating handstamp for British open mail rate by British packet, carried by Cunard Line Canada from New York Oct. 17th to Liverpool arriving Oct. 28th, red London (10.29) arrival backstamp and matching "Colonies/&Art. 13." framed accounting handstamp, Calais (10.30) entry cds with matching "15" decimes due handstamp for 10 dec. G.B. plus 5 dec. inland postage, Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PHILADELPHIA PROVISIONAL RATE HANDSTAMP USE.
This provisional rate handstamp was used in Philadelphia for only eight days in late 1849.