Lot 5164(Egypt) 1860 (Nov. 2) East Cambridge Mass. to Alexandria, Egypt, buff cover bearing 30¢ orange (38), bright color, tied by grid, matching "East Cambridge Mass. Nov 2" cds, red "N.York, Hamb. Pkt. 'Paid' Nov 3" exchange cds with magenta "25" credit rating, Hamburg (11.20) transit backstamp with matching "Franco" handstamp at bottom and blue ms. "f3" sgr credit rating, reverse with Trieste (11.23) and blue Alexandria (12.3) arrival, red crayon "15" credit rating on reverse split for Prussian and Austrian transit; slightly reduced at right, some edgewear and soiling, Fine and unusual use, ex-Dupuy.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1857 ISSUE COVER TO EGYPT VIA BREMEN-HAMBURG MAILS.
Egypt is a rare destination with the 1857 issue and the slower, more affordable Bremen-Hamburg mails were seldom used. The 30¢ rate to Egypt was 8¢ cheaper than the Prussian Closed mail.