Lot 5229(Russia) 1872 (Jul. 29) New York, N.Y. to St. Petersburg, Russia, all-over gray shaded New York Times advertising cover bearing 3¢ green (158) pair with nat. s.e. and two singles, tied by three strikes of bold NYFM circular grid cancels and red "New York '4' Aug 10" credit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Abyssinia from New York Aug. 10th to Queenstown arriving Aug. 19th, red "Franco" and "Wfr. 1½" handstamps, reverse with red crayon "3" and St. Petersburg (8.14 Julian, approx. 8.24) arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A BEAUTIFUL 1870 BANK NOTE ISSUE USE TO RUSSIA AT THE 11¢ CLOSED MAIL RATE.
The transit fee to Russia remained at 5¢ until August 1872, when lowered to 4¢. This cover was mailed only 10 days after the corresponding Closed Mail rate was lowered from 12¢ to 11¢.