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  • Lot# : 4522 Great Britain

    1840: 2 d. blue, Plate 1, lettered ED, a used example with just clear margin at lower right and large margins on three sides, on 1840 local double rate "May Date" cover to Portman Square, London, tied by Maltese Cross in red. "T. P. / High Holborn EC" handstamp in red at left and reverse showing framed arrival (May 16, 1840) clearly struck in red. Ironed out vertical file fold through the adhesive and sensible small repairs to the letter sheet but a rare and very early usage. Listed in Rockoff & Jackson on page 143, with just three 2 d. blue covers known for this Saturday date Gi DS5td = £ 15'000.rnProvenance: Collection Francis Hugh Vallancey, Robson Lowe, London, 20 May 1942, lot 110; Robson Lowe, London, 10 Nov 1948, lot 337.
    Starting bid : 2,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,500 CHF