Auction: 18054 - The 'Hermione' Collection of France, 1849-1950
1849-50 First Issue
20c. black on yellowish, a remarkably fresh example, widely margined all around, vivid shade, used on small entire letter to Aix-en-Provence tied by "Riez/5 Janv. 1849" medium c.d.s. (type 14), showing an additional clear strike at left confirming the application on the fifth day of usage of postage stamps in France, showing arrival on back. Superb, a very rare usage of this datestamp within the five first days of issue. Signed Calves and Céalis. Spink Maury 3, from €14,300. Photo
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