Auction: 18054 - The 'Hermione' Collection of France, 1849-1950
1853-60 Imperforate "Empire" Issue
1fr. vivid carmine, sharp impression and deep rich colour making a wonderful association for a gorgeous appearance, margins varying from ample to huge showing part of adjoining adhesive at left, neatly tied by "DS2" dotted grid with matching Paris c.d.s. at left on 2 June 1854 cover to Berlin, Prussia, carried at double rate (denoted by manuscript "2" at left), with German "Ausgabe" c.d.s. on reverse. An exquisite combination of beauty for this stamp, rarely used on cover, enhanced by the exceptional franking on mail to Prussia. Calves certificate (1993). Spink Maury 18b, €13,000. Photo
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