lot # 1117 - brit. colonies Ceylon
1857/59: Ceylon 1 d. deep turquoise-blue, a used example with just touched to good margins all round on 1861 Newspaper Wrapper with complete contents from Colombo to Bordeaux endorsed "via Marseilles", tied by barred obliterator in black; paying the compulsory 1 d. Colonial rate but not paying the further 2 d. which would have made full pre-payment but was optional. Reverse with COLOMBO / POST NOT PAID cds in red (July 17) and Bordeaux arrival cds (Aug 14) and charged '15c." in red due to pay. A charming and extremely rare usage - there are believed to be but two known examples of this franking. Signed Sorani.rnrnProvenance: Carmichael & Todd, London 2000; Collection Seymour Banchik, Nutmeg, Caldwell, 2004.