Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready Lettersheet, SGME3,5.
A very fine used example uprated to the 6d per 3 ounce rate with two additional four margin 2d blues from plate 1, both cancelled and tied by crisp red Maltese Crosses.
Sent from Bradford to Wetherby with a Bradford/Yorks dispatch circular date stamp on reverse for 'JU.4.1840'.
Archive folding and some light soiling but much better condition than normally seen for such covers.
A very rare uprated Mulready, believed to be one of only two such 6d frankings uprated with 2d blues and the finest of the two existing examples. A major rarity of early British postal history.
Provenance: Ex. Grand Prix Gold Medal Winning Collection "Mayflower".
Accompanied with a 1954 Philatelic Foundation of New York (PF) certificate of authenticity.
The current Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Queen Victoria Specialised catalogue Volume 1 Part 1 (published November 2020) price for a 2d Mulready lettersheet used with just one 1840 2d blue is £30,000.
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