1873, ½¢ LQ (12, spectacular three blocks of four) tied by Toronto fancy cancel on Clifton House Niagara Falls illustrated cover (with letter and dried leaf) to Brighton, England (b/s) paying 6¢ Allan Line rate.
At this point the post office determined that the mail wouldn’t make the sailing of the Allan line and thus sent the cover via United-States by Cunard. Under the first packet principle, the post office rated the cover only single deficiency for the convenience of catching the earlier sailing. The cover is rated ‘’more-to-pay’’ “1”d Stg collect (2¢) which represents the difference between the 6¢ Allan line rate and the 8¢ Cunard rate via the US.
Small cover tear and couple stamps at top with perf flaws from being on the edge. A remarkable multiple use of the Half cent Large Queen and one of only two known covers bearing twelve copies of the Half cent Large Queen to UK, VF. HD0000012
Ex Greene, Francis, Laycock, Highlands. $5,000.00