5pi black on rose, central blue control band, vertical PAIR tied by both blue (Brandt II) & black (Brandt I) battal cancels, on 1864 folded registered cover addressed to Kevork Hoca at Valide Han in Deraliye Armenian merchant correspondence.
A stunning showpiece as only two such covers are recorded franked with vertical pairs
Note: Sold in the Bombieri sale in 1983 for CHF13’800
Expertise: signed A.Diena, Calves & Tevfik Kuyas
Provenance: Filmer, Bombieri & Kuyas
Illustrated in Basaran (2010) page 42
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