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GB PENNY BLACK Cover MULREADY CARICATURE 1840 Lesage Clerical Envelope CERT A4G3

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EXTENSIVELY ILLUSTRATED "Lesage's Clerical Envelope No.2" postally used. A GREAT RARITY used with four margin Penny Black, posted London in June 1840. 1d Black Plate 1b (KF)  well tied by red MX. Addressed to Southwell (Notts). Complete with genuine opinion in the form of a *BPA CERTIFICATE* (2004). Rather harshly states adhesive is stained but this item is overall Very Fine for a used Mulready Caricature of this type & period. The envelope has been skilfully opened-out to display all four illustrated panels of the reverse. Displays very well thus and is remarkably free from opening losses or faults. Note dramatic vignettes which lampoon the character of the LEGAL & CLERICAL professions. A rare early LAW & ORDER thematic. The main vignette features characters FIGHTING in a court-room! One panel features HANGING of victims. Most unusual featuring CAPITAL PUNISHMENT of the period. QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST PRESERVED POSTALLY USED EXAMPLE OF THIS CARICATURE IN PRIVATE HANDS. Please look at all the scans to help form your own opinion.
Monarch/Regent

Victoria (1837-1901)

Number

1

Modified Item

No

Colour

Black

Country/Region of Manufacture

United Kingdom

Printing Method

Line-Engraved Issues

Topic

Religion

Currency

Pre-Decimal

Year of Issue

Up to 1840

Certification

BPA

Quality

Used

Denomination

1d

Grade

F/VF (Fine/Very Fine)

Cancellation Type

Fancy Cancel

Brand

PTS

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