India 1857 cover (portions missing from front and back) to Boston, USA via Southampton f.w. 1854 4a 5th printing x 2 (head shifted down into the frame), both cut-to-shape tied by “242” type 5 of Roorkee with “ROORKEE”, boxed “INDIA PAID”, “LONDON PAID” transit and part faint large cds on reverse. The cover was addressed to Boston but “Care of Messrs. Smith, Elder & Co.” forwarding agents in London. It must have been placed in a packet and hand carried by the agents for delivery to USA. The cover left India in late 1857 as the London stamp is Jan 1858. Scarce usage of scarce 5th printing on cover.
SG 25 Cat - Scott Type c