Curious, Is this Pmk, in any way notable, having Blue Pmk Ink?
First time I have met with this.
Any Issue date for this stamp in 1878?
Sc#92 Sage Pmk Paris Depart 11th December 1878
I did a little bit of digging on this.
The stamp was issued on 12 June 1878 according to Maury 2018 (with a similar later version on 19 June 1881).
If I'm reading the Maury 2009 catalogue correctly, the blue PARIS / DÉPART postmark is priced on this stamp at 14 euros (as opposed to 7 euros for PARIS / DÉPART in black).
However, I don't know why it was blue and I don't see any blue postmarks on my French stamps of the time (although I don't have many).
The asterisk before the day of the month indicates that the item was collected before the post office opened for the day.
Items from later collections (I guess from local post boxes) have a collection number such as "6E
|" (with the "E
" raised) for the sixth collection.