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1787 (5 Nov) entire to Bordeaux prepaid at 20 sols, under 1oz. rate by Paquebot royal from French colonies, bearing rare LA MARTINIQUE handstamp used only between 1787-88. Endorsed on reverse "Par La Jeune Marianne Cape Labrouche, Q.D.C."
1792 entire to Madrid bearing straight-line HAMBURG despatch handstamp, OLANDA transit handstamp, manuscript rate markings. Disinfected with two vertical slits and vinegar staining.
1793 entire from Warsaw to Steyr bearing fine strike of unframed (crown)/ W, red manuscript "8" rate; light vertical filing crease that runs through the cancel not detracting from fine appearance of cancel.
1794 (23rd April) outer letter sheet to “Salopian Coffee House”, London bearing cursive ‘PORTS/ MOUTH’ incoming handstamp, arrival backstamp. This occupation during the Napoleonic War lasted for 6 months only, this item a few days after invasion.
1800 entire from Westmoreland Jamaica privately carried to London and posted there to Madeira but not prepaid (compulsory for mail to Madeira at this date) so endorsed "Returned for 1/8 Postage, Enquire Mr Gordon, Percy Street". Forwarded with two ringed Foreign Office cds front and back, that on the front crossed out as having the wrong code in centre.
1801 entire to Madeira bearing manuscript rating and double oval-framed Paid London crown handstamp, without other cancels but endorsed on arrival by recipient as sent from Nassau Near Providence on 10th June and received 1st Sept. The letter headed "Nassau" discusses the loss of wine delivery that went via Martinique
1818 entire from Kingston to Covington endorsed "P.Ship Glasgow to Greenock". The letter was sent using the services of the Commercial Rooms at Kingston and bears two impressions of the handstamp 'KINGSTON*JAMAICA' (This cancel different from one recorded in Foster). Also bearing Greenock Ship Letter framed handstamp and receiving cancel.
1822 entire to Corfu endorsed at bottom left to travel privately to Malta and to be passed to care of forwarding agents "William Hutton". The reverse bearing straight-line 'April 24: T-2,10' charge handstamp applied in Malta, front bearing Ionian Islands arrival handstamp. The entire is disinfected with two vertical slits.
1824 entire to Bordeaux bearing cursive despatch date stamp, ‘C.P.R.5.’ accountancy handstamp, incorrect French framed entry ‘BAVIERE/ PAR/ FORBACH’ applied and overstruck by FORBACH straight-line handstamp, the correct French entry handstamp applied below. An unusual item.
1824 entire to Corfu bearing good example of scarce MALTA*P PAID handstamp, large double-ring Isole Ionie arrival handstamp; no backstamps, fine and scarce.
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1826 entire addressed to Amsterdam bearing manuscript rate markings and stepped Weymouth Ship Letter handstamp, forwarded through London by "Baring Brothers". The reverse of entire suggests that the entire was forwarded from Amsterdam to Batavia,Netherland Indies.
1827 entire to Corfu bearing fine red POSTA A DELL ISOLE DI PAXO date stamp with manuscript date, large arrival handstamp of the British Post Office; fine and scarce.
1832 internal Corfu entire bearing manuscript "6" rate overstruck fine example of the small oval British Office 'Coat of Arms' handstamp, reverse with framed date stamp.
1836 entire to Sardinian Consul at Alexandria, Egypt bearing fine straight-line MALTA POST OFFICE handstamp, without backstamps, slight damage above cancel.
1837 entire cover from London bearing the (as usual) blurred strike of Kingston/ Ship Letter undated circle. The letter is from David Morris to Alexander Logan advising him that he has despatched a copy of 'Geometrical and Graphical Essays' and discussing coffee prices in London.
1839 entire from Turin to Livorno disinfected in transit at Malta with red wax seals 'Opened And Resealed Lazzaretto Of Malta' (Meyer type IV), straight-line Malta Post Office handstamp. On reverse forwarding Agents endorsement "Per Gerolami Tessi Malta 8 Nov 39", arrival backstamp of 20 Novembre.
1839 entire to Genova bearing good strike of straight-line Malta post Office handstamp, arrival backstamp; light horizontal filing crease, a good legible example.
1840 (13 Marzo) entire to Florence bearing fine 'coat of arms' handstamp on front and ornate framed Corfu date stamp on reverse, disinfected in transit with two slits, straight-line @Malta post Office' handstamp, reverse with straight-line LIVORNO and two-line APRILE 1840 handstamp. Small part of entire missing but generally fine appearance.
1840 entire to Genova, forwarded by "ant'o Berzolese, Cospoli", bearing two-line VIA DI/ VOGHERA handstamp on front, while on reverse cachet Sanitatis Sigillum and red wax seal of Semlin.
1841 entire to Sterling, manuscript "Paid 1/8" and Jamaica Paid cds, reverse with Vera Jamaica date stamp showing inverted year, and arrival cancel.