(Ship Letter) 1864 incoming cover from Habana, Cuba franked 1r. with bar cancel and cds above and bearing fine example of the very rare SHIP-LETTER/ NASSAU cds, with manuscript “Unclaimed” and handstamped ‘ADVERTISED’; trivial corner fault to envelope, otherwise fine and attractive example
1785 (22nd December) entire from Halifax to Alter, Near Forres, Scotland via London bearing two-line LONDON/ SHIP LRE handstamp, reverse with London bishop Mark (13/FE) and Edinburgh Bishop Mark in red (FE/20). This letter is a warning to a friend in the North Fencibles (a local defence force), that the writer is about to expose his commander for fraud by claiming more men in the regiment than it possessed.
1801 entire from Kingston to Glasgow initially rated at "2/8" and subsequently amended to "3/-", endorsed HM Ship Surprize and bearing fair strike of Ship Letter/crown/ JAMAICA in oval and a similar mark for Deal. Foster records the earliest date of this ship letter cancel as 11/4/01 wheras this dates 18/2/01.
1815 (18 Aug) entire from John Fergus to Falmouth with some interesting content, with a N.B. addition reading "I am sorry to say that Port Royale is most all burnt down about four weeks before our arrival here". Ship Letter Jamaica oval crown handstamp, rate markings and "1/2" local carriage charge handstamp. Some peripheral faults to entire.
1845 (4th June) thick entire from Columbia, South Carolina, USA via Philadelphia via private ship, rated “1/6” for a double Ship Letter rate plus inland postage from St Ann’s to Mandeville of 2d. for a total charge of “1/8”, showing the only recorded ‘SHIP LETTER/ St ANNS’ handstamp that is not recorded in foster but in Proud SL1. Ex H. Wood
1850 outer letter sheet to Genova bearing fine two-line GIBRALTAR/ SHIP LETTER with double arc date stampin association in same colour below, red two-line VIA DI MARE/ G.P.O., various manuscript marks and arrival backstamp; good condition.
1867 (DE 26) cover to Sydney, Australia franked by two pairs of 1867 Wmk Spray 10d. red-brown, plate 1, SK-SL and RK-RL, tied by London SW 20 duplex, some slight faults with SK damaged top left, RK tiny nick bottom left. Envelope endorsed “Via Marseille” and Ship Letter Sydney backstamp. A fine high franking multiple franking. R.P.S,L Certificate 2015.
1867, Entire written at Negotin sent to Orsova - Romania by Austrian Danube shipping company. 17Kr red, perf. 12, 1866 D.D.S.G. issue, applied and cancelled by D.D.S.G. Agency RADUJEVAC cds. Rare usage of Austrian D.D.S.G. agencies in Serbia.
1886 1 1/2d. postal stationery card to Bridye Town, Post Office, Barbados cancelled 'Bristol 134' duplex. Redirected on arrival bearing 'Barbados Ship Letter', red Ship Letter London and Hallatrow arrival cds, arriving without any extra charge.175
1903 (27.11.) 8a. postal stationery card to Bern, Switzerland uprated 3a. tied Reykjavik cds, framed SHIP LETTER/ TROON at left with Troon 330 cds alongside, arrival cds bottom left; very fine condition but without message.
Two entires from the Bishop of Quebec, both to London, the first from 1800, redirected on arrival, the second from 1802, a duplicate entire. The first with virtually full red wax seal, Ship Letter Quebec oval ‘crown’ handstamps.