(Azores) 1886 (29 Ago) stampless opened-out envelope to Rio de Janeiro with large oval CORREIO DA HORTA date stamp, circular-framed ‘T’ handstamp and octagonal 300 Rs. Charge handstamp applied on arrival, reverse with Lisboa transit (7 Set) and arrival cancels (24 Set).
(Coastal Packets) 1839 (Aug 30) entire from Rio Negro (Parana) to Rio de Janeiro sent overland via Principe with framed ‘PRINCIPE’ handstamp in brown and thence via ‘CORETIBA’ and ‘PARANAGUA’ to Sao Paulo with circular handstamp and then Santos where the famous ‘SANTOS FISH’ pictorial handstamp applied and carried down the cost to Rio de Janeiro. The rates of postage for each leg accumulated from 20 to 50 to 130 to an eventual 170 reis on receipt. A remarkable cover with five different pre-stamp markings. Ex ‘Prefilatelia de Brasil’ Soler y Llach !995) and Ex Everaldo Santos.
1827 entire to Santos from the provinces of Sao Paulo, rated “20” which has been erased and altered to “40” at left side, bearing framed PORTO FELIZ handstamp in black, ornate framed Ytu and rectangular framed S.Paulo transits. Light vertical filing crease otherwise good fresh condition.
1839 (27 Nov.) entire from Rio de Janeiro to London, endorsed “Pr Ganges” with, on reverse, fine boxed INDIA LETTER/ PENZANCE handstamp, red London arrival (2 MR). A rare India Letter marking on a letter from Brazil, the handstamp over the flap and torn on opening and priced accordingly.
1871 entire to Barcelona, endorsed “Via de Lisboa” nd bearing mixed issue franking 1851 300r. with clear to good margins plus 1866 Pedro 20r. tied by mute cork cancels, Rio De Janeiro despatch cds, framed ‘P.P.’ at top and to right of cds straight-line ‘1 PESETAS’ charge handstamp applied on arrival. Reverse with P.Transatlantico (71) date stamp and Badajoz entry cds. Central filing crease with a little discolouration. Brian Moorehouse Certificate.
1881 (27 Jan) registered cover to Paris franked 1878-79 rouletted 10r. vermillion (2), 20r. (4 in two pairs), 100r left hand marginal with inscription in margin and a 200r. cancelled by fine red segmented cork hand stamp, Rio De Janeiro cds on reverse and oval framed REGISTRADO on front, Lille A Paris cds on front with other French cancel on reverse. A fine, striking cover. Peter Holcombe Cert. (1985).
1886 (3 Fev) 200r. postal stationery envelope sent registered to Halifax, Nova Scotia, additionally franked 1878-79 rouletted 200r. Pedro and 1882-85 oxidised 10r. (4) and 50r. pair tied Campinas cds, framed BRAZIL/R handstamp and oval London transit, reverse with S.Paulo transit and Rio De Janeiro transit plus arrival cds of MR 7.
1888 (26 AGO) cover to Ellsworth, Maine, USA bearing three issue mixed franking with 1878-79 ‘Pedro’ 80r. rouletted pair, 1882-85 10r. pair and 1884-88 20r. Numeral, tied Rio De Janeiro double-ring cds, reverse with New York transit. Fine and attractive scarce franking.
1889 (22 Jul) registered cover to Verona, Italy franked two 1887 300r dull blue tied by D.Izabel cds, registration No.63 Modane – Torino tpo handstamp, reverse with Porto Alegre transit of 29th and blue Rio De Janeiro transit of 15 AGO; light vertical crease clear of adhesives.
1889 300r. postal stationery envelope to Munich, Germany uprated 1878-79 rouletted 80r. vertical pair, 200r. black and 260r. brown tied by three ornate cork handstamps, small double-ring Pernambuco cds and red Rio De Janeiro transit, the 200r. additionally tied by registration handstamp, arrival backstamp. A very fine franking.
1895 registered cover from Kansas City addressed to “Postmaster General, Principality of Trinidad”, the sender additionally giving geographical location, also endorsed “Via Liverpool” and “an Island about 300 miles east Rio de Janeiro”. Not delivered but travelled as far as Rio. This uninhabited and at that moment unwanted South Atlantic Island was claimed by an American who declared himself King, etc. The British then try to claim the Island but eventually given to Brazil with Portuguese support.