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Worldwide & Great Britain - Dec. 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

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    Lot 264

    CEYLON/SRI LANKA - FIRST-ISSUE 3-COLOUR 1st-YEAR FRANKING ON 9d-RATE COVER TO G.B. VIA FRANCE; Attractive and colourful 13 Sept. 1857 env. (part reverse torn away & part address re-written) prepaid to G.B. “via Marseilles” at the all-in 9d rate with 1st-Year usages of the First-Issue 1857-9 1d Blue + 2d Green plus an 1857 6d Purple-Brown (all with shaved to clear margins) all tied by fine Colombo barred oval cancels matching the large part “COLOMBO/STEAMER LETTER” c.d.s. on the reverse. The red crayon “8”[d] partly beneath the stamps shows that 8d of the 9d postage was credited to G.B./France (the latter received 3d from G.B.’s 8d credit). It went from Galle (20 Sept.) on the S.S. “Alma” to Suez (5 Oct.) and then on from Alexandria (7 Oct.) to Marseilles (14 Oct.) via Malta (10 Oct.) on the S.S. “Valetta”. The 6d stamp would have been sufficient for the Southampton route, but the sender chose to pay the extra 3d for the ‘Via Marseilles’ route, using the 1d & 2d stamps that were designed for internal or newspaper rates. Exhibition Item. [Ex Spink London, Nov. 2010; lot 894 - realised £562 inc. B.P.]

    Estimate: £400

    Worldwide & Great Britain - Dec. 2020, Lot 264

    CEYLON/SRI LANKA - FIRST-ISSUE 3-COLOUR 1st-YEAR FRANKING ON 9d-RATE COVER TO G.B. VIA FRANCE; Attractive and colourful 13 Sept. 1857 env. (part reverse torn away & part address re-written) prepaid to G.B. “via Marseilles” at the all-in 9d rate with 1st-Year usages of the First-Issue 1857-9 1d Blue + 2d Green plus an 1857 6d Purple-Brown (all with shaved to clear margins) all tied by fine Colombo barred oval cancels matching the large part “COLOMBO/STEAMER LETTER” c.d.s. on the reverse. The red crayon “8”[d] partly beneath the stamps shows that 8d of the 9d postage was credited to G.B./France (the latter received 3d from G.B.’s 8d credit). It went from Galle (20 Sept.) on the S.S. “Alma” to Suez (5 Oct.) and then on from Alexandria (7 Oct.) to Marseilles (14 Oct.) via Malta (10 Oct.) on the S.S. “Valetta”. The 6d stamp would have been sufficient for the Southampton route, but the sender chose to pay the extra 3d for the ‘Via Marseilles’ route, using the 1d & 2d stamps that were designed for internal or newspaper rates. Exhibition Item. [Ex Spink London, Nov. 2010; lot 894 - realised £562 inc. B.P.]

    Estimate: £400 ×