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ÅLAND: 1817 pre-stamp cover with complete letter. A 28 November 1817 military report official mail cover sent from KALLBY to GRÄLSBY, both in Åland. You will have great difficulty finding either of those outposts on a map, though you can find some references to them via online searching; at best they were probably just clearings in the woods when this cover was mailed. The cover and contents are in wonderful condition and bear the ornate "meander" official mail marking which represents the Swedish Three Crowns; this particular style is a more orante than some. At this time, Åland was Swedish controlled and had a significant presence of Swedish military forces as a "trip wire" against Russian advances. A wonderful example from this very early period!
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