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21 June 1825 cover with complete letter, written in Spanish (unusual), mailed from St. Thomas, to London, received 5 August with fully dated British receiver. Nice strike of the framed, black "PACKET LETTER" postmark on reverse (as usual). Facit #9, DWI Mails #BR10a with 3 mm letters of Robertson type P3. (Facit incorrectly limits the period of use to 1818-22; 1815-1842 would be more appropriate.) British 2/2 rate marking on front. DWI Mails 2nd edition, pages32-37 discusses this interesting period in which there was no British post office at St. Thomas. Though not "rare", nice examples of this marking and use are hard to find.
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210.00

240486
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1844 April 29 folded letter, complete with contents, from ST. THOMAS, via LONDON and BOULOGNE to BORDEAUX, France, with all transit markings, etc. On reverse, originating ST. THOMAS 30 mm, with-serifs font and double half-circles at bottom "double line arc", with day and month, 29 April postmark (Facit #23 black; DWI MAILS 2000 BR16b). On front, Anglo-French accounting mark, red boxed "COLONIES / & c. ART. 12." (Facit #33 valued 2018 at SEK 4500 premium, DWI MAILS 2000 #BR28 valued at $450 to $750 premium -- this marking was used only during 1843-1845). Arriving in LONDON 23 May on reverse, then (on front) French red 25 May "ANGL. 2 / BOULOGNE 2" transit for incoming mail from England, rated "25" decimes by the French manuscript marking, and then on reverse 27 May BORDEAUX receiver. The content is a long business letter. Very neat and attractive.
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425.00

240570
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Private Ship Letter: St. Thomas to Bordeaux, France. 1845 January 26 folded letter, complete with contents, from ST. THOMAS (clear from dateline and contents), marked via ship "Jean Evariste", to BORDEAUX, France. There are no DWI postal markings or British mail packet related postal markings (no such markings are expected on a private ship letter). On front, Arriving first in France with red maritime entry "OUTRE-MER / PAVILLAC" 24 February postmark; I believe this to be the quarantine port for Bordeaux. Two French manuscript rate marks. On reverse 25 February BORDEAUX receiver. The content is a long business letter. Such private ship letters to France are unusual in this period; they were an attempt to avoid the high cost of the British packet mails, but perhaps with less reliability. Very neat and attractive; amazingly fresh for an item 173 years old!
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190.00

221503
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14 April 1846 folded cover from St. Thomas to London, England, addressed to the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan Mission. The front shows 1s5d rating for the packet postage to London 1842-53. The reverse shows London receivers and a 30 mm black St. Thomas double-arc postmark. An attractive example.
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225.00

234760
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May 15, 1848, cover with complete letter, from St. Thomas to London. "ST. THOMAS" large (30 mm) double-line arc (DWI Mails #BR16b) postmark on reverse as usual. Marked "pr Steamer" and with "1/5" ship letter rate marking as far as Falmouth or Southampton. No indication of the base 2d rate beyond that point. Red London arrival mark. Very nice example from this era.
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160.00

221504
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2 May 1849 folded cover from St. Thomas to Hamburg, Germany. The front shows 1s1d rating for the postage to England and a red 30 for the rate to Hamburg, expressed in Lubeck skillings. The reverse shows London British transit, St.P.A. (Stadpost Amt) Hamburg receiving mark, and a 30 mm black St. Thomas double-arc postmark. An attractive example.
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225.00

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