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231406
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WASA Type I straight-line cancellation (used 1812 to early 1820s) VF strike on undated folded official mail "fribref" cover to Tavastehus. Remarkably fresh and attractive for an cover nearly 200 years old!
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35.00

231407
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HELSINGFORS straight-line cancellation (used 1812 to late 1840s, at least two types) Superb strike on undated folded official mail "fribref" cover to Tavastehus. Remarkably fresh and attractive for an cover nearly 200 years old!
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30.00

236639
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1822 complete folded letter, with contents, from "WYBORG" with wonderful strike of "Wiborg" black straight-line (German spelling) handstamp on reverse, to Bordeaux, France. Bears at least NINE other postmarks and/or rate markings on front and back. Intact red wax seal. Nice "MEMEL / 28 OCT." transit handstamp; this route was normally used only until 1833. Mail this early to France (and non-Russian Europe in general) is quite scarce. Wonderful quality.
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225.00

243578
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1841 complete folded letter, with contents, from Tammerfors to Åbo, delivered by PERSONAL MESSENGER, with fee paid by sender. From "S. Kuhlberg" to the company "Eschner and Dahlström", sent 22 June. The line below the address translates to "umbrella accompanies". The diagonal writing and the (originally, since flattened out) folded corner is a tradition held over from earlier times. The fold creates a sealing-wax point that allows use of less paper (which was costly both in terms of material and transport). INCLUDES TRANSLATION of brief message, asking the recipient to release to the messenger a shipment of paper and noting that the umbrella that the sender had borrowed is being returned my the messenger. Umbrellas are a active topical collecting subject. While this item does not have a postal aspect of umbrellas, this is an exceptional and extremely scarce item for a broader social/display exhibit of umbrellas. Wonderfully fresh quality with beautiful script. Very little privately carried mail has been preserved outside of official archives and is seldom offered! A very nice example of activity in the broader communication system.
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28.00

236640
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1847 complete folded letter, with contents, with excellent strike of "WIBORG" black low-box postmark on reverse, to Bordeaux, France. Bears at least EIGHT other postmarks and/or rate markings on front and back. Wonderful quality.
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125.00

243580
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1851 envelope (no contents), from HELSINGFORS, with 30 September 1851 low-box postmark, to Borgå. A previous collector noted that the cancellation was Ossa Type 3, however the Gummesson - Ossa - Stenberg book indicates that only one device was used 1847-1851 even though it incurred very heavy wear. The envelope appears to have been handmade -- envelopes were scarce this early in Finland. Wonderful and ornate, intact, red wax seal. Attractive.
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26.00

243579
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1853 complete folded letter, with contents, from ÅBO, with very clear 19 December 1853 low-box postmark, to Helsingfors. A wonderfully sharp strike of this postmark (which is often partial or blurred). Very scarce tie-in to REVENUE STAMPED PAPER. Sent by "Abr. Kringelin" to "Wasenius and Company" (TRANSLATION INCLUDED) stating that the sender was also mailing 65 sheets of paper which they would like to have stamped with 8 kopek "Ch.Sig" seals and returned. The sender was asking that the recipient take the paper, presumably for a fee, to the revenue stamped paper office where it would be impressed with Charta Sigillata (revenue/tax) imprints. Users of revenue stamped paper could purchase pre-stamped paper from the government or supply their own paper for stamping. I have never before seen a Scandinavian postal item tie-in to this subject of creating revenue stamped paper.
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45.00

243581
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1853 folded letter (no contents), from HELSINGFORS, with high-box postmark, to Jacobstad. This postmark type has extremely small month/day numerals; I am guessing they are 13 and 6, for 13 June. On an inside flap, the recipient recorded arrival on 17 June. Wonderfully sharp postmark strike. Very attractive.
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20.00

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