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O17b Rose (Type I) White Paper, Facit #TJ16Ab [1885 10 öre large-format Official, Perf 13, Plate Type I, Rose] (Fine+, defect) solo use on 19 September 1890 cover from UPSALA to a commercial company in Jonsered, but without receiving cancellation. (At the time, Jonsered was a small manufacturing village with an interesting history, founded by an Englishman! Jonsered postmarks are quite scarce; Facit Postal rarity factor 100.) Sent by the Regementsintendenten vid Kongl. Uplands Regemente (Regimental superintendent of the Royal Uplands Regiment). Though not a scarce stamp, nice looking covers are hard to find.
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O17b Rose (Type I), Facit #TJ16Ac, Rose Carmine [1885 10 öre large-format Official, Perf 13, Plate Type I, Rose Carmine] (VF+) PAIR on 25 July 1885 royal decree (partial contents), sent from SÄMB (very scarce cancel; Facit Postal 2015 rarity factor 100) to the small village of Länghem. The address is written diagonally in the archaic custom because early Swedish official mail was folded into a triangle (to make it more obvious that it was important, official mail), and thus this is how it would look when unfolded. The 20 öre franking most likely indicates a 15-125 gram weight as a letter. The printers legend on the backside indicates that the item has 3 "ark" (sheets), but this object is the outer cover of that booklet of royal decrees; the other decrees are no longer present (this is very typical of such mail artifacts). This decree provides import taxation details for "vin" (wine), with rates up to 21% alcohol, 21-25%, noting that above 25% taxation is as liquor. That is some heavy duty "wine"! There is a paper loss in the center of the text. The decree is signed in the name of OSCAR (Oscar II, reign 1872-1908). An excellent example of the 10 öre Type I stamps on cover -- examples with more than one stamp are seldom offered; and an extremely nice use of the SÄMB cancellation. Also a nice WINE TOPIC item! [Sämb was so small that it essentially does not exist today and is very difficult to find on a map (at southern Norwegian border). I would like to learn why a decree printed in Stockholm was mailed from Sämb to a small village in inland Sweden.]
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O20 (VF) [20 öre Blue perf 13 Official] on 1906 cover to the U.S. A remarkable INCORRECT AND/OR ILLEGAL USAGE of a Swedish Official stamp. These stamps were not valid on mail outside of Sweden (except sometimes to Denmark or Norway). The address and handwriting shows every indication of being "emmigrant mail". Also there is no return address and the Halmstad Lbr cancellation indicates that the letter was deposited in an letter box, typical for emmigrant mail. There are stick-pin holes in the cover and a manuscript number in the lower left corner, perhaps suggesting that it was attached to paperwork as part of an investigation of the mailing. Much emmigrant mail of the era was sent unpaid (without return address) because the American cousins could supposedly better afford to pay the postage. Quite remarkable and the only such example I have seen in 29 years.
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O20 [1891 20 öre BLUE large-format Official, Perf 13] (Fine+) solo use on 25 June 1900 ROYAL HIGH COURT in STOCKHOLM, an order sent to the Magistrate in Falun, with rough translation included. To the Falun Town Council: Ordering and naming the temporary replacement of the town mayor due to the leave of absence. The letter is sealed with a separate star-shaped impressed paper wafer. The paper is an extremely heavy two-pane full-folio size, with ornate watermarks: SVERIGE STATEN on one pane and a large crowned 3-crown shield coat of arms on the other pane. The paper results in requiring 20 öre postage for 15 to 125 grams. While quite an ordinary-purpose document, the form of the document, the extremely costly paper, etc., illustrates the large and obvious role that the royal establishment played in local community affairs. While this stamp on cover is not unusual, a nice high court document is very unusual. It would seem to me that the city of Falun or its historical society should purchase this document.
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O20 [1891 20 öre BLUE large-format Official, Perf 13] (VF) solo use on 12 January 1903 ROYAL HIGH COURT in STOCKHOLM, looks like a court order, sent to Leksand. (Unfortunately, no translation is included, but the text is easy to read and could be translated in https://translate.google.com. The letter is sealed with a separate star-shaped impressed paper wafer. The paper is an extremely heavy two-pane full-folio size, with ornate watermarks: SVERIGE STATEN on one pane and a large crowned 3-crown shield coat of arms on the other pane. The paper results in requiring 20 öre postage for 15 to 125 grams. The form of the document, the extremely costly paper, etc., illustrates the large and obvious role that the royal establishment played in local community affairs. While this stamp on cover is not unusual, a nice high court document is very unusual.
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25.00

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