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GB 1857-58 SG35,40,70 Cover to China

GB 1857-58 SG35,40,70 Cover to China
1857-58 Overseas mail. Very fine matched pair of covers to Shanghai, the first prepaid at the 6d per ½oz rate for a letter routed via Southampton prepaid by a 6d Pale lilac. The second via France at the 9d per ¼oz rate prepaid by a 6d Pale lilac, 2d Blue Pl.6 and 1d Rose red Pl.27. Both covers cancelled by a Birkenhead "74" type VIII sideways duplexes for OC.31.1857 and JA.8.1858 respectively.
The cheaper slower route cover via Southampton was carried by P&O steamers "Ripon" (Southampton-Alexandria), "Bentinck" (Suez-Galle), "Aden" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Lady Mary Wood" (Hong Kong-Shanghai)
The cover via Marseilles was carried overland through France, then by P&O steamers "Vectis" (Marseille-Alexandria), "Candia" (Suez-Galle), "Norna" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Lady Mary Wood" (Hong Kong-Shanghai). A very attractive and scarce pair of covers demonstrating the different routes and rates to China.

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