GB 1858 SG40,45,70 Pl.59+7 Cover to China

GB 1858 SG40,45,70 Pl.59+7 Cover to China
1858 Overseas mail. Very fine small envelope to Shanghai, prepaid at the 9d per ¼oz rate for a cover routed via France by a 6d Pale lilac a 2d Blue Pl.7 and a 1d Rose red Pl.59, all neatly tied by a Wellington/Salop "859" type II sideways duplexes for DE.7.1858. A blue Coalbrookdale UDC, a London transit cds for the following day and a Hong Kong receiving cds for JA.27.1859 on reverse.
Routed via Marseilles the cover was carried overland through France, then by P&O steamers "Euxine" (Marseille-Alexandria), "Simla" (Suez-Galle), "Pekin" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Formosa" (Hong Kong-Shanghai). A very attractive early cover to China.

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