GB 1858 SG40,70 Pl.27 Cover to China

GB 1858 SG40,70 Pl.27 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 and a strip of three 1d Rose red Pl.27, all neatly tied by a Wellington/Salop "859" type II sideways duplexes for OC.7.1858. A blue Coalbrookdale UDC, a London transit cds for the following day and a Hong Kong receiving cds for NO.24.1858 on reverse.
Routed via Marseilles the cover was carried overland through France, then by P&O steamers "Panther" (Marseille-Alexandria), "Candia" (Suez-Galle), "Norna" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Formosa" (Hong Kong-Shanghai). A very attractive early cover to China.

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