GB 1858 SG69,72 Cover to China

GB 1858 SG69,72 Cover to China
1857-58 Overseas mail. Very fine matched pair of small covers to Shanghai, the first prepaid at the 6d per ½oz rate for a letter routed via Southampton prepaid by a 6d Deep lilac. The second via France at the 1s per ¼-½oz rate prepaid by a 1s Green. Both covers cancelled by a Bolton "92" duplexes for OC.2.1858 and DE.8.1858 respectively, with London transits cds's and Hong Kong receivers for NO.24.1858 and JA.27.1859 on reverse.
The cheaper slower route cover via Southampton was carried by P&O steamers "Pera" (Southampton-Alexandria), "Candia" (Suez-Galle), "Norna" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Formosa" (Hong Kong-Shanghai)
The cover via Marseilles 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 couple minor peripheral imperfections nevertheless a very attractive and scarce pair of covers demonstrating the different routes and rates to China.

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