No Longer Available - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1878 SGFR2 Cover

Stock Code: P167006307

1878 (MY 13) cover to "F. Coleman Esq, 394 Gracechurch Street, Falkland Islands Comp, London E.C.", with superb strike of the "Red Frank" at upper right and fine type F1 despatch cds at lower left, with "6" rate mark in magenta ink, indicating postage paid, alongside. Red "LONDON E.C." arrival backstamp of "JY 1 78". Minor envelope creasing still a really fine and attractive cover, one of five known from the last mail before the introduction of postage stamps. Carried by the "Black Hawk" to Montevideo, and thence by RMSP "Mondego" to Southampton. The addressee was the secretary of the Falkland Islands Company; his customary (magenta) docketing reveals the enclosed letter to have been written on May 7 by the Rev. Yeoman. Just 23 "Red Frank" covers are recorded, this being one of the finest available. No 13/78 in the Barnes listing (illustrated in colour on plate vii). (cat £26000)


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