GB 1844 Pre-Stamp - London M-B (first year of use)

Stock Code: P212021033

1844 Maritime mail. Very fine cover to London posted on board a channel steamer 'Belfast', endorsed 'Bill of Lading - Pr. Belfast' and 'Consignee Letter' therefore exempt from postage. Cancelled upon arrival with the scarce London boxed 'M-B' (Moveable box, Robertson type MB1) handstamp in red and a matching (Crown)/EXEMPT.SHIP-LR (Robertson type Ex2) handstamp. London datestamp for NO.11.1844 on reverse. The cover also shows an erroneous manuscript '3' Captain's gratuity charge (2d gratuity + 1d for delivery), whether this charge was ever collected is unclear. Most unusual and very rare example of this MB handstamp from the first year of use.


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