GB 1856 Cover Transatlantic Incoming Mail - Experimental
Stock Code: P190008692
1856 Transatlantic incoming mail. Fine yellow unpaid envelope sent from Gardiner, Maine, United States to Liverpool. Carried per Cunard steamer "America". Rated at "24" cents at top right with a black "5" cents handstamp alongside for U.S. inland rate debited from the British P.O. with a black "1/-" handstamp at lower left indicating the amount due from the Addressee upon delivery. Bright blue Gardiner dispatch cds at top left for MY.19.1856. with an Experimental fully dotted Liverpool arrival cds in blue at top right, the dotted datestamp was originally an experimental obliterator for stamps but was not adopted and so became a seldom used transit datestamp instead. Boston and America/Liverpool transit marks on reverse with some damage to backflap nevertheless a presentable example of this scarce datestamp.
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