GB 1857 SG69 Cover to Auckland, N.Z.
Stock Code: P189008290
1857 Overseas mail. Very fine cover from Shaftsbury to Auckland, New Zealand. Prepaid at the cheaper but slower 6d per ½oz rate via Southampton by a 6d deep lilac cancelled by a Shaftsbury "698" numeral with an Auckland receiving cds for DE.3.1857. Backstamped in Shaftsbury, Salisbury and London for SP.10.11.1857. Carried RMS Steamer "Tamar" (Southampton-Alexandria), European & Australian Royal Mail Co. steamer "Columbian" (Suez-Sydney) and the brig "Gil Blas" (Sydney-Auckland). Part backflap missing nevertheless an attractive single rate franking.
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