GB 1865 SG87 Pl.2 Cover
Stock Code: P178007447
1865 Overseas Mail. Very fine entire from Hull to Kiel endorsed "Via Holstein", prepaid at the 9d per ½oz rate by a 9d Straw Pl.2 neatly tied by a Hull "383" duplex for JU.7.1865. Backstamped with London and Hamburg transit datestamps for the 8th and 9th respectively, with a red manuscript "4½" (Silver Groshen) applied in Hamburg for their share of the postage and a red "2" for delivery by the local post office.
Prior to the second Schleswig war the town of Kiel and the state of Holstein, although part of the German confederation were considered part of Denmark and rated as such by the British Post Office. Even though by the time this letter was sent hostilities had ended and the territory had been ceded to Austria, the Danish postal rate of 9d temporarily still applied.
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