Great Britain


Prior to the introduction of the postage stamp in 1840, it was far more expensive to send mail and revenues were jealously guarded. Envelopes or wrappers might bear a variety of markings; handstamps indicating origin, transits and destination, prepayment, manuscript charge marks including the amounts due to each charging authority, instructional markings, disinfection markings and slits. The possibilities for collectors are immense, whether focussing on local or international mail.

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GB c.1775 Pre-Stamp - 'FREE/D' handstamp

Stock Code: P234001594

GB 1834 Pre-Stamp

Stock Code: P223016066

GB 1844 Cover

Stock Code: P223015677

GB 1844 Cover

Stock Code: P223015680

GB 1838 Pre-Stamp - Romney IN1 India Letter

Stock Code: P223015361

GB 1835 Cover

Stock Code: P223014916

GB 1827 Pre-Stamp - Derry S2 Ship Letter

Stock Code: P223015303