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Great Britain 1840 2d blue earliest known Registered Cover, SGDS5

SKU JP5715

Great Britain 1841 (13 Feb) large part wrapper to Bakewell bearing pair of 2d dark blue, plate 1, initialled 'CB-CC', SGDS5.

A fine cover with close to good margins, just cut into at left. Cancelled by a red Maltese Cross, marked Registered Letter in left corner and 1 shilling rate mark for registration and Sheffield despatch circular date stamp. The flaps have been trimmed. Overall a clean and appealing cover.

A delightful and remarkable cover which is the earliest known registered cover bearing 1840 2d blue. Only three registered covers bearing the 1840 2d blue, plate 1 are recorded. Particularly pleasing by the fact the earliest known also bears a multiple of the 2d blue, which is rarely ever seen.

Accompanied with a 1999 Royal Philatelic Society (RPS) certificate of authenticity.

Provenance: Ex Martin Willcocks (June 1999), Dr Pichai Buranasombati (March 2001) and Alan Holyoake RDP FRPSL, Grand Prix Collection of British and International Registered Mail. 

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