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Great Britain 1840 1d grey black, plate 1a, SG3

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d grey black, plate 1a, SG3

Very fine used four margin example of the "Penny Black", neatly tied to entire contrary to regulations at the left hand side of the letter by a brownish red Maltese Cross. 

Sent from London to Newmarket with a superb London Chief Office Evening duty circular date stamp for MY.7.1840. 

Interesting contents concern the transport of new troops to Bombay for the East India Company, presumably as reinforcements for the troops that were stationed at Cabul following the first stage of the 1st Afghan war.

A wonderful piece of postal history and on the second day of issue of the penny black and the birth of prepaid postage. The quality is quite exceptional and such early May date covers are rarely seen so fine. The item is accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity.

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