Great Britain 1858 6d deep lilac cover to Shanghai, SG69
Great Britain 1858 6d deep lilac Overseas mail cover to Shanghai, SG69.
Very fine cover to Shanghai, prepaid at the 6d per ½ ounce rate for a cover routed via Southampton by a 6d deep lilac, neatly tied by a St. Helens "679" numeral. A St. Helens circular date stamp for NO.19.1858, a London transit circular date stamp for the 20th and a Hong Kong receiving circular date stamp for JA.15.1858 on reverse.
Routed via Southampton the letter was carried by P&O steamers "Pera" (Southampton-Alexandria), "Bengal" (Suez-Galle), "Cadiz" (Galle-Hong Kong) and "Aden" (Hong Kong-Shanghai).
A scarce and fascinating postal history destination item.
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