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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category (a) Pre-adhesive period, most recent first.
GB Manchester Mileage Mark inverted 1807
GB Manchester Mileage Mark inverted 1807
Entire from Manchester to Norwich, cancelled with large red cds inverted (Pipe 3/22x) (cat £75) 2 June 1807; m/s rate mark 1/1 (?); v faint unclear red b/s

Reference: S928
£25.00

GB Free Frank 1832GB Free Frank 1832
Complete free frank with the text, franked with crowned circle FREE (SG pmks 1A/12) 25 October 1832, to Cambridge; endorsed Earl Grey (then the Prime Minister) but the letter is not signed by him, showing possible abuse of the free franking system: folded down the centre, no b/s

Reference: S701
£20.00

GB Free Frank 1831GB Free Frank 1831GB Free Frank 1831
intact folded free frank wrapper with complete crowned circle "FREE" with cross at base in red (SG pmks 1A/12) dated 15 June 1831 to Edinburgh; b/s London Maltese Cross h/s VS (Vere Street) in blue (SG pmks 1/15); signed Lord Porchester.

Reference: S700
£18.00

GB Free Frank 1800GB Free Frank 1800GB Free Frank 1800
intact free frank wrapper with 'apple' type crowned FREE (SG pmks 1A/9) overstruck with red 'Bishop' mark (SG pmks 4/4); on reverse oval d/s in red 21 April 1800 (SG pmks, 2/8), used within London, to an MP

Reference: S699
£30.00

GB ENTIRE CHESTER TO TELFORD 1817GB ENTIRE CHESTER TO TELFORD 1817
fourfold letter with accounts details, on front a fine Chester 190 mileage mark 31 May 1817 & MS 8 charge mark, to Telford, no b/s; seal removed from reverse & with folding creases from filing o/w good

Reference: S530
£15.00

GB ENTIRE LONDON TO LYON VIA FORWARDING AGENT 1817GB ENTIRE LONDON TO LYON VIA FORWARDING AGENT 1817
part entire containing brief accounts (first page lost) dated within 13 May 1817, with straight-line cachet d'entrée ANGLETERRE & MS rate mark 18 (décimes) + English 2/4 in red ink, to Lyon; on reverse 'Forwd by Messrs Thos Coutts & Co'; transit d/s s/r cds F17 252, & small boxed cachet 26 (day of the month) of Lyon local post (?). clean example of the type of mail

Reference: S535
£25.00

GB ENTIRE FROM LONDON TO KNARESBOROUGH 1767GB ENTIRE FROM LONDON TO KNARESBOROUGH 1767GB ENTIRE FROM LONDON TO KNARESBOROUGH 1767
A single sheet entire with neatly written text, MS rate 1/2d (?), London to Knaresborough, Yorkshire, 3 December 1767; on reverse a London Bioshop Mark 3/DE in black; clean item

Reference: S371
£12.00

GB LETTER FROM TENBURY TO LUDLOW c1835 HANDSTAMPED GB LETTER FROM TENBURY TO LUDLOW c1835 HANDSTAMPED GB LETTER FROM TENBURY TO LUDLOW c1835 HANDSTAMPED 'MISSENT TO WORCESTER'
An incomplete letter (one page of two?) from Tenbury, addressed to Ludlow and mis-routed, and thus applied with a boxed blue handstamp MISSSENT TO WORCESTER in blue green (Willcocks 927) inked strongly: on reverse TENBURY 139 mileage mark (Willcocks 766); MS 4 pence charge mark; with somne age marks but a scarce item

Reference: S238
£30.00

OUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENTOUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENTOUTER WRAPPER FROM LONDON TO LYON WITH FORWARDING AGENT'S CACHET 1817
Folded outer wrapper, no contents, but with MS date '7 August 1817 by Thomas Coutts & Co'; with handstruck ANGLETERRE 'marque d'origine', rate marks 18 (décimes) & 1/2d; on reverse is a London transit cds & Lyon 'petite poste' 21(?) plus MS endorsement 'Forw d by Mess rs Thos Coutts & Co' forwarding agent's cachet

Reference: S208
£25.00

GB - BIRMINGHAM: 1826 ENTIRE LETTER WITH TOO LATE MARK.GB - BIRMINGHAM: 1826 ENTIRE LETTER WITH TOO LATE MARK.GB - BIRMINGHAM: 1826 ENTIRE LETTER WITH TOO LATE MARK.
1826 entire letter to Stone with a manuscript rate mark and a circular BIRMINGHAM 109 mark dated 11.FE.1826 and a partial TOO LATE mark on the reverse.

Reference: H179
£20.00

WALES: 1790WALES: 1790's PART ENTIRE WITH CARMARTHEN HORSESHOE POSTMARK.
1790's part entire letter to London with partial CARMARTHEN postmark and a manuscript "8" rate mark.

Reference: H128
£20.00

GB-YORKS: 1839 ENTIRE WITH A SCARCE SKIPTON POSTMARK.GB-YORKS: 1839 ENTIRE WITH A SCARCE SKIPTON POSTMARK.
1839 entire letter to Driffield with a manuscript "2/-" rate mark and a partial SKIPTON undated mileage mark with the mileage removed (Willcocks No.2730).

Reference: H078
£24.00

GB-LONDON: 1816 PRE-STAMP COVER TO FRANCE WITH FORWARDING AGENTGB-LONDON: 1816 PRE-STAMP COVER TO FRANCE WITH FORWARDING AGENTGB-LONDON: 1816 PRE-STAMP COVER TO FRANCE WITH FORWARDING AGENT'S ENDORSEMENT.
1816 cover with a partial ANGLETERRE mark in black and various manuscript rate marks. There is a London F 16/207 mark, boxed "22" mark and a manuscript "Forwd by Messrs Thos Coutts & Co"

Reference: H063
£25.00

SWITZERLAND: 1863 STAMPLESS COVER TO LIVERPOOL WITH ACCOUNTANCY MARK.SWITZERLAND: 1863 STAMPLESS COVER TO LIVERPOOL WITH ACCOUNTANCY MARK.
1863 stampless cover with a partial ZURICH postmark dated 18.APR.63, a SUISSE ST.LOUIS mark dated 20.AVRIL.63, a faint FR/1F 78c mark, a LIVERPOOL postmark dated 21.AP.63 and a manuscript "6" rate mark. A BASEL postmark is on the reverse.

Reference: H045
£12.50

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