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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Falkland Islands - Postal History

Lot 256    

Falkland Islands, 1878 London, England to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, folded letter franked with G.B. 1873, 6d gray (S.G. 147) and tied by "London, E.C., No 22, 78" cds and bar duplex, bold red "1d" London handstamp showing a 1 pence "Colonial" fee due the Falkland Islands, discernible "Falkland Islands" post office receiving date stamp at center (Barnes F.1), Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

This letter likely left Southampton November 27, 1878 on the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company’s "Tamar", arriving at Montevideo on December 27, 1878. The Falkland Islands Company branch packet schooner was likely the "Black Hawk", arriving in Port Stanley on February 9, 1879. The addressee, J. Gerard, was the American Consul in Port Stanley at the time.

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