The Earliest Cover from Russia Known with a Postage Stamp
1840 (Nov) Pre-philatelic letter datelined St.Petersburg, RUSSIA, bearing a straight-line « Franco » and « St.Petersburg, 10.NOV.1840 » (Julian Calender), rated on reverse « 61 1/2 » kop and « 1/8 » (the rate to England via Prussia), but without any transit markings, addressed to Cox’s Hotel London, England, where it was rated « N1/8 », arriving on December 6, 1840 (Georgian Calender); it was re-addressed by the Hotel to Kearsney-Abbey and an 1840 1d black pl.1b BB was added and tied by a red Maltese Cross, bearing London ds of December 7 on reverse.
An outstanding showpiece being the first Russian-origin cover bearing a postage stamp, and a unique usage of a Penny Black on a redirected cover from Russia
Expertise: Cert. Holcombe (1995), BPA (2014)
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