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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