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Auction: 19015 - The Philatelic Collectors' Series Sale
Lot: 1317

British Guiana
The "Coventry" Collection Featuring 1852-76 Ship Stamps

1860-76 Issues, Covers
To The United Kingdom
1876 (12 Apr.) envelope via the Essequibo Steamer and Georgetown "Per Private Seamer London Direct Line" to London, bearing 1866-71 perf. 10c. 6c. milky blue cancelled by "e r" Essequibo River coded datestamp with year date added in manuscript and additionally tied by "1½ a03" accountancy handstamp in red, the reverse with a further strike of the coded datestamp and Georgetown datestamp (12.4); envelope with a few small imperfections and part flap missing though a very rare combination of cancellations. Photo

Note: An Essequibo River Steamer ran between the Penal Settlement and Wakenaan where mails would be handed over to the Georgetown steamer. This service ran between 1876 and 1880. See Townsend & How, pages 276-277 for a write up on the Essequibo River Steamer. The earliest date recorded by Townsend & Howe for the accountancy handstamp, pages 219-220, is August 1876, this being four months earlier

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