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    Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Aug 22): Single rate cover from Plymouth endorsed 'Via Marseilles pr. French Steamer', addressed to Captain Radcliffe, 20th Regiment, British Army in Turkey; franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16 and 2 d. blue, pl 4, perf. 16, tied by "Plymouth / 620" Spoon cancellations in black (Aug 22). Reverse with London transit (Aug 23) in red. The date of arrival, circa September 4, places the Regiment in Varna or environs. Some slight aging but an attractive and scarce cover. The addressee, Capt. William Radcliffe of the 20th regt. of Foot, was present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman and Balaclava. He later served with distinctio at the Siege of Lucknow during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. Opinion Todd (2014).
    Starting bid : 400.00 CHF
    Hammer price : not sold