Lot# 7266 - Auction 234-243
Crimean War / British Forces 1854 (Sept 5): Entire letter to Deptford, Kent written from "RMS Avon, Baltchik Bay" endorsed 'via Marseilles' franked by 1854 1 d. red-brown on blued, perf. 16, two horizontal strips of three, lettered BD-BF and CD-CF; all tied by "Crown between Stars" obliterator in black. Reverse with POST OFFICE / BRITISH ARMY double arc datestamp in blue with London arrival cds (Sept 30) in red. Content "We have been encamped at Sultan's Valley, Bercos Bay and then we went to Varna, we sailed from there this morning and are now about 20 miles off. I believe we are going to attack some place tomorrow but am not at all certain. We have had a good many men die of Cholera". A superb and very rare franking, believed to be one of just two prepaid double rate covers recorded from the Bulgarian stage of the Campaign. Opinion Todd (2014).
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