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Lot 28

1872, Cover from Stege to Rio de Janeiro endorsed ‘via England’ at lower left, franked by bicoloured 3 sk. lilac & grey and 4 sk. red & grey both perf. 14 x 13½, with scarce 48 sk. lilac & brown, perf. 12½, tied by circular ‘68’ target handstamps in black and by ‘London / Paid’ transit cds (Dec 17). Manuscript red crayon ‘1sh.’ British credit on front with ‘240’ (reis) due on arrival in blue crayon. Reverse with Rio de Janeiro arrival cds (Jan 26, 1873) in black. The 48 sk. with slight corner bend but a very rare cover to a most unusual destination. Certificate Lasse Nielsen (1998). (Afa as per certificate)
Provenance: Collection R. Koester (RL, Zurich, 26 June 1985), Collection Dr. Gene Scott (Postiljonen, Malmo, 24 March 2000, lot 533)