VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF A PATRIOTIC COVER TO INDIA THAT WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. IT IS ADDRESSED TO THOMAS MELVILLE, THE YOUNGEST BROTHER OF FAMED AUTHOR HERMAN MELVILLE, WHO WAS CAPTAIN OF THE METEOR.
An interesting article at https://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20160218/moby-dick-author-melville-had-whaling-ties-to-westport describes the beginning of the voyage of the Meteor to India. It notes "Brother Herman made at least one trip with Thomas on Meteor, sailing from Boston to San Francisco on his brother’s ship from May to August of 1860. Herman went home on another ship, while Thomas sailed Meteor to the Philippines, China and Calcutta, where it was sold; he got back to Boston in January of 1862 to look for another captaincy." This cover, which arrived in August 1861, would have been sent to Thomas on this last journey.
Our Power Search and extensive library do not contain another Patriotic cover sent to India. For some reason, the use of Patriotics was primarily confined to destinations in Europe. Destinations beyond Europe, such as India, China, Australia and other exotic locations, were primarily confined to communicating with either business, missionary or military activities, and so almost no mail was sent espousing political views.
Ex Ishikawa. With 1993 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING TO INDIA, PAYING THE 36-CENT RATE FOR BRITISH MAIL VIA MARSEILLES. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
Noted in the Chronicle in an article by William K. Herzog (Vol. 37, No. 2, 1985, pp. 112-119). Ex White and Ishikawa
AN EXTREMELY RARE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ON COVER TO INDIA, DESPITE THE MISSING STAMP. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE 24-CENT 1869 ISSUE COVERS RECORDED TO INDIA.
This was originally franked with 28c for the British Mail rate via Southampton. Our computerized records and the 1869 Pictorial Research Associates census do not list another 24c cover to India
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FOUR-COLOR MIXED FRANKING TO INDIA, WITH 1870 ISSUE BANK NOTE STAMPS PAYING THE DOUBLE RATE VIA BRITISH MAIL AND 1855-64 ONE-ANNA INDIA STAMPS PAYING FORWARDING POSTAGE.
The rate to India by British Mail via Brindisi was 28c beginning on January 1, 1871. This is the only cover with mixed U.S.-India regular postage we have encountered.
Ex Knapp, Hirschfield and Albert. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A STRIKING FOUR-COLOR 1870 BANK NOTE ISSUE FRANKING TO INDIA. ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL OF ALL COVERS FROM THE BISSELL CORRESPONDENCE.
Ex Needham, Ackerman, Albert and Weiss. With 1991 P.F. certificate