(New Brunswick to London, England, Jul. 21, 1827). Legal-size folded cover with manuscript “Rev. G. Costar, July 21/27” filing note and addressed to London, presumably sent from New Brunswick as Rev. George Costar was the Archdeacon of New Brunswick at this time, “Forwarded by Robinson & Brooking, St. John, Nfnld” boxed handstamp (Rowe Rarity 6) struck across flap with manuscript “Sept. 14/1827”, “SHIP LETTER/LIVERPOOL” handstamp and London Oct. 17, 1827 arrival datestamp on back, rated “11/1”, cover with edgewear and tears, Fine strike of this rare Newfoundland forwarder’s marking, less than a dozen examples are thought to exist
(London, England to Harbor Britain, Newfoundland, Feb. 13, 1857). Blue folded letter datelined London Feb. 13, 1857 and addressed to Harbor Britain, Newfoundland, carried privately across the Atlantic and entered mails with bold strike of “HARBOR BRITAIN/SHIP-LETTER” two-line handstamp and “Harbor-Britain MR 28 1857” circular datestamp, fancy “3” pence due handstamp, lightly toned along file fold, cover with few trivial bleach marks
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE “HARBOR BRITAIN/SHIP-LETTER” MARKING. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES AND A KEY ITEM FOR ANY COLLECTOR OF NEWFOUNDLAND OR MARITIME POSTAL HISTORY.
Ex Pratt and Steinhart