Philatelic Details

1B- THE COVER

1864 letters in all four corners, watermark Large Crown Die II, perf. 14, 1d rose-red (SG43) ‘Plate 77’.

A vertical pair and a single (irregular block of three) on large part envelope from Guernsey to Brussels cancelled by ‘324’duplex date stamp of 27th November 1865, showing ‘PD’ in circle in red and, on the reverse, the Belgian TPO transit and the Brussels arrival c.d.s. of 28th November 1865.  The cover was mailed correctly at the 3d rate, the rate required to send mail from Great Britain to Belgium at that time * and carries the following cancels:

1- The Guernsey duplex hand stamp G16b showing the pointed ‘four’ in ‘324’ was in use in Guernsey between 1862 and 1867.  **
The cover which is dated 27th November 1865 falls within these dates.** All three stamps are tied by this handstamp alongside is the ‘Guernsey A’ c.d.s. of NO 27 65.
2- The ‘PD’ (Paid to Destination) in a circle mark, which was applied in red, was applied to letters going beyond France indicating payment for the English and French postage. This ‘PD’ mark, SG type 34 ** was in use in Guernsey between 1866 and 1873.
The mark on this cover precedes this date by two months. **
3- ANGLETERE/AMB. OUEST2- A Belgian TPO cancel used on the Ostend-Brussels railway line.
4- BRUXEL arrival c.d.s. of 28 NO 65.

The cover was mailed correctly at the 3d rate *, the rate required to send mail from Great Britain directly to Belgium at that time.

The cover is addressed by the hand of the famous French Playwright Victor Hugo.

* British Letter Mail to Overseas Destinations 1840-1875 –  Jane and Michael Moubray
** Stanley Gibbons Channel Islands Postal History Catalogue –  Stanley Gibbons Limited