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cover 1844 (12 April) E.L. (split vertically along folds) from the merchants Russell Sturgis in Manila, and addressed to Messrs. Augustine Heard & Co. in Canton, double-rated "8" in manuscript, and showing on the reverse a fine strike of the extremely rare handstruck "VICTORIA/(Crown)/HONG KONG" handstamp in red. An excellent example of this most elusive handstamp, Webb having only recorded five such examples. Photo

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cover 1844 (12 April) E.L. (split vertically along folds) from the merchants Russell Sturgis in Manila, and addressed to Messrs. Augustine Heard & Co. in Canton, double-rated "8" in manuscript, and showing on the reverse a fine strike of the extremely rare handstruck "VICTORIA/(Crown)/HONG KONG" handstamp in red. An excellent example of this most elusive handstamp, Webb having only recorded five such examples. Photo
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