1860 India-GB via Marseilles stamped 6a
Wrapper (no dateline; 19 Jul 1860; part wrapper as usual in correspondence addressed to Gladstone & Co) from Calcutta to Liverpool stamped 6a. Very good / Fine with some edge wears repaired.
6a paid the rate for letters weighing 1/4 oz sent to GB via Marseilles which was effective Jan 1857 to May 1863.
Sender’s handstamp FORWARDED BY / GLADSTONE WYLLIE & Co. / CALCUTTA applied as a preventive marking tying the 4a and 2a stamps; also applied on the rear. Stamps cancelled by a Renouf Type 7 number B/1 obliterator. INDIA PAID (Giles SD20a) handstamp indicating all charges paid in India. Datestamps of Calcutta (19 Jul) and Liverpool (27 Aug) on rear.
Carried by P&O Co.’s steamer Nubia from Calcutta to Suez, overland across Egypt, and then from Alexandria to Marseilles on another P&O steamer. Then, across France and the English Channel to London to Liverpool.