Mid-1860s to 1871: Various locations including Copenhagen, La Spezia, Naples, Portsmouth, Trieste, etc. Envelope or Cover.
These covers (none include content) span six or seven years in the career of Lieutenant S. P. (Simon P.) from the mid-1860s until 1871 when he left the U. S. Navy to pursue a banking career in Evansville, Indiana, his wife’s home town.
The highlight of the group is a cover posted in Copenhagen and franked with a slate and green, 16 Skilling Danish stamp (Scott #20), a scarce stamp to locate on cover.
Other stamps on the covers include Denmark (Scott #s 17 and 18), Great Britain (Scott # 39), Italy (Scott #s 26, 27, 31 and 35), Austria (Scot #s 29 and 31), and U.S. (Scott #s 65 and 114). The bear a variety of postage due, receiving, transit handstamps, and postmarks. Condition is mixed, but most covers and stamps are in nice shape. See individual scans at the Read’Em Again Books website for the condition of each cover.
A previous owner has marked 2008 catalog values on the back of each cover. Together the catalog value totals over $885. Very good. Item #009337
This grouping could easily form the core of a fascinating one-frame philatelic exhibit that with a little research about Gillet and the ships upon which he served would no doubt be an award-winner.