1774 SWEDISH FEATHER
A TWO FEATHER "ROYAL EXPRESS" PUBLIC PROCLAMATION
WITH CROWN COIL "KRONOSLINGA" ROYAL POST MARK
SWEDEN TO HELSINKI, FINLAND
During the latter part of the 1800's
in Sweden, if a letter required quick delivery (equivalent to today's
Express Mail) this was signified by affixing one or more feathers in a
wax seal. Known in Sweden as a Fjäderbrev. These are known from roughly
the 1760's to about the 1840's. This is a beautiful early example with
the bright red seal and feathers intact and in excellent condition
Official Proclamation letter
sent to Helsinki on January 3, 1774, during the time of King Gustaf III, concerning the delivery of grain to the Royal or Military Storage House
(Krono Magazinet i Helsingfors). The letter is directing grain to be
picked up by the 15th of January and accounted for upon arrival. The grain
is designated to be to be consumed by the military troops stationed in Helsinki,
rather than the public. Finland, at this time, was a fairly rich
agricultural country with
an abundant production of grain. Sweden maintained a strong military
contingent, largely stationed in Helsinki, to defend its interests in Finland, at
that time a vassal Grand Duchy, from the Russians, but which they
subsequently ceded to Russia in 1809. The letter is signed by Wättling. The
Cover Address panel directs it to be published upon arrival. Contents in
Document Description: Condition is Very Fine. Manuscript letter on
single sheet, batonne laid paper, folded. Text on two pages. Contains
two feathers embedded in red wax (indicating an urgent express message
on royal business). Manuscript markings showing postal delivery through the
Swedish Royal Crown Post to Helsinki, Finland for public proclamation.
The unfolded text page measures ≈ 205mm wide x 330mm high or 8" wide by
13" tall. Swedish Royal Feather letters from the reign of Gustav III, in
very fine condition like this, are scarce to rare.
of the Royal Post
The wavy line (known as a
meander) with two
horizontal lines through it and three stylized "crowns" in the spaces
(all together known as a Crown Coil or Kronoslinga) was the
indicia that this was to be sent through the Royal Swedish Crown Post.
The Cover Address panel directs it to be published upon arrival. The two
feathers (out of three possible) indicate it is a very urgent message.
Swedish Royal Feather letters from the reign of Gustav III in very fine
condition are scarce to rare.
Beautiful intact Seal showing Royal Crown
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