Featured Covers -- Item #3
Our third offering of a featured cover on our web site: Thanks
to Alan Warren
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1834 Swedish White Feather Soldier's letter
This 1834 Swedish military cover has several interesting attributes.
- It is a feather letter with a white feather attached using
a wax seal, meaning the postman had to deliver the letter
urgently, i.e., as an express letter.
- It is known as "Soldat's mail" or Soldier's Mail.
- It was sent 14 December 1834 and is marked "Special Regimental
- It bears a "meander" which is a transformation of the
original depiction of three crowns, indicating Crown Post. The
Crown Post operated in Sweden from the 18th century until 1873.
- It bears delivery instructions, which read: "Forward without
delay by 3rd Major Company postman to No. 33 Dahl at 2nd Major
Company whom it will be incumbent upon to forward speedily
further. Leaving 1 o'clock p.m. 14 December 1834" [18 14/12 34].
The cover is addressed to Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Major
Company in Uppsala. Because this is the outer cover and the
original contents of the letter are not present, the sender and
point of origin are unknown.
In the days before telephone, telegraph, and fax, this was
about as fast as you could convey a message.