Sunday, 31 January 2021

Auctioneers Licence issued at Bath for Auctioneer in Shepton Mallet, 1911

Auctioneers required Licences from 1845 to 1949.  Below is an example of a Licence issued by Customs and Excise in Bath in 1911.

The Licence would have been sent in an envelope similar to the one below, which was most probably used for the licence for the previous year, 1910.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Flyer for the Bolt-in-Tun, Fleet Street used in 1840 as a receipt for Carriage and Porterage

The Flyer below has been used as a receipt for Carriage and Porterage, and is dated October 1840 on the reverse.  It is from the interesting period when services were moving from Coaches to the Railway.  The history of the Bolt-in-Tun inn is shown on the second sheet.

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Field Post Office postcard to Weston-super-Mare, 1917

The postcard below is an example of the standard issue postcards that were sent back from the front in WWI.  It was sent from FPO 87 in March 1917.

Friday, 22 January 2021

HMS Somerset, 1996

 Having had a year off, I'm starting to post up a few items here again, though I won't be posting as regularly as before as I don't have that much new.

On a contrary note (the current situation makes me feel a bit contrary), I thought I'd start with an item that is not Somerset Postal History but is HMS Somerset instead.  The envelope below commemorates the commissioning of HMS Somerset in September 1996, with a couple of nice cachets as well as the "PLYMOUTH AND CORNWALL / DEVON" cancel.