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 Post subject: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:54 am 
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I thought I posted this recently but I don’t see it so I’ll try again.

I have a mourning cover from St. James Palace franked with a 1d. R. H. stamp. It is cancelled with a squared circle device. It shows “HO” at the 9 o’clock position and a faint “W” at the 3 o’clock position. It was cancelled 29 April 1904. Can anyone tell me the name of the post office that applied the cancel?


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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:18 pm 
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Almost certainly LO at left and therefore either London W or London NW. West would fit St James. Can you post a scan?
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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:58 pm 
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I'll be happy to once I learn how to do so.


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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:11 pm 
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I think I've succeeded in adding the requested scan. Whose passing prompted the use of a mourning envelope?


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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:37 pm 
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Sent from Hounslow Middlesex but no idea who was being mournde.


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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:04 pm 
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Thank you. I had assumed incorrectly the piece was received and cancelled by a post office very near the palace. This adds an unexpected detail to the item's history.


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 Post subject: Re: Post Office Identification Request
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:11 pm 
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I am resuming my research on the cover, trying to answer the question "why does it exist?" My brief research revealed that Prince George had passed a few weeks before this item was sent. That certainly appears to be a candidate for why a mourning cover was used [was it customary to keep a supply of mourning covers on hand or were they prepared as required?]

Was the addressee a person of some prominence; for example, would he be mentioned in the news, did he hold a prominent position in government or business? Perhaps someone with access to a biographical reference work or newspaper index might uncover information on him.

What is/was Oxford Lodge - a hotel? royal property? place of business?

Is there a key question I haven't asked yet? This is my first attempt at such detailed research and I would very much appreciate advice. Many thanks in advance.


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