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Swedish feather letter

Description:

"Feather letters" like this one appeared in Sweden from the mid-1700s to mid-1800s. The feather indicated that the letter needed to be delivered quickly, and the squiggly line is a kind of shorthand for Sweden's national symbol: three crowns. It directed that the letter be sent through the royal mail.

Date:
c. 1808
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (14.6 x 12 cm)
Museum ID:
2011.2005.688
Place:
SWEDEN (constitutional monarchy)
  • Two-feather official express cover
  • Reverse of Two-feather official express cover
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