The "KOEN:PREUSS: / SANITAET:STEMP" cachet of Prussia

  • Dimension: 48x11 mm / 48x12 mm

    Color: black

    Form: single framed framed cachet


    Meyer: page 164/165

    Feuser: No. 55

    Grobe: No. 9 (44?x11 mm)

    Ravasini: No. 17, page 332 (38?x11 mm)


    Please find attached a map with the route of three letters with the "KOEN:PREUSS: / SANITAET:STEMP" cachet:

    - Jungbunzlau to Langensalza (July 3rd, 1831)

    - Lauenburg to Stargard (Aug. 26th, 1831)

    - Ratibor to Kosel (Sept. 28th, 1831)



    1) I have one letter with this cachet (48x11 mm) in my collection. It was sent from Jungbunzlau (Austria) to Langensazla (Prussia). This letter is hard to explain. It has two manuscript marks "retour von Rumburg / zu Berlin" (return from Rumburg to Berlin), "von B Friedland / 6" (from Böhmisch Friedland / 6 SGr.) and a blackening. Rumburg was the exchange post office to Saxony and Böhmisch Friedland the exchange post office to Prussia. Langensalza is situated in the Province of Saxony (Prussia). My assumption is that sender has probably wrongly noted Saxony instead of Province of Saxony (Prussia) and the letter was delivered to Rumburg. There they noticed the mistake, blackened the note and directed the letter to Berlin. The postage of 6 SGr. equals sending a letter from Böhmisch Friedland to Berlin (30-40 miles). It is not known why the letter was sent to Berlin instead directly to Langensalza but there is a notice of the addressee on the backside that he has received and answered the letter.


    2) The letter sent from Lauenburg to Stargard (48x12 mm) belongs to the collection of Hedy.


    3) There is a third letter with this cachet known which was sent from Ratibor to Cosel. This letter was offered by the Auktionshaus Heinrich Köhler (357. Auktion).



    Please add further letters known with this cachet.

  • I found some more letters in my register (unfortunately rather poor bw copies):


    • 1.8.1831: Warsaw via Berlin and Forbach to Paris (refer also to Meyer: page 164/165)
    • 1.9.1831: Namslau to Ratibor
    • 21.9.183: Krotoschin to Kelbra (refer also to DASV No. 423 page 240f: Prof. Schmidt "Ein Brief aus dem preußischen 'Cordon sanitaire'...")
    • 14.10.1831: Lauenburg to Stargard (similar to letter No. 2 above)
  • Dear Bjoern,

    Thank you for the additions!

    André


    - 03.07.1831: Jungbunzlau to Langensalza

    - 01.08.1831: Warsaw via Berlin and Forbach to Paris

    - 26.08.1831: Lauenburg to Stargard

    - 01.09.1831: Namslau to Ratibor

    - 21.09.1831: Krotoschin to Kelbra

    - 28.09.1831: Ratibor to Kosel

    - 14.10.1831: Lauenburg to Stargard

  • I have added two letters from the collection of Denis. He also mentioned that the cachets are different and recommend to examine the relation of the E in PREUSS with the S in STEMP.

    - 23.07.1831: Nowemiasto (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica) to Berlin – E is well to the left of S in STEMP

    - 01.09.1831: Namslau to Ratibor – E is slightly to the right of S in STEMP

    - 04.09.1831: Posen via Zuckmantel to Vienna – E is directly above the S of STEMP




    The updated list:

    - 03.07.1831: Jungbunzlau to Langensalza

    - 23.07.1831: Nowemiasto (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica) to Berlin

    - 01.08.1831: Warsaw via Berlin and Forbach to Paris

    - 26.08.1831: Lauenburg to Stargard
    - 01.09.1831: Namslau to Ratibor

    - 04.09.1831: Posen via Zuckmantel to Vienna

    - 21.09.1831: Krotoschin to Kelbra

    - 28.09.1831: Ratibor to Kosel

    - 14.10.1831: Lauenburg to Stargard