Mourning stationery envelope with address. This mid century, registered Victorian mourning letter addressed to Mister Charles Tilly of Cornwall has the characteristic black edging on the front and a black X on the reverse side of the envelope. Mourning envelopes such as this typically encased mourning stationary following the Penny Post (1840), which enabled a letter weighing up to 1/2 ounce to travel anywhere in the UK for only a penny.

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Last modified 29 July 2010