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The Most Shining Side of Customs

Glückstadt – Poster by Frederick VI, King of Denmark etc., Duke of Schleswig, Holstein … as also of Oldenburg etc. in regard of several special tariffs in reference of, because of suffered average or for winter quarters, crafts entering the harbor of the town of Glückstadt together with their loads. Issued Copenhagen December 22, 1830. With L(oco) S(igilli) stamp printed together with royal signature as well as those of Sehestedt, Oldenburg, Schleyer, Kirstein, v. Schmidt-Phifeldek and the clerk Malling. – Before: Proclamation of said poster by president, mayor, and council of the town of Glückstadt of January 19, 1831, with simultaneous listing of additional royal privileges. No place & printer, (1831). Sm. folio. 3 pp. on double sheet.

Special Tariffs Dec. 22, 1830Special Tariffs Dec. 22, 1830

Said additional privileges concern “1) that all victuals that ships lying on the Elbe need for their supply with food, as slaughtered livestock, or meat, poultry, barley, flour, vegetables, beer, etc. etc. may be exported on oral notification at the customs office , without paying down export duty probably due for it, only with the limitation that of meat … there may no larger quantity than 400 pound go out in each case“. Not affected by this though “foreign beverages, tobacco, or syrup” which are subject to the usual customs procedure, in case of their unloading the usual customs seal may be dropped, the landed goods then, however, being brought “under proper customs supervision into the customs packing house”.

Proclamation of Special Tariffs Jan. 19, 1831

And “2) that empty barges which come from the Hanover bank to Glückstadt to pick up a doctor , medicine or foreign goods may be free of the customs duty and the paying of the fees at entering and leaving”. Not benefiting are the “home products (exported) in those barges” which have to be cleared as usual, “customs fees, however, are not to be paid in those cases anywhere”. – On strong laid paper with two separate watermarks.

Offer no. 28,804 | EUR 118. (c. US$ 143.) + shipping