We are delighted to be hosting Birth Kings' collection, last seen in a museum in Denmark. The collection comprises of 20 letters between a newly married couple & their separation during the 1864 war.
The collection is a wonderful example of postal history and Birthe has taken the time to translate the story between Hans & Ane Katrine Petersen.
This collection showcases a story that sees Hans Petersen called up for military service as an army groom in the stables in January 1864. This probably saved his life, as he did not see fighting at the devastating battle on 18 April at Dybbøl, which the Danes lost. However, he was never once granted leave to visit his wife, who was running the shop back home in Odense, where she had the better of the miller, who she wrote was trying to cheat her because she was a woman. This display shows the letters exchanged between Hans and Ane Katrine whose pregnancy, although never mentioned, becomes gradually evident in their correspondence. Contemporary illustrations from The London Illustrated Newsand Illustreret Tidendeput their story into perspective.