Leeds & West Yorkshire

Charlotte Brontë envelopes sold for £8,100 at auction

Envelope addressed to Ellen Nussey in Leeds by Charlotte Brontë Image copyright Henry Aldridge & Son
Image caption One of two envelopes Charlotte Brontë addressed to Ellen Nussey in Leeds that raised £8,100 in total

Two envelopes sent by author Charlotte Brontë to her life-long friend have been sold for £8,100 at auction.

The handwritten envelopes were addressed to Ellen Nussey in Leeds and would have contained letters.

Brontë and Ms Nussey met at Roe Head School, near Mirfield, in 1831 aged 14 and 13 and they wrote to each other until the author's death in 1855.

The envelopes were sold at an auction of antiques and collectables in Wiltshire

The unknown buyers were from "London and the north of England" said auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son.

The pre-auction estimates for each envelope was £800 to £1,200.

Written in brown ink, the first envelope has a Penny Red stamp and postmarked "Leeds Jan 30 1849" and "Barnsley Keighley and Haworth" with the remains of a black seal. It measured 4in by 2.5in (10cm by 6cm)

The other similarly-sized envelope is also written in brown ink with a Penny Red stamp. It is postmarked "Leeds MR 31 1846" on the front and "Bradford and Haworth" on the reverse. A small printed scrap "Attend to Time" on the reverse has been affixed by Brontë.

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