BRITISH PASSPORT. Issued to Andrew Cockroft. London, Foreign Office, March 23, 1857.
12mo. Contemporary brown crushed morocco wallet binding, owner's name and Passport stamped in gilt; lithographic folding sheet, measuring 39 x 27 cm with two coats-of- , filled in by hand, and signed by the bearer, 48 pages of mostly blank paper; binding minimally rubbed, some folds of the passport a little dusted, a good example of a Victorian travel document.
The same day this passport was issued Andrew Cockroft went to the Austrian, Prussian, Swiss and French Embassies, who signed and stamped the document thus validating it for travel into these four countries. Cockroft went again in 1871 to France as his passport was signed and stamped that year, this time by the French consulate in Manchester. Andrew Cockroft was a partner in a Yorkshire silk spinning business.