Natal 1856 POST OFFICE / PM BURG Oval on Letter, Rare


  • 1856 Folded letter wrapper to "The Postmaster General, Cape Town" marked "Paid" and
  • bearing at lower left a strike of the rare oval "POST OFFICE / P.M.BURG" handstamp (Hart A1).
  • Cape Town arrival oval AU 26,
  • recipient's notation records sender as "Henry Walker, Pietermaritzburg, 29 July 1856."
  • This letter was sent just 11 days after Natal became a separate colony.
  • Postage paid would have been 7d per ½oz.
  • A rare pre-stamp marking, seldom seen.
  • VF.
  • Ex Trotter. Illustrated pg262 "Southern African Mails".
  • See additional image below.
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