Natal 1855 Crown Over Natal Datestamp Letter, Green Strike


  • 1855 Neat small format envelope addressed "Paid" to London bearing
  • an excellent crisp greenish strike of Durban Crown over Natal datestamp of 11 MR.
  • The "8" rating mark reflects the ship letter postage of 8d per ½oz paid to the Cape only
  • (It was not possible to prepay postage further from Natal).
  • Backstampd on arrival MY 24 1855.
  • A lovely example of this early mail,
  • scarce.
  • As Natal's postal markings developed it had become desirable to reflect date of handling within the implements. The first dated handstamp was this circular postmark containing a crown at top, NATAL at base and the date in the middle. It is accepted that this canceller type was only used at the Durban post office and introduced in late 1853.
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