Natal 1875 Charming Donald Currie Line Letter per "Florence"


  • 1875 (2nd January) Delightful folded blue wrapper from Durban to London endorsed (as required)
  • "per Donald Currie's private Steamer Florence" and
  • carried at the 4d per ½oz rate.
  • Franked with 3d bright blue of 1872 together with 1d rose of 1874.
  • The "Florence" operated between Durban & Cape Town from 1874 until 1876.
  • London arrival backstamp 4 FE 75, endorsed "duplicate letter".
  • VF, attractive,
  • a rare letter within this short-lived period.
  • See additional image below.
  • Donald Currie's Castle Line provided a very attractive alternative mail service to that of the Union Line which operated the packet service at 1/- per ½oz. The Castle Line offered an 8d saving on the existing packet rate with a rate of only 4d per ½oz - and was a faster service!
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