Cape of Good Hope 1817 Packet Letter Oval Datestamp, Superb


  • 1817 PACKET LETTER: Exceptional folded part entire to England
  • addressed to "The Right Reverend, Dr Howley, Lord Bishop of London, St James Square, London".
  • Bears at lower left a SUPERB complete clear strike of the very rare CAPE PACKET LETTER oval datestamp of 11 JA 1817.
  • Relevant rating mark, clean light filing folds.
  • On reverse arrival cds 29 MR 1817 in red.
  • This is possibly THE most elusive of all Cape pre-stamp markings with very few examples extant.
  • Rare & exceptional,
  • a key exhibition piece,
  • this being amongst the most superlative extant.
  • William Howley (1766-1848), an active English Freemason of the Royal York Lodge in Bristol, was consecrated Bishop of London in October 1813.
  • He occupied the post until 1828 when he was elevated to become Archbishop of Canterbury.
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