Cape of Good Hope 1879 Sailors Letter at 1d Rate, Simons Bay


  • 1879 SAILOR'S LETTER from "Alfred Heppell, Seaman, HMS Industrys / Simons Bay." to England.
  • Franked GB 1d red cancelled "B16" numeral (Plymouth & Bristol Sorting Carriage) on arrival (cds MR 14 on reverse).
  • The GB franking likely being use of shipboard-available stamps.
  • Wonderful example of the PENNY CONCESSIONARY RATE,
  • the cover bearing required endorsements and Officer's countersignature for the military concessionary rate.
  • Particularly elusive as the Naval (Sailor's) variant.
  • Some imperfections, overall aging patina lends character to an important exhibition piece.
  • Rare.
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