Cape of Good Hope 1857 1d Soldiers & Seamans Letter, Rarity!


  • franked 1d pale brick-red Triangular, deeply blued paper (SG 1).
  • A fine early example of triangular franking for the PENNY CONCESSIONARY RATE.
  • Sender was "No 2822, Colour Sergeant S Doyle, 45th Regiment".
  • The letter is headed "Chumie Post, 31st May 1857 " and notated "Kaffraria". This was a Frontier outpost approximately 70 miles from Grahamstown.
  • Bears required endorsements and Officer's countersignature ("Lieutenant WH Rowland, Commanding 45th Regiment") for this military rate.
  • Adhesive has strong colour, crisply cancelled, close margins all round.
  • Relevant backstamps include mailing origin at Grahamstown with oval ds JU 2, Cape Town transit JU 6 & arrival AU 6.
  • The "SOLDIERS & SEAMANS LETTER 4 BY SHIP" denoted the 4d payable by the recipient for a privilege rate letter carried by private ship.
  • Some overall even soiling lends a fine patina to a wonderful example of this military rate from the Eastern Frontier. Full of character.
  • A rare & important cover.
  • Photo-cert & Signed: Holcombe.
  • Ex Carnegie, Johnson & Dillaway.
  • See additional image and of certificate. This handstamp was the first of the "service privilege rate" handstamps to incorporate the full instructive wording/rating. Infrequently seen, it is appears primarily on letters from India but also from North America, the West Indies & Cape of Good Hope from whence only 3 surviving letters bearing the strike are known.
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