Transvaal 1881 Spectacular QV Bourne 6d's Triple Rate Letter


  • 1881 Wonderful TRIPLE RATE linen-backed envelope from Pretoria (JUN 28 81) to Germany
  • franked with left marginal horizontal BLOCK OF SIX olive-black Bourne Head QV 6d's (SG 137, 1 with defect at base)
  • tied by triple ring numeral 1 postmarks.
  • "7½d" accounting mark for credit due to the UK for an international letter.
  • Unusually routed outbound VIA NATAL,
  • all relevant transit / arrival markings of Durban, London & Berlin.
  • Spectacular example of this rare rate in use.
  • Interesting as seemingly a confusion of triple rates to UK at 1/- per half ounce whereas a letter to Germany should have been prepaid at 1/1½d per half ounce.
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