Transvaal 1887 Bakker Express Letter to Italy, Showpiece


1887 BAKKER EXPRESS COVER: Registered cover from Nylstroom to Italy opened for display bearing quite spectacular franking of 1d pink Bakker Express label paying carriage from Nylstroom to Pretoria (cancelled large "T" handstamp), 6d blue Vurtheim and 30 x ½d grey Vurtheims making up a total rate of 21d being double the 7½d Natal rate plus 6d for registration. The Transvaal adhesives are tied by numeral "1" cancel of Pretoria. London transit and Rome arrival. Odd minor imperfections to adhesives as expected with a franking of this size. An outstanding showpiece, a rarity. <i>Ex Levine & Trotter. Illustrated pg411 "Southern African Mails".</i> <i>The envelope is endorsed "via Natal" by which routing it was sent being 2d per ½oz cheaper than via the Cape route!</i>

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