Transvaal 1880 QV Bourne Combination Franking Officers Letter


1880 OFFICERS LETTER from Standerton to Scotland bearing COMBINATION FRANKING TRANSVAAL QV Bourne Head 6d tied concentric rings cancel and Cape 6d Hope seated (the latter paying ship letter rate to UK) cancelled in transit Cape Town cds JU 1 80. Endorsed "via Kimberley/First Steamer for England", the letter subsequently redirected from Forfar, Scotland to London with recipients notation at left front "Standerton May 20th/80". The sender has further endorsed the cover at bottom left "initials / O.C. Troops Standerton Transvaal". Relevant backstamps, couple minor perimeter tears mentioned for accuracy. Rare, most attractive combination franking from the buildup of troops prior to the first Anglo-Boer War.
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