Orange Free State 1856 Fauresmith Betaald on Wrapper, Rare


1856 Wrapper to Bloemfontein bearing a crisp impression of the elusive unlined "FAURESMITH BETAALD" handstamp in black at top left. Manuscript date 30/9/5 at centre of handstamp. VF, a rarity with less than 5 examples recorded, not all of those dated as this example. An important exhibition piece. Photo-cert: PFSA. Ex White, Allison & Trotter. This letter has a wonderful provenance first appearing in the literature being illustrated and written up by J H Harvey Pirie in the SA Philatelist of October 1947, then again by Robert Allison in his definitive "Postal History of the Orange Free State". A superfluous Cape triangle was removed when apparent it did not belong on an internal letter.

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