CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
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Postal History 1898 (March), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Algeria. Bearing nine different adhesives, comprising duties from ½d to 5/- (SG 61, 59a, 50a, 63, 43a, 51a, 52b, 67, 68) all tied by CAPE TOWN / POSTE RESTANTE (16 Mar) single circle datestamps. A scarce and attractive philatelically inspired cover.
£350
Last updated: 18th November, 2020
POSTAL HISTORY
AC712 Postal History 182? (December), outer wrapper endorsed ‘On H. M. Service’, addressed to Cape Town and bearing a ‘Post Office / General’ (3 Dec) crowned circular datestamp struck on arrival. An endorsement at lower left indicates the wrapper originated from the ‘Agent at Beaufort’. With a large rating ‘3/3’ in red manuscript. £55
AC711 Postal History 1831 (October), outer wrapper addressed to Cape Town bearing a ‘Post Office / General’ (8 Oct) crowned circular datestamp struck on arrival. An endorsement on the flap indicates the wrapper originated from the ‘Agent at Somerset’. With a large rating ‘1/1’ crossed through and replaced with ‘2/2’, both in red manuscript. £55
AC698 Postal History 1839 (March), incoming outer wrapper sent from Liverpool on the 8th March (pencil annotation on reverse). Addressed to Grahamstown and charged 1s 4d, being the letter rate from England to the Cape of Good Hope which is shown by a large manuscript ‘1/4’ on the front. Bearing a framed rectangular ‘TO PAY’ marking applied in Grahamstown (35mm long as against the 37mm of Cape Town). £125
AC700 Postal History c184? undated wrapper addressed to Paarl. Rated ‘6’ in manuscript. Although the origin is not shown, the only post office that had a 6d single sheet letter rate to Paarl was Clanwilliam. Bearing a framed rectangular ‘TO-PAY’ marking, presumably applied in Paarl. £85
AC690 Postal History 1859 (June), envelope addressed to England, endorsed ‘Prepaid’ and bearing a single Perkins Bacon 6d pale rose-lilac triangle (SG 7) with very good to large even margins all round, tied by a triangular COGH cancellation. Cape Town (16 June) dispatch and Chelmsford (29 July) arrival backstamps. With ‘Paid / Devonport / Cape Packet’ (28 July) and London (29 July) transit datestamps struck on the front, the London in red and with manuscript ‘5’ on top. The cover with some edge faults and crumpling, lightly affecting the adhesive. A scarce stamp used on cover, especially in fine condition. £750
AC691 Postal History 1864 (August), envelope addressed within the Cape, bearing a single De La Rue 4d blue triangle (SG 19a) with clear to very good margins all round, neatly tied by a triangular COGH cancellation. The reverse with a Swellendam (19 Aug) Dated Town Oval dispatch datestamp struck in red and a Cape Town (20 Aug) arrival datestamp. A scarce stamp on cover. £325
MC575 Postal History 1867 (March) envelope bearing 6d pale lilac and 1/- green (SG 25, 26a), lightly cancelled barred ovals and 'REGISTERED PORT ELIZABETH MR 15 67' sc datestamp at right. Sent registered to England with four various handstamps to indicate, further endorsed at top 'Per R M Steamer Norseman'. Paid Devonport and London arrival strikes. Cover with some light faults including missing rear flap. £225
MC676 Postal History 1867 (June), part wrapper bearing 4d pale blue and 6d pale lilac (SG 24, 25), each cancelled with triangular strikes. Alongside with pointed oval 'REGISTERED / CAPE TOWN CAPE COLONY / 29 JU 67' datestamp, addressed to Cape Town. Reverse with 'ROBERTSON' oval despatch strike dated 27th June. Attractive and early use of this registration strike. £75
MC65 Postal History 1867 (October), wrapper from Riversdale to Cape Town bearing 4d pale blue (SG 24) tied by crisp '26' barred numeral oval, oval RIVERSDALE (20 OC) strike below, 'CAPE TOWN' (21 OC) arrival datestamp on front. Some opening faults at top and minor staining. £85
MC561 Postal History 1867 (December), envelope with 'From SWELLENDAM' imprint in scarlet upper left, bearing two 1d carmine-rose and 1/- green (SG 23, 26a), cancelled '12' barred oval and on reverse 'SWELLENDAM DE 18 1867' oval. Addressed to Holland and endorsed at lower left 'Via England per "Celt", red crayon '1/1' accounting and large '5' strike. Further red 'LONDON PAID' strike on front, arrival on reverse. Most attractive. £345
MC593 Postal History 1868 (February), envelope bearing a pair 4d pale blue (SG 24b, straight edge at right), cancelled light ‘1’ BONC with originating CAPE TOWN (18 FE) single circle datestamp alongside. Addressed to France, red 'PD' and London strikes on front plus arrival strike on one of the 4d's. Most attractive. £85
AC602 Postal History 1868 (August), entire with part printed contents concerning the insolvent estate of one Henry Tucker and a dishonoured ‘draft or bill of exchange’. Bearing a single 4d ultramarine (with outer frame lines, SG 24b) tied by ‘3’ BONC with originating GRAHAMS-TOWN (18 Aug) single circle datestamp on the reverse and Cape Town (22 Aug) arrival struck on the front. The entire with some splitting though remarkably clean and a rare shade of the 4d, especially on cover. £180
MC576 Postal History 1868 (September), wrapper bearing 4d blue (SG 24a), cancelled bold '2' barred oval and 'PORT ELIZABETH SP 4 68' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to Somerset East with oval arrival strike. £55
MC677 Postal History 1868 (November), blue envelope bearing 1d rose-red x two and 4d pale blue x three (SG 23, 24), cancelled '2' barred ovals. Struck alongside with 'REGISTERED / NO 10 68 / PORT ELIZABETH' sc datestamp, and below with 'REGISTERED' black cachet. Addressed to Bedford and struck with light oval receiving strike for 11th November. Unusual. £95
MC658 Postal History 1869 (January), entire bearing provisional 'Four Pence.' on 6d deep lilac (SG 27, wide spacing), cancelled with crisp 'CAPE TOWN' duplex datestamp. Addressed to Port Elizabeth, arrival backstamp dated 22nd January. The contents around the settlement of a legal matter. Some light creasing.
 
Note: the wide spacing of between 15½ and 16mm is assumed to be from the much smaller first printing, and is considered as rare
£325
AC858 Postal History 1869 (January), entire addressed to Willowmore (message concerns an outstanding debt). Bearing a single 1868 provisional ‘Four Pence.’ on 6d deep lilac (SG 27) tied by a Cape Town (19 Jan) duplex datestamp. With an unframed circular 'WILLOW' (22 Jan) arrival (?) datestamp struck on the front. Filing creases, one of which affects the adhesive. Scarce example of this provisional used alone on cover.
 
Note: there appears to be some confusion if 'Willow' was the original post office name for Willowmore.
£110
MC560 Postal History 1869 (April), envelope bearing three 1d rose-red and 6d deep lilac (SG 23, 25), cancelled '1' barred oval and 'Cape Town AP 4 69' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to Switzerland and endorsed at top 'Per R. M. Steamer Dane'. Red crayon accounting and further red 'PD' and 'PAID DEVONPORT' strikes on front, Swiss arrival on reverse. Most attractive. £300
MC659 Postal History 1869 (June), entire bearing provisional 'Four Pence.' on 6d deep lilac (SG 27, wing margin at left), cancelled with duplex 'PORT ELIZABETH' datestamp. Addressed to Willomore, reverse with crisp oval 'AVONTUUR' strike dated 1st July. Horizontal fold. £175
AC522 Postal History 1869 (August), envelope addressed to Scotland bearing a single 1/- green (SG 26a) tied by ‘4’ BONC with poorly inked ‘4’ resembling a ‘1’. With proving KING WILLIAMS TOWN (23 Aug) Dated Town Oval and Cape Town (28 Aug) transit struck alongside. Glasgow (11 Oct) transit and Mary Hill (11 Oct) arrival backstamps. Very scarce early usage of a 1/- used alone on cover. £180
MC341 Postal History 1870 (February), wrapper endorsed at top 'O.H.M.S' and addressed to 'The Master of the Supreme Court'. Posted from Grahamstown with 'FE 5 70' backstamp and then Cape Town arrival 'FE 11 70'. Then as a typical Jurgens concoction receipted with a cleaned fiscally used 6d Hope Seated at lower left corner struck with a crisp C.G.H. triangle strike. Still appealing. £95
MC571 Postal History 1870 (December), envelope bearing a single 1/- deep green (SG 26), tied by bold '1' barred oval with 'CAPE TOWN DE 20 70' single circle datestamp alongside. Addressed to London with arrival strike on front. An attractive cover. £225
AC603 Postal History 1871 (February), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (with outer frame lines, SG 23) tied by a crisp strike of the Small Triangular Obliterator. With originating DIEP RIVER (14 Feb) single circle datestamp and Cape Town (14 Feb) arrival, both struck on the front. A rare issue on cover and a superb early example of the local penny post, possibly taking advantage of the same-day delivery of a valentine card. £140
MC674 Postal History 1871 (June), FRONT bearing 1s green (SG 26a, wing margin at right), cancelled '25' barred oval and below 'SWELLENDAM JU 15 1871' oval. Endorsed at top 'Registered' and locally addressed. £35
MC579 Postal History 1871 (July), small mourning envelope bearing 4d pale blue (SG 24), cancelled '2' barred oval and at left 'PORT ELIZABETH / JY 29 71' datestamp. Addressed to Grahams Town, arrival backstamp. Attractive. £45
MC633 Postal History 1871 18th December, wrapper bearing 4d blue (SG 24a), cancelled perfect '1' barred oval and alongside 'CAPE TOWN' datestamp. Addressed to Willowmore, arrival backstamp. £45
MC583 Postal History 1872 (July), front only with rear flap attached bearing 1d and 6d rectangular (SG 25b, 29) cancelled bold BONC '27', Cape Town datestamp below. Addressed to France with London transit and arrival strikes on front. Most attractive. £45
MC584 Postal History 1872 (December), small envelope bearing pair 1d carmine-red and 1/- green (SG 26a, 29), lightly cancelled '2' barred oval and at left 'PORT ELIZABETH / DE 16 72' sc datestamp. Addressed to France and endorsed '6' in red, plus red 'PD' and London transit strike. Arrival backstamp. Minor cover faults, attractive. £165
MC675 Postal History 1873 (June), printed FRONT bearing 4d blue x three (SG 24a), cancelled '2' barred ovals and alongside 'PORT ELIZABETH JU 11 73' sc datestamp. Further struck with two 'REGISTERED' black cachets, printed address to Cape Town. Upon arrival with further with pointed oval 'REGISTERED CAPE TOWN JU 14 73' strike. £35
AC764 Postal History 1874 (January), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service. / Money Order Business’. Addressed to ‘The Postmaster of’ Cape Town with an originating COLESBERG (24 Jan) unframed double circle datestamp (with ‘7’ of year omitted) and a Cape Town (30 Jan) arrival. Somewhat reduced and the reverse with a repair, though of fine appearance. £30
MC673 Postal History 1874 (July), envelope bearing 4d blue pair (SG 24a wing margin at right), cancelled indistinct barred oval and alongside 'COLESBERG JY 21 1874' datestamp. Addressed to Cape Town and upon arrival struck with uncommon pointed oval 'REGISTERED JY 27 74' datestamp. Filing hole, most attractive. £75
MC559 Postal History 1874 (August), envelope with 'From CAPE OF GOOD HOPE' imprint in carmine upper left, bearing 6d pale lilac (SG 25), cancelled crisp '1' barred oval and 'Cape Town AU 11 74' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to Holland and endorsed at top 'Per Donald Currie's Line'. Red crayon accounting and further red 'PD' and 'SHIP LETTER' strikes on front, Amsterdam arrival on reverse. Most attractive. £425
AC769 Postal History 1874 (November), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing a single 4d blue (SG 24a) tied by an ‘11’ Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation and a ‘proving’ QUEENSTOWN (3 Nov) single circle datestamp on the reverse. With a Cape Town (9 Nov) arrival datestamp struck on the front. Central spike hole, otherwise a clean and attractive cover. £45
MC672 Postal History 1874 (December), envelope, foreshortened at right, bearing 4d blue x three (SG 24a), cancelled light triangular strikes. Despatch oval on reverse from Montagu, endorsed at top 'Registered. Addressed to Cape Town and upon arrival struck with uncommon pointed oval 'REGISTERED CAPE TOWN DE 9 74' datestamp. £45
AC766 Postal History 1874 (December), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘Returned Letter / General Post Office Cape Town’. Addressed locally to the Master of the Supreme Court with a Cape Town (12 Dec) dispatch datestamp. The printed contents read “General Post Office, Cape Town, The enclosed Letter not having been delivered for the reason assigned thereon, was opened here, under the authority of Act No. 21 of 1857, and is now returned to the writer, on payment of Postage.” Rust spotting, otherwise fine. £35
MC567 Postal History 1875 (February), envelope bearing 1/- green (SG 26a), cancelled '3' barred oval, small 'GRAHAMSTOWN FE 4 75' datestamp on reverse. Addressed to London with Cape Town transit and London arrival strikes on front, 'CAPE-PACKET / PLYMOUTH' on reverse. A lovely cover. £175
MC577 Postal History 1875 (September), envelope bearing 1d carmine-red x six plus 4d blue x two (SG 29, 24a), crisply cancelled '2' barred ovals, small 'PORT ELIZABETH SP 10 75' datestamp at left. Addressed to France, and endorsed at top 'Per R.M.S. Nyanza via London', and further '1/-' in red crayon. Struck with red 'PD' and the London transit, arrival backstamp. Some damage at upper right, still most attractive. £145
MC578 Postal History 1876 (September), wrapper bearing 4d blue (SG 24a)m cancelled '2' barred oval and then 'PORT ELIZABETH SP 26 1878' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to Cape Town with arrival strike for the 30th September. Neat and attractive. £45
MC565 Postal History 1877 (February), envelope bearing two x 1d carmine-red and 4d blue (SG 24a, 29), lightly cancelled with triangular strikes then 'CAPE TOWN FE 21 77' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to London and apparently carried on the Walmer Castle which left Cape Town on the 27th February, London arrival strike. Neat and attractive. £125
MC683 Postal History 1877 (June), blue envelope with contents bearing 4d blue pair (SG 24a), cancelled clear triangular strike and at lower left unclear but legible oval 'EBENEZER JY 19 1877' datestamp. Addressed to Cape Town and upon arrival struck with uncommon pointed oval 'REGISTERED JU 22 77' datestamp. The letter enclosed an order to Burmester to the value of £6, and a money order enclosed, no doubt the reason for the registration. Attractive. £125
MC671 Postal History 1877 (October), registered envelope addressed to the ‘Doctor te Elim, Post Office Napier, District Bredasdorp.’ Bearing two examples of the 4d dull blue (SG 30) tied by faint BONCs and also part of the scarce REGISTERED / CAPE TOWN CAPE COLONY (22 Oct) pointed oval datestamp with manuscript registration number at top of cover. Oudtshoorn (20 Oct) single circle despatch datestamp on reverse. £165
AC513 Postal History 1878 (January), entire with printed contents soliciting business for ‘Mataré Bruns’ (Merchants, Commission, and Shipping Agents) being established at Mossel Bay on the 1st January 1878. Addressed to Willowmore, bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 29) rectangle tied by the Small Triangular Obliterator. AVONTUUR (10 Jan) Dated Town Oval transit backstamp struck in red and Willowmore (11 Jan) single circle arrival datestamp. Very scarce early usage of the 1d post, especially emanating from a smaller office rather than the environs of Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. £160
AC996 Postal History 1878 (15th February), envelope addressed to England endorsed “Per Nubian”. Bearing a single 6d violet (SG 25b) tied by a ‘2’ BONC and a proving PORT ELIZABETH (FE 15) single circle datestamp alongside. Also tied by a Cape Town (FE 18) transit. Backstamped with a Stockport (15 Mar) arrival datestamp. A few minor edge faults, otherwise a fine example of the 6d Packet Letter Rate to England in effect from 1st July 1876. £85
MC562 Postal History 1878 (August), envelope bearing ½d grey-black, three x 1d carmine-red and 4d dull blue (SG 28, 29, 30), cancelled '1' barred oval plus 'CAPE TOWN AU 27 78' sc datestamps. Addressed to Germany, struck with the recently introduced '2½d' red accounting strike, London transit. £145
MC669 Postal History 1879 (May), envelope bearing 4d blue pair (SG 24a), cancelled triangular strikes and on reverse oval 'HOPEFIELD MY 8 1879' datestamp. Endorsed 'Registered' and addressed to Cape Town, upon arrival struck with uncommon pointed oval 'REGISTERED MY 9 79' datestamp with a further circular strike below. A few light edge faults. £85
AC767 Postal History 1879 (June), stampless official wrapper with printed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service. / Money Order Business’. Addressed to the GPO Cape Town with an originating KING WILLIAMS TOWN (13 Jun) single circle datestamp and a Cape Town (19 Jun) arrival. The handwritten note from the postmaster enquires if a money order for £5 payable in England had been presented. £35
AC990 Postal History 1879 (7th October), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 6d violet (SG 25b) tied by barred COGH triangle obliterator and with a fine strike of the ALICE (OC 7) dated town oval below. With a Cape Town (16 Oct) transit at lower left and backstamped with Bristol (7 Nov) and Dorchester (8 Nov) transit / arrival datestamps. A clean and most attractive cover. £175
MC666 Postal History 1879 (December), envelope with contents bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), cancelled unclear barred oval and alongside 'CERES DE 17 79' datestamp. Addressed to Cape Town with arrival strike on front for the next day. The letter to E. Burmester requesting to be sent by first train, a 'lorgnette - sketch enclosed' (apparently no Specsavers at that time). Attractive and appealing. £145
MC682 Postal History 1879 (December), blue envelope bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), cancelled crisp '2' barred oval and alongside 'PORT ELIZABETH DE 23 79' datestamp. Addressed to Burgersdorp, arrival backstamp for the 26th. Opened on three sides. £65
AC997 Postal History c1880, wrapper addressed to Cape Town endorsed “Per Book Post”. Bearing a single 6d violet (SG 25b) tied by an unclear Barred Oval Numeral Cancellation.
 
From the 29th July 1874 the internal book post (printed matter) rate was 1d per two ounces. This would imply the wrapper and contents weighed 12 ounces.
£45
MC681 Postal History 1880 (January), envelope bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), cancelled bold 304 barred oval, reverse struck with 'KING WILLIAMS TOWN JA 19 80' sc datestamp, addressed to Mowbray, near Cape Town. Endorsed in ink 'Received January 24th 1880 with appropriate datestamp below, Cape Town transit backstamp for the same day. Attractive. £145
MC680 Postal History 1880 (March), envelope bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), indistinct cancel although struck on reverse with oval 'GRAAF REINET MR 17 80' datestamp. Addressed to Port Elizabeth, arrival backstamp for the 18th. Few light faults. £45
MC679 Postal History 1880 (May), envelope bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), cancelled part '301' barred oval, reverse struck with 'KING WILLIAMS TOWN MY 5 80' datestamp. Addressed to Queenstown, arrival backstamp. £75
AC995 Postal History 1880 (28th May), envelope addressed to England endorsed “Per R.M.S. Dunrobin Castle”. Bearing a pair of ‘THREEPENCE’ surcharge on 4d pale dull rose (SG 35) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (MY 28) single circle datestamp and a blurred ‘2’ BONC. The adhesives additionally tied by CAPE TOWN (MY 31) single circle datestamps. With a London (23 June) arrival datestamp struck in red on the front. A fine example of the 6d Packet Letter Rate to England in effect from 1st July 1876. £45
MC665 Postal History 1880 (June), envelope bearing 'THREE PENCE' on 4d blue (SG 34), cancelled part barred oval and alongside partial 'SPECTAKEL JU 12 80' datestamp. Addressed to Cape Town, arrival strike on the front for the 18th. £150
MC678 Postal History c1880 large piece cut from a newspaper wrapper, bearing 4d blue (sg 24a, defective corner), cancelled with unclear barred oval. Endorsed in ink 'Registd' and with further ink '6 d (?)' and '3 d', the ink partially etching through the paper. The wrapper from J. C. Juta, Booksellers and Stationer, Cape Town and further endorsed 'Punch'. Addressed to Nell's Poort. Unusual and attractive. £50
AC731 Postal History 1881 (February), wrapper (?, with original letter stating contents were an ‘eye glass’ and ‘10d in stamps for [return] postage’). Addressed to and sent registered to Cape Town. Bearing a 1d carmine-red (creased), a single ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose and a 6d violet (SG 25b, 29, 37) tied by light ‘17’ BONCs with a proving strike of GEORGE (10 Feb) single circle datestamp below. Also showing a good strike of the scarce and distinctly shaped Registered Letter Datestamp (Goldblatt type RL 1) reading REGISTERED / CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (12 Feb) with manuscript ‘Registered 54’. Somewhat battered, though most unusual. £85
AC721 Postal History 1881 (June), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37) tied by a fine ‘222’ BONC with a proving strike of MOSSEL BAY (2 June) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (4 June) arrival backstamp. £150
AC730 Postal History 1881 (August), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by a fine strike of the ‘30’ Octagonal Numeral Stamp with a very fine proving strike of SWELLENDAM (24 Aug) single circle datestamp below. Cape Town (25 Aug) arrival backstamp. A few minor peripheral tones though a most attractive cover showing late use of the Octagonal Numeral (introduced in 1849) £125
AC531 Postal History 1881 (August), envelope with original letter, addressed to Worcester, Cape. Bearing a single example of the ‘3’ on 3d pale dull rose (SG 37) tied by neat Cape Town (25 Aug) / ‘1’ BONC duplex cancellation. Worcester (26 Aug) arrival backstamp. A lovely example of this provisional surcharge used alone on cover. Scarce. £150
AC474 Postal History 1881 (November), envelope addressed to Robertson bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by light Octagonal Numeral Canceller (probably ‘51’) with ‘proving’ strike of PORT ALFRED (28 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside and Robertson (3 Dec) arrival also struck on the front. Grahamstown (28 Nov), Port Elizabeth (29 Nov), Beaufort West (1 Dec) and Worecester (2 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps (all single circles). Unusual. £55
AC529 Postal History 1881 (December), envelope with original contents addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by neat Cape Town (20 Dec) / ‘1’ BONC duplex cancellation. Worcester (21 Dec) arrival backstamp. A neat and attractive cover. £85
AC473 Postal History 1882 (February), envelope addressed to Robertson bearing a single 3d deep claret (SG 39a) tied by distinct 13-bar BONC ‘3’ with proving Grahamstown (2 Feb) single circle datestamp alongside. ROBERTSON (8 Feb) arrival also struck on the front. BEAUFORT WEST (6 Feb) and WORCESTER (7 Feb) transit backstamps (both single circles). Opened through flap, otherwise fine. £55
AC618 Postal History / GRIQUALAND WEST / Cape period 1882 (March), envelope addressed to Germany, bearing a pair of 3d deep claret (SG 39a) and a Griqualand West ½d grey-black with small ‘G’ overprint (SG 24) all tied by Cape Town (21 Mar) squared circle datestamps. With Cape Town ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. One stamp removed (probably a 1d), though still a very attractive franking. A scarce example of a Griqualand West stamp used after the stamps were redistributed following the merger with Cape Colony. Ottensen (18 Apr) arrival backstamp. £180
AC619 Postal History 1882 (August), envelope addressed to Denmark, bearing six examples of the 1d rose-red, each tied by ‘367’ BONCs with proving strike of FRASERBURG ROAD (21 Aug) single circle datestamp below. With Cape Town ‘2½d’ accountancy mark struck in red. Some staining, one or two stamps removed and cover foreshortened at right. Cape Town (22 Aug), London (13 Sep) and Odense (15 Sep) transit / arrival backstamps. £45
AC533 Postal History 1882 (May), mourning envelope addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 3d pale claret (SG 39) tied by partly readable ‘307’ BONC with proving HEIDELBERG (8 May) single circle datestamp at lower left. Cape Town transit and Worcester (9 May) arrival backstamps. A scarce stamp used alone on cover. £85
MC564 Postal History 1882 (11th December), envelope bearing three 2d pale bistre (SG 42), crisply cancelled '230' barred ovals and 'GRAAF REINET' single circle datestamp below. Addressed to London, Southampton Ship Letter transit and arrival backstamps. £55
MC663 Postal History 1883 (April), envelope bearing 'One Half-Penny.' on 3d deep claret (SG 47) strip of four (left stamp defective corner), indistinctly cancelled. Reverse struck with two different 'EERTSE RIVER AP 17 83' despatch datestamps. Endorsed 'Immediate' and addressed to Stellenbosch with arrival strike on the front for the same day, then re-addressed to Somerset West with arrival backstamp for the 18th and then a further 'MOSTERTS BAY' the same day. This provisional surcharge very difficult on cover. £245
MC664 Postal History 1883 (June), envelope bearing 'One Half-Penny.' on 3d deep claret (SG 47) vertical and horizontal pairs, indistinctly cancelled. Struck alongside with light 'EERSTE RIVER JU 4 1883' (the '4' inserted by hand) datestamp, the reverse with different despatch strike. Endorsed 'Immediate' and addressed to Stellenbosch with arrival strike on the front for the same day. This provisional surcharge very difficult on cover. £275
AC991 Postal History 1883 (11th September), printed form headed ‘Beaufort West’, folded and mailed locally as an unsealed wrapper to ‘J.M.C. Horn / Skiet Kop / via Kaffirs fontein’. Endorsed at top ‘Book Post’ and bearing two examples of the ½d grey-black (SG 40a) cancelled with an unclear BONC (probably ‘202’) with a BEAUFORT WEST (SP 11) single circle datestamp alongside. The text in Dutch from ‘C. Pritchard’ is a request for the reimbursement of £3.0.6 ‘wegbelasting’ (road tax ?) £45
AC992 Postal History 1886 (24th August), printed invoice for an annual subscription of £1.11.0 to the ‘Lantern’. Folded and addressed to a Mr Dobson in Willowmore. The wrapper was sealed with a perforated band of yellow paper which has been partly removed from the front resulting in the loss of part of the address. The reverse with an example of the ½d grey-black (SG 40a) affixed to the band and tied by a segmented circular cancellation 25 / C D / 8 (for 25th August. The meaning of ‘C’ and ‘D’ is unclear). Goldblatt records this cancellation (type PS7) was applied to wrappers and circulars and occasionally envelopes. The front with some staining. Unusual. £45
AC333 Postal History 1886 (October), part printed envelope addressed to Cape Town bearing a single 2d pale bistre (SG 50) tied by a very fine SWELLENDAM (OC 6) single circle datestamp with additional strike alongside. G.P.O. Cape Town (7 Oct) arrival backstamp. A clean and attractive cover. £45
AC976 Postal History 1887 (25th October), envelope with original letter and with printed advertisement for ‘GROCOTT’S MACHINE PRINTING WORKS’ at upper left. Addressed to Basutoland and bearing a single 2d deep bistre (SG 50a) tied by a rather blurred ‘3’ BONC with a very fine GRAHAMS TOWN (25 Oct) single circle datestamp alongside. Aliwal North (28 Oct) transit backstamp. £45
AC694 Postal History 1887 (December), envelope addressed to Holland bearing a 2d pale bistre and 6d purple (SG 50, 52a) each tied by a ‘215’ BONC with a proving strike of MALMESBURY (5 Dec) single circle datestamp at left. With a large ‘2½d’ accountancy handstamp struck in red. Cape Town (5 Dec), Amsterdam (27 Dec) and Muiden (27 Dec) transit / arrival backstamps. A little roughly opened at top and small tear at foot, otherwise an attractive cover. £55
MC585 Postal History 1888 (May), printed wrapper from the 'Afdeelingsraad Kantoor, Prins Albert, bearing ½d black rectangular (SG 48a), cancelled light Triangular COGH and 'Prince Albert" above. Addressed to Cape Town, arrival backstamp. A most attractive example of the unsealed ½d rate. £45
MC668 Postal History 1888 (July), envelope bearing ½d, 1d x three and 2d rectangulars, indistinctly cancelled with barred ovals and below 'KOKSTAD JY 12 88' datestamp, addressed to Natal. Endorsed in ink 'Registered', however this scored through in red and further struck with bold '107' barred oval as a further attempt to cancel and deface. Arrival backstamp dated 14th July. Most unusual. £85
AC468 Postal History 1888 (November), envelope addressed to Worcester (Cape) bearing a vertical pair of 1d (deep) rose-red (SG 49) tied by neat Cape Town (4 Nov) squared octagons. Light T.P.O. DOWN (5 Nov) transit and Worcester (5 Nov) arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive cover. SOLD
AC557 Postal History 1889 (June), envelope addressed to Scotland, bearing a single 4d dull blue (SG 30) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (10 June) hooded circular datestamp. Glasgow (2 July) arrival backstamp. Some edge faults, mainly crumpling, otherwise fine. £45
AC559 Postal History 1889 (June), envelope addressed to England, bearing a single 4d dull blue (SG 30) tied by a KIMBERLEY (24 June) hooded circular datestamp. Endorsed “Per RMS 26.6.89” Cape Town (26 June) transit and Market Rasen (16 July) arrival backstamps. A few edge tears, though of fine appearance. £45
MC563 Postal History 1889 (November), envelope bearing single 4d dull blue (SG 30) cancelled triangular strike and alongside P.O.STEYNSBURG NO 11 89 sc datestamp. Addressed to England with transit and arrival backstamps. £75
AC725 Postal History 1889 (December), envelope (with original contents) addressed Cape Town. Bearing a single 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by a ‘271’ BONC and with a very fine proving strike of GREAT BRAK RIVER (17 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Cape Town (19 Dec) arrival backstamp. £55
AC062 Postal History 1890 (January), 1d rate envelope to Cape Town bearing 1d rectangle (SG 49) tied by fine '215' BONC with 'proving' MALMESBURY (27 Jan) datestamp alongside. Cape Town (28 Jan) arrival backstamp. Very attractive. £35
AC586 Postal History 1890 (May), envelope addressed to Scotland and endorsed ‘Per “Norham Castle”’ bearing a single 4d deep blue (SG 51a) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (5 May) hooded circular datestamp. Cape Town (7 May) transit and Glasgow (26 May) arrival backstamps. Cover with some edge crumpling, otherwise a fine example of the 4d deep shade on cover. £55
AC593 Postal History 1891 (March), envelope addressed to England bearing ½d grey-black and 2d deep bistre (SG 48a, 50a) each tied by KING WILLIAMS TOWN (8 Mar) hooded circular datestamps. Cape Town (11 Nov) transit and London arrival backstamps. £45
AC230 Postal History 1891 (September), envelope addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by very fine strike of Cape Town (15 Sep) truncated double circle. Worcester (16 Sep) single circle arrival backstamp. Flap damaged through opening, though a neat and most attractive cover. £45
MC603 Postal History 1891 (9th September), envelope bearing pair 2½d surcharge on 3d deep magenta (SG 55a), each cancelled ‘751’ BONC with proving strike 'PAARL' single circle datestamp alongside. Addressed to the USA, transit and arrival backstamps. Light cover creasing. £40
AC302 Postal History 1891 (October), envelope with contents addressed to Worcester, Cape, bearing a single 1d carmine (SG 49a) tied by very fine strike of the Cape Town (14 Oct) truncated double circle datestamp (with ‘9’ for year). The reverse with Worcester (15 Oct) arrival and a large fancy advertisement for jams and confectionery struck in blue-green. A very clean and most attractive cover showing the 1d rate. £45
MC601 Postal History 1892 (May), envelope bearing pair 2½d surcharge on 3d deep magenta (SG 55a), lightly cancelled. Addressed to the USA, transit and arrival backstamps. Light cover faults. £30
MC667 Postal History 1892 (June), printed envelope bearing 1d rectangular block of six (SG 49), cancelled '205' barred ovals and alongside 'ABERDEEN JU 2 92' datestamp. Addressed to Durban and further struck with large 'R' cachet and endorsed in ink 'Registered'. Transit and arrival backstamps. Opening faults at top. £45
AC592 Postal History 1892 (November), envelope addressed to Bedford, Cape, bearing a pair of ½d grey-black (SG 48a) tied by light ‘556’ BONCs with proving SOMERSET EAST (10 Nov) single circle datestamp alongside. Bedford (11 Nov) arrival backstamp. Large fancy cachet of ‘James Drummond, Accountant, Produce and Insurance Agent, Collector’ struck in violet on the reverse. £45
AC590 Postal History 1892 (December), envelope addressed to Scotland, bearing ½d grey black and pair of 1d carmine-red (SG 48a, 49a) all tied by fine strikes of the scarce Cape Town (14 Dec) ‘Compass Wheel’ datestamps. With Edinburgh (31 Dec) arrival backstamp. Cover with a little staining, otherwise fine. £45
AC978 Postal History c1892 (24th December), envelope front with fancy ‘BOOK POST’ printed in blue at top. Addressed to Graaff Reinet and bearing a single 1d rose-red (SG 41) tied by the distinctive segmented cancellation seen used on cheap-rate mail such as wrappers and circulars. The wrapper with faults including having been reduced and affixed to backing though still an attractive example of this scarce rate and marking. £45
MC612 Postal History 1893 (24th February), envelope addressed to Cape Town, bearing single 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) tied by crisp ROBBEN ISLAND single circle datestamp. Arrival backstamps. A delightful 1d single rate cover. £135
AC994 Postal History 1893 (3rd March), printed envelope addressed and sent registered to Aliwal North. Bearing a single 6d bright mauve (SG 52b, with rounded corner) tied by a REGISTERED / CAPE TOWN (3 MR) oval datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Some crumpling, otherwise fine. £45
MC602 Postal History 1893 (31st March), 1d rose embossed postal stationery envelope, uprated with three x ½d black (SG 49), cancelled '606' BONC and proving 'LADY GREY DIV. ALIWAL NORTH' single circle datestamp alongside. Addressed to Germany, transit and arrival backstamps. £45
MC595 Postal History 1893 (May), envelope bearing single 2½d sage-green (SG 56) tied by unclear barred oval then 'NEWLANDS MY 10 93' sc datestamp alongside. Addressed to Germany, arrival backstamp. A good example of a single 2½d rate franking. £30
AC524 Postal History 1893 (July), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope, addressed to England and uprated with two additional 1d rose-red and a pair of ONE PENNY on 2d deep bistre surcharges (SG 49, 57a). All tied by neat SALT RIVER (12 July) single circle datestamps. Cape Town (12 July) transit and Cullompton (1 Aug) arrival backstamps. An attractive franking and scarce use of the 1d surcharge. £75
AC555 Postal History 1893 (July), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size ‘F’) addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d sage-green (SG 56) tied by ‘60’ BONC and proving strike of DE AAR (18 July) single circle datestamp with additional strike alongside. Cape Town (19 July) and Hamburg (7 Aug) transit / arrival backstamps and with London (6 Aug) transit oval struck in red on the front. SOLD
AC472 Postal History 1893 (August), envelope addressed to Uitenhage, bearing a single 'ONE PENNY’ surcharge on 2d deep bistre (SG 57a) tied by Cradock (10 Aug) single circle datestamp. Uitenhage (11 Aug) arrival backstamp. Opened on three sides, though an attractive example of this provisional used alone on cover. £45
AC358 Postal History 1893 (December), envelope addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d sage-green (SG 56) tied by Cape Town (5 Dec) squared circle datestamp. Flap missing, otherwise a good example of a single 2½d rate franking. £30
MC594 Postal History 1894 (February), envelope bearing strip of three 1d carmine-red (SG 49a), cancelled KAMASTONE single circle datestamps, addressed to the United States. Transit and arrival backstamps. Tear at right into stamp. £40
AC616 Postal History 1894 (April), envelope addressed to the USA, bearing a single 1d carmine-red and three examples each of the ½d grey-black and 2½d olive-green (SG 48a, 49, 56a) all tied by neat PORT ELIZABETH (16 Apr) single circle datestamps. London (May) transit and Boston arrival backstamps. An attractive three-colour franking. £110
AC594 Postal History 1895 (May), QV 1d brown postal stationery card surcharged ‘ONE HALFPENNY’. Addressed to England and uprated with additional ½d grey-black (SG 48a) all cancelled / tied by Port Elizabeth (28 May) squared circle date-stamps. Cape Town (31 May) transit struck on the front. £30
AC532 Postal History 1894 (August), QV ½d postal stationery card, the reverse with printed acknowledgement form for the Standard Bank. Addressed to King Williams Town and cancelled with a ‘482’ BONC and with proving CALA (4 Aug) single circle datestamp alongside. King Williams Town (7 Aug) arrival backstamp. A fine proving item for Cala. £40
MC631 Postal History 1894 3rd September, QV 2½d embossed stationery envelope struck with indistinct barred oval, alongside MOSSEL BAY single circle datestamp. Addressed to Berlin, endorsed at top 'Per Tantallon Castle'. Arrival backstamp. £35
MC614 Postal History 1894 (28th November), QV ONE HALFPENNY surcharged stationery card, uprated with ½d rectangular, each cancelled unclear BONC (as apparently so often with these), further small 'ROBBEN ISLAND / NO 28 94' datestamp alongside. Addressed to England, transit strike on front. £85
AC561 Postal History 1894 (December), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Johannesburg. Uprated with additional 1d carmine-red (SG 49a) cancelled / tied by ‘301’ BONCs with proving CATHCART (13 Dec) single circle datestamp alongside. Johannesburg (15 Dec) arrival backstamp. Fine. £45
AC300 Postal History 1894 (December), envelope to addressed to Scotland endorsed “Card Only” and sent unsealed. Bearing a single 1d carmine (SG 49a) tied by a neat CLAREMONT (19 Dec) single circle datestamp. Readdressed on arrival in Edinburgh to the Isle of Bute, then back to Edinburgh. Backstamped Edinburgh (5 and 7 Jan) Rothesay (5 and 7 Jan, the latter on front) and Port Bannatyne (7 Jan). An attractive cover showing interesting use of a 1d unsealed letter, apparently availing of the postcard rate. £65
AC800 Postal History 1895 (March), Incoming postal stationery card from Finland, the 10 Pen imprinted stamp cancelled with a Postilj.k.Ö-N (15 Mar) datestamp. Partial Cape Town (11 Apr) arrival backstamp and GARDENS T.O (11 Apr) single circle datestamp struck at upper left. Message crossed through, though unusual origin / destination. £45
AC334 Postal History 1895 (April), envelope addressed to England bearing a single 2½d olive-green (SG 56a) tied by ‘107’ Barred Oval Numeral Canceller with proving KOKSTAD (13 Apr) single circle datestamp alongside. Louth (11 May) arrival backstamp. A scarce proving cover and fine example of this duty used alone on cover. £45
AC352 Postal History 1895 (August), QV ‘ONE / HALFPENNY’ on 1d postal stationery card (Q&J P8). Cancelled with a very fine WHITTLESEA (1 Aug) single circle datestamp and with an equally fine Cathcart (2 Aug) arrival datestamp on the front. £25
AC695 Postal History 1895 (September), official post office stationery envelope printed in English and French, headed ‘Returned Acknowledgement of Delivery’. Sent stampless and registered from Cape Town, bearing a REGISTERED LETTER OFFICE / (SP 4 95 / CAPE TOWN oval datestamp. New York (2 Oct) transit and Philadelphia (3 Oct) arrival backstamps. Most unusual. SOLD
MC613 Postal History 1894 (10th April), QV ONE HALFPENNY surcharged stationery card, cancelled unclear BONC (as apparently so often with these), further small 'ROBBEN ISLAND / NO 28 5' datestamp alongside. Addressed to Claremont, transit and arrival strikes on reverse. £65
AC968 Postal History 1895 (26th November), envelope addressed to the Isle of Man, bearing a single 6d purple (SG 52a) tied by a neat UMTATA (NO 26) single circle datestamp with a second strike alongside. Cape Town (DE 2), Liverpool (DE 22) and Castletown (DE 22) transit / arrival backstamps. Small stain at top well clear of the adhesive, otherwise fine and an unusual destination. £85
AC526 Postal History 1896 (July), mourning envelope addressed to Mossel Bay bearing a single 1d rose-red (SG 59) tied by a neat GRAHAMS TOWN (31 July) single circle datestamp. The cover also received a boxed straight-line POSTED LATE cachet at Grahams Town (applied to mail posted too late to be included in mails already made up and closed, and for which no late fee surcharge had been paid). Mossel Bay (4 Aug) arrival backstamp. Small part of flap damaged through opening, otherwise a very fine example of this scarce instructional cachet. £175
AC552 Postal History 1897 (January), envelope sent registered to Germany, bearing a 3d pale claret and 6d bright mauve (SG 43, 52b) each tied by ‘420’ BONCs with proving strikes of ALFRED DOCKS (26 Jan) single circle datestamps at left. Cape Town (26 Jan) transit and Frankfurt (15 Feb) arrival backstamps. Also with German receiving registration label affixed on front. A scarce combination of duties. £125
MC617 Postal History 1897 (8th January), QV 1d embossed envelope uprated with 1d rectangular (SG 59), each cancelled unclear BONC (as apparently so often with these), further small 'ROBBEN ISLAND / SP 8 97' datestamp alongside. Addressed to Johannesburg, despatch and arrival backstamps. £135
MC607 Postal History 1897 (10th May), QV 1d stationery card, cancelled 'BLUE CLIFF' sc datestamp. Addressed to the USA, transit and arrival strikes on front. £45
MC615 Postal History 1897 (17th July), QV ½d stationery card cancelled unclear BONC (as apparently so often with these), further small 'ROBBEN ISLAND / JU 17 97' datestamp below. Addressed to Cape Town. £75
MC598 Postal History 1897 (21st August), envelope bearing ½d rectangular plus pair 1d Hope standing, cancelled light but legible BONC '252', alongside proving 'BARKLY EAST / T.O' sc datestamp. Addressed to America, arrival backstamps. SOLD
MC611 Postal History 1897 (13th September), QV 4d stationery registered envelope uprated with pair 1d Hope Standing, cancelled unclear BONC and alongside crisp 'ALFRED DOCKS / C.G.H' datestamp. Addressed to Johannesburg. £20
MC608 Postal History 1897 (11th October), QV 1d stationery card, cancelled BONC '490' with proving 'CARNARVON' sc alongside. Most unusually addressed to Egypt, arrival backstamp. £45
MC634 Postal History 1897 30th November, QV 1d embossed stationery envelope poorly struck with barred oval, alongside crisp 'DELPOORTSHOPE' sc datestamp, addressed to Barkly West. Arrival backstamp. A very scarce office. £65
MC592 Postal History 1897 (11th December), envelope bearing ½d rectangular plus pair 1d Hope standing, cancelled legible BONC '268', alongside proving 'BUTTERWORTH' sc datestamp. Addressed to America, arrival backstamps. £45
MC600 Postal History 1897 ( 22nd December), 1½d postal stationery card overprinted 'ONE PENNY', cancelled crisp 'MILL STREET' single circle datestamp, addressed to the USA. Transit and arrival strikes. £25
AC587 Postal History 1898 (January), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to Johannesburg. Bearing a single 4d deep blue (SG 51a) tied by Registered Cape Town (22 Jan) hooded circular datestamp and with registration number in blue manuscript. Without backstamps. £40
MC616 Postal History 1898 (7th February), QV 1d embossed envelope cancelled unclear BONC (as apparently so often with these), further small 'ROBBEN ISLAND / FE 7 98' datestamp below. Addressed to Grahamstown, despatch and arrival backstamps. £125
AC746 Postal History 1898 (March), QV 1d embossed postal stationery envelope addressed to Algeria. Bearing nine different adhesives, comprising duties from ½d to 5/- (SG 61, 59a, 50a, 63, 43a, 51a, 52b, 67, 68) all tied by CAPE TOWN / POSTE RESTANTE (16 Mar) single circle datestamps. A scarce and attractive philatelically inspired cover. £350
AC974 Postal History 1898 (6th September), envelope with large printed illustrated advertisement for ‘Jeyes’ Disinfectants’. Addressed to Worcester, Cape Colony and bearing a single “Hope Standing’ 1d carmine (SG 59a) tied by a G.P.O. CAPE TOWN (6 Sep) double circle datestamp. Worcester (7 Sep) arrival backstamp. A few edge faults including piece missing at upper right, clear of the adhesive. Advertising envelopes of the Cape appear to be very uncommon. £45
MC606 Postal History 1898 (14th September), QV 1d embossed envelope uprated with three ½d rectangulars, cancelled crisp 'PORT NOLLOTH' sc datestamps. Addressed to Austria, despatch and arrival backstamps. £65
MC644 Postal History 1899 28th March, QV 4d registered stationery envelope, bearing pair ½d's and 1d Hope Standing (SG 59a, 61), each cancelled 'SUTHERLAND' small sc datestamps, addressed to Cape Town. £30
AC577 Postal History 1899 (July), envelope addressed to the USA bearing five examples of the ‘Hope Standing’ 1d carmine (SG 59a) all tied by NAUWPOORT (17 July) single circle datestamps. New York (12 Aug) arrival backstamps. The flap with coat-of-arms embossed in vermilion. Cover a little grubby. £20
AC707 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1900 (April), QV 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size F) addressed to the USA.. Bearing a single 4d sage-green (SG 65) tied by a LUSIKISI (30 Apr) single circle datestamp with an additional strike alongside. Port St John’s (30 Apr), Cape Town (6 May) and New York (3 June) transit / arrival backstamps. £45
AC971 Postal History 1900 (9th May), envelope addressed and sent unsealed within the Cape. Bearing a single 1898 ‘Hope standing’ ½d green (SG 58) tied by a Cape Town (9 May) double circle datestamp. Prince Albert (10 May) arrival backstamp. A very fine example of the unsealed open letter rate. £45
AC681 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1900 (July), QV 4d blue registered postal stationery envelope (size G). Addressed to England and bearing a single example of the 3d deep claret (SG 43a) tied by a Registered / G.P.O. Cape Town (11 July) hooded single circle datestamp with an additional strike cancelling the embossed 4d duty on the flap. With Registered London (27 July) arrival datestamp struck in red on the front. A fine example of a 3d single duty franking. £85
MC636 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War 1900 5th August, envelope bearing 1d Table Mountain (SG 69, faults), lightly cancelled DOORN RIVER, another alongside, addressed to a P.O.W., Green Point, Cape Town. George transit and arrival backstamps. Some faults. SOLD
AC337 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (13th March), QV 1d carmine-rose embossed postal stationery envelope, addressed to Switzerland and uprated with additional ‘Hope Standing’ ½d and 1d adhesives (SG 58, 59a) all tied / cancelled by GPO Cape Town (13 Mar) double circle datestamps. Handstamped at upper left ‘PER DUNVEGAN CASTLE.’ in purple in the same colour as the senders address ‘W.R. SMIDT & CO. / CAPE TOWN’ handstamped on the flap. St. Gallen (31 Mar) arrival backstamp. Cover slightly reduced at right, though remarkably clean and attractive. £85
AC967 Postal History 1901 (15th May), printed envelope sent registered to the USA, bearing a vertical strip of three 3d bright magenta (SG 64) tied by KOKSTAD (MY 15) single circle datestamps. New York (28 June) arrival backstamp. An attractive franking. £145
AC121 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (August), Unsealed Open Letter Rate envelope to Kimberley bearing ½d green Hope Standing (SG 58) tied by Port Elizabeth (2 Aug) datestamp with PASSED PRESS CENSOR / W.E. KIMBERLEY triangular cachet alongside. Kimberley (5 Aug) arrival backstamp. Scarce rate. £40
AC703 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (August), censored envelope addressed to Holland. Bearing a single 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) tied by a PAARL (20 Aug) single circle datestamp. With a black on red-orange ‘Opened under Martial Law.’ censor label endorsed ‘H.B. 20/8/01’, affixed partly over the adhesive as well as a ‘P’ in circle handstruck in violet at Paarl. Scheveningen (10 Sep) arrival backstamp. £35
AC357 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (October), envelope addressed to Germany bearing a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by Cape Town (30 Oct) double circle datestamp. German arrival (16 Nov) arrival backstamp. A clean and attractive example of a single 2½d rate franking. £40
AC566 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1901 (December), envelope addressed to the USA bearing a single 2½d pale ultra-marine (SG 63) tied by WELLINGTON (4 Dec) squared circle datestamp with triangular censor cachet struck in violet alongside. Chicago (6 Jan 1902) arrival backstamp. £30
AC600 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (January), envelope sent registered to Germany, bearing a 6d bright mauve and Hope Standing ½d green (SG 52b, 58) each tied by ST. GEORGES ST. (8 Jan) single circle datestamps. German receiving registration label and with Breslau (26 Jan) arrival backstamp. Some creasing and cover a little grubby, otherwise fine. £45
AC136 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (January), 4d Registered envelope bearing pair of ½d (SG 59) tied by NORVALS PONT (Jan 21) cds. Backstamped with TPO marking MIDLAND UP (21 Jan). Faint triangular censor mark. SOLD
AC979 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (19th March), wrapper with sender’s details and ‘BOOK POST’ printed in blue at top. Addressed and sent registered at the printed matter rate to Grahamstown, bearing a ‘Hope Standing’ ½d green and a ‘Hope Seated’ 4d sage-green (SG 58, 65) tied by a ST GEORGES ST / CAPE TOWN (19 Mar) single circle datestamp. Endorsed ‘Register’ and with a (presumably registration) number in manuscript. Grahamstown (22 Mar) squared circle arrival backstamp. The reverse with various annotations regarding a legal transfer. An attractive example of mail sent at a registered printed matter rate (4d + ½d). £125
AC340 Postal History / Anglo-Boer War period 1902 (29th March), locally addressed mourning envelope sent at the unsealed open-letter rate. Bearing a single ‘Hope Standing’ ½d green (SG 58) tied by a G.P.O. Cape Town (29 Mar) double circle datestamp and with a large PASSED / CAPE / TOWN / PRESS CENSOR cachet struck alongside. A scarce example of this stamp used alone on cover. £65
SA5427 Postal History c1900 coloured postcard published for the Cape Government Railway, the impression of the Dining Car Express Train, en route for Johannesburg. Printed in Bavaria. Very fine and fresh unused. £20
SA5426 Postal History c1900 coloured postcard published for the Cape Government Railways, the impression of the passenger Locomotive. Relevant crest at lower left, unused although with some discolouration mainly on reverse. £15
AC704 Postal History 1902 (May), printed envelope for ‘Harry Mörser & Co., / Tavannes Watch Co., / Cape Town’. Addressed to the USA, bearing ½d green and 2d pale bistre (SG 50, 58) tied by a neat Cape Town (26 May) double circle datestamp. New York (22 June) transit and Chicago (23 June) arrival backstamps. £35
MC586 Postal History 1902 (May), envelope ((Union Castle Line imprint on reverse flap) bearing 2½d rectangular (SG 63) tied by a light but legible 'OCEAN POST OFFICE AP 30' sc datestamp. Addressed to Germany, red Liverpool (7 MY) transit on front and arrival backstamp (8. 5 . 02). £35
AC813 Postal History 1902 (December), envelope sent registered from the Transvaal bearing KEVII 1d and 2d (vertical pair) tied by Nylstroom (3 Dec) double circle datestamps. Addressed to Natal with Pretoria (3 Dec) transit and Durban (5 Dec) arrival backstamp, then re-addressed to the Cape, where it received Port Elizabeth (20 Feb and 28 Feb) oval datestamps. The envelope was then forwarded to Cape Town where it received a RETURNED L.O. CAPE TOWN (3 Mar) single circle datestamp struck in violet on the reverse and an ‘ADVERTISED AND UNCLAIMED’ three-line cachet struck on the front, also in violet. The envelope was eventually returned to the Transvaal, where it received two RETURNED LETTER OFFICE / JOHANNESBURG (7 Mar) backstamps. £75
AC701 Postal History 1903 (April), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to ‘Russia / Livonia’. Bearing two 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) each tied by a hooded Registered Cape Town (22 Apr) datestamp. Livonia / Russian arrival backstamp (30 April). Russia switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1918, giving an equivalent arrival date of 13th May. A very unusual destination.
 
Note: Livonia was originally situated in southern Estonia and northern Latvia. It was contested by Poland, Russia, and Sweden, finally becoming a Russian province in 1783. In 1918 Livonia was divided between Estonia and Latvia.
£110
AC613 Postal History 1903 (May), picture postcard (small photographic portrait of the sender) addressed to England and bearing a single KEVII 1d (SG 71) tied by Cape Town (13 May) machine canceller with C (Crown) C (Goldblatt type MRD1). With Birmingham (31 May) arrival datestamp. £25
MC637 Postal History 1903 25th July, QV 4d stationery registered envelope bearing KEVII 1d pair (SG 71), cancelled WINDSORTON ROAD sc datestamp, another lower left. Addressed to Cape Town. £55
AC975 Postal History 1903 (21st August), QV ½d postal stationery card addressed to Reddersburg, Orange River Colony the readdressed to Bloemfontein. The imprinted stamp is cancelled with a CAPE TOWN (21 Aug) double circle datestamp. The reverse with a privately printed colour photographic advertisement for ‘THE “NATIONAL” CASH REGISTER CO.’ The card received a REDDERSBURG (24 Aug) single circle datestamp struck in violet, and a Bloemfontein (26 Aug) arrival datestamp. A rare and attractive card. £125
AC575 Postal History 1903 (November), envelope addressed to the Isle of White, England bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a PORT ELIZABETH (6 Nov) double circle datestamp. Southampton (28 Nov) transit and Ventnor (28 Nov) arrival backstamps. £20
AC610 Postal History 1903 (December), ‘Souvenir Letter Card’, comprising a folded panoramic photographic view titled ‘Cape Town, Table Mountain.’ With an additional view on the reverse titled ‘Lions Head. Queen’s Hotel. Sea Point.’ Addressed to Switzerland and franked with a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by (SEA) POINT (2 Dec) double circle datestamp. Aubonne (21 Dec) arrival datestamp on the front. Unusual. £45
MC412 Postal History 1904 (February), incoming postcard from the UK, addressed to Butterworth, transit and arrival datestamps. Upon arrival the card forwarded to Wellington and a Cape KEVII 1d added for the postage, cancelled MR 17. Attractive. £55
AC705 Postal History 1904 (June), envelope addressed to Switzerland bearing ½d green and 2d pale bistre (SG 50, 58) each tied by a Cape Town (1 June) double circle datestamps. Bern (19 June) arrival backstamp. £35
AC560 Postal History 1904 (August), KEVII official stampless envelope with printed “ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE / Returned Acknowledgement of Delivery. / Avis de Réception en Retour.” Addressed to Baltimore Post Office, Maryland, USA. With ‘Registered Letter Section / Cape Town’ (15 Aug) oval despatch datestamp and with ‘R’ in oval struck at left. New York (10 Sep) transit and Baltimore (12 Sep) arrivals backstamps. Very fine. £55
AC977 Postal History 1904 (12th December), KEVII ½d postal stationery card addressed to England with ‘internal’ inked out and uprated with the addition of a KEVII ½d (SG 70). The imprinted stamp and adhesive are cancelled / tied by a GRAHAMS TOWN (12 Dec) double circle datestamp. The reverse with printed advertisement and communication for the ‘African Book Co., Ltd.’ £30
AC763 Postal History 1904 (31st December), official printed G.P.O. PARCEL POST / CUSTOMS LABEL affixed to piece and addressed to England. Bearing a vertical strip of three KEVII 1/- yellow-ochre (SG 77) tied by QUEEN STREET / PORT ELIZABETH (DE 31) single circle datestamps. The contents are stated to be ‘Tobacco & Pipes’ valued at 15/-. Some edge faults and creasing though a rare survivor. SOLD
MC641 Postal History c1905 printed Parcel Label applied at upper left with KEVII 1d vertical pair (SG 71), roller 'CAPE TOWN' cancel. Addressed to Paarl, the contents noted as 'Toilet' to the value of 15/-. Partially torn away lower left, still unusual and most attractive. £75
MC638 Postal History c1905 black and white postcard of Port Elizabeth, bearing KEVII 1d (SG 71), cancelled '128' barred oval of Addo. Addressed to England. £35
AC985 Postal History 1905 (3rd January), picture postcard with black and white view titled ‘Walk in Botanical Gardens Queenstown’. Addressed to Cradock and bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a CYPHERGAT (JA 3, with ‘5’ only for year) single circle datestamp and with a CRADOCK (JA 4) arrival. £15
AC554 Postal History 1905 (4th January), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size ‘F’) addressed to Holland bearing a single 2½d ultramarine (SG 63a) tied by LOWER PAARL (4 Jan) small single circle datestamp (also cancelling imprinted stamp on flap). Cape Town (4 Jan) transit and Rotterdam (22 Jan) arrival backstamps. With large commercial cachet of ‘B. Van Gemert’ (hardware dealer) struck on the reverse. £55
MC625 Postal History 1905 11th January, envelope bearing KEVII 1d's x three (SG 71), scored around in blue and struck at lower left with 'BLOEMHOF' datestamp. Obviously the use of Cape stamps in Transvaal disallowed, and struck with black 'T XXXVIII' cachet. Addressed to Tasmania and upon arrival further octagonal 'T 20' cachet and duly applied with 4d due, this pen cancelled. Filing spike though. A remarkable usage. £175
AC988 Postal History 1905 (10th February), incoming picture postcard from England with colour view of the River Wye, Derbyshire. Addressed to Cape Town and bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet tied by a Manchester (10 Feb) squared circle datestamp. The card received a Cape Town (28 Feb) arrival datestamp. However, it was determined the addressee had moved to the Transvaal and the card received a further Cape Town (11 Mar) datestamp and was readdressed to Johannesburg. A fine strike of the REPOSTED boxed cachet and a ‘½D’ tax mark were applied though the lack of a postage due stamp suggests no tax was collected. Both these instructional markings are scarce. £150
AC987 Postal History 1905 (8th April), picture postcard with black and white view titled ‘Cape Town with Lions Head, showing C. T. Flats’. Addressed to Australia and bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a very fine PIER HEAD (AP 8) double circle datestamp and with a Sydney (26 May) arrival. This card is illustrated in Putzel / Visser. £25
MC630 Postal History 1905 1st July, printed advertising envelope for 'The Aristo Egyptian Cigarette Company', bearing KEVII 1d (SG 71), cancelled 'CAPE TOWN', locally addressed. Manuscript endorsements and violet oval receiving strike for the City of Cape Town. Filing spike hole. £35
AC535 Postal History 1905 (4th July), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G) addressed to Germany. Bearing Hope 2½d, KEVII ½d and two 1d’s (SG 63, 70, 71) all tied by Registered Cape Town (4 July) oval datestamps. Friedrichroda (23 July) arrival backstamp. Flap damage and odd light stain otherwise fine and an attractive franking. £35
AC986 Postal History 1905 (13th August), picture postcard with black and white view titled ‘The Castle – Main Entrance Cape Town’. Addressed to Johannesburg and bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a KINGWILLIAMSTOWN (AU 13) single circle datestamp. £10
AC965 Postal History 1905 (18th August), incoming picture postcard from England (black and white view ‘Paris – Le Petit Palais’), bearing a KEVII 1d tied by a London (AU 18) datestamp. Addressed to Rondebosch, with a superb strike of the scarce RONDEBOSCH TELE EXCHANGE (SP 5) single circle datestamp. £45
MC610 Postal History 1905 (25th November), coloured postcard (Madeira), bearing KEVII 1d cancelled 'PIER HEAD'. Addressed to England. £20
MC632 Postal History 1905 8th December, coloured postcard of Waterloo Bridge, London, sent unpaid and cancelled 'BUTTERWORTH', endorsed in blue 'T'. Addressed to P. O . Idutywa and struck with crisp IDUTYWA DE 9 05 arrival strike. Most unusual. £65
AC771 Postal History 1905 (December), incoming picture postcard from the USA (black and white view ‘Sutro’s Heights, San Francisco), bearing a single US 2c adhesive. Addressed to Cape Town, and re-addressed on arrival with ‘Uitenhage’ in manuscript. Showing a large ‘3d’ tax marking (Goldblatt type PD16) and a CAPE TOWN / T (26 Dec) double circle datestamp (Goldblatt type SP33, the ‘T’ signifying ‘that postage was due on the item’). From 1890 there was no charge for redirecting mail, therefore it appears the Cape Town GPO considered the card underpaid (perhaps because the stamp was overlooked, being affixed to the view side). There are no US postal markings indicating the card was insufficiently prepaid. £45
AC984 Postal History 1906 (1st January), picture postcard with black and white view titled ‘Camps Bay’. Addressed to Observatory (Cape Town suburb). Bearing a single KEVII ½d green (SG 70) tied by a CAMPS BAY (1 JA, with ‘6’ only for year) single circle datestamp, with a SEA POINT (JA 2) transit and OBSERVATORY ROAD (JA 3) arrival. £20
MC409 Postal History 1906 (January), incoming postcard from Austria addressed to Cape Town. Struck with 'T' and over '2d' tax marks, although these cancelled through in pencil. Upon arrival re-addressed to Upington and applied with KEVII ½d (SG 70) to forward, cancelled at Cape Town on the 3rd January. Unusual. £45
AC989 Postal History 1906 (15th January), incoming picture postcard from England with colour view of Piccadilly, London. Addressed to East London and bearing a single KEVII 1d scarlet tied by a Guildford (15 Jan) double circle datestamp. With an EAST LONDON (FE 8) arrival datestamp where the card was readdressed to the Transvaal and received an Officially re-directed / at East London. rectangular boxed cachet struck in violet. With a BOKSBURG (12 Feb) arrival datestamp where it was once again re-addressed to ‘Jeppes’. A scarce instructional marking. £65
AC304 Postal History 1906 (March), registered KEVII 4d postal stationery envelope addressed to Germany franked with ‘Hope Seated’ 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63) tied by neat Queen Street Port Elizabeth (5 Mar) single circle datestamp. Port Elizabeth (5 Mar) and Dresden transit / arrival backstamps. A clean and attractive cover. £45
AC761 Postal History 1906 (12th June), Official PARCEL POST label. Addressed to Port Elizabeth, bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat SIR LOWRY ROAD (12 June) single circle datestamp. The reverse with printed conditions. £35
AC980 Postal History 1906 (20th June), picture postcard with black and white view titled ‘Old Dutch House Wynberg’. Addressed to Graaff Reinet, bearing a single KEVII ½d green (SG 70) tied by a TARKASTAD (JU 20) single circle datestamp and with a GRAAFF REINET (JU 22) arrival. £15
AC982 Postal History 1906 (7th July), picture postcard with black and white portrait of ‘Commandant Danie Theron.’ Addressed to Ladismith, Cape and bearing a single KEVII ½d green (SG 70) tied by a neat strike of the very scarce GREAT BERG SIDING (JY 7) single circle datestamp and with a very fine strike of a large LADISMITH CAPE (JY 8) single circle relief type datestamp (apparently unrecorded). £65
AC354 Postal History / Railway 1906 (22nd October), KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size G, Q&J R5B). Addressed to Germany and bearing KEVII ½d and 1d pair (SG 70, 71) tied by BERLIN / CAPE COLONY (22 Oct) single circle datestamps. MIDLAND / T.P.O.1. (23 Oct) double circle transit and Gottingen (11 Nov) arrival backstamps. An attractive cover from Berlin (Cape) to Germany. £35
MC413 Postal History 1907 (23rd April), Official PARCEL POST label. Addressed to Simonstown, bearing a single KEVII 1d carmine (SG 71) tied by a neat SIR LOWRY ROAD (23 AP) single circle datestamp. The reverse with printed conditions. £35
MC639 Postal History 1907 24th April, coloured postcard of Main Road and King's Hotel, Kalk Bay, bearing KEVII 1d (SG 71), crisply cancelled 'PIER HEAD'. Addressed to England, arrival strike. £25
AC812 Postal History 1907 (October), incoming colour picture postcard from England (‘Newport. Belle Vue Park.’) bearing a GB KEVII 1d scarlet tied by Newport (12 Oct) double circle datestamp. Addressed to the Cape with Worcester (29 Oct) arrival datestamp. The card was re-addressed to Kimberley and received a fine example of the scarce ‘OFFICIALLY RE-DIRECTED / AT WORCESTER.’ rectangular boxed cachet struck in violet. With a second Worcester (30 Oct) transit and Kimberley (1 Nov) arrival datestamp. £55
MC161 Postal History 1907 (October), picture postcard bearing KEVII 1d, cancelled 'WILLOWMORE'. Addressed to FIJI with SUVA (22nd November) transit and LEVUKA (23rd November) arrival datestamps. A remarkable destination. £55
AC670 Postal History 1908 (March), KEVII 1d embossed postal stationery envelope sent registered to Johannesburg bearing an additional KEVII 1d pair and 3d (SG 71, 74) tied by Registered / Graaff Reinet (31 Mar) oval datestamps. With ‘R’ in oval and Graaff Reinet straight-line handstamps struck at upper left. Johannesburg (2 Apr) arrival backstamp. Rather roughly opened at top (not affecting adhesives), otherwise fine. £55
MC645 Postal History 1908 5th October, coloured folded postcard of a panoramic view of Simon's Town Naval Station, bearing KEVII 1d (SG 71), machine cancelled 'Cape Town', addressed to England. Now severed into two sections. Most attractive and unusual. £75
MC599 Postal History 1908 (28th July), coloured postcard of Town Hall, Port Elizabeth, bearing ‘Hope seated’ 2½d pale ultramarine (SG 63), lightly cancelled and addressed to Canada. £20
MC410 Postal History 1908 (October), coloured postcard bearing KEVII ½d pair (SG 70), cancelled 'THEBUS OC 5 08' sc datestamp in VIOLET, another alongside. Addressed to Scotland. Most attractive. £85
MC408 Postal History 1908 (November), envelope bearing KEVII ½d plus 1d pair (SG 70, 71), cancelled 'CLARKEBURY 6 NO 08'. Addressed to Constantinople, arrival backstamp (DE 2). A most unusual destination. £65
MC640 Postal History 1908 21st December, KEVII Halfpenny stationery card, lightly cancelled 'JACOBSRUSH', addressed to Stanger, Natal. Endorsed at upper left 'Please forward if address known', this duly done 'try Mtunzini' with despatch datestamp for the 24th December. Finally arriving of the 28th December and struck with light MTUNZINI datestamp. Very scarce. £45
AC765 Postal History 1909 (June), colour picture postcard (seaside cartoon), addressed locally and bearing a single KEVII ½d green (SG 70) tied by an OUDTSHOORN (21 June) double circle datestamp. Showing a boxed POSTED LATE cachet and a WELBEDACHT (22 June) arrival single circle datestamp. SOLD
MC626 Postal History 1909 21st August, printed Wedding Invitation bearing KEVII ½d (SG 70), cancelled 'PRINCE ALBERT', locally addressed. A most appealing example of the reduced ½d rate. £25
AC124 Postal History 1909 (December), incoming colour picture postcard from UK (Isle of Arran view) bearing KEVII 1d tied by Weymouth (11 Dec) datestamp. Cape Town (28 Dec) arrival where it was readdressed to Kalk Bay and received a boxed OFFICIALLY RE-ADDRESSED AT CAPE TOWN (1) cachet struck in blue. £45
MC627 Postal History 1909 29th December, printed Wedding Invitation bearing KEVII ½d (SG 70), cancelled 'PRINCE ALBERT', locally addressed and then further to Newcastle, despatch and arrival strikes. A most appealing example of the reduced ½d rate. £30
MC643 Postal History 1910 6th July, envelope bearing KEVII ½d x three and 1d (SG 70, 71), twice cancelled with large sc 'WELLINGTON' relief datestamps, addressed to the USA. Arrival backstamp. £55
MC109 Postal History 1910 5th August, coloured postcard (Public Park, Paarl), bearing KEVII 1d (defective corner), cancelled with crisp 'MAZENJACHT AU 5 10' single circle datestamp. OUDTSHOORN transit strike alongside dated the same day, addressed to New Zealand. Attractive. £35
MC628 Postal History 1910 20th August, printed Wedding Invitation bearing KEVII ½d (SG 70), lightly cancelled 'PRINCE ALBERT', locally addressed. A most appealing example of the reduced ½d rate. £25
AC565 Postal History 1910 (September), South Africa Interprovincial period (Cape used in Cape). Printed advertising envelope addressed to the USA bearing KEVII ½d green and 1d carmine pair (SG 70, 71) all tied by Cape Town (14 Sep) double circle datestamps (that on the ½d apparently with ‘F.S.’ at base, the others with ‘5’). Very fine. £40
AC622 Postal History 1910 (October), South Africa Interprovincial period (Cape used in Cape). KEVII 4d registered postal stationery envelope (size H) addressed to London and bearing marginal pair of KEVII 4d olive-green (SG 75) tied by REGISTERED / EAST LONDON (14 Oct) oval datestamps. London arrival backstamp. £75
MC414 Postal History 1911 (September), envelope bearing KEVII ½d plus 6d (SG 70, 76), cancelled 'ST. GEORGES STREET / CAPE TOWN SP20 11' (Interprovincial period). Sent registered to Cavalla, Turkey. Opened three sides to illustrate the numerous travels of the cover, finally endorsed 'Return'. A remarkable destination and of great character. £150
AC567 Postal History 1914 (March), South Africa post-Interprovincial period envelope addressed to the USA bearing a single Cape KEVII 2½d ultramarine (SG 73) tied by a Cape Town (20 Mar) machine cancellation. Small piece of the flap is missing, otherwise fine. SOLD
MC60 DAL JOSAPHAT single circle, complete crisp strike dated AU 25 99, on piece. £15
POSTAL STATIONERY
(see also under Postal History above)
AC227 c1898 QV 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 15). The reverse with privately printed view in sepia headed ‘From the Land of the Southern Cross’ over scene titled 'VIEW AT CLAREMONT NEAR CAPETOWN.' Minor light corner bend, otherwise in remarkably fine unused condition. £45
AC148 1899, QV 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 15). The reverse with privately printed view in sepia headed ‘From the Land of the Southern Cross’ over scene titled ‘CAPETOWN AND TABLE MOUNTAIN FROM THE BAY.’ Posted at Cape Town (5 Dec) to Italy (26 Dec) where it was re-directed to Switzerland (arriving 29 Dec). Q&J PP21.4 £40
AC936 1900 (12th December), QV 1d carmine postal stationery card (H&G 15). The reverse with 'Hubrich' privately printed ‘Greetings from Cape Town’ with colour views of Table Mountain and docks. Addressed to Germany and cancelled with a Cape Town (12 Dec) double circle datestamp. Most attractive. £40
AC149 1901 (Cape used in Transvaal) Cape QV 1d Postal Stationery Card with printed illustration at lower left of the ‘TOWN HOUSE, CAPE TOWN.’ used from Johannesburg to Cape Town, validated by the addition of a Transvaal 1d VRI (SG 227) tied by Johannesburg (11 Jan) cds. Cape Town (16 Jan) on front. Q&J P16B £45
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