Postal History / Stationery
1880 (June), envelope sent registered to Nova Scotia. Bearing a total of 1s.11d. in postage, comprising QV 1870 1/- green surcharged with a curved ‘POSTAGE’ in green, used together with 1874-78 1d dull rose, 4d brown and 6d bright reddish violet (SG 59, 66, 69 and 70) all tied by light Pietermaritzburg datestamps. With a London (12 JY) oval transit datestamp struck on the front in red and backstamped with Liverpool (JY 13) and Halifax (JY 25) transit / arrival datestamps. A wonderful four-colour franking to an unusual destination. Ex Bill Hart, 1993.
Note: the rate paid suggests a 6d registration fee and three times the 5½d per half ounce packet rate to Canada, resulting in an overpayment of ½d.