Lot# 4389 - Auction 234-243
1895: British Inland Mail. Covers carried on the 'Donald Currie' Line of Steamers from Vatomandry, Madagascar during the French Fleet's blockade of Tamatave. Combination cover sent registered at triple rate from Antananarivo to Newton Heath, Manchester, franked by British Inland Mail March 1895 4 d. rose and 1 s. slate-blue, perf. 12, each tied by BRITISH / MAIL / ANTANANARIVO thimble cds's in violet (July 9), in combination with Natal 1891 2½ d. bright blue (3) and single 1882 4 d. brown applied for onward transmission and tied by 'Durban' cds (July 30) in black and by oval 'R' of registration. Reverse with Manchester arrival (Aug 26) in black. Minor creasing of no significance, an outstanding cover at an extraordinary rate from this service and of great rarity: the service was only in use from January to 30 September 1895.rnrnNote: There were no triple rate registered frankings in the Frederick Mayer collection (Spink, 2007) or the 'Madagascar Specialised' collection (DF, 2010).
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 6,500 CHF
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