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Lot# 816 - Auction 234-243

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    1857 (May 26): Embossed 6 d. green, a used example with enormous even margins all round and of superb fresh colour, tied to 1858 cover from Pietermaritzburg to Thomas Maclear at the Observatory in Cape Town, by oval 'POST OFFICE / P.M.BURG' handstamp in black. Reverse with 'Cape Town / Cape of Good Hope' arrival (Aug 6) in red. A truly magnificent cover in the foremost quality for a first issue usage. Cert. RPSL (1987).rnrnNote: Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-1879) arrived in the Cape in 1834 and became the Queen's astronomer at the Cape. Prior to this he had worked with John Herschel and was later to become a friend and colleague of David Livingstone. There is even a crater on the Moon named after him.
    Starting bid : 5,000 CHF
    Hammer price : 6,500 CHF